Community Outreach Director
Dear LBFE Volunteers,
Thanks to all of you who helped make Thanksgiving such a lovely celebration for our elders. We've had many calls of appreciation from folks saying what a wonderful time they had. Like us, they want you to know how much your gift of time and presence meant.
We hope to see many of you back with us to celebrate Christmas. This year the event will be held on Christmas Eve Day from noon-2pm, rather than on Christmas Day and will be hosted at Envision Event Center (formerly The Prom Center) in Oakdale, rather than at a Minneapolis venue.
We still have several volunteer opportunities for Christmas Eve and some for December 23rd. To check those out and sign up, just click
This issue, we are delighted to introduce
our new Community Impact Director. She's excited to connect with you, and we're very happy to have her and her volunteer manangment skills on board. WIth Ann onboard, I will be able to concentrate more of my time on recruiting an onboarding new volunteers.Welcome Ann!
We're also happy to roll out our new
Volunteer Engagement Report
. You'll love how easy it makes reporting your volunteer hours, as well as provinding valuable information about our elders' well-being.
Many thanks for all you are and all you do,
Community Impact Director Ann Fosco
Hello All! My name is Ann Fosco and I am the new Community Impact Director at Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly. I cannot tell you how thrilled I am to have joined LBFE, an organization that is so committed to creating a community of care networks for Minnesota's increasing elder population; networks of volunteers who offer the gifts of respect, compassion and connection that relieve isolation and loneliness among the elderly. Last year alone, approximately 700 volunteers impacted and enhanced the lives of 600+ of our elderly neighbors. I am so grateful that you and I are teaming up in this movement because together we will raise elders out of isolation and build bridges to community connection and friendship.
I have been a part of the nonprofit community in the Twin Cities for over 20 years, always having worked in organizations dedicated to creating a community of hope where all feel valued and cared about! My husband Ed and I have lived in the South Minneapolis Longfellow neighborhood for 25 year and raised our two daughters there. (My commute time to work is approximately 6 min!)
I am really looking forward to meeting more of you, the fabulous volunteers who are so dedicated to the mission of Little Brothers. Feel free to reach out to me at any time - I would love to hear from you! You can reach me at
Volunteer Time Reporting ...
We are delighted to introduce our new Volunteer Engagement Report, which is
accessible both online and from your phone.
In addition to capturing your all important volunteer hours, the Volunteer Engagement Report also allows
Visiting Volunteers, Phone Companions and In-Person Check-in Volunteers to complete a simple
Elder Visit Report
after each visit. Here you will be able to share with us information on your elder's well-being and the progress being made in overcoming isolation and loneliness.
You can access the
Volunteer Engagement Report
directly from the
on our website. Scroll to Volunteer Time Reporting, click on Report and enter the pass code: lbfe. You can also
step-by-step guide that will walk you through accessing and completing the Volunteer Engagement Report, click
If you have any questions about reporting your hours, please contact Ann Fosco at 612.746.0725 or
Visiting Volunteer Opportunity ...
for a two- and a four-legged volunteer!
Recently widowed, David is a soft spoken intellectual who lives in a senior-friendly apartment complex in Maplewood.
He loves to be around people and to "join in the fun." Though he has early onset Parkinson's disease, he manages very well with medication and the support of in-home care services.
David is mobile and still drives some, but not for long distances. A music buff, he would love to be matched with a fellow aficionado of all-things strings. He enjoys philosophy, chess, cards and getting out and about around town. He is partial to coffee houses, free concerts, movies and also enjoys sharing a bite to eat. While quiet by nature, David is also a warm and thoughtful conversationalist and is comfortable with companionable silence, too.
In addition to losing his dear wife, David more recently lost his dog and would LOVE to have a volunteer visitor of the four-legged as well
as the two-legged variety.
||David's Program Manager Kelly Farrell
If you would like to be David's Visiting Volu
nteer, call me
or reach me:
Elder Day Dream
Time spent with you ...
Mary, a regular at Cards,Crafts and Coffee mornings, loves to be with people! With winter coming, Mary was sad that a doctor's appointment kept her from the last gathering.
Big-hearted with a tender spirit, Mary is not actually all that picky about what her Elder Day Dream entails. Rather, what's important to her, she says, is that it involves spending time with someone kind who loves togetherness.
She would dearly love to connect with someone who would enjoy dropping by for a board game or crocheting or knitting together. Very mobile, she would be equally happy to pop out for a coffee. She'll gladly chat with you about books and is a big fan of the Little Free Library, particularly enjoying how it brings strangers together to share favorite reads.
If you would like to be make Mary's Elder Day Dream of simple togetherness come true
, please call Kelly
or reach her at
Please be aware, LBFE cannot issue in-kind donation receipts to volunteers for costs associated with Elder Day Dreams.
Engagement reports --
it's easier than ever!
It's easy to
access the online report!
Enter the password:
3. Complete the form
4. Hit submit
For complete instructions, click:
ompleting your monthly time/engagement report
helps us accurately track and report to the community how volunteer time impacts elder isolation and loneliness.
Volunteer Information and Orientation
Tues., Dec. 13
10:30 a.m. - Noon
Tues., Jan. 10
Sessions located at:
1845 East Lake Street
Minneapolis, MN 55497
Please RSVP one week in advance to Georgia at
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