Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly Chicago Chapter

Cause Area

  • Advocacy & Human Rights
  • Community
  • Seniors


355 N Ashland AvenueChicago, IL 60607 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly is a national network of non-profit volunteer-based organizations committed to relieving isolation and loneliness among the elderly. We offer to people of goodwill the opportunity to join the elderly in friendship and celebration of life.


Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly (LBFE) is committed to meeting the needs of elders who are isolated and alone. Our motto, flowers before bread, expresses the belief that love, dignity and beauty in life are as important as basic physical needs. This philosophy is reflected in all of our activities, which include one-on-one visits, holiday parties, vacations in the country and individual birthdays celebrated by the delivery of a cake and a gift. The quality of our services is just as important as the services themselves.The elders served by LBFE have little or no contact with family and friends, few financial resources and many reside in dangerous and deteriorating neighborhoods. When we enter their lives we provide them with companionship, which is something that many of them have not had in years.

Last year we served nearly 1,200 elders, with the indispensable help of over 1,300 volunteers giving more than 54,000 hours of their time.

We have a broad range of opportunities for volunteers, donors and elders to share, learn, grow...and to celebrate life. Opportunities are available year-round. LBFE is great way for families to volunteer together and to introduce youth to service.

Help LBFE bring elders from isolation to celebration!

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by Jacquelyn G. (November 4, 2014)
Have known them to do charitable works since I was a child. That would be around 45+ years and they are stll standing. Experience and longevity are good in anything.
by Brady C. (April 18, 2010)
I attended Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly's Spring Fling luncheon on April 17, 2010, with Joan and Ester, two elder friends. My wife and I picked them up at their apartments at 11:15 and took them to the LBFE facility in Chicago where we joined approx. 60 other elders and volunteers for for the luncheon, which included raffle prizes for each elder and a performance by Mr. Taps, a very entertaining tap dancer. The entire event required about 5 hours of my Saturday, but it was so rewarding. Joan and Ester were such conversationalist, telling story after story. Before I knew it, it was time to take the ladies home. I can't think of a better way to spend my time as a volunteer. I have volunteered with LBFE for about 2 years and have always found the staff very friendly and helpful and the clients very enjoyable. If you are looking for a volunteer opportunity in Chicago, I recommend Little Brothers!

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