GMC-PCMA has selected Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly
for its charity this year. Look here for upcoming events and details on how you can get involved. Coffee Clubs Events:
Every Thursday, the elderly are invited to come and enjoy Coffee Club with Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly. This free event features food, fun, volunteers, and, of course, coffee, and is designed to provide conversation and community for those who attend. On May 8, GMC hosted its first Coffee Club. Read about it here
. You can also watch this video
for an inside-look at the Coffee Club events.
Community Services is working with Little Brothers to identify three other Coffee Club dates as PCMA-sponsored days this year.
Other plans include:
A summer event outside of the club, but somewhere in the city, possibly in late July or early August
A Food Depository Day in November for Service-In-Sync, with proceeds going to Little Brothers.
A holiday event in early December, either at the Little Brothers facility or off-site.
“Shaking up” the Bowl-A-Thon, scheduled for Nov. 5.
The committee set $5,000 as the ambitious goal for raffle sales this year and is considering creative means of promoting the raffles in advance. GMC members can help by purchasing tickets and providing raffle items.
Donations of gift cards ($10, $20, $25) for stores such as Wal-Mart, Target, Walgreens, and Jewel, where the recipients can purchase food and other items, are helpful. Furniture donations are needed for the new Little Brothers facility in Batavia. The committee is checking whether the charity can pick up these large donations. To donate an item, share your ideas, or ask about participation in future events, contact Kris Marinelli Jebson or Keri Kelly.
Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly was started in France in 1946 by Frenchman Armand Marquiset as Les petits frères des Pauvres (Little Brothers of the Poor). The organization served elderly Parisians who had lost their savings and family members in World War II. His motto, flowers before bread, expresses the spirit that man does not live by bread alone; it is the human touch that makes life worth living.
Today, Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly serves elderly in seven U.S. cities and eight countries around the world. The Chicago Chapter is located at 355 N. Ashland Avenue in a multi-purpose facility purchased in 1998. This facility is transformed regularly into a place of celebration for holidays, Wednesday luncheons, and countless social gatherings held all year long.
Since 1959, Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly, Chicago Chapter’s mission, philosophy, programs and activities remain focused on alleviating loneliness among elders. The need for social interaction is critical to the human spirit and the charity believes that nurturing the soul is as important as feeding the body. Although the number of elders served has grown by more than 35% in the last five years, Little Brothers’ mission remains firm – to relieve isolation and loneliness among the elderly.
Stay tuned for more volunteer opportunities with Little Brothers and information on how you can support the charity.