Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly (LBFE) needs volunteers in a variety of capacities to offer warmth and companionship to isolated, lonely elders. We are committed to relieving isolation and loneliness among Minneapolis and St. Paul elders who have little, if any, family or friendship support in their world. We offer a host of opportunities for volunteers to bring their passion and caring into play in heartfelt ways that make a real difference in the lives of older people and in the volunteers' own.
A Phone Companion Volunteer reaches out with warmth and kindness to isolated elders. They help ensure elders know that someone cares and is thinking of them, while also offering the reassurance that comes with belonging to the Little Brothers -Friends of the Elderly (LBFE) community. Once rapport and trust is built, Phone Companions help LBFE best attend to the elder’s social needs overtime by observing and reporting on levels of loneliness, physical, mental and environmental well-being, as well as elder hopes and dreams. Time commitment: Varies depending on number of elders assigned. Expect approximately 20 minutes per elder called, per week.
The Phone Companion Program forms part of LBFE’s Companionship Care Services which also include our Visiting Volunteer and In-Person Check-in Volunteer Programs, which together ensure a spectrum of companionship that offers deeper engagement and more social connection opportunities for our elders.
In addition to the Phone Companion, Visiting Volunteer Advocate and In-Person Check-in Volunteer positions, other volunteer opportunities with LBFE include, Friendship and Flowers, Event Team Members, Match Coordinator, Elder Assessment Volunteer, Elder Day Dreams, Event Drivers and Bakers for Friendship and Flowers. We also have an Animal-Assisted Volunteer option, which mirrors the Visiting Volunteer Advocate position with a four-legged friend along for the fun and companionship.
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Requirements & Commitment
- Background Check
- Must be at least 18
- Orientation or Training
- Warm, caring and patient phone manner