Thank you all for coming out to celebrate with us this past Wednesday evening at our annual volunteer and community partner party, and for coming out throughout the whole year to celebrate life with our elderly friends. We had a great crowd with volunteers and community partners representing the entire LBFE community- City Sites volunteers, task force members and partners, university program officers, friendly visitors, holiday volunteers, drivers, board members, and interns. It was an awesome experience to see folks meet each other and learn how all of our programs together help us to achieve our mission of relieving isolation and loneliness among the elderly.
As we celebrate our volunteers’ and partners’ incredible work and compassion we also look forward to the years to come. By 2030, for the first time in history, there will be more people over the age of 60 than under 18. And of more than 1 million charities in the US, only 2.8% serve the elderly. We all have our work cut out for us! But looking at our LBFE community, it’s clear we can take on the challenge to evolve and grow to be ready for the population shift. Our vision in Boston is to build inclusive communities that span generations and cultures to prevent and relieve isolation and loneliness.
This year, LBFE has touched the lives of over 1,000 older adults in Boston. To give that some context, last year we served about 850 individuals. Thank you to all who have supported LBFE over the past year. If you missed the party, please check out our 2016-2017 Memories slideshow of images from programs over the past year.