Lafayette Urban Ministry

Kristin Malavenda / http://wbaa.org/

While most kids look forward to putting away their notebooks and textbooks for the summer, a group of kids in Lafayette is using the next couple of months to prepare for the upcoming school year.

They’re part of the Lafayette Urban Ministry’s 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program, which is in its fourth year.

WBAA's Kristin Malavenda reports on the effort to close the achievement gap for low-income students in the area.

An annual event that raises money to help feed the hungry is undergoing some changes this year.

Due to repairs to the John T. Myers pedestrian bridge, Hunger Hike will depart from the east end of the Levee Plaza parking lot in West Lafayette instead of Riehle Plaza.

Money raised is split evenly between Food Finders Food Bank, St. Thomas Aquinas Haiti Ministry, and Lafayette Urban Ministry.

LUM executive director Joe Micon says despite nearly missing their $90,000 goal last year, a new permanent fundraising committee has set a $125,000 goal for this year.

Immigration reform is the topic of a forum tomorrow in West Lafayette.

The event is part of a six-week bus tour across the country known as the Fast for Families Across America campaign.

The effort grew out of a 22-day hunger strike in Washington DC late last year.

Rudy López is a Senior Organizer for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement.

He participated in the hunger strike, which drew national attention and visits in his tent on the National Mall from President Obama, Vice President Biden, First Lady Michelle Obama and several members of the US Congress.

The Lafayette Urban Ministry is getting some help providing emergency financial assistance to low-income individuals and families.

The Purdue crew team has raised $13,016 for the nonprofit’s Good Samaritan Fund.

LUM executive director Joe Micon says the money helps people in need pay for things such as utility bills, rent, and prescription medications.

The funds were raised through the annual row-a-thon which was held last month at the Tippecanoe Mall.

A check was presented to LUM during a ceremony at the Purdue Boathouse yesterday.

The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette is awarding its latest round of grants. The $102,492.65 will help five organizations with larger projects.

The Furniture Bank is buying a truck thanks to donations from several groups, including the Foundation. The organization that helps those with a housing emergency received a $20,000 grant.

The bank is run by First United Methodist Church with several nonprofits and the City of Lafayette. Volunteer Jeanne Norberg says the box truck will pick-up furniture donations and can now deliver it to people getting back on their feet.

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