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MARCH 2016
You're Invited ...
Volunteer Appreciation Brunch
& Other LBFE Highlights
Volunteer Manager Georgia Afton

Dear Volunteers,

"What good would it do me to live longer if I couldn't experience more love?"

Pat Cook asked this question recently, as he reflected on what it means to be a visiting volunteer with LBFE and have an elder friend in his life. Check out our photo gallery, and "see" for yourself how he answers his own question. 

In this issue you'll find volunteer Jethra Spector's touching tribute to her Friendship and Flowers buddy Dennis. We also have two Elder Days Dreams for you this month, one for pizza lovers and one for a trip to J.C. Penney's. In addition, Agnes, an accomplished jazz musician would love to find a visiting volunteer who shares her passion for all-things musical.

You can also sign up to volunteer for Easter, see what Kevin Kling is up to on behalf of LBFE plus learn how membership in RSVP holds big benefits for volunteers over 55. And, of course, please don't forget to check out our upcoming events at which volunteer drivers are always welcome.

As always, if you have questions about any of our volunteer opportunities or need any support related to helping us relieve elder isolation and loneliness, please call me at 612.746.0732 or e-mail me at

Warmly, with thanks for all you do,


Volunteer Tribute to 
Elder FriendDennis

By Jethra Kapp, 
Friendship and Flowers Volunteer

I met Dennis while on a Friendship and Flowers visit in January of 2012. I was impressed the minute I entered Dennis's room because it was wall-to-wall posters of movies and musicals. Dennis was a great fan of classic films and movie versions of many musicals. He had the soundtracks for over 200 of them! I know because one summer I undertook the serious project of organizing all of his cassette tapes in alphabetical order and then typing up a list that he could look at. That list was over 20 pages long!

Dennis's love of the theater began when he was young. He acted in many school plays and musicals. His childhood friend Diane remembers that they would watch movies together as kids and then act out scenes for the sheer fun of it.

Dennis and I discovered early on that our birthdays were only days apart and some of the best times we shared were those we spent celebrating growing older together. We both loved Chinese
food, so it became a tradition to have a birthday lunch together at the Chinese restaurant down the block from where he lived. I may have to carry on this tradition, even now that he's gone. It would be a wonderful way for me to keep his memory alive, and perhaps it will help me to not miss him so much.

Just Add Music ... 
Visiting Volunteer OpportunityVisitingVol
by Kelly Farrell, Program Manager 

Agnes was born in Hungary 84 years ago; she loves jazz, is an accomplished pianist and is exceptionally knowledgeable about all-things musical. She would be thrilled to find a friend to share her love for jazz clubbing, strolls in the park, visits to the zoo and local museums.

She is very mobile as well as super hospitable. She would enjoy having someone visit her in her apartment, as she is quite isolated with no family or friends nearby in her East St. Paul neighborhood. A terrific conversationalist, Agnes is amiable and has a compelling life story to share.

Back in the day, she belonged to a jazz trio that traveled the country playing the Holiday Inn circuit. She loves to come to LBFE gatherings and performs at many of our events including our holiday celebrations. If you are joining us for Easter, you are sure to hear her play.

Program Manager
Kelly Farrell,
If you would like to meet Agnes and discover a wonderful new friend, please get in touch with me at  612.746.0755 or at

Alternately, Georgia is always happy to connect you with other elder friends and can send you bios of folks currently seeking Visiting Volunteers or Family Companions. 
You can reach Georgia at 612.746.0732 or 
EasterEaster Sunday's
Rolling this Way

And, yes, we still need volunteers! Please do join us. Just click Easter Sunday Volunteer Sign-up. We'd love to have you with us.

For questions about our Easter Celebration, please e-mail our holiday team at

Elder Day Dream Opportunity
Pepperoni Pizza Lover WantedPizza
by Chelsea Sander, Program Manager 

Elder Day Dreams offers simple, creative one-time opportunities for volunteers to treat elders and turn simple dreams into reality.

This one has Barbara's name on it!
At 78, Barbara has a big craving for pizza and for pepperoni pizza in particular. She hasn't had the cheesy, meaty delight in ages and would love to share a slice with a fellow aficionado. She happens to live just around the corner from Pizza Luce in Uptown, one of the best pizza joints in town. But she has never been there, though she can practically smell melting cheese and sizzling pepperoni from her window.

Program Manager Chelsea Sander
I would love to hear from you if you'd like to help fulfill Barbara's Elder Day Dream. Please contact me at 612.746.0727 or at
If you would like to offer an Elder Day Dream of your own creation to one of our elders, please contact Georgia at 612.746.0732 or 

Please be aware, LBFE cannot issue in-kind donation receipts to volunteers for costs associated with Elder Day Dreams. Thank you.

Elder Day Dream Opportunity
A Three-year Old Gift Card Needs Using
by Christina Fairbanks, Program Manager

Program Manager Christina Fairbanks
Dorothy lives on West 7th in St. Paul. Three years ago for Christmas she received a $50 gift card for JC Penney, and she still hasn't been able to use it. The store has locations at both Southdale and Rosedale malls. 

Dorothy says she can't remember the last time she's been in a department store and is very excited to find a female volunteer to accompany her on a shopping expedition, and afterwards she would love to share a hamburger from McDonald's or Burger King with you. 

If you would like to connect with Dorothy and make her simple dream come true, please contact me at 612.746.0746 or

If you would like to offer an Elder Day Dream of your own creation to one of our elders, please contact Georgia at 612.746.0732 or

Kevin Kling

LBFE's 3rd annual
with storyteller Kevin Kling

WHEN: Wednesday, May 18, 2016
WHERE: Nicollet Island Pavilion

RSVP Benefits LBFE Volunteers Age 55+RSVP

Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly (LBFE) is a partner of the RSVP Volunteer Program. All LBFE volunteers 55 and over are eligible to join this free program and receive benefits for their work with us.

RSVP Benefits Include:

Free Supplemental Insurance

Annual Recognition Event

Travel Reimbursement

RSVP, one of the largest volunteer efforts in the nation, has linked the skills and experience of older adult volunteers with identified community needs since 1971. Locally, a program of Volunteers of America of Minnesota, RSVP serves an 11 county area. Our staff strives to support persons 55 and over in volunteer service at our local partner organizations.

For more information, please click here for the RSVP website.

To sign up as a volunteer event driver for driving-related opportunities below, please contact Georgia Afton at or 612.746.0732, unless otherwise noted.


Tuesday, March 8, 9.30 a.m. - 12.30 p.m.
St. Olaf Catholic Church
215 S 8th St., Minneapolis, MN 55402

March Birthday Party (late lunch)
Sponsored by Wells Fargo, International Banking
Wednesday, March 16, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
LBFE, 1845 East Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55407

Karaoke and Mocktails
Tuesday, March 15,  1:00 - 3:00 p.m. 
LBFE, 1845 East Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55407

Friendship and Flowers 
Saturday, March 19, Flower pick-up 9-11 a.m.
Pick-up from:
LBFE, 1845 East Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55407
Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, 285 Dale St N, St Paul 55103
Let's Do Lunch Cafe
A monthly social event for LGBTQ seniors, boomers and allies 
Friday, March 25, 11:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m.
LBFE, 1845 East Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55407


Tuesday, April 12, 9.30 a.m. - 12.30 p.m.
St. Olaf Catholic Church
215 S 8th St., Minneapolis, MN 55402

April Birthday Party:
Wednesday, April 6, 12:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Blake School, 511 Kenwood Parkway,Minneapolis, MN 55403

Friendship and Flowers 
Saturday, April 16, Flower pick-up 9 -11 a.m.
Pick-up from:
LBFE, 1845 East Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55407
Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, 285 Dale St N, St Paul 55103
St. Paul Lunch
Wednesday, April 27, 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Elder's Lodge, 1500 Magnolia Ave E, St Paul, MN 55106

Cards, Crafts & Coffee
Thursday, April 28, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
LBFE, 1845 East Lake Street, Minneapolis. MN 55407

Let's Do Lunch Cafe 
A monthly social event for LGBTQ seniors, boomers and allies  
Friday, April 22, 11:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m.
Presentation on Senior Scams by AARP at 12:30 p.m.
LBFE, 1845 East Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55407

LBFE's Photo Gallery 
Pat and BettyHolidayGallery

Visiting Volunteer Pat Cook, affectionately known as Pat Cool by LBFE staff, wrote to us recently:

 "Did I say how grateful I am to LBFE for providing the opportunity for me to  exercise my heart on a regular basis?  What good would it do me to live longer if I couldn't experience more love? Visiting with lonely elders is a great way to deepen my heart's capacity."

The photos below are a beautiful testament to Pat and elder friend Betty exercising their hearts. If you'd like to share a thought and some photos for the gallery, please contact Georgia at or at 612.746.0732.

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 FunFactDid you know ...?

One of our elders worked as a dental hygienist and polished Garrison Keillor's teeth!
InfoandOrientVolunteer Information and  Orientation Session

Tuesday, April 5 
6:15  - 7:45 p.m.
RSVP by March 29
Session Location:
1845 East Lake Street
Minneapolis, MN 55497
Please RSVP to Georgia at


PLEASE NOTE: There are no orientation sessions in March
Learn about Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly's history, programs and what the future holds 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.
Please feel free to invite friends who are curious about volunteering.
The sessions are essential for all Volunteer Companions. Please join us!

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