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Change Makers: Jacob Cramer’s Love for the Elderly embraces seniors across the world

WONKedition's interview series Change Makers spotlights Gen Zers that are taking action to change the world.

August 2020
Meet the founder of Love for the Elderly:

Who are you?
Hey! I'm Jacob. I'm 20 and a rising junior at Yale University and the founder and executive director of Love for the Elderly.

What’s Love for the Elderly?
Everyone deserves to feel loved, but not everyone gets to. That’s where Love for the Elderly comes in. It’s a passion project of mine that I turned into a global nonprofit dedicated to fighting loneliness with love for our elders. Today, we aid lives by meeting the needs of elderly communities across the globe and sharing their stories. We’ve engaged people across over 70 countries to show “love for the elderly.”

Why did you start Love for the Elderly?
While volunteering at my local senior living community, I saw seniors who were lonely and isolated. I thought of my own grandparents and how, if they ever told me they felt lonely, I don't know what I'd do. I wanted to act, and I saw a need to embrace our elders.

Where do you see yourself and Love for the Elderly one year from now?
We hope to serve more seniors internationally and push remote volunteering.

Check out Love for the Elderly's website and how you can get involved to aid seniors.

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- Laura Muwanguzi gives hope to Uganda children with sickle cell anemia

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