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.
Since Lafayette Urban Ministry’s 2013 tax assistance program began January 22, it’s brought back $2.5 million to low income tax filers.
Executive Director Joe Micon says it’s an important resource for those who seek the help.
“With these refunds, individuals are able to pay back rents. They’re able to purchase clothing for their children. People have paid tuition at Ivy Tech with these refunds,” he says. “Even had an individual purchase a car so he could accept a job.”
To celebrate its 40th anniversary, Lafayette Urban Ministry is displaying pictures of each of its 42 member churches, taken by local photographer Cary Rush.
Executive Director Joe Micon says the photographs are a good way to honor 40 years of service to the community.
"The gallery really generates a really good sense of the churches and their members that all work together as partners in the mission of the Lafayette Urban Ministry, which is serving our community's poor and disadvantaged."
Lafayette Urban Ministry (LUM) is beginning its 10th year helping low-income individuals and families file tax returns.
Director of Social Justice Ministries Patti O'Callaghan says the goal is to get as many filers as possible to qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). She says last year, 1400 returns were filed and approximately $2.5 million dollars in refunds were issued through the program.
Hunger Hike 2011 raised nearly $93,000 to benefit three local groups. The money is being evenly split among Lafayette Urban Ministry, Food Finders Food Bank, and the St. Thomas Aquinas Haiti Project.
LUM Executive Director Joe Micon says the need for programs to help low-income people in the area has never been greater. He cites prolonged, high unemployment in the area and the strain on local food pantries.
Nearly one-thousand walkers and runners participated in Hunger Hike 2011.