LUM Camp - Notes from Joe Micon, Camp Director
LUM Camp 2018 Theme - Let Your Light Shine
The 2018 LUM Camp theme is “Let Your Light Shine!”  LUM Camp staff members will teach our campers about the science of light... 
  • Why are some stars red and some blue? 
  • Which light bulbs use the least amount of energy? 
  • What causes a red sunset? 
  • How does a prism work? 
  • What causes lightning to flash and thunder to clap?  
  • What are ultraviolet and infrared light? 
  • What makes a cat’s eyes shine at night? 
  • Can you see the Northern Lights in Indiana?
Our campers will meet scientists and educators from Purdue University, West Lafayette, who know the answers to these and countless other questions. They will engage each child’s natural curiosity with loads of hands-on activities and projects. 
Sponsor a Local Child to Attend LUM CAMP 2018
At LUM Camp 2018, we’ll hunt for fireflies, sing around campfires, play flashlight tag and even provide our campers with a grand fireworks display on the last night of camp! 

Our plans for LUM Camp 2018 are a big order - and that’s why I am writing to you. LUM Camp is a scholarship-based camp for 8, 9 and 10 year old boys and girls. We only invite children whose parents are not able to pay for the $150+ per child cost of most other summer camps.  I am hoping that you will consider a gift of $150 to send a local child to LUM Camp 2018.
Your " campership " will pay for a child’s transportation, room and board, camp activities, supplies and all of our science programs and educators - everything a camper will need to attend this year’s LUM Camp. 
  • Sending $300 will allow two children to attend LUM Camp
  • Sending $450 will provide 3 camperships
  • $75 will provide one-half of a campership
Please, will you help me? Working together, we can offer this life-changing experience to another group of LUM campers this summer. Through your kindness today, you can have a positive impact upon a child for years to come.
Former Camper Named Assistant Camp Director
I want to share an amazing story with you today. It’s about a little girl who has been to LUM Camp 17 times!
Marlena Edmondson first came to camp in 1997 when she was 8 years old. If you could only have seen the joy on her face as she experience LUM Camp with her brand new friends. Marlena eagerly returned to LUM Camp each summer until she reached age 11 and was too old to attend. She then returned at age 16 junior camp counselor. When she turned 18, Marlena returned to LUM Camp as one of our staff of 24 senior camp counselors. 
Marlena credits LUM Camp as the reason she chose to study social work in college and to go on to earn her Master’s Degree.  She gives back for all the ways her family was helped during difficult times. It is why she now works full-time with at-risk children as a school social worker in the Tippecanoe School Corporation. And it is why she has returned each July to spend the entire week with our LUM Campers.

Marlena Edmondson first attended LUM Camp because someone, like YOU, cared enough to share a campership .  Through the years she has nurtured and turned that gift into a brighter future, and has shared it with countless other children. And this year, I am happy to report that Marlena has been named Assistant Director of LUM Camp and will play an even greater role in impacting the lives of our campers!
LUM Outreach – Faith Presbyterian Church
LUM Executive Director Participated in Service
This past Sunday, Joe Micon participated in Worship Service & Mission event at Faith Presbyterian Church , West Lafayette. Not only did he have an opportunity to educate and update on the programs at LUM and their impact and needs, but Joe was also able to reconnect with several current and former LUM board members and volunteers (pictured). It is a testament to the love and support LUM receives all year-long from the members and leadership of Faith Presbyterian Church. {Pictured L to R are Joe Micon, Ron Smith, Deb Fleetham, Pastor David Horner, Lonni Kucik, Mike Lockwood, Jane Stewart & John Miller, seated.}

Outreach  is an important part of the mission of Lafayette Urban Ministry; and members of the LUM professional staff actively seek opportunities to engage with and educate people on a variety of issues. Directors of the various LUM programs are well-informed on social and economic issues and are passionate about helping raise awareness in the local community on critical issues affecting low-income families.
For more information on LUM outreach, click HERE .
UU Church Clothes Drive Benefits LUM Clients
Saturday, May 12 - 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Clean out your closets — Bring your clothes to the Unitarian Universalist Church — Benefit LUM Clients!  It’s a Win-Win!

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Tippecanoe County (333 Meridian St., West Lafayette) will hold their annual  Goodwill Clothing Drive  on  Saturday, May 12, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Please use 13-gallon plastic bags, or an equivalent size for ease of handling. No shoes, belts, or household items, please. 

UU Church will receive a $5 voucher from Goodwill for each bag of clothing donated. These vouchers will be distributed to LUM and other local nonprofits. Our neediest families will be helped through the LUM Good Samaritan Program . Let your spring cleaning be a  Win-Win  and help local families.
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Purdue Education Students Support LUM Students
Math Education Learning Community Gives to LUM
The students in the Mathematics Education Learning Community at Purdue University have been engaged this academic year with the LUM students enrolled in the LUM After School Program . The Purdue students have tutored our students and assisted in maximizing the use of our teaching software.

Recently as the academic year drew to a close, the Math Education Learning Community students applied for and were awarded two service learning grants through the Purdue Office of Engagement for $3,000 that benefits the teaching initiatives through the LUM Youth Programs. Not only did the grants pay for the annual subscription fee for the teaching software ($1,500) but it also enabled the Purdue students to purchase all of the needed items for the LUM Youth Programs, including teaching materials, new curriculum, school supplies, cleaning supplies, healthy snacks, first aid supplies and items for the newly installed garden ($1,500).

LUM is humbled by the service and generosity of the students in the Math Education Learning Community and grateful to the Office of Engagement for offering these students funding through their service learning grant program. {Pictured (L to R) with a delivery of supplies are Purdue math education students: Aaron Schlossberger, Mitchell Sutton, Namaluba Malawo, Ashton Knies, Rachel Adduci, and Cuitla Alaniz; and not pictured are Professor Jill Newton and students, Morgan Horter & Tyler Long.}
If you or your group, school, business or church would like to coordinate a "Drive" and collect needed items for the programs at Lafayette Urban Ministry, please check out our Wish-list of needed items online.