Friends of East Lansing Seniors

The Friends of the East Lansing Seniors program was established in 1998 by members of the East Lansing community to create and manage a non-profit charitable trust. The Friends program is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and has a charitable solicitation license, which is used to facilitate a direct-mail funding drive each fall. The Friends program appreciates the community's support!

Mission Statement

The mission of the Friends of the East Lansing Seniors Program is to solicit and accept donations to assist the East Lansing Prime Time Seniors Program and to prudently invest and manage these donations in a charitable trust fund. The Friends will provide grants from the charitable trust fund to the Prime Time Senior Program to help supplement the program’s annual budget or to meet emerging needs.  As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, the Friends program will apply for grants for the benefit of the East Lansing senior residents.


The Friends of the East Lansing Seniors Program board meetings are generally held at 10 a.m. on the second Thursday of alternate months. Until further notice, meetings are being held electronically via Zoom. Contact John Goddeeris at to receive an invitation to the meeting. Upcoming meetings for 2021 are as follows:

  • Thursday, July 8 at 10 a.m.
  • Thursday, Sept. 9 at 10 a.m.
  • Thursday, Nov. 11 at 10 a.m.

Mailing Address

P.O. Box 261
East Lansing, MI 48826

2022 Board Members

Name Email
Dr. John Goddeeris, President
Janet Brock, Corresponding Secretary
Julia Freije, Secretary
Cindy Whiddon, Treasurer
Eileen Heideman
Betty Murphy, Vice President
Paulette Lovell
Arthur Slobosky
Kazuko Thornton
Robert Uphaus
Kelly Arndt, Prime Time Liaison