Port of Hope 2019 - Tremendous Success
Community Comes Together to Support the
LUM Immigration Clinic
The fourth annual Port of Hope fundraiser benefiting the LUM Immigration Clinic was another resounding success. Enthusiastic guests partnered with good food, lively music, hearty conversation, and thought provoking art to celebrate the diversity that is Greater Lafayette and our immigrant community. 

Many thanks to our  sponsors,   restaurants , and donors. These businesses and individuals generously give to the Immigration Clinic , and we ask that you show them your support and let them know that you saw them at Port of Hope . Without the support of our sponsors, donors, and guests, paired with efforts of our tireless volunteers, this successful event would not be possible. To view more photos , click HERE .

With your help and the help of everyone who contributed, the Port of Hope is on track to raise more than $41,000 . All funds raised support the continued mission of the Immigration Clinic . If you weren't able to attend, your  donation would still be greatly appreciated.
30 Days to LUM Jubilee Christmas - December 14
Volunteers Needed & Donations Welcome
Recently the LUM Jubilee Christmas coordinators representing 27 local churches met at Lafayette Urban Ministry. At the meeting each Jubilee Christmas coordinator received a list of their “families.” The coordinators were excited because now they may begin their toy shopping and event planning.

This year Jubilee Christmas will serve more than  640 local families including close to 1,850  local children. Churches & organizations across the county will host 25 events on Saturday, December 14.

Lots of VOLUNTEERS are needed. DONATIONS of new (unwrapped) toys, books, games, gift cards, batteries, gift wrap, clothing (newborn to 12-year-olds), and quilts/blankets are welcome and may be dropped off at the Jubilee Christmas Donation Center (Monday, December 2  - Friday, December 6 from 1-5 p.m.) at 420 N 4th Street, Lafayette. You can help Jubilee Christmas even more by donating a cash gift of $50, $100, $250, $500, $1,000. For more information on LUM Jubilee Christmas , click HERE.
Neil Klemme Insurance $3,000 Match Program
Donations Matched Up to $3,000 - Two Weeks Left
During the month of November, take advantage of the Klemme Insurance $3,000 Match Program and double your donation to LUM, increasing your impact on strengthening local families thanks to the generosity of Neil Klemme State Farm Insurance Agency of West Lafayette.

It's simple click the " Make A Donation" button below, make a donation by November 30, and Neil Klemme Insurance Agency will match all donations, up to $3,000. All money will benefit local children & families through the LUM Jubilee Christmas program. This year, 617 local families are registered for Jubilee Christmas, impacting 1,766 children.

LUM is very fortunate and sincerely grateful to have this support from Neil Klemme State Farm Insurance Agency.
LUM Thanksgiving Day Events NEED You!
Thursday,  November 28
(Thanksgiving Morning)
Run start time —  8 a.m.  
Check-In — 6:30-7:45 a.m.
Cattail Trail Loop  – Celery Bog Nature Area, West Lafayette
$35 Adult; $10 Youth  (under 13)
LUM Greater Lafayette Interfaith Community Thanksgiving Celebration
Thanksgiving Day , Thursday, November 28 | Noon to 2 p.m.
 Central Presbyterian Church, 31 N 7th St., Lafayette, IN
FREE - All are welcome
Tuesday - After School Program Extends Hours
A big teachers rally scheduled this Tuesday, November 19, at the Indiana State Capital has prompted many schools, including Lafayette School Corporation schools, to close for the day. In support of local teachers, the LUM After School Program will provide childcare for the entire day on Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

School officials say so many teachers requested personal time off for the rally that they wouldn't be able to find enough substitute teachers to cover classrooms. It is being reported that at least 4,000 teachers have registered for the rally. 
Be a Volunteer Income Tax Preparer at LUM
Every year, hundreds of low income families come to LUM to get their taxes done. We all know how scary tax time can be, but here at LUM it’s often a time of joy. Families who struggle every day just to get by, come here to learn they’re going to get a refund that will place badly needed money back in their pockets. And you can be a part of making that happen!

The average family that uses the LUM Tax Assistance Program earns a little more than $20,000 a year. They cannot afford to pay a professional to do their taxes, and many lack the confidence, experience, or ability to complete the returns on their own.  

Being a volunteer tax preparer at LUM can be an incredibly rewarding experience.
Since, it is a small program, our volunteers have the chance to get to know their clients, and to feel the very personal and immediate reward that comes with realizing they have truly helped someone. At the same time, our volunteers have a lot of fun. Volunteers and staff get to know each other, socialize together between client visits, and help each other solve problems as they arise.

While a few of our volunteers are tax professionals, looking for a way to use their skills to help those in need, others just love the mental challenge of completing a tax return, and still others come to us with no background in math or taxes whatsoever. There have even been volunteers who started off terrified of numbers, only to discover that taxes weren’t that scary after all.

Tax tax clinics are scheduled for Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Wednesdays from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., beginning in February and going through early April. You can sign up for as many or as few clinics as you’d like.

All volunteers need to complete an IRS tax certification. This can seem intimidating at first glance, but don’t worry! There will be Saturday prep classes in December and January to help you get ready. And once you’re certified you can spend a clinic or two shadowing a more experienced volunteer before taking your first client. And if you run into problems you don’t understand, there’s always someone there to help!

Anyone can learn to do this, regardless of background or experience. If you’d like to find out more about becoming a volunteer tax preparer, please email program director, Josh Prokopy at jprokopy@lumserve.org .