News About Fall LUM Programs
Wes's Weekly Wrap Up: "On Location at Camp"
In this edition of  Wes's Weekly Wrap Up , Wes, LUM executive director, is at LUM Camp and reflects on, and is thankful for, everyone who made LUM Camp possible, including individuals who sponsored a camper this year . Please take  60 seconds  to watch the video. Feel free to  SHARE .
LUM After School Program Start Delayed
Summer Childcare Extended Through August 19
Lafayette Urban Ministry is committed to offering quality and affordable childcare during the summer and after school, when school is in session. Since our schedule is dependent on the local school corporations, the LUM Youth Programs director, Kristi Hogue, has been monitoring discussion and decision about local school opening dates. At this point, LUM has decided to continue offering all-day childcare until school begins (August 19), and starting after school childcare thereafter. Adaptability & change have been the only constant this summer, but it is worth the extra effort if LUM is able to support families & children during this crisis. If you wish to invest in the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program and After School Program, an online donation would be appreciated. Volunteers are also needed each day; and donations of needed items are also welcome. If you need more information, click HERE or email Kristi Hogue (
LUM Youth Center - No Touch Clean Up
Hands-Free Faucets & Hand Dryers
This summer, the students enrolled in the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program were able to wash & dry their hands without needing to touch the faucet or towel dispenser. The restrooms in the LUM Ray Ewry Youth Center are now equipped with hands-free hand dryers and hands-free faucets . LUM students were always required to wash their hands but during COVID-19 washing is more frequent and carefully monitored. Now it is also safer.

Thanks to a grant from the  McAllister Foundation , LUM was able to purchase hands-free faucets for the restrooms. The grant has also been used to make playground improvements and to purchase books & a bookshelf, bus back-up cameras, and increased outdoor lighting.

This gift has had a tremendous positive impact on the LUM youth programs , directly enhancing the LUM students’ experiences. Thanks again to Dave Webb with the Alfred J. & Dorothy N. McAllister Foundation for their continued support of the students enrolled in the LUM youth programs .
LUM Protein Food Pantry Needs You
Donations & Volunteers Needed Weekly
To offer a good variety of proteins and paper products, the LUM  Protein Food Pantry  relies on donations from individuals, churches, companies and groups. The LUM food pantry also needs volunteers each  Thursday  morning from  9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. , to unload food, set up, check-in & assist families, and breakdown.

Five ways  YOU  can help the LUM Protein Food Pantry are as follows:

If you wish to sponsor a food drive or donate needed items, the list of items the food pantry needs is as follows:
  • Paper products: toilet paper, paper towels, napkins & facial tissues
  • Peanut butter; Eggs
  • Canned meats (beef, chicken) & canned fish (tuna)
  • Beans, legumes & lentils – dry or canned
  • Fresh produce: fruits & vegetables
  • Baby diapers & wipes; Infant formula
  • Feminine Hygiene Products: liners, napkins, pads, tampons, wipes
  • Adult incontinence protection aids (unisex briefs)

If you wish to make a monetary donation, volunteer, donate needed items, register for Hunger Hike — or simply have questions or need further information, go to , call 765-423-2691 or email .
Hunger Hike Countdown - 45 Days to Kickoff
Wanted Teams, Hikers, Donors & More
There are only  45 DAYS to  Hunger Hike . Why not get started NOW?  Here’s what you need to know to begin raising money and “fighting hunger.” Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this will be a year of great changes for  Hunger Hike, and the event is going to be unique and more exciting than ever.

Hunger Hike  2020 will kick off on Sunday,  September 13 starting a week-long challenge for “Hikers” and “Teams.” Individuals & groups can create online fundraising pages for themselves and their team and begin fundraising today. They will also be encouraged to  create a “personal challenge” for the week or participate in a leaderboard challenge with other members of their fundraising team to see who can get the most steps -- using a mobile app.

The centerpiece of the event will take place on Sunday,  September 20  at 1:00 pm with the  Hunger Hike  livestream event, featuring local celebrities, speakers and entertainment to help celebrate and raise funds for  Hunger Hike The hike raises money to support the important work of  Lafayette Urban Ministry, Food Finders Food Bank, Inc., and the St. Thomas Aquinas Haiti Ministry.
Chipotle Night - Benefits LUM Youth Programs
Save the Date - Tuesday, August 25 - 5-9 p.m.