Every gift has a meaningful impact.

Your generosity makes a difference in the life of the older adults we serve! With your gift, you provide meaningful friendship, as well as vital programs and services — always offered at no-cost to the 1,000 men and women who are lonely and isolated.

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

No one should grow older alone. And thanks to generous donors, the older adults in the LBFE family know the joys of friendship and connection. With our donors’ support, LBFE volunteers and staff forge lifelong connections. These relationships enrich the lives of the lonely older friends we serve, surrounding each of 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 older adult 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 older adults year-round

Join LBFE’s Friendship Circle to keep older adults 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 older adults aging alone are able to rely on LBFE year after year — no matter what.

Who are the older adults we serve?

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 participants 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 LBFE.

How we serve

All of our programs and services, always provided at no cost, are designed to remind the men and women we serve that they are not forgotten and not alone. Through our programs, participants are able to make lasting, meaningful friendships with each other, volunteers and staff. And through our social work services, the older adults we serve 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 men and women living without friends and family, LBFE is a reliable, constant source for connection and socialization that leads to lasting, meaningful friendships.