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.
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.