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Join Marlena’s LUM Camp Leadership Team


Sign Up to Be a LUM Camp Volunteer Counselor

Would you, or someone you know, make a good LUM Camp Counselor?


During the LUM Summer of Service, there is no better way to volunteer than being a LUM Camp counselor! Counselors are needed from 11 a.m. Monday, July 25 to 4 p.m. Friday, July 29

Marlena Edmondson, the LUM Camp director (pictured) wants YOU to join the leadership team as a volunteer camp counselor. LUM Camp is a week-long, over-night camp program for low-income children from 8 to 10 years old. Volunteer camp counselors must be at least 18 years old, enjoy working with children and be able to spend the entire week at camp. 

Make this the year that YOU make a difference in the lives of local children. To learn more about becoming a LUM Camp Volunteer Counselor, click HERE.


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Central Presbyterian Serves Shelter Meal


Church Members Offer Healthy Meal & Fellowship

Pictured L to R are Harriet Smith, Chip & Carolyn Goldsberry, and Nancy Nargi.

Recently, members of the Central Presbyterian Church (Lafayette, IN) prepared and served a meal to the guests of the LUM Emergency Shelter — and offered fellowship as well. Thanks to Central Presbyterian Church for their commitment to our community and continued support of LUM.

If you or your group would like to prepare and serve LUM Emergency Shelter Meals, here’s what to do:

For more information or to sign up, click HERE or the button below — or email or call us (shelter@LUMserve.org | 765-423-2691).


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LUM Camp Needs YOU! Join the Team!


Volunteer Camp Counselor Needed – July 25-29

LUM Camp is a week-long, overnight camp program for low-income children from 8 to 10 years old. Volunteer camp counselors must be 18 years old, enjoy working with children and be able to spend the entire week at camp. 

Counselors are needed from 11 a.m. Monday, July 25 to 4 p.m. Friday, July 29. Make this the year that YOU “have fun to make a difference” in the lives of local children. To learn more about becoming a LUM Volunteer Camp Counselor, click HERE.

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LUM Honors Volunteers with Service Awards

LUM Volunteer Appreciation Reception

LUM could not serve our community without thousands of volunteers each year, who assist in each program and with each event. In celebration of National Volunteer Month, LUM recognized all of our dedicated volunteers at the 50th Anniversary Celebration and the LUM Volunteer Appreciation Reception last week.

This year, LUM also recognized at least one volunteer from each program as a 2021 Star Volunteer, who were selected by each of the program directors. The LUM 2021 Star Volunteers are as follows: Thomas Busch (Immigration Clinic), Kathy Coder (Westside Food Pantry), Connie Decker (Tax Assistance), Susan Edgell (Youth Programs), Bayley Emig (Youth Programs) Connie Farrell (Bulk Mail), Joan Marshall (Reception Desk), Kim Reneau (Protein Food Pantry), Shirley Robertson (Financial Assistance & Jubilee Christmas), Duane Sellers (Hunger Hike), Tricia Sembroski (Financial Assistance, Tax Assistance, Board Treasurer & Jubilee Christmas), Adelia Sorge (Immigration Clinic), Brandyn Stack (Emergency Shelter), Diane West (Turkey Trot 5K Run), and Marilyn Zerbes (Business Office). If you wish to read more about the LUM 2021 Star Volunteers, see below.

Please join us in thanking each and every voluteer, especially the Star Volunteers. If you wish to volunteer with LUM please click the button below or email volunteer@LUMserve.org.


LUM 2021 Star Volunteers

LUM 2021 STAR Volunteer! For making a significant contribution in court-related asylum cases, preventing the deportation of families for the Immigration Clinic. You have demonstrated compassion, cooperation, and a commitment to serve LUM and the people of Greater Lafayette. Thank you for your efforts to help LUM in TACKLING BASIC NEEDS and UPLIFTING HUMAN BEINGS.

LUM 2021 STAR Volunteer! For your willingness to go above and beyond to ensure that the West Side Food Pantry clients are well cared for. You have been a backup for the director, arrive early for set-up, delivered food to clients, and helped move over-supply for food as needed. You have demonstrated compassion, cooperation, and a commitment to serve LUM and the people of Greater Lafayette. Thank you for your efforts to help LUM in TACKLING BASIC NEEDS and UPLIFTING HUMAN BEINGS.

LUM 2021 STAR VOLUNTEER! For your willingness to go above and beyond to ensure that the Tax Assistance Program was a success. Connie worked tirelessly to explain our new model to clients. She showed up every single Saturday morning to help run the drop off clinic, and was friendly and welcoming even when clients were agitated or had forgotten to complete their paperwork. Thank you for your efforts to help LUM in TACKLING BASIC NEEDS and UPLIFTING HUMAN BEINGS.

LUM 2021 STAR VOLUNTEER! For bringing consistency and help to the After School Program. For your initiative in direct interactions with the children and staff. You have helped in all areas of programming. Building relationships with children and staff. You have demonstrated compassion, cooperation, and a commitment to serve LUM and the people of Greater Lafayette. Thank you for your efforts to help LUM in TACKLING BASIC NEEDS and UPLIFTING HUMAN BEINGS.

LUM 2021 STAR VOLUNTEER! For serving with a positive attitude, working additional days to help get a project completed, and being a true asset to the Bulk Mail team. You have demonstrated compassion, cooperation, and a commitment to serve LUM and the people of Greater Lafayette. Thank you for your efforts to help LUM in TACKLING BASIC NEEDS and UPLIFTING HUMAN BEINGS.

LUM 2021 STAR VOLUNTEER! For your willingness to go above and beyond for our clients and guests at the Reception desk. You have demonstrated compassion, cooperation, and a commitment to serve LUM and the people of Greater Lafayette. Thank you for your efforts to help LUM in TACKLING BASIC NEEDS and UPLIFTING HUMAN BEINGS.

LUM 2021 STAR VOLUNTEER! For your willingness to go above and beyond regular duties of the Protein Food Pantry by being early for setup, delivering food to clients, moving over-supply of produce to LTHC and much more. You have demonstrated compassion, cooperation, and a commitment to serve LUM and the people of Greater Lafayette. Thank you for your efforts to help LUM in TACKLING BASIC NEEDS and UPLIFTING HUMAN BEINGS.

LUM 2021 STAR VOLUNTEER! For volunteering 2-3 mornings a week to meet with Financial Assistance Clients, and always doing so with an uplifting, positive energy. Shirley played an important role in LUM’s ability to keep the Financial Assistance Program running smoothly during the pandemic. Thank you for your kindness, encouraging words and undying commitment to serving people in need, and for your efforts to help LUM in TACKLING BASIC NEEDS and UPLIFTING HUMAN BEINGS.

LUM 2021 STAR Volunteer! Hunger Hike would not be what it is without all of Duane’s hard work. Not only does he take part in the task force and play a vital role in corporate fundraising, he’s also consistently one of our top peer-to-peer fundraisers – and in 2021 he took first place. His efforts make Hunger Hike a success. He has demonstrated compassion, cooperation, and a commitment to serve LUM and the people of Greater Lafayette. Thank you for your efforts to help LUM in TACKLING BASIC NEEDS and UPLIFTING HUMAN BEINGS.

LUM 2021 STAR VOLUNTEER! For serving above and beyond as Board Treasurer, Financial Aid Advocate, Tax Assistance Preparer, and so much more. You have demonstrated compassion, cooperation, and a commitment to serve LUM and the people of Greater Lafayette. Thank you for your efforts to help LUM in TACKLING BASIC NEEDS and UPLIFTING HUMAN BEINGS.

LUM 2021 STAR Volunteer! For doing an outstanding job with waivers of inadmissibility for the Immigration Clinic. You have demonstrated compassion, cooperation, and a commitment to serve LUM and the people of Greater Lafayette. Thank you for your efforts to help LUM in TACKLING BASIC NEEDS and UPLIFTING HUMAN BEINGS.

LUM 2021 STAR Volunteer! For consistently volunteering with the Emergency Shelter through the pandemic and the winter seasons. When LUM was losing volunteers due to COVID-19, Brandyn stepped up. It is a blessing to have him with us. You have demonstrated compassion, cooperation, and a commitment to serve LUM and the people of Greater Lafayette. Thank you for your efforts to help LUM in TACKLING BASIC NEEDS and UPLIFTING HUMAN BEINGS.

LUM 2021 STAR VOLUNTEER! For helping to prepare the Turkey Trot 5K race packets, and overseeing the packet pick-up process. You were absolutely essential in helping us run a smooth, hassle free race, especially in 2021, when we had more than 650 runners! You have demonstrated compassion, cooperation, and a commitment to serve LUM and the people of Greater Lafayette. Thank you for your efforts to help LUM in TACKLING BASIC NEEDS and UPLIFTING HUMAN BEINGS.

LUM 2021 STAR VOLUNTEER! You have been an invaluable help to the Business Office during the switch from Cash Accounting to Accrual Accounting. You are always willing to meet and consult. You are an upbeat and selfless individual who has been a true blessing to LUM. You have demonstrated compassion, cooperation, and a commitment to serve LUM and the people of Greater Lafayette. Thank you for your efforts to help LUM in TACKLING BASIC NEEDS and UPLIFTING HUMAN BEINGS.

Meet Adelia – LUM Superstar Volunteer

Providing Immigration Advice & Assistance

The LUM Immigration Clinic depends on a team of highly skilled, trained & accredited staff and volunteers. Led by the director and assistant director, Christian Gallo & Yanina Gomez Szyszko, volunteer attorneys, accredited representatives, program volunteers and interns are providing immigration advice, filling out immigration forms, and drafting legal documents for cases.


Adelia Sorge grew up in Oakwood, Ohio. She and her husband, Dennis, now live in West Lafayette. She earned her BA in Psychology with a comprehensive in language from Manchester University as well as two Master’s degrees in Child Development and Counseling, both from Purdue University. Adelia retired as a Purdue Krannert School of Management academic advisor. She & Dennis are active members of St. John’s Episcopal Church and have three grown children, all of whom graduated from Purdue, and eight grandchildren, two who are currently enrolled at Purdue. Adelia has been volunteering with LUM since 2015.


The Entire Volunteer Team

The entire LUM Immigration Clinic volunteer team is as follows:

  • Volunteer Attorneys: Matthew Salsberry, Thomas Busch, and Adedoyin Florence Adeniran
  • Accredited Representatives: Adelia Sorge, Susan Brouillette, Aparna Puri, Margaret Hass, Mary Tindel, and Beata Riveiro
  • Candidate for Accreditation: Brianna Largent
  • Program Volunteers: Aneesh Terani, David Gonzales, and Sean Murley
  • Interns: Beth Kupsis and Anneke Radelich

Please join us in thanking each LUM Immigration Clinic volunteer for their time, talent, compassion and experience — and for providing a unique & vital service to our community. If you wish to volunteer with the LUM Immigration Clinic, email Christian Gallo at immigration@LUMserve.org.

Meet Margaret – LUM Superstar Volunteer

Providing Immigration Advice & Assistance

The LUM Immigration Clinic depends on a team of highly skilled, trained & accredited staff and volunteers. Led by the director and assistant director, Christian Gallo & Yanina Gomez Szyszko, volunteer attorneys, accredited representatives, program volunteers and interns are providing immigration advice, filling out immigration forms, and drafting legal documents for cases.


Dr. Margaret Hass grew up in Lafayette, graduated from Jefferson High School, and lives in Lafayette with her husband, Vinayak, and their baby, Jyotika. She completed her bachelor’s degree at Amherst College before earning an M.A. from the University of Tuebingen (Germany) and PhD in Cultural Studies from the University of Bergamo (Italy) and Jawaharlal Nehru University (India). Margaret currently teaches in the Purdue Language and Cultural Exchange (PLaCE) program and serves as the president of Greater Lafayette Immigrant Allies. Margaret is passionate about making our community a more welcoming place for all. She has been a volunteer with the LUM Immigration Clinic since 2016 and an accredited representative since 2019.


The Entire Volunteer Team

The entire LUM Immigration Clinic volunteer team is as follows:

  • Volunteer Attorneys: Matthew Salsberry, Thomas Busch, and Adedoyin Florence Adeniran
  • Accredited Representatives: Adelia Sorge, Susan Brouillette, Aparna Puri, Margaret Hass, Mary Tindel, and Beata Riveiro
  • Candidate for Accreditation: Brianna Largent
  • Program Volunteers: Aneesh Terani, David Gonzales, and Sean Murley
  • Interns: Beth Kupsis and Anneke Radelich

Please join us in thanking each LUM Immigration Clinic volunteer for their time, talent, compassion and experience — and for providing a unique & vital service to our community. If you wish to volunteer with the LUM Immigration Clinic, email Christian Gallo at immigration@LUMserve.org.

Meet Judge Busch – LUM Superstar Volunteer

Providing Immigration Advice & Assistance

The LUM Immigration Clinic depends on a team of highly skilled, trained & accredited staff and volunteers. Led by the director and assistant director, Christian Gallo & Yanina Gomez Szyszko, volunteer attorneys, accredited representatives, program volunteers and interns are providing immigration advice, filling out immigration forms, and drafting legal documents for cases.


Judge Tom Busch grew up in Chicago & California and lives in West Lafayette with his wife, Kathy. Judge Busch earned a bachelor’s degree from University of Chicago and a law degree from New York University. He and Kathy are retired and have three grown children. Their son and one daughter live in Berkeley, CA, and the other daughter lives in Italy. His love of his family and seeing them often was the reason he decided to retire from the bench in Tippecanoe Circuit Court in 2017 after serving for 15 years. Judge Tom Busch is currently Senior Judge in Tippecanoe County, serving when needed. He has been volunteering with LUM since 2018.


The Entire Volunteer Team

The entire LUM Immigration Clinic volunteer team is as follows:

  • Volunteer Attorneys: Matthew Salsberry, Thomas Busch, and Adedoyin Florence Adeniran
  • Accredited Representatives: Adelia Sorge, Susan Brouillette, Aparna Puri, Margaret Hass, Mary Tindel, and Beata Riveiro
  • Candidate for Accreditation: Brianna Largent
  • Program Volunteers: Aneesh Terani, David Gonzales, and Sean Murley
  • Interns: Beth Kupsis and Anneke Radelich

Please join us in thanking each LUM Immigration Clinic volunteer for their time, talent, compassion and experience — and for providing a unique & vital service to our community. If you wish to volunteer with the LUM Immigration Clinic, email Christian Gallo at immigration@LUMserve.org.

LUM Immigration Clinic Superstar Volunteers

Providing Immigration Advice & Assistance

The LUM Immigration Clinic depends on a team of highly skilled, trained & accredited staff and volunteers. Led by the director and assistant director, Christian Gallo & Yanina Gomez Szyszko, volunteer attorneys, accredited representatives, program volunteers and interns are providing immigration advice, filling out immigration forms, and drafting legal documents for cases.


Meet Three Superstar Volunteers

Judge Tom Busch grew up in Chicago & California and lives in West Lafayette with his wife, Kathy. Judge Busch earned a bachelor’s degree from University of Chicago and a law degree from New York University. He and Kathy are retired and have three grown children. Their son and one daughter live in Berkeley, CA, and the other daughter lives in Italy. His love of his family and seeing them often was the reason he decided to retire from the bench in Tippecanoe Circuit Court in 2017 after serving for 15 years. Judge Tom Busch is currently Senior Judge in Tippecanoe County, serving when needed. He has been volunteering with LUM since 2018.

Dr. Margaret Hass grew up in Lafayette, graduated from Jefferson High School, and lives in Lafayette with her husband, Vinayak, and their baby, Jyotika. She completed her bachelor’s degree at Amherst College before earning an M.A. from the University of Tuebingen (Germany) and PhD in Cultural Studies from the University of Bergamo (Italy) and Jawaharlal Nehru University (India). Margaret currently teaches in the Purdue Language and Cultural Exchange (PLaCE) program and serves as the president of Greater Lafayette Immigrant Allies. Margaret is passionate about making our community a more welcoming place for all. She has been a volunteer with the LUM Immigration Clinic since 2016 and an accredited representative since 2019.

Adelia Sorge grew up in Oakwood, Ohio. She and her husband, Dennis, now live in West Lafayette. She earned her BA in Psychology with a comprehensive in language from Manchester University as well as two Master’s degrees in Child Development and Counseling, both from Purdue University. Adelia retired as a Purdue Krannert School of Management academic advisor. She & Dennis are active members of St. John’s Episcopal Church and have three grown children, all of whom graduated from Purdue, and eight grandchildren, two who are currently enrolled at Purdue. Adelia has been volunteering with LUM since 2015.


The Entire Volunteer Team

The entire LUM Immigration Clinic volunteer team is as follows:

  • Volunteer Attorneys: Matthew Salsberry, Thomas Busch, and Adedoyin Florence Adeniran
  • Accredited Representatives: Adelia Sorge, Susan Brouillette, Aparna Puri, Margaret Hass, Mary Tindel, and Beata Riveiro
  • Candidate for Accreditation: Brianna Largent
  • Program Volunteers: Aneesh Terani, David Gonzales, and Sean Murley
  • Interns: Beth Kupsis and Anneke Radelich

Please join us in thanking each LUM Immigration Clinic volunteer for their time, talent, compassion and experience — and for providing a unique & vital service to our community. If you wish to volunteer with the LUM Immigration Clinic, email Christian Gallo at immigration@LUMserve.org.

Meet the LUM Immigration Leadership

Providing Immigration Advice & Assistance

The LUM Immigration Clinic depends on a team of highly skilled, trained & accredited staff and volunteers. Led by the director and assistant director, Christian Gallo & Yanina Gomez Szyszko, volunteer attorneys, accredited representatives, program volunteers and interns are providing immigration advice, filling out immigration forms, and drafting legal documents for cases.


Meet the Staff

Christian Gallo, the LUM Immigration Clinic director, grew up in Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina and now lives in Lafayette with his three children. Christian earned his baccalaureate degree from Colegio Champagnat, Master in Laws degree from Indiana University, and JD from Universidad Católica Argentina (Buenos Aires). He has been a member of the Ciudad de Buenos Aires Bar since 1995 and Indiana Commission on Hispanic and Latino Affairs for more than 10 years. Christian is fluent in four languages (English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian) as well as speaking basic French. Christian enjoys being with his family and coaching soccer and rugby. In 2007, he was the coach of the Purdue Women’s Rugby team. 

Yanina Gomez Szyszko, the LUM Immigration Clinic Assistant Director, grew up in Buenos Aires, Argentina, has lived in Copenhagen, Denmark and Valencia, Spain, and currently lives in Lafayette, Indiana. Yanina graduated from Escuela Cristiana Evangélica Argentina (E.C.E.A) in Buenos Aires, has studied Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Buenos Aires; and is currently enrolled at the International University of Valencia pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Her goal is to complete a Master of Clinical Psychology by 2025. Yanina speaks both English and Spanish. She is an avid volunteer working with agencies in Denmark, Spain, Argentina, Poland and the United States (Lafayette) that focus on children, nutrition, fair labor, homelessness, food distribution and waste, elderly and animals.


The Entire Volunteer Team

The entire LUM Immigration Clinic volunteer team is as follows:

  • Volunteer Attorneys: Matthew Salsberry, Thomas Busch, and Adedoyin Florence Adeniran
  • Accredited Representatives: Adelia Sorge, Susan Brouillette, Aparna Puri, Margaret Hass, Mary Tindel, and Beata Riveiro
  • Candidate for Accreditation: Brianna Largent
  • Program Volunteers: Aneesh Terani, David Gonzales, and Sean Murley
  • Interns: Beth Kupsis and Anneke Radelich

If you wish to volunteer with the LUM Immigration Clinic, email Christian Gallo at immigration@LUMserve.org.

Meet the LUM Immigration Clinic Team

Providing Immigration Advice & Assistance

The LUM Immigration Clinic depends on a team of highly skilled, trained & accredited staff and volunteers. Led by the director and assistant director, Christian Gallo & Yanina Gomez Szyszko, volunteer attorneys, accredited representatives, program volunteers and interns are providing immigration advice, filling out immigration forms, and drafting legal documents for cases.


Meet the Staff

Christian Gallo, the LUM Immigration Clinic director, grew up in Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina and now lives in Lafayette with his three children. Christian earned his baccalaureate degree from Colegio Champagnat, Master in Laws degree from Indiana University, and JD from Universidad Católica Argentina (Buenos Aires). He has been a member of the Ciudad de Buenos Aires Bar since 1995 and Indiana Commission on Hispanic and Latino Affairs for more than 10 years. Christian is fluent in four languages (English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian) as well as speaking basic French. Christian enjoys being with his family and coaching soccer and rugby. In 2007, he was the coach of the Purdue Women’s Rugby team. 

Yanina Gomez Szyszko, the LUM Immigration Clinic Assistant Director, grew up in Buenos Aires, Argentina, has lived in Copenhagen, Denmark and Valencia, Spain, and currently lives in Lafayette, Indiana. Yanina graduated from Escuela Cristiana Evangélica Argentina (E.C.E.A) in Buenos Aires, has studied Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Buenos Aires; and is currently enrolled at the International University of Valencia pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Her goal is to complete a Master of Clinical Psychology by 2025. Yanina speaks both English and Spanish. She is an avid volunteer working with agencies in Denmark, Spain, Argentina, Poland and the United States (Lafayette) that focus on children, nutrition, fair labor, homelessness, food distribution and waste, elderly and animals.


Meet Three Super Star Volunteers

Judge Tom Busch grew up in Chicago & California and lives in West Lafayette with his wife, Kathy. Judge Busch earned a bachelor’s degree from University of Chicago and a law degree from New York University. He and Kathy are retired and have three grown children. Their son and one daughter live in Berkeley, CA, and the other daughter lives in Italy. His love of his family and seeing them often was the reason he decided to retire from the bench in Tippecanoe Circuit Court in 2017 after serving for 15 years. Judge Tom Busch is currently Senior Judge in Tippecanoe County, serving when needed. He has been volunteering with LUM since 2018.

Dr. Margaret Hass grew up in Lafayette, graduated from Jefferson High School, and lives in Lafayette with her husband, Vinayak, and their baby, Jyotika. She completed her bachelor’s degree at Amherst College before earning an M.A. from the University of Tuebingen (Germany) and PhD in Cultural Studies from the University of Bergamo (Italy) and Jawaharlal Nehru University (India). Margaret currently teaches in the Purdue Language and Cultural Exchange (PLaCE) program and serves as the president of Greater Lafayette Immigrant Allies. Margaret is passionate about making our community a more welcoming place for all. She has been a volunteer with the LUM Immigration Clinic since 2016 and an accredited representative since 2019.

Adelia Sorge grew up in Oakwood, Ohio. She and her husband, Dennis, now live in West Lafayette. She earned her BA in Psychology with a comprehensive in language from Manchester University as well as two Master’s degrees in Child Development and Counseling, both from Purdue University. Adelia retired as a Purdue Krannert School of Management academic advisor. She & Dennis are active members of St. John’s Episcopal Church and have three grown children, all of whom graduated from Purdue, and eight grandchildren, two who are currently enrolled at Purdue. Adelia has been volunteering with LUM since 2015.


The Entire Volunteer Team

The entire LUM Immigration Clinic volunteer team is as follows:

  • Volunteer Attorneys: Matthew Salsberry, Thomas Busch, and Adedoyin Florence Adeniran
  • Accredited Representatives: Adelia Sorge, Susan Brouillette, Aparna Puri, Margaret Hass, Mary Tindel, and Beata Riveiro
  • Candidate for Accreditation: Brianna Largent
  • Program Volunteers: Aneesh Terani, David Gonzales, and Sean Murley
  • Interns: Beth Kupsis and Anneke Radelich

Please join us in thanking each LUM Immigration Clinic volunteer for their time, talent, compassion and experience — and for providing a unique & vital service to our community. If you wish to volunteer with the LUM Immigration Clinic, email Christian Gallo at immigration@LUMserve.org.