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APRIL 2015
April is Volunteer Appreciation Month 

We here at LBFE want you to know just how much we appreciate you! You really make a difference in the lives of our elder friends. We are eternally grateful -- for all the calls, cards and rides. For all the card games, conversations and coffees. For all the friendships forged, for the laughter and tears. You are at the heart of LBFE.

Look for more information to come on a Volunteer Appreciation Event later this spring.
LBFE presents 
Laughing at Our Age 2: "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Tangletown..."
Celebrate the elders in our Twin Cities neighborhoods at this year's LBFE fundraiser, "Laughing at Our Age 2: A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to Tangletown..." Join us Thursday, May 7, for an evening of storytelling, music and laughter with WCCO radio personality John Williams and the Klondike Kates. There will be a silent auction, cash bar, hors d'oeuvres, door prizes and trivia.

When: Thursday, May 7, 6:30-9:30p.m.

Where: Nicollet Island Pavilion, 40 Power Street, Minneapolis

Special thanks to:
Insty-Prints Edina
Minthoe Catering
Rainbow Brew

Tickets are $75 and are on sale now through Tuesday, April 28. You can save $20 if you purchase two tickets by April 20! All proceeds benefit LBFE's programs for isolated elders in the Twin Cities.

Please RSVP by April 28 at or 612.746.0726.
Farewell!  Josh Windham
It is with mixed feelings that I inform you that I am leaving LBFE. I have accepted a position with the Union Gospel Mission in St. Paul and will have already begun working there by the time you read this.

I can't tell you how much I have enjoyed my time at LBFE. I have learned so much and feel privileged to have worked with amazing leaders in the field such as yourselves. I wouldn't trade my time here for anything. Thank you for all you do for this community. I will truly miss working with you all and hope that our paths will cross again in the near future!
Josh Windham
The staff and board of LBFE extends its gratitude to Josh, and wishes him all the best in the future. For volunteer questions during this interim period, please contact Danielle Fehring at or 612.764.0726.
Thank you, Easter volunteers!

Our 2015 Easter Dinner was another great success. The elders had a wonderful time. We couldn't have done it without you, so please accept our deepest gratitude. Check out more Easter photos on Facebook.

For those of you new to LBFE, we invite you to consider our ongoing volunteer opportunities:
  • If you loved your Easter meal delivery experience, perhaps our monthly Friendship and Flowers program is for you! Deliver LBFE treats and flowers to homebound Twin Cities elders just one Saturday morning per month. Read more about Friendship and Flowers here.
  • If you felt a connection with an elder from the event, you may want to consider our Visiting Volunteers program. A handful of our elder-volunteer friendships have grown from chance meetings at the holiday events! Visiting Volunteers make calls and visits with an LBFE elder who has been thoughtfully matched to them. Learn more about Visiting Volunteers here.
For more information, including taking the next steps with these opportunities, please contact Danielle at or 612.746.0726.

Thank you again for bringing joy to our elders by sharing your holiday with us!

EventsVolunteer opportunities:
April and May

To sign up for these opportunities, please contact Danielle Fehring at or 612.746.0726 unless otherwise noted.
Tuesday, May 12, 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
Wednesday, April 22, 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Wednesday, May 27, 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
Saturday, May 2, noon-2 p.m.
Where: UCare, 500 Stinson Blvd, Mpls
Sponsored by UCare
Need: 5-6 drivers/companions each event
Thursday, April 23, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Thursday, May 28, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Where: LBFE, 1845 E Lake St., Mpls
Sponsorships available!
Need: 3-4 drivers/companions each event (mostly Mpls)
Saturday, April 18, 9-11 a.m.
Saturday, May 16, 9-11 a.m.
Volunteer visitors needed for Mpls and St. Paul

Monday, May 18, 4:15-5:30 p.m.
Where: Ames Lake Neighborhood Community Center, 1244 Barclay St., St. Paul
Need: 3-4 volunteer drivers
Monday, April 20, 4-5 p.m.
Where: LBFE, 1845 E Lake St., Mpls
Thursday, April 30, 1-3 p.m.
Where: LBFE, 1845 E Lake St., Mpls
Presenter: Dr. MJ Meadow
Need: 3-4 volunteer drivers

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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.

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 Summertime volunteering with youth 
   Ames Lake             
Summer break is just around the corner for most families. Consider volunteering together over the summer (and beyond) for a meaningful way to bridge the school years and foster your family's connectedness.
Another bonus: volunteering looks great on college and scholarship applications, and can help them land their first jobs.
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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!  


Contact Danielle Fehring at

or 612.746.0726 for upcoming dates.


Volunteer Department Information
For information about becoming a volunteer, or to volunteer for upcoming events (existing volunteers), contact Danielle Fehring at
or 612.746.0726.
Location: 1845 East Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN 55407.
Office hours:
8:30 a.m.- 5 p.m, Monday-Friday. 

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