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MARCH 2014
Bring Easter joy to an elder as a volunteer!
  
Easter is approaching fast and volunteer positions for our annual Easter dinner are already beginning to fill up! Click here to sign up for a volunteer position. Currently, our greatest need is for Volunteer Drivers and Meal Deliverers.
  
Easter Dinner will held be at the Prom Center located at 484 Inwood Ave. in Oakdale on Sunday, April 5 from 12-2 p.m. Shift time will vary depending on the volunteer role.
  
If you have trouble signing up, please contact Danielle Fehring at dfehring@littlebrothersmn.org or 612.746.0726.
  
Your participation ensures isolated elders have an Easter dinner to remember! 
  

Celebrate and share at our

Visiting Volunteer gathering 

  
When: Thursday, March 19, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Where; LBFE, 1845 E Lake St., Minneapolis
  
Please join us for this informational support gathering specifically designed for Visiting Volunteers. There will be a time of open sharing, so please come prepared to give a brief testimonial about your experiences, including what has been particularly beneficial for your elder during your visits. We will also have a time for feedback on how to best communicate with you about the elders you visit, and to discuss our time reporting process.
  
Light refreshments and beverages will be served. Please RSVP to Josh Windham at jwindham@littlebrothersmn.org by Monday, March 16. 
  
We hope to see you on March 19!

Help fulfill a wish

Dinner and a movie with Marie


We are looking for a volunteer to help fulfill our elder Marie's wish.
  
Do you enjoy going to the movies? Are you interested in making an 86-year-old very happy? Then please consider making Marie's wish come true.

 

Marie is an LBFE elder who lives in St. Louis Park at Sholom Home West. She has recently asked to be taken on an outing. Marie lives on a memory care floor and no longer goes out without an escort. This lovely woman would like to go to dinner and a movie -- would you consider being her "date"?

 

If you are an existing LBFE volunteer and are interested or want more details, please contact Chelsea Sander at csander@littlebrothersmn.org or 612.746.0727. 

Fun things to do with your elder friend 
  
Are you sometimes at a loss for activities that both you and your elder friend will enjoy? Here is a list of some fun ideas. Always remember that even the simplest activity goes a long way in making those we serve more connected to their community.
  1. Talk about what you both have been up to since your last visit together.
  2. Bring photos of family and friends -- from days gone by or recent snapshots.
  3. Read newspapers and magazine aloud to keep your elder "up to date."
  4. Listen to music together...bring your elder's favorite type of music.
  5. Bring a favorite recipe book to explore or to plan a meal together.
  6. Take a walk together as weather and health permits.
  7. Tell jokes to one another. Bring along a joke book if either of you need help.
  8. Help your elder friend write or send cards out to people, or help them sort mail.
  9. Create a photo album, framed photograph collection or poster to hang up.
  10. Plant a seedling together for your elder friend's windowsill or patio.
Volunteer Opportunities:
March and April
 

To sign up for these opportunities, please contact Josh Windham at jwindham@littlebrothersmn.org or 612.746.0732, unless otherwise noted.
  
BINGO AND LUNCH 
Tuesday, March 10, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Tuesday, April 14, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Where: St. Olaf's Church, 215 S 8th St, Mpls
Sponsored by League of Catholic Women
Need: 3-4 drivers/companions
 
BIRTHDAY LUNCHES: EASTSIDE ST. PAUL
Wednesday, March 25, 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Wednesday, April 22, 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Where: Elders Lodge, 1500 Magnolia Ave. E, St. Paul
Sponsored by Presbyterian Homes
Need: 2-3 drivers/companions each event
 
BIRTHDAY LUNCHES: MINNEAPOLIS
Wednesday, March 25, 2-4 p.m.
Where: LBFE, 1845 E Lake St., Mpls
Sponsor: Wells Fargo
Wednesday, April 15, noon-2 p.m.
Where: LBFE, 1845 E Lake St., Mpls
Sponsor: Thrivent Financial
Need: 5-6 drivers/companions each event
  
CARDS, CRAFTS & COFFEE GROUP
Thursday, March 26, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Thursday, April 23, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Where: LBFE, 1845 E Lake St., Mpls
Sponsorships available!
Need: 3-4 drivers/companions each event (mostly Mpls)
 
FRIENDSHIP AND FLOWERS
Saturday, March 21, 9-11 a.m.
Saturday, April 18, 9-11 a.m.
Volunteer visitors needed for Mpls and St. Paul

INTERGENERATIONAL SHARE AND LEARN
Monday, March 16, 4:15-5:30 p.m.
Where: Ames Lake Neighborhood Community Center, 1244 Barclay St., St. Paul
Need: 3-4 volunteer drivers
  
EASTER DINNER
Sunday, April 5, noon-2 p.m.
Where: Prom Center, 484 Inwood Ave., Oakdale

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ATTENTION ALL FEBRUARY VOLUNTEERS

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Please send in your time reports -- it's easy!

Help us accurately track and report to the community and our funders by completing your monthly time report. Here's how:

  1. Fill out your time report. To download a writable PDF of the form, click here.
  2. Save and email, or print and mail or fax (612.721.5848) to your supervisor. View email directory.

 Thank you!

 

 

Volunteer Orientation and

Basic Training

 

Learn about Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly's history, current programs and what the future holds in store for Minnesota's older adults. As a prospective volunteer, or a current volunteer who wants to deepen your commitment, you'll gain valuable insights on working with older adults, handling various situations and our practices and policies.

 

The sessions are FREE and essential for all volunteer companions -- please join us!  

 

Tues, Mar. 10, 6:30-8 p.m.

Sat, Mar. 14, 9-10:30 a.m.

Sat, Apr. 11, 9-10:30 a.m.

Tues, Apr. 14, 6:30-8 p.m.  

 

RSVP to Danielle Fehring at 

dfehring@littlebrothersmn.org

or 612.746.0726.

 

  

 LBFE presents
 

Laughing at Our Age 2:

"A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Tangletown..." 

 

 A benefit to end elder isolation and loneliness in our neighborhoods.

 

Thursday, May 7, 2015
6:30 - 9:30 p.m.
The Nicollet Island Pavilion
40 Power Street, Minneapolis

 

Featuring
 The Klondike Kates &
WCCO-AM Host John Williams

 

Hors d'oeuvres | Desserts | Cash Bar
Silent Auction | Door Prizes

 

Tickets: $60 | $75 after April 1
RSVP: 612-746-0726 or dfehring@littlebrothersmn.org  

New website to enhance volunteer communications
 
We are happy to announce that we will soon launch a new and improved website. The site will provide you an easier way to find out about upcoming events and volunteer opportunities. In addition, it will include an application to streamline time reporting, allowing you to fill out your reports online with a few quick clicks!
  
Please stay tuned for more information about our site launch date.
Volunteer Department Information
For information about becoming a volunteer, or to volunteer for upcoming events (existing volunteers), contact Josh Windham at
or 612.746.0732.
Location: 1845 East Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN 55407.
Office hours:
8:30 a.m.- 5 p.m, Monday-Friday. 
  
  

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