Love For Our Elders

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Love For Our Elders
Love For Our Elders logo.png
FoundedDecember 2013
FounderJacob Cramer
Legal status501(c)(3)
HeadquartersCleveland, Ohio

Love For Our Elders (formerly called Love for the Elderly) is a United States-based nonprofit organization that aims to alleviate social isolation among older adults.[1]


As a regular volunteer at his local senior living community, Jacob Cramer recognized chronic loneliness prevalent among the residents. In 2013, he began handwriting kind, uplifting letters for senior living communities, a program that has since sent hundreds of thousands of cards and engaged more than 50,000 volunteers across 70 countries.[2][3]

The organization compiled videos and seniors' stories during the coronavirus pandemic for elders it could not reach due to mailing restrictions.

On September 15, 2020, the organization announced its new name, Love For Our Elders. A statement from its founder said, "We’ve come to realize that our organization’s name included language that contradicted the work we pour our hearts into every day," citing work at University of Washington School of Social Work.[4]


In 2016, Jacob spoke on the organization's initiatives on national daytime talk show Harry.[5] Later that year, it was featured on the cover of American Profile.

Its work has been featured in CNN[6], Glamour,[7] O, The Oprah Magazine,[8] Parade,[9] National Geographic,[10] Rede Record,[11] The Boston Globe,[12] NPR,[13] and USA Today.[14]

Annually, the organization hosts Letter to an Elder Day on February 26, encouraging others to write a letter to an elder who inspires them.[15][16][17]


  1. "Love For Our Elders". Love For Our Elders. Retrieved 2020-09-03.
  2. Harris, Lauren. "Letters of Hope – How One Teen Spreads Smiles to the Elderly". Parade. Retrieved March 5, 2017.
  3. "Good Old Fashioned Letters Are Putting Smiles on Seniors' Faces - Good Deeds Day". Good Deeds Day. February 7, 2016. Retrieved January 12, 2017.
  4. "Love For Our Elders on Instagram: "We're excited to announce that we're now called Love For Our Elders!⠀ ⠀ Read on to learn why we're changing our name:⠀ ⠀ We've come to…"". Instagram. Retrieved 2020-12-15.
  5. Amanda Koehn. "Pepper Pike teen shows Love for the Elderly on TV's 'Harry'". Cleveland Jewish News. Retrieved January 8, 2017.
  6. Bergeron, Ryan. "Here's how to spend your spring break volunteering with your kids when you're stuck at home". CNN. Retrieved 2020-09-03.
  7. "31 Ways to Givew Back This Holiday Season". Glamour. Retrieved January 8, 2017.
  8. Earley, Brigitt (2020-12-04). "50 Ways to Have as Much Fun as Ever This Christmas". Oprah Magazine. Retrieved 2020-12-07.
  9. Harris, Lauren (2016-12-09). "Letters of Hope – How One Teen Spreads Smiles to the Elderly". Parade: Entertainment, Recipes, Health, Life, Holidays. Retrieved 2020-09-03.
  10. "Here's how kids can volunteer, even from home". Family. 2020-06-23. Retrieved 2020-09-27.
  11. Love For The Elderly (March 4, 2017), Brazil Students Pen-Palled USA Seniors. This is what happened., retrieved March 5, 2017
  12. Raczka, Rachel (10 April 2020). "How to lend a helping hand from home". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2020-09-03.
  13. "NPR Sound of Ideas - YouTube". Retrieved 2021-02-04.
  14. Abrams, Rhonda. "Abrams: 5 ways your small business can act like Santa". USA TODAY. Retrieved 2020-09-03.
  15. "'Love For Our Elders' sends letters to seniors in isolation". KNXV. 2021-02-17. Retrieved 2021-02-28.
  16. "Heartstrings of Arcadia's Eileen Chen tugged by upcoming 'Letter to an Elder Day'". Pasadena Star News. 2021-01-26. Retrieved 2021-02-28.
  17. "'It's really special to get a handwritten letter': Yale student pens letters of love to the elderly". 2020-02-21. Retrieved 2020-09-03.

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