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Three Ways to Help LUM Students TODAY


The LUM After School Program provides safe, fun and enriching childcare for children in Kindergarten to 8th grade. The program serves up to 60 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. Volunteers are needed to tutor, read to students, give spelling tests and supervise the children. Please consider signing up TODAY. To begin, click HERE.


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LUM Volunteer Opportunities in 2022


Did You Know? Serving Others Helps YOU Too!

Did you know?
Volunteering with LUM is a Win-Win experience. There are many benefits to you when you serve your community. It helps others as well as benefits YOU!

  • You LEARN more | You FEEL more | You SMILE more | You STRESS less

LUM offers many different opportunities, from working one-on-one with a child to helping run the homeless shelter. To view all LUM Volunteer Opportunities, click HERE. To check out the current LUM volunteer needs, click the specific program link here:

Tax Assistance Program | Shelter Overnight Volunteer | Immigration Clinic || Food Pantries | Afternoon Receptionist | After School Program |

Make this the year that you follow through on your New Year’s resolution to make a difference in the lives of your local neighbors in need by volunteering at LUM.


More Important Information

LUM EVENTS
Sign up to volunteer at LUM Events online. Online Volunteer Sign Up Sheets, click HERE.


GROUP OPPORTUNITIES
If your group would like to volunteer with LUM, sign up for a LUM Event online — or please email or call for more information (volunteer@lumserve.org | 765.423.2691).


LUM VOLUNTEER LISTING
To view all LUM Volunteer Opportunities, click HERE.


SIGN UP ONLINE
 Sign up to volunteer with LUM online. It’s quick and easy — and you’ll get an email confirmation and email reminders. For a list of Online Volunteer Sign Up Sheets, click HERE.



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New Year’s Resolution – Volunteer with LUM


Did You Know? Serving Others Helps YOU Too!

Did you know?
Volunteering with LUM is a Win-Win experience. There are many benefits to you when you serve your community. It helps others as well as benefits YOU!

  • You LEARN more
  • You FEEL more
  • You SMILE more
  • You STRESS less

LUM offers many different opportunities, from working one-on-one with a child to helping run the homeless shelter. To view all LUM Volunteer Opportunities, click HERE. To check out the current LUM volunteer needs, click the specific program link here:

Make this the year that you follow through on your New Year’s resolution to make a difference in the lives of your local neighbors in need by volunteering at LUM.


More Important Information

LUM EVENTS
Sign up to volunteer at LUM Events online. Online Volunteer Sign Up Sheets, click HERE.


GROUP OPPORTUNITIES
If your group would like to volunteer with LUM, sign up for a LUM Event online — or please email or call for more information (volunteer@lumserve.org | 765.423.2691).


LUM VOLUNTEER LISTING
To view all LUM Volunteer Opportunities, click HERE.


SIGN UP ONLINE
 Sign up to volunteer with LUM online. It’s quick and easy — and you’ll get an email confirmation and email reminders. For a list of Online Volunteer Sign Up Sheets, click HERE.



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TAX Assistance – Volunteers Needed


The LUM Tax Assistance Program has openings for volunteers to help local individuals and families with their income tax returns. YOU can make things a little easier, and provide a valuable service to the struggling families who rely on LUM to get their taxes done. If this sounds like a fun and rewarding experience, please join the LUM Tax Prep Team.

LUM has developed a plan to get taxes done while keeping volunteers and clients safe. LUM is offering remote and “limited in-person” sessions from February through April. To view the variety of volunteer opportunities available, see below. If you would like to find out more, please email the LUM Tax Assistance director, Josh Prokopy, at jprokopy@lumserve.org.


Here are some of the VOLUNTEER roles needed at LUM:

Greeter/Screener – You greet everyone visiting the site to create a pleasant atmosphere. You screen taxpayers to determine the type of assistance they need and confirm they have the necessary documents to complete their tax returns. Tax law certification is not required for this position.

Tax Preparer – You complete and successfully certify in tax law training, including the use of electronic filing software, to provide free tax return preparation for eligible taxpayers.

Interpreter – You provide free language interpreter services to customers who are not fluent in English. Basic tax knowledge is helpful, but it is not required for this position.

Quality Reviewer – You review tax returns completed by volunteer tax preparers, ensuring that every taxpayer receives top quality service and that the tax returns are error-free. You must be tax law certified at least at the Intermediate level.  

Site Administrator/Coordinator – You have excellent organizational and leadership skills.  You are the primary resource for sharing your knowledge of the program and are available to assist with any issues that may arise. You develop and maintain schedules for all volunteers to ensure adequate coverage, supplies and equipment at your site. Tax law certification is not always required for this position.

Computer Specialist or troubleshooter – You have a working knowledge of personal computers, software and communications systems. Tax law certification is not required for this position. If working at a self-prepare site you must become familiar with the various tax software option(s) available at your site. Although you may have less taxpayer interaction than most volunteers, you must be patient with those individuals who may not be as computer literate.

Tax Coach – You provide tax law assistance and guide taxpayers in preparing their own tax returns. Tax law certification is required for this volunteer role and training is available on-line or through face-to-face instruction.

Instructor – You complete online certification in tax law at the advanced level or higher and familiarize yourself with any software updates before instructing other volunteers. You will conduct classes online or in a classroom setting.



Empathy | Engagement | Energy | Experience


Did you know?

There are many benefits to volunteering with LUM. Serving your community not only helps others but also has benefits YOU!

  • You gain EXPERIENCE
  • You become more EMPATHETIC
  • You  are HAPPIER
  • You reduce your STRESS

There are many different opportunities for volunteering at LUM, from working one-on-one with a child to helping run the homeless shelter. Check out the current volunteer needs listed below.


Immediate Openings — LUM Volunteer Needs

To view all LUM Volunteer Opportunities, click HERE.

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Turkey Trot 2021 – Record Breaking Year

660+ Participants – $32,000+ Raised for LUM

The 2021 Turkey Trot 5K Run welcomed back live runners on Thanksgiving morning and was a successful event, setting records for number of participants and money raised for LUM. This year, the event raised more than $32,000 and had more than 660 individuals 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 assistanceimmigration servicestax assistance and homelessness services.

The Thanksgiving morning weather was overcast and rainy but the rain stopped before the run began at 8 a.m. 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. To view the list of all of our Event Sponsors, including monetary donations and in-kind gifts, click HERE.

To view more PHOTOS, click HERE.

LUM Hosts Purdue Religious Leaders


Last week, LUM hosted the regular meeting of the University Religious Leaders of Purdue. URL is a consortium of religious leaders who serve Purdue students in West Lafayette. After a simple lunch in the LUM Ray Ewry Center, Wes Tillett, LUM executive director, and Pablo Malavenda, LUM executive program director, gave an overview of the services provided through Lafayette Urban Ministry — emphasizing that the students and community members who are served by their churches and temples are eligible for this assistance. They focused on the Westside Food Pantry, Financial Assistance and the Immigration Clinic. URL members were also encouraged to take advantage of the numerous giving and volunteer opportunities at LUM through the Emergency ShelterAfter School Program, Community Thanksgiving, and Jubilee Christmas.

LUM has enjoyed a good partnership with the University Religious Leaders at Purdue — and this was a great opportunity to reinforce that relationship.


If you or your group wishes to volunteer with LUM, go to our website to explore and sign up online—click HERE. There are immediate LUM volunteer needs with the Emergency Shelter, After School Program Jubilee Christmas, Turkey Trot 5K Run, and Community Thanksgiving Celebration.

Urgent Need – Overnight Shelter Volunteers


Volunteer with the LUM Emergency Shelter


The LUM Emergency Shelter needs Overnight Shelter Volunteers 365 nights a year from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. or 8 p.m. to midnight. Duties include checking in guests, serving dinner, distributing toiletries and maintaining a welcoming, safe & clean space. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old.

LUM is ready for the return of volunteers to the shelter. Please consider coming back — and assisting the LUM Emergency Shelter as the colder weather approaches. LUM follows strict COVD-19 protocols for the safety of our guests, our staff and our volunteers. If you have any questions, please email Jeffrey Auguste, LUM shelter director, at jauguste@lumserve.org.


MEALS Are Needed, Too 

If you or your group wishes to prepare a meal, click HERE. You may stay and serve from 8-10 p.m. or drop off your meal at 8 p.m.

 


Volunteer Opportunities

  • To view all LUM Volunteer Opportunities, click HERE.
  • SIGN UP ONLINE — Sign up to volunteer with LUM online. It’s quick & easy and you’ll get email reminders.

Many more Volunteer Opportunities may be found HERE.


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Volunteer Needs – Uplifting Holiday Programs


Community Thanksgiving Feast & Jubilee Christmas

LUM has begun planning the the 35th annual Community Thanksgiving Feast and the 41st annual Jubilee Christmas — and hundreds of volunteers are needed! Here is what you need to know to sign up today!

Community Thanksgiving Feast – VOLUNTEERSto sign up to volunteer or donate a food item or supplies, click HERE. Most volunteers are needed on Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, November 25).

Jubilee Christmas – VOLUNTEERS: to sign up to volunteer, click HEREJubilee Christmas volunteers are needed as soon as this WednesdayOctober 13, to assist with Open Registration of local families; and from November 29 – December 7 to staff the Donation Center, and from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Jubilee Christmas day on Saturday, December 11.


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Meet Harith – Superstar LUM Volunteer


Harith Morgan Shares His Time & Talent with LUM

Harith Morgan grew up in a Muslim family in Brooklyn, New York and now lives in West Lafayette. He graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School and earned his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He is currently pursuing a Master’s at Purdue University in Mechanical Engineering. After graduation, Harith plans on pursuing a career in environmental sustainability.

Nine months ago, Harith found the LUM Protein Food Pantry and began volunteering. Through the height of the pandemic, he has shown up each week, ready to work hard and serve his neighbors struggling to get enough food to feed their families.Harith shared that,

Volunteering with LUM is a blessing. It gives me an opportunity to help others — and to work with the other wonderful volunteers, who I now call my friends.”

Wes Tillett, LUM executive director, is impressed with Harith for several reasons. He stated that,

I have been struck by the positivity and consistency of Harith. He serves with such joy. He uplifts everyone he is around — volunteers and clients alike. It is a blessing to have Harith Morgan as a LUM volunteer.

LUM is grateful for each and every volunteer, but is especially thankful for Harith. He is not only extremely busy working on Master’s degree and job search, but also finds the time to do good work in his new community of Greater Lafayette. Please join us in thanking Harith for his many hours of service to our community through LUM. If you want to be like Harith and volunteer with LUM, please go to LUMserve.org/volunteer, email volunteer@LUMserve.org or call 765-423-2691.

Meet Bonnie – Superstar LUM Volunteer


Bonnie Gillman Shares Her Time & Talent with LUM

Bonnie Gillman grew up in Amo, Indiana, located in Hendricks County. She is a retired nonprofit administrator who is enjoying retirement with her husband of 33 years, Keith. They were both active with the Presbyterian church: she as a deacon and both as ministers with the Stephen Ministry. Bonnie earned her bachelor’s degree later in her career from DePaul University (Chicago) and Professional Project Planning certification from the University of Chicago. Bonnie & Keith’s work took them from Hendricks County to Indianapolis to Chicago. After a career working with mental health & addiction focused nonprofits, Bonnie retired in 2017 from the Gateway Foundation, a national nonprofit that treats drug & alcohol addiction at 16 rehab centers, as their information services director reporting to the vice president.

Bonnie has four adult children (two daughters & two sons) who live in Chicago, Indianapolis, Florida & Lafayette. She and her husband decided to relocate to Lafayette when Keith retired in 2019 to be close to their six grandchildren (three girls & three boys). As soon as she was settled, Bonnie searched for a meaningful service opportunity and found Lafayette Urban Ministry. She stated that,

“LUM offered me a chance to serve while learning more about my new community. I soon learned that LUM does amazing things to help local families in need.”

Through her faith and family, Bonnie has learned that,

“everyone finds themselves in need from time to time and often finds it difficult to ask for help.”

What she enjoys about LUM is that,

“the staff are dedicated to helping with love and without judgement.”

As a volunteer afternoon receptionist, Bonnie knows that she is contributing to making the community better. She not only connects individuals with the appropriate LUM service, but also witnesses individuals who give both time and money to support those programs. She was recently moved by the kindness and generosity of a local landlord. LUM gave financial assistance to this landlord’s tenant to pay rent. When the landlord found out, he returned the money to LUM, forgave the tenant’s debt, and told Bonnie that he didn’t need the money that badly. It is stories like these that keep Bonnie motivated to stay engaged at Lafayette Urban Ministry.

Bonnie wants to encourage anyone who is looking for a meaningful volunteer service opportunity to check out LUM. She shared that,

“LUM is a very good place to volunteer. The people are nice and inspire me with their passion. They give you a chance to play a small part in something much bigger.”

Bonnie and Keith consider themselves “foodies” and enjoy traveling to different cities to learn about the culture and find great places to enjoy the food. Their goal is to eventually visit each of the 50 US states and five (permanent, nonmilitary) territories. Their favorite pastime though is spending time with their grandchildren and hosting family celebrations.

LUM is grateful for each and every volunteer, but is especially thankful that Bonnie chose LUM. Her experience, talent and delightful personality have added so much to the quality of the service LUM offers to children, families, and individuals experiencing homelessness. Please join us in thanking her for her many hours of service to our community through LUM. If you wish to be like Bonnie and volunteer with LUM, please go to LUMserve.org/volunteer, email volunteer@LUMserve.org or call 765-423-2691.