Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly

Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly

Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly is committed to enriching the lives of the elderly and their volunteers by fostering friendships that celebrate life. Such friendships are bound by time-honored stories, shared laughter, and cherished dreams. We need these friendships because they teach us about ourselves and cultivate a rich life. Little Brothers-Friends of the Elderly offers flexible and diverse volunteer opportunities – volunteers can choose to make weekly, monthly, or seasonal time commitments. Virtually all of our services are carried out by individual volunteers, community, civic, religious groups, and the business community.

Our History:
Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly (LBFE) is a volunteer-based organization providing outreach, advocacy, and companionship to isolated elders. By visiting, socializing, and helping with household tasks, volunteers strive to meet the emotional needs of elders who are without the support of family or friends in the area. Our motto, “flowers before bread,” means that the pleasures that make life worth living are as important to the human spirit as bread is to the body.

LBFE was founded in Paris in 1946 by Armand Marquiset as a Catholic brotherhood of men who devoted their lives to serving the poor and the isolated elderly left without the support of family after World War II. In 1959, a Little Brothers office was opened in Chicago. Soon after, the organization became non-religious and open to both men and women volunteers. The San Francisco Chapter opened in 1990. San Francisco’s LBFE is part of a national and international network of affiliates (U.S.: Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Miami, Minneapolis, Omaha, and Philadelphia; International: Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Mexico, Poland, Spain, and Switzerland).

The information above can be found on the official website of Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly. For more details about the organization and to find out how you can volunteer, please visit their website:

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