|Needed: Friendship and Flowers Volunteers this Saturday
Friendship and Flowers is a great way to make a big impact on the lives of a few elders - and on your own life - in a short period of time. And now's the perfect time to try it. If you're a current volunteer, please consider lending a hand this Saturday, May 16.
How it works:
As a Friendship and Flowers volunteer, you'll pick up packages of flowers and treats from one of two sites (Minneapolis or St. Paul) between 9-11 a.m. on Saturday, along with the names and addresses of one or more homebound elders to visit. You'll then drop by the elders' homes or assisted living facilities on your list to drop off the goodies and visit. Read more here
Annual Meeting and Ambassador Awards set for June18
When: Thursday, June 18, 2015
Annual Meeting: 4:30-5 p.m.
Ambassador Awards: 5-5:45 p.m.
Reception: 5:45-6 p.m.
Where: LBFE, 1845 E Lake Street, Minneapolis
All members of the community are invited to the 2015 Annual Board of Directors Meeting on Thursday, June 18. The agenda for this short, 30-minute meeting includes recognition of outgoing board members, introduction of new members, and formal approval of the Fiscal Year 2016 budget.
Following the Board Meeting, LBFE Staff and Board will honor this year's "ambassadors" at the Fourth Annual Ambassador Awards. The Ambassador Awards are presented to those individuals, organizations and corporations that have introduced our mission into new arenas or paved the way for LBFE to gain greater reach and effectiveness. Refreshments will be served after the award presentations.
| Drive an elder, stay for fun
LBFE's Daytime Event Driver volunteers are key to help engage elders in their community. Our events are attended by over 80 LBFE participants per month on average -- each needing round-trip transportation.
A Daytime Event Driver provides critical transportation, but also brightens the elder's day with friendly conversation both in the car and at the event.
Please consider becoming a volunteer driver for events, or let friends or family members know about our need. Volunteers find that they get as much from the relationships they build as our elders. This is a great volunteer opportunity for
- Individuals who work evenings and/or part-time
- Stay-at-home-parent families
- Families of school-age kids during summer break
- Individuals whose employers allow time off to do volunteer work
Our regular events include birthday celebrations, cards and crafts groups, bingo, intergenerational activities, special outings and much more. Events are held in various locations all around the Twin Cities so elders and volunteers have opportunities to attend something close to home each month.
| Spring CarFit Event|
Through Volunteers of America-MN RSVP
When: Wednesday, May 20, 9:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.
Where: River Valley YMCA, 3575 Shepherdspath NW, Prior Lake, MN 55379
The RSVP program is offering this FREE educational event, where drivers 55 and over will receive a quick but comprehensive check of how well they and their vehicles work together.
The 12-point checklist includes mirror adjustments, seatbelts, lights, flashers, and more. The entire process takes 20 minutes per vehicle, and participants leave with recommended safety adjustments and adaptations, a list of local resources, and greater peace of mind.
This is a free event. This is NOT a driver assessment program, but is intended to keep older adults safe and independent for as long as possible. To learn more or to schedule a personal CarFit appointment, call 612-704-6114 or visit www.voamn.org
| Twin Cities Scam Jam 2015: Fighting Fraud and Identity Theft|
Through AARP and the BBB
When: Wednesday, June 3, 9:00 A.M.-12:30 P.M.
Where: Metropolitan Ballroom, Golden Valley
Seniors in the Twin Cities area are invited to learn how to protect their assets and financial well-being from identity theft and scam artists. Join BBB and AARP Minnesota to find out the latest about scams targeting our region and acquire tips to protect yourself and your family at home and online.
Nationwide, con artists steal billions of dollars from seniors every year. The good news is that there are proactive steps you can take to protect your finances from fraudsters. After attending this interactive forum you'll be in the know and better-equipped to protect yourself and help your family and friends avoid unscrupulous schemes.
You'll hear from Minnesota's leading authorities on financial crime:
- The Honorable Lori Swanson, MN Attorney General
- Commissioner Mike Rothman, MN Department of Commerce
- Todd Kossow, Assistant Director, FTC Midwest Region
For more information and to register please visit www.bbb.org/h/bzo3
|Volunteer opportunities: |
May and June
BINGO AND LUNCH
Tuesday, June 9, 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, May 27, 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Wednesday, June 24, 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, June 17, noon-2 p.m.
Where: Bradford House, 3200 Hamline Ave N, Arden Hills
Sponsored by Presbyterian Homes
Need: 5-6 drivers/companions each event
CARDS, CRAFTS & COFFEE GROUP
Thursday, May 28, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Thursday, June 25, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Where: LBFE, 1845 E Lake St., Mpls
Need: 3-4 drivers/companions each event (mostly Mpls)
FRIENDSHIP AND FLOWERS
Saturday, May 16, 9-11 a.m.
Saturday, June 20, 9-11 a.m.
Volunteer visitors needed for Mpls and St. Paul
INTERGENERATIONAL SHARE AND LEARN
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
ATTENTION ALL APRIL VOLUNTEERS
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:
- Fill out your time report. To download a writable PDF of the form, click here.
- Save and email, or print and mail or fax (612.721.5848) to your supervisor. View email directory.
New LBFE website coming soon!
Our new website offers:
Instant access to volunteer opportunities
Streamlined time reporting
Elder health education and tips
Social media interface
Stay tuned for an email announcing our site launch within the next few weeks!
| Like us on Facebook!|
Please visit and join our Facebook page!
We post updates, pictures and volunteer opportunities. It's a great way to see what we're up to, and find ways to get involved at LBFE.
Volunteer Orientation and
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
Location: 1845 East Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN 55407.
8:30 a.m.- 5 p.m, Monday-Friday.