LBFE Announces COVID-SAFE Holiday Volunteer Opportunities Supporting Socially Isolated Older Adults in Minnesota

Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly Seeks Holiday Helpers and Calling Carolers

MINNEAPOLIS – Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly (LBFE) has announced it is seeking volunteers to support its COVID-safe holiday programs aimed at reaching socially isolated older adults in Minnesota at risk of feeling lonely this holiday season.

Holiday Helpers

LBFE is looking for volunteer help in purchasing and sending special packages to more than 350 older adults across Minnesota during Thanksgiving and again for the December holidays. Volunteers can sign-up to be paired with an older adult, then create a special holiday package containing treats, small, thoughtful gifts, and a card with a personal and heartfelt message. After sign-up, each volunteer will receive an email with the name, address, and phone number of their assigned Holiday Friend.

Calling Carolers

LBFE’s post-Thanksgiving program will also involve volunteers singing favorite secular holiday tunes over the phone to older adults. Volunteers will be encouraged to invite their family and friends to join them in the telephone caroling.

LBFE has a rich 48-year tradition in the community of honoring the spirit of the season through fellowship, food, and fun. This year COVID-19 radically altered the way the organization can celebrate with older adult members, requiring COVID-safe alternatives. “It is our hope that these special packages and phone calls will reach hundreds of older adults at risk of feeling socially isolated and lonely this holiday season,” said James Falvey, LBFE executive director. “We look forward to returning to in-person holiday programming in the future.”

Interested volunteers for all programs can sign up here.