Significant Summer for Children at LUM
Building Stronger Children & Families
A letter from Joe Micon, LUM Executive Directo r
In a 1855 dialogue with slave-owners, the famed African-American statesman Frederick Douglass wrote,

“It is easier to build
strong children than to
repair broken men.”

They are words that have always been important to me, because while LUM does more than its share of helping to repair broken adults, it is our work with at-risk children that provides me with my greatest hope for the future.

During the summer months, LUM is heavily invested in the building of strong children. Our 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program enrolled 50 children this year. We work with them everyday to help them retain subject matter, through the summer months, in math, science and reading, so that they are better prepared to return to school in August. Research shows that as much as 60% of the academic achievement gap occurs during the summer months when low-income children are not exposed to the same levels or kinds of learning opportunities as their more affluent peers. The 5th Quarter program at LUM has proven successful in reversing this summer learning slide.

LUM Camp serves 90 children in a week-long, overnight, summer camp setting. There are campfire songs, skits, hiking, swimming, horseback riding, boating, morning chapel, great food, awesome counselors and all the other things a great camp should have. But we also use the opportunity to engage the children in fun thematic learning that bolsters their academic skills along with their confidence and self-esteem. At LUM Camp, we take advantage of every moment we have together with a child to help them prepare for a future bright with promise.

Right now, the LUM After School Program is in full swing. We've achieved our goals of increasing our enrollment to 80 children this year. The LUM After School Program provides homework help and plenty of reading time to children - all in a safe and caring environment - until mom or dad come to take them home at end of their workday. If you are interested in working as a LUM After School Program tutor, we could use your help for two hours, one day each week, during the school year. If you're interested email or call Amanda Bazjatt ( | 765-423-2691).

How grateful I am that through your gifts of time and financial support, you not only help LUM to repair those who are broken but you also provide children in our community with the care, support and resources they need to grow into healthy and productive adults. 
Countdown to Hunger Hike = 31 Days
Get Started Today — Go to
Hunger Hike is only 5 weeks away. Now would be a perfect time to create a Team for your church or organization — and begin raising money for Hunger Hike. This year is our 25th anniversary, so we hope you'll want to be a part of it. Go to for more information.

It would also be very helpful if you would spread the word and encourage your members to participate. A lot of promotional materials are available on the Hunger Hike website, including fliers, bulletin inserts, posters, postcards, logos and an article for your newsletter and bulletin. Click  HERE to get all of the Hunger Hike promo goodies.

| Hunger Hike | Sunday, September 17 | Riehle Plaza | 2 p.m. |

Thanks in advance for your support of Hunger Hike. If you have any questions or need any assistance, please email or call  765-423-2691. Join us in the Fight Against Hunger locally, regionally & globally.
Preparing for the Fall Season at LUM
Save the Dates - Upcoming LUM Programs
Before you get too busy with the start of the new school year — please add these important LUM programs to your calendar. 

Hunger Hike (September 16-17)
Saturday, September 16 is the 5th Annual HH5K Run. Sunday (September 17) is the 25th annual Hunger Hike 3K Walk. Proceeds benefit LUM Food Programs, Food Finders Food Bank Inc., & St. Thomas Aquinas’ Haiti Ministry. Mark your calendars, get your team together and start raising funds TODAY. Go to ALSO - Dine for Hunger Hike events: Texas Roadhouse - Lafayette (9/21, 4-10 p.m.), HuHot Mongolian Grill - Lafayette (9/28, 4-7 p.m.) & Chipotle Mexican Grill - West Lafayette (10/4, 4-8 p.m.).

Port of Hope (November 9)
Port of Hope is a fundraising event for the LUM Immigration Clinic on Thursday, November 9 at Lafayette Brewing Co. from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Live entertainment, hors d’oeuvres & cash bar. Go to

The LUM Community Thanksgiving Celebration is on Thanksgiving Day from noon to 2 p.m. at Central Presbyterian Church (Lafayette). More than 800 people will be served dinner & dessert. Go to

Turkey Trot 5K Walk/Run (November 23)
The Turkey Trot 5K is a fundraising event supporting LUM on Thanksgiving morning at 8 a.m. at McAllister Park, Lafayette. It is open to runners of all ages and abilities and welcomes runners, walkers, dogs, strollers, wagons, turkey hats and more. Go to

Jubilee Christmas (December 9)
LUM Jubilee Christmas serves over 600 families and 1,800 children. Parents visit one of dozens of churches and shop for their children. In addition to the toys and clothes, each family also receives a ham and homemade cookies to make Christmas dinner special too. Jubilee Christmas Coordinators Meetings are scheduled for October 5 & November 7. Go to