LUM Protein Food Pantry Has a New Location
Wes's Weekly Wrap Up - LUM Food Pantry Tour
In this edition of Wes's Weekly Wrap Up, Wes Tillett, LUM executive director, gives a tour of the LUM Protein Food Pantry. Today was the Grand Reopening of the food pantry at the new location at St. John's Episcopal Church in downtown Lafayette. Please take 59 seconds to watch the video and SHARE with others. See below for more information on the Grand Reopening and on how to get engaged.
LUM Food Pantry - Commitment to Downtown
Grand Reopening - Relocation to St. John's Church
The LUM Protein Food Pantry opened this morning in a new and improved downtown Lafayette location. Wes Tillett, LUM executive director, hosted the Grand Reopening which featured a ribbon cutting ceremony and a blessing by the Rev. Andrea Arsene, the Curate at St. John's Episcopal Church, Lafayette.

Remarks were offered and a citation was presented by State Representatives Sheila Klinker & Chris Campbell. The individuals who participated in the "Ribbon Cutting" were (pictured L to R above) the Rev. Arsene, Teresa Lohrman (St. John's), Wes Tillett, Rep. Chris Campbell, Rabbi Karen Fanwick, the Rev. Brandon Smith (Heartland Community Church), Rep. Sheila Klinker, Amy O'Shea (United Way), Kathy Parker (West Lafayette City Council), and Nina Morgan (LUM Board member & Protein Food Pantry volunteer director). At 10 a.m., clients were welcomed into the food pantry to receive fresh fruit & vegetables, paper supplies, frozen meat and a variety of other food staples. {To view more PHOTOS, click HERE.}

Both the LUM Protein Food Pantry and Westside Food Pantry serve all residents of Tippecanoe County. Thanks to everyone who attended the Grand Reopening and helped us celebrate the new location of the LUM Protein Food Pantry. Individuals can help the two LUM Food Pantries in FOUR ways:
  1. Food Drive – Sponsor a food drive at your church, business or in your neighborhood. Extra Credit – Make it a MONTHLY food drive
  2. Donate – Make a monetary donation or Donate “needed items
  3. Volunteer – Sign up to volunteer at one of the LUM food pantries
  4. Promote – Tell your friends, family, and members of your church, group, business or organizations
LUM Day for Dads - First Event - Big Fun
Dads & Kids Enjoy a Day at the Ballpark
LUM Day for Dads is a new initiative designed to encourage and celebrate fathers who are engaged with their children and families. Sixty-five individuals from 12 families (12 parents and 41 kids) participated in the inaugural event -- a trip to the Lafayette Aviators baseball game this past Sunday at Loeb Stadium. Each dad and their family members received for free — a Day for Dads T-shirt, game ticket, food & drink vouchers, and an Aviators baseball cap. Highlights of the afternoon were seeing LUM executive director, Wes Tillett throw out the first pitch, an exciting win for the Lafayette Aviators, the LUM logo appearing on the jumbotron (pictured), and hearing the announcer thank the LUM dads for "their important role in their children's lives."

The participating dads expressed their gratitude for this event and the chance to be with their children. LUM plans on continuing to celebrate "Dads" with periodic events. The next event is the Dads & Kids Pizza & Game Night on Saturday, August 28. LUM Day for Dads event was made possible by individual donors and corporate sponsors; including, Gold Level sponsors: The Russell Company, Trueblood Real Estate & Alan Foord; Bronze Level: Bears Auto Sales, JR Kelly Company & Rieth Riley Construction Co.; and Friend Level: Blevins Insurance Agency.
LUM Camp Needs YOU! Join the Team
LUM Counselors LOVE Their Camp Experience
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 26 to 4 p.m. Friday, July 30. Volunteer camp counselors must be at least 18 years old, enjoy working with children and be able to spend the entire week at camp. Individuals 16 to 18 years old may apply to be a "Junior" counselor.

Our LUM Camp volunteers consistently share how much they LOVE their camp experience. LUM Camp volunteer-counselors recently shared, "What LUM Camp means me."
  • As a former LUM Camp camper, I was excited to volunteer and provide a happy experience as a counselor. It was the highlight of my summer. ~Ash
  • LUM Camp means a week of being outdoors, doing things I never do in my normal life. I meet new people and get lots of exercise. ~Tricia
  • So refreshing to be around young energy! They gave me quite a lift! ~Linda
  • This being my ninth year as counselor, LUM Camp is a blessing to me, seeing the kids go from shy and wanting to go home to not wanting to leave. LUM Camp has enabled me to be recognized around town by my campers and puts a smile on the kid's faces. ~Savannah
  • Over the past four LUM Camps, I've observed more than 100 campers grow in self-confidence, knowledge and respect for others, as they experience a week filled with fun, food and faith. ~Gayle
  • Being a LUM Camp counselor means I get to help kids learn the fun of being a kid and be one myself again. ~April
  • Being a LUM Camp counselor has rewarded me the satisfaction of seeing the excitement, energy, confidence and joy when a child scales the climbing wall, splashes in the pool, navigates a canoe, zips through the trees. What a fun and exhausting week! ~Mary Ann (pictured)
This could be YOU! Be a LUM Camp counselor this year. It will be the best week of your summer.
LUM Camp Offers a Life-Changing Experience
Your Gift to LUM Youth Programs Makes It Happen
On July 27, LUM Camp begins and 80 children will participate in a week filled with nature hikes, arts and crafts, boating, swimming, morning chapel, wall climbing, zip-lining, the giant swing, snacks, delicious meals, and diverse and caring counselors.

LUM Camp is a scholarship-based camp, meaning we only invite children whose parents are not able to pay for the actual cost of camp. (The actual cost is more than $200 per camper.) Campers’ parents pay $5 per child, and donations from individuals, organizations, churches and businesses cover the rest. Join us in thanking all of our individual donors as well as our other donors, which include: Central Presbyterian Church ($10,000), Covenant Church ($5,000), Cutler Presbyterian Church ($1,000), DRLF Consulting ($800), First Presbyterian Church - Rensselaer ($500), Lafayette Rotary Club Foundation ($475), Laura's Kids Inc. ($1,000), and Trinity United Methodist Church ($1,530). These gifts will help pay for a child’s transportation, room and board, camp activities, educational programs and supplies – everything campers need to attend LUM Camp.

If you or your group would like to support the LUM Youth Programs make a donation today. And thank you.
A Glimpse at the Fall Happenings at LUM
Mark Your Calendars - Save the Dates - Engage
HUNGER HIKE | Sunday, September 19 at 1 p.m. | Riehle Plaza, Lafayette, IN

PORT of HOPE - the Immigration Clinic Fundraiser | Thursday, November 4 at 5:30 p.m. | Lafayette Brewing Co., Lafayette, IN

TURKEY TROT 5K Run | Thursday, November 25 at 8 a.m. | Celery Bog Nature Area, West Lafayette, IN

Community THANKSGIVING Feast | Thursday, November 25 at Noon | Central Presbyterian Church, Lafayette, IN