With Gratitude to the LUM Volunteers
A Message from Joe Micon, LUM Executive Director
April is National Volunteer Month, when we celebrate the work that volunteers do year-round. During National Volunteer Week (April 15-21), across the country organizations like LUM recognize their volunteers for helping them achieve their mission.

By now, you probably know that the Lafayette Urban Ministry provides more volunteer opportunities than almost any other organization in our community. Throughout the course of the year, more than 3,000 individuals volunteer in one or another of the LUM programs. Whether it is preparing a meal for the homeless, stocking shelves at the St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry , serving as a LUM Camp Counselor , helping to govern LUM on the board of directors, teaching children in the LUM After School Program , working the food line at the LUM Community Thanksgiving Meal , hosting a family at Jubilee Christmas , or one of the many other front line or professional volunteer jobs at LUM, volunteers are the heart and soul of all the good that is accomplished here.

Volunteering may not be a uniquely American activity, but it is certainly a major part of our national culture and identity. Writing about his travels through the United States in the 1830s, the French political scientist Alexis de Tocqueville frequently commented on Americans' tendency to form voluntary associations. He was impressed by our desire to come together with friends and neighbors to accomplish community goals. This was, he felt, an important foundation for the democratic society that he studied. Volunteering helps you to learn new skills and develop the ones you already have. It helps you to be part of your community, meet new people and make new friends. Volunteering gives you a sense of purpose and helps you stay physically healthy. Volunteers actually have lower mortality rates than those who don’t volunteer and are less likely to develop chronic pain and heart disease!

So on behalf of the entire staff at LUM please accept my deepest thanks for all you do for the children and families we serve. It is our great joy and privilege to work side by side with you each day. How grateful we are at LUM for you, and for all the others, who have joined us on our journey to make our community a better place for everyone.

It is no use walking anywhere to preach unless our
walking is our preaching. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
LUM Follies 2018 - The Event of the Season
Special Event benefiting a Special Fund
We would be honored with your presence at the 7 th  annual
for the benefit of the LUM Good Samaritan Fund
NEXT Friday, the thirteenth of April
Social hour - 5:30 p.m.
Dinner - 6:30 p.m.
Follies entertainment - 7:30 p.m.
St. Andrew United Methodist Church
West Lafayette, Indiana
$45 per person - $360 per table
LIMITED SEATING - Make Your Reservation Today

LUM Follies is a lighthearted evening of fine dining, entertainment, fun & good company, filled with joyful surprises. One hundred percent of the proceeds from this event go to the LUM Good Samaritan Fund , an emergency financial assistance program that supports local families. For more details on the LUM Follies entertainment & menu, click HERE . If you aren’t able to attend but wish to make a donation — click the button below.
LUM Board Honors Franciscan Health
25 Year Gift of Sheets to the LUM Shelter
The Board of Directors of the Lafayette Urban Ministry recently honored Franciscan Health for the hospital’s annual donation of 12,000 sets of sheets, blankets and pillowcases to the Lafayette Urban Ministry Emergency Shelter for the homeless. The hospital has been providing clean linens for the homeless for 25 years. Sister Petra Nielsen, Vice President Administrative Services & Rick Bremer, Director of Environmental Services, attended the meeting to accept the recognition and commemorative plaque on behalf of Franciscan Health. The total value of the in-kind donation to LUM is approximately $250,000 (an estimated in-kind value of about $10,000 per year).

Joe Micon, LUM executive director stated, “It’s one of those common things that nobody thinks too much about. But if you’re going to provide the homeless with a place to sleep, you have to make sure that place is clean and warm. Our partnership with Franciscan Health has been a real Godsend. We just wanted a chance to say ‘thank you’ publicly and felt the community should know about their generosity.” Each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, the laundry service from Franciscan Health drops off clean sheets to the LUM Emergency Shelter and takes the used sheets to be cleaned. “It’s been happening routinely for 25 years,” says Micon. “We want to be careful not to take this tremendous gift for granted. I can’t imagine what we would do if Franciscan Health wasn’t willing to step up to plate in this way.”

 { Pictured above L to R: Joe Micon, LUM executive director, Sister Petra Nielsen, Rick Bremer and Mark Thomas, LUM Board president.}
LUM Position Announcement - Teachers
Teachers Needed - Summer Childcare
Type : Full-time, Paid
Hours :
Monday – Friday, 8-hour shifts (6 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. & 8:15 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.)
Pay : $15.00 per hour
Dates : May 29, 2018 – August 3, 2018
Requirements :
  • Bachelor’s degree in Education
  • Must pass a background check, medical (TB) & drug screen
  • Must complete all State required training
Duties :
  • Assisting in supervision and assuring safety of approximately 40 children pre-K thru 6th grade
  • Preparing children for entering into Kindergarten
  • Assisting children in improving their skills in Math, Reading and Science
  • Creating and teaching curriculum
  • Assisting in scheduling and supervising field trips
  • Interacting with parents and community members
If interested—please Email, Mail or Drop-off a resume with cover letter including a teaching philosophy to the LUM Youth Programs director, Amanda Bajzatt (765-423-2691 |  abajzatt@lumserve.org  ).