Joe Micon

Kristin Malavenda /

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.

Changes coming for annual Hunger Hike

Apr 21, 2014

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.

Purdue Crew team donates more than $13K to local non-profit

Feb 26, 2014

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.

Hunger Hike closes fundraising gap

Dec 9, 2013

Organizers of Hunger Hike 2013 have surpassed their fundraising goal.

The donation period was extended to December 1st after the event fell 30-thousand dollars short.

Lafayette Urban Ministry Director Joe Micon announced this morning that $92,685 has been brought in to benefit LUM, Food Finders Food Bank, and the St. Thomas Aquinas Haiti ministry.

The original goal was $90,000.

Micon says planning has already started for Hunger Hike 2014.

The goal next year will be to raise $93,000.

Hunger Hike falls short of $90K goal

Sep 20, 2013

The director of the Lafayette Urban Ministry says there is good news and bad news when it comes to this year’s Hunger Hike.

Joe Micon says the event drew the second largest number of participants in its history.

But he says the fundraising fell short of the goal by $30,000.

The money raised during Hunger Hike is split evenly between LUM, Food Finders Food Bank, and the St. Thomas Aquinas Haiti ministry.

Hunger Hike 2013 set for this weekend in Lafayette

Sep 13, 2013

An annual event to feed the hungry locally and abroad is set for this weekend in Lafayette.

Hunger Hike 2013 raises money for Food Finders Food Bank, the St. Thomas Aquinas Haiti ministry, and Lafayette Urban Ministry.

LUM executive director Joe Micon says after five years of slow economic recovery, there are still too many people who are struggling.

He says the goal is to surpass one-thousand walkers and raise at least $90,000 for local hunger relief efforts.

Hunger Hike 5K set for this weekend

Apr 17, 2013

A fundraising event this weekend is moving to higher ground.

The Hunger Hike 5K has been moved to Munger Park in Lafayette due to flooding along the Wabash Heritage Trail.

The event benefits the Lafayette Urban Ministry, Food Finders Food Bank, and the St. Thomas Aquinas Haiti Ministry.

LUM executive director Joe Micon says for the past few years, the 5K was part of the annual Hunger Hike in September.

But he says it made more sense to develop it into a separate event.

The race begins at nine o’clock Saturday morning.

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.”

Fifth Quarter targets second year of success

Jul 20, 2012

The success of a program that launched in 2011 is aiming for similar results this year.

Lafayette Urban Ministry’s Fifth Quarter initiative is intended to help low income students continue their education during the summer months.

LUM executive director Joe Micon says the goal is avoid any education drop off during that time.

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."