Volunteer FAQ

Q: How much time is involved in volunteering for Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly?
A:  At least five hours a year.  That can be done in one task or many.

Q: How long is the commitment as a LBFE volunteer?
A:  We hope to build a long term friendship with our volunteers, but we only require five hours a year to be an active volunteer – that could be one day or monthly or daily.  We’re very flexible – some individuals volunteer only on Thanksgiving, but we see them every year so they retain their active volunteer status.

Q: How old do you have to be to volunteer?
A: We welcome all ages, but you must be 18 years or older to volunteer independently.  We have children who regularly volunteer alongside their parents or with school groups, and there are many roles for older adults too.

Q: What does it take to become a volunteer?
A:  You will need to attend an orientation, fill out the profile and complete a background check.

Q: Does it cost anything to volunteer?
A:  No. We provide any training free of charge.

Q: Can I volunteer near my own neighborhood?
A:  LBFE serves 1,300 elders in neighborhoods throughout Chicago, and you can indicate where you would like to volunteer. Great Neighbors, a new Little Brothers' program, also makes it easier to connect with older adult neighbors in your area. Find out more here

If your question was not answered here, contact us and ask! We’ll answer your question right away, and add it to this list, if appropriate.

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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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