Inside Stories

Governors State Student Gains More Than An Internship

Jessica Ayala is working toward her bachelor's degree in Community Health at Governors State University. To complete her program, she needed an internship that closely related to her major. She selected Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly and enjoyed the experience so much that she volunteered above and beyond her required hours. The two elders she met have become a part of her life.…

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A Year to Volunteer

In early 2014, Philip Catalanotto had just earned a Bachelor’s degree from St. Thomas Aquinas in New York and was contemplating his next career move.  He knew he wanted to make an impact on children and young adults through volunteering or the ministry. After applying for a one-year volunteer experience with Dominican Volunteers USA, he was matched with Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly,…

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More Than a Ride: Alice’s Birthday Surprise

Our elder Alice and her sister Nazie are the last surviving siblings in their family. They aren’t estranged, in fact, they adore each other, but they still hadn’t seen each other for three years. The reason for their separation? A lack of transportation. Alice is legally blind and Nazie uses a wheelchair, so though the two sisters lived only about 40 minutes apart, it might as well have…

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Coffee Club Video

Loyola University student Kendall Pektas takes an inside look at Coffee Club

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Inside the LBFE Food Pantry

Getting out to the grocery store or coping with rising food costs can be difficult for our elders. Each month, nearly 100 elders receive nutritious food bags from Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly. Our Food Pantry Program helps our elder remain independent and secure, providing a week's worth of groceries towards the end of the month when things might be getting tight. The operation is overseen…

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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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