Every gift has a meaningful impact.

Your generosity makes a difference in the life of a lonely elder! With your gift, you provide meaningful friendship, as well as vital programs and services  always offered at no-cost to our members.

LBFE relieves isolation and loneliness among Chicago’s elders day after day, month after month — for life.

No one should grow older alone. And thanks to generous donors, our elders know the joys of friendship and connection. With our donors’ support, elders, volunteers and staff forge lifelong connections. These relationships change our elders’ lives, surrounding them with friendship and family.

Provide reliable nourishment

Support elders most in need with a week’s worth of fresh groceries and pantry staples. Around 140 LBFE elders receive a Food Bag at the end of every month, when other resources run low, packed just for them and delivered by a friendly volunteer.

Send an elder love on their special day!

Thanks to your generous gift, no elder will feel alone on their birthday or like it’s “just another day.” Instead, an elder will receive a birthday present, a card and other treats delivered by a friend to celebrate.

Support elders year-round

Join LBFE’s Friendship Circle to keep elders connected to meaningful friendship, engaging programs and essential services every day, all year long. Your monthly gift of any amount ensures elders aging alone have a friend for life.

You make our work possible

Thanks to the support of a caring community, Chicago elders aging alone are able to rely on Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly year after year — no matter what.

Who are our elders?

We welcome women and men 70 and older, from every walk of life, who are aging without the support of family and friends. The average age of our elders is 82. Thirty-eight percent rely on a walker or wheelchair to get around. And just over half could not count on having more than two social interactions lasting longer than 30 minutes in a month without Little Brothers.

How we serve

All of our programs and services, always provided at no cost, are designed to remind Chicago’s elders that they are not forgotten and not alone. Through our programs, elders are able to make lasting, meaningful friendships with each other, volunteers and staff. And through our social work services, elders are supported and empowered in making important life decisions.

Make friendship possible!

Your gift of any amount provides friendship, laughter and happy memories. For Chicago elders living without friends and family, Little Brothers is a reliable, constant source for connection and socialization that leads to lasting, meaningful friendships.