55 th Annual - LUM Camp 2019 - Best Ever!
LUM Campers "Gear Up!" for the Future
Last week, local children from low-income families participated in the 55th annual LUM Camp. LUM Camp is an overnight summer camp for 84 boys and girls (8, 9 and 10 years old), who come from families served by Lafayette Urban Ministry. Our camp includes all the traditional activities that a great camp should have, such as morning chapel, horseback riding, swimming, hiking, boating, a climbing wall, arts & crafts, campfires, a zip-line and an outstanding LUM Camp staff.

Along with all of these activities, LUM Camp focuses on interactive and experiential learning. Our theme this year was GEAR Up! GEAR stands for Great Education Activates Readiness, and our campers engaged in lots of interactive, hands-on experiential learning. They learned about careers in archaeology, coding, cyber security, chemistry, and engineering; and blasted off their own rockets, ran through a maker space relay, and even took home their own coding program.
LUM Camp - Board Night - Ice Cream Social
On July 31, our LUM friends & board members traveled in the LUM bus out to Hanging Rock Assembly Camp in Warren County to experience an evening at LUM Camp .

When our LUM friends & board members arrived they met the campers and sang camp songs. They were then treated to an authentic camp supper followed by an ice cream social, which included ice cream sundaes with all the fixin’s. Our guests scooped and served the ice cream to our campers giving them more time to interact. The highlight of Board Night for the campers, as well as our guests, was the laser light show. You could tell that our guests enjoyed camp life for a few hours and our campers enjoyed having visitors.

Thank you to everyone who helped make LUM Camp 2019 possible. Through your donations, campership gifts, and volunteer time, you have once again made it possible for our LUM Campers to have a positive, life-changing experience that they will remember fondly for the rest of their lives.
45 Days to Hunger Hike 2019 - Register TODAY
Benefits LUM Protein Food Pantry & 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.”
 
Hunger Hike is an annual community fundraising event whose mission is to Raise Awareness & Make a Difference in the Fight Against Hunger — locally, regionally & globally.  
 Hunger Hike   (Official Kick-off & 3K Walk ) event details are as follows:
  • Sunday, September 22
  • Noon – Check-in & DJ music; 1 p.m. – Kick-off event begins; 1:15 p.m. – Zumba, Boilermaker Special, Purdue Pete & Cheerleaders; 2 p.m. – Hike starts; 3 p.m. – Hot Dog Picnic
  • Riehle Plaza, 2nd Street, Lafayette
 
Hunger Hike is the perfect event for a team or group — church group, student organization, civic group or your family. Put together a Hunger Hike team and start raising money using our   online fundraising site   — or any other way you choose. We hope you’ll consider joining our  Fight against Hunger . Here’s how to get started:
 
|   REGISTER Online   |  DONATE   |  More Information —    hungerhike.org   |
 
If you run and/or own a business — you also may become a  Hunger Hike Event Sponsor . If interested, email   hungerhike@lumserve.org   for more information.
LUM Good Samaritan Program Needs Volunteers
Weekly Volunteer Opportunity - Monday Mornings
The LUM Good Samaritan Program is looking for a few volunteers who are interested in serving one morning each week. There is a current weekly volunteer opportunity each Monday morning. Last year alone, LUM Good Samaritan Program volunteers provided assistance 1,780 times to local families facing eviction, utility disconnects and other financial emergencies.

Volunteers spend 1-1 ½ hours (8:30 to 10 a.m.) meeting with clients, doing a simple intake and helping to assess the client’s emergency needs. Training is provided. Anyone with a heart for service and one morning a week should call or email Linda Hicks, LUM Good Samaritan Program director (765-423-2691 | lhicks@lumserve.org) .
Bus Drivers Needed - Each Weekday Afternoon
Seeking Volunteers for LUM After School Program
Volunteer   Activity Bus Drivers are needed each weekday afternoon, NOW through May 19 , from 2 to 3:30 p.m. 

Drivers Bus are needed to transport the LUM  After School Program students from their schools to our program facility in downtown Lafayette. Volunteer bus drivers must have a valid driver’s license, pass the driver’s test for PPL, have a good driving record, and pass a physical examination.
Volunteers are also needed from 2 to 6 p.m. every weekday—as  tutors, story readers, spelling test givers and  for helping children  in general. To begin the “Easy 4-Step Process” to becoming an After School Program volunteer, click HERE .

Please consider signing up NOW to  volunteer  for this important ministry and to make a difference in the lives of children.

For more information about the LUM After School Program , click  HERE   or call or email the LUM Youth Programs director, Kristi Hogue (765-423-2691 |  khogue@lumserve.org ).  PLEASE SHARE.
Retirement Celebration - Rev. Peter Bunder
Celebrating 34 Years of Ministry at Good Shepherd
Last Sunday, the Rev. Peter Bunder presided over his final Sunday service as the chaplain & vicar at the Chapel of the Good Shepherd — The Episcopal Church at Purdue University, West Lafayette. Joe Micon, LUM executive director, attended the service and celebration to honor the Rev. Bunder's 34 years of ministry to our community through Good Shepherd. { Pictured above L to R: the Rev. Peter Bunder, Katy O'Malley-Bunder & Joe Micon.}

The Rev. Peter Bunder has been a strong and steadfast supporter of the programs at Lafayette Urban Ministry, and the Chapel of the Good Shepherd is one of the more active member-churches of LUM. On behalf of the LUM staff and board of directors, congratulations, thank you, and best wishes to our friend, the Rev. Peter Bunder.

To view, the Rev. Peter Bunder's final sermon, click HERE .