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Q: How long is the commitment as an LBFE volunteer?
We hope to build a long-term relationship with our volunteers, but we only require 5 hours a year to be considered an active volunteer. You can give this time all at once or during a few different events or activities — we’re very flexible. 

Q: How old do you have to be to volunteer?
All ages are welcome, but you have to be 18 to volunteer independently. Children regularly volunteer alongside parents or with school groups, and there are many opportunities for older adults, too. 

Q: What does it take to become a volunteer?
A: You’ll need to attend an orientation and complete a background check to get started. 

Q: Can I volunteer near my own neighborhood? 
A: Yes! LBFE serves 1,200 elders in neighborhoods across Chicago. You can also bring the friendship of Little Brothers to older adult neighbors in your area through Great Neighbors, one of our newer programs.

Upcoming Volunteer Orientations

Nov 06

Volunteer orientation

November 6 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Nov 09

Volunteer orientation

November 9 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Nov 14

Volunteer orientation

November 14 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Join us at the End Loneliness Symposium!

On Friday, November 8th, Little Brothers will host the inaugural End Loneliness Symposium, bringing together experts in the field of aging and loneliness to discuss community-based solutions. Louise Aronson, author of NYT bestseller Elderhood, will be the keynote speaker.

Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly Chicago Chapter

355 N Ashland Ave
Chicago, IL 60618

355 N Ashland Ave
Chicago, IL 60607-1016


P: 312-455-1000
F: 312-455-9674

Our Mission

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.

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