Volunteers are critical to our mission to end loneliness and isolation among older adults. We envision a community in which all older adults are connected, valued, and loved. For 50 years, we have been fostering life-affirming connections and companionship that support healthy aging and well-being. As a volunteer, you will bring connection, friendship, and happiness into the life of another while adding friendship and purpose to your own. We invite you to learn about our volunteer opportunities and how you can make a difference.

Become a  Volunteer in four easy steps

  • Find the right opportunity for you
  • Submit an application
  • Complete a background check at our secure online system 
  • Review the online training 

Volunteering opportunities

Be A Coffee Talker

If you love chatting on the phone, and the idea of connecting with a variety of older adults inspires you, join our Coffee Talk team!

Coffee Talk offers older adults the opportunity to call in and connect with a friendly volunteer for caring conversation. There are no applications or requirements to participate. Older adults dial and connect just as they would if calling a friend.

Sign up for a weekly four-hour shift to offer words of encouragement, a listening ear, and great conversation. Calls will be routed directly to your phone and can be answered from wherever you and your phone happen to be. Great training and support are provided.

Time Commitment: One four-hour shift weekly for a minimum of six months.
Current hours of operation: Monday – Friday, 8:00 am-Noon.

Be A Phone Companion

If you are a talker and connecting one-to-one with an older adult for ongoing meaningful phone friendship appeals to you, let us pair you with someone through Elder Friends Phone Companions.

These days, the phone may not be ringing as often as our older adult friends would like. Phone friendships come with the wonderful anticipation of an expected call, engaging conversation, and the joy of getting to know someone. You can be the warm, caring voice at the end of the line that ensures one older adult knows someone cares. Build a rich and rewarding connection, one call at a time.

Time commitment: To be determined by you and your new phone companion.

Happy Coffee Talker

Be a Visiting Companion

Bring the joy of building a meaningful friendship into the life of an older adult facing loneliness and isolation.  As Visiting Companions, you and your Elder Friend can enjoy each other’s company at home, out-and-about town, or wherever the two of you choose based on the schedules and needs each of you brings to the relationship.

Required: All volunteers and older adults must be fully vaccinated to meet in person. Exceptions may be made with our approval.

Time commitment: Number and length of visits to be determined by you and your new Elder Friend, with phone calls, texts, emails, cards, or letters between visits.

* With the rise in cases of the Delta Variant, all of our in-person visits for new volunteers and older adults are on hold. However, we would love to have you join us in the Elder Friends Phone Companion Program to start! Once it is safe to resume visiting in person we will let you know. We will do our best to pair phone companions living in close proximity, but cannot guarantee it.

Be A Skills-based/Admin

Are you more of a behind-the-scenes person? We often need volunteers with specific skills for time-limited projects. If you are interested in learning more, please email volunteer@littlebrothersmn.org

Volunteer Impact

In 2019 alone, we had:


More stories about the impact our volunteers have can be found in our newsletter, Among Volunteers