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Turkey Trot 5K Run – Record Breaking Again


850+ Participants – $39,000+ Raised for LUM

The LUM Turkey Trot 5K Run attracted a record number of participants on Thanksgiving morning and also raised a record amount of money for LUM. This year, the weather was perfect, the event raised more than $39,000 and more than 850 individuals were registered to participate. 

Turkey Trot is an important event for LUM because it creates a sense of community and funds all of the LUM programs including youth programs, the food pantriesfinancial assistance, immigration services, tax assistance and homelessness services. Please join us in thanking all of our participants, donors, and event sponsors. If you missed the Turkey Trot and wish to make a donation, click the button below and mark your calendars for next year.

  • EVENT SPONSOR – To view the list of all of our Event Sponsors, including monetary donations and in-kind gifts, click HERE.
  • PHOTOS – To view more photos, click HERE.
  • RESULTS – 2022 Race RESULTS — Turkey Trot 5K Run
    • Listed by time — click HERE
    • Listed by group — click HERE

Immigration Clinic – Outreach & Networking

Global Fest & Naturalization Ceremony

Recently Christian Gallo, the LUM Immigration Clinic director, attended and assisted with the USCIS Naturalization Ceremony in West Lafayette, IN. Several individuals pledged the Oath of Allegiance to the United States and became U.S. citizens on that day. LUM Immigration Clinic also set up a table with information materials at the event.

The next day, Christian attended the 2022 Global Fest (West Lafayette, IN), a popular, community-wide festival to celebrate the cultural diversity within our community. Christian staffed a tent providing information and answering questions about the services and impact of the LUM Immigration Clinic.


Outreach and networking are important parts of the mission of Lafayette Urban Ministry. Staff members are available to speak or set up an information table for churches, civic organizations, agencies, community events, and educational groups. To make arrangements for a presentation or event, call or email LUM (765-423-2691 | lum@LUMserve.org).


If you wish to invest or get engaged with the LUM Immigration Clinic, please go to LUMserve.org/immigration — or email immigration@LUMserve.org or call 765-423-2691.

Above & Beyond – LUM Immigration Clinic

Director Assists Clients Remotely & Saves the Day

The LUM Immigration Clinic staff and volunteers “go above & beyond” to meet the urgent, time-sensitive needs of our neighbors in need. Recently, the LUM Immigration Clinic director, Christian Gallo, needed to travel to South America for a family emergency. While away, he agreed to work remotely if needed. Well, Christian was needed!

Christian had been working with two individuals for several months to help them visit their father in Mexico, whom they hadn’t seen in more than a decade. He is currently in poor health and has been asking for them to visit. These individuals were granted a deferment of action through DACA; and therefore, not able to leave the United States without “advance parole or a travel authorization.” While on his personal time off, Christian received a message that the two individuals were in their final interview with USCIS in Indianapolis and could not provide one of the mandatory documents. The USCIS interviewer gave them only one hour to produce the document. After finding a reliable Wi-Fi connection in a local café, Christian was able to help. Their travel was approved, and they’re on their way to see their father. Another success story.

This is just one example of how complex the work of the LUM Immigration Clinic is. Travelling to see your father is something many US citizens take for granted. The LUM Immigration Clinic staff & accredited volunteers understand that a simple request to obtain a travel authorization takes months, involves lots of red-tape, and the simple omission of just one document can delay the process even longer. Also, being given only one hour to rectify a situation is not unusual. Keeping calm, being persistent, caring about the individuals served and simply being available is what makes the LUM Immigration Clinic so special.

If you wish to invest or get engaged with the LUM Immigration Clinic, please go to LUMserve.org/immigration — or email immigration@LUMserve.org or call 765-423-2691.

Three Ways to Help LUM Students TODAY


Urgent Need: After School Snacks & Volunteers

The LUM After School Program provides safe, fun and enriching childcare for children in Kindergarten to 8th grade. The program serves up to 70 children from elementary & middle schools in Tippecanoe County for three hours each school-day afternoon, enabling their parents to finish their workday.

Three Ways YOU can help the LUM After School Program TODAY are as follows:

  • Make a Monetary DONATION, click HERE
  • Sign up to VOLUNTEER, click HERE
  • Donate NEEDED ITEMS, click HERE

The LUM After School Program needs VOLUNTEERS from 2 to 6 p.m. every weekday. Make a positive impact on the life of a student through your presence, tutoring, interaction, and guidance. Please consider signing up TODAY. To begin, click HERE.


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LUM Offers a Summer of Enrichment & Joy


LUM Summer Youth Programs Sharpen Skills

During the summer months, LUM youth programming focuses on providing enrichment and joy for local children. Research warns that children suffer from the Summer Slide — the tendency for students, especially those from low-income families, to lose some of the achievement gains they made during the previous school year. That’s why Lafayette Urban Ministry is so passionate about the 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program and LUM Camp. LUM consciously creates learning opportunities throughout the summer to keep LUM students’ academic skills sharp.


5th Quarter Summer Learning Program – Recap

The LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program offers children the chance to keep pace academically with their peers. It has been offered each weekday during the summer.

Sixty-four students were enrolled and, in addition to being served a nutritious breakfast, lunch and snack, they have been engaged each day in a mix of learning, reading, excursions, and recreation. This included trips to the park, local pool and library as well as guest presenters who ignited their excitement in science, fitness, and reading. Special excursions included a visit to Prophetstown State Park, Wolf Park and Imagination Station.


LUM “Culinary” Camp – Recap

LUM Camp is the best week of the summer for 76 local children (8-9-10 year olds), and this year was special. Campers experienced campfires, skits, horseback riding, s’mores, swimming, wall climbing, ziplining, pizza pudgy pies, giant swing, creek exploring, kickball, and fishing (catch & release) — often for the first time. 

This year’s theme was LUM Culinary Camp. Special theme-related events included movie night feature Ratatouille, cooking demonstrations led by Purdue Extension, and a chance to be Pastry Chefs in the LUM Sweet Shoppe and create their own gourmet desserts. LUM friends were invited to camp one evening. They attended the camp meeting, sang camp songs, joined the campers for an indoor cook-out, and enjoyed informal interactions with the LUM Campers. It was a wonderful evening, and LUM is grateful for their support.


Your donations made it possible to continue these two important youth programs.

It was well worth it!

LUM students and campers made new friends and made great memories, while having a blast, learning new things and discovering themselves. Truly life-changing.

Supporting the 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program and LUM Camp gives children a chance for academic success and a better future. If you wish to make a donation, click the button below.

Shelter Meals Needed


Be A Part of LUM Summer of Service

Each night of the year, a simple meal is provided at the LUM Emergency Shelter. Planning and preparing a meal is a great activity for families, church groups, campus organizations and civic groups. You may stay and serve the meal or drop it off in advance. No contact drop off is an option as well. Monthly meals are greatly appreciated.

MEALS NEEDED on the following days: August 6, 15, 17, 18, 22 & 30.  To SIGN UP, click each month you’d like to prepare & serve meals to our shelter guests: | August | September | October | November | DecemberJanuary | February March April May June |
July |.

Prepare enough sandwiches or soup, stew or chili for 30-40 people. No side dishes or desserts are needed. Drinks are optional. Please SHARE with others, and THANKS.



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LUM Camp 2022 Countdown – 2 Days to Go


LUM Culinary Camp – 80+ Children Enrolled

In two days, LUM Camp will be in full swing with more than 80 local children experiencing the best week of the summer. It’s not too late to sponsor a LUM Camper this year.

LUM Camp is a scholarship-based camp, meaning LUM only invites children whose parents are not able to pay for the actual cost of camp, which is more than $200 per camper. Campers’ parents pay only $5 per child, and LUM needs donors like YOU to cover the rest. Individuals may sponsor a camper for only $200 — or two for $400. Would you please invest in both their long-term life skills and their short-term fun by offering them the gift of LUM Camp?

LUM Summer of Service – LUM Camp 2022


Make a Difference This Summer at LUM Camp

The LUM Summer of Service offers volunteer opportunities that fit every schedule. Some require training, but most just a willing heart and a helping hand.

The ultimate LUM “Summer of Service” opportunity is being a LUM Camp Counselor. A few more counselors are needed from 11 a.m. Monday, July 25 to 4 p.m. Friday, July 29. LUM Camp counselors must be:

  • 18 years old
  • prepared to hike, have fun, be outdoors
  • a good team player
  • flexible, fun & fair
  • willing to work with at-risk children from low income families
  • able to spend the entire week at camp (July 25-29)

Make a difference in the lives of local children this summer and receive a $200 stipend. To learn more about becoming a LUM Camp Counselor, click HERE.

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If you are not able to volunteer, you may support LUM Camp by making a donation or sponsoring a camper ($200 per child).


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LUM Camp 2022 Countdown – 12 Days to Go


LUM Culinary Camp – LUM Camp 2022 Theme

In two weeks, LUM Camp will be in full swing with more than 80 local children experiencing the best week of the summer. This year, the theme of LUM Camp 2022 is “LUM Culinary Camp.

Marlena Edmondson, LUM Camp director, has developed a fun and engaging curriculum using “food” to teach science, math, nutrition, and art. LUM Camp will also include nature hikes, arts and crafts, boating, swimming, morning campfires, wall climbing, zip-lining, the giant swing, snacks, delicious meals, and diverse and caring counselors.

It’s not too late to sponsor a LUM Camper this year. Donations to LUM Camp (Youth Programs) are still welcome. LUM Camp is a scholarship-based camp, meaning LUM only invites children whose parents are not able to pay for the actual cost of camp, which is more than $200 per camper. Campers’ parents pay only $5 per child, and LUM needs donors like YOU to cover the rest. Individuals may sponsor a camper for only $200 — or two for $400. Would you please invest in both their long-term life skills and their short-term fun by offering them the gift of LUM Camp?


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Volunteer Afternoon Receptionists Needed


Daytime Volunteer Opportunity – Biweekly


If you’re interested in a recurring, daytime service opportunity, consider becoming a Volunteer Afternoon Receptionist at Lafayette Urban Ministry.

Volunteer Afternoon Receptionist is needed each weekday from noon to 4:30 p.m. — and some weekday mornings.

Normally, Volunteer Afternoon Receptionists work every two weeks on the same day of the week. They greet guests, answer phones and complete general clerical duties in the main office of Lafayette Urban Ministry (420 N 4th Street, Lafayette).


Sign Up Today

If you are interested, please email or call Terri Anderson, LUM office manager/volunteer coordinator (volunteer@LUMserve.org | 765-423-2691). If you need more information, click HERE.


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