Volunteer Positions

Volunteer Services

The volunteers of LifeCare Alliance serve our clients by delivering Meals-on-Wheels, serving clients at a dining center, assisting with light housekeeping chores, stocking pantry shelves, providing pet care service, running errands and picking up groceries. In 2013, volunteers contributed more than 193,311 hours and drove more than 464,625 miles to care for our most vulnerable residents, the older adults and individuals with a medical challenge and/or disability in our community.

Meals-on-Wheels

Meals-on-Wheels provide nourishing food and a daily visit to homebound, older adults and individuals with a disability and/or medical challenge 365 days a year. Meal options include hot, cold, frozen, diet, kosher, vegetarian, pureed and mechanical soft, along with meals for specialty diets. The Meals-on-Wheels program serves as many as 6,000 meals a day, including meals for kids in day care and after-school programs.

Volunteer Opportunities:

Meals-on-Wheels Driver

We are in need of volunteers to deliver Meals-on-Wheels to our clients. 

Weekdays- Pick-up meals in your neighborhood and deliver to your homebound neighbors. 

Weekends- pick meals up from drop-off sites in Dublin, Gahanna or LifeCare Alliance, and deliver to those who are homebound.  Scheduling is arranged for weekday or weekend delivery opportunities based upon availability. 

  • Time requirement:  1-2 hours
  • Savings:Each route adopted saved the agency $12,000.00 per year.

Meals-on-Wheels Holiday Driver

Deliver meals to homebound neighbors on the following holidays: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day.  Meals-bag pick-up and drop-off conducted at 670 Harmon Avenue for all holiday routes. 

  • Time requirement: 1-2 hours.

Meals-on-Wheels Kitchen Groups and/or individuals

Assist LifeCare Alliance kitchen staff with tasks necessary to keep Meals-on-Wheels program running smoothly. Duties range from seated tasks (i.e., condiment inventory, ‘blizzard box’ assembly, etc.) to foot-work (plating meals, packing meals, disposing of meal-bag liners, wiping bags down after delivery, storing bags until next use, etc.). 

  • Time requirement: Different groups and/or individuals daily
  •  Location:  1699 W. Mound St. or 670 Harmon Avenue

 

Groceries-to-Go

Groceries-to-Go food pantry provides groceries, personal hygiene items, and cleaning supplies to individuals of the Project OpenHand-Columbus and the Columbus Cancer Clinic programs. These clients are living with HIV/AIDS and/or active cancer.

Volunteer Opportunities:

Groceries-to-Go Food Pantry Driver

Provide groceries to homebound patients living with cancer or HIV/AIDS.  Pick up bags of groceries up at the Harmon Avenue Groceries-to-Go facility.  Deliver groceries to assigned patients’ homes. 

  • Time requirement: Negotiable based upon availability of both volunteer and agency.

Groceries-to-Go Food Pantry Assistant

Assist with keeping food pantry running smoothly—includes variety of administrative, bagging, stocking and distribution tasks. Stock new inventory on shelves, rotating older inventory to the front of the shelf for distribution.  Organize and stock inventory according to categories (fruits, vegetables, pasta etc.).  Bag grocery orders for pick-up.  Distribute orders to clients that come to collect filled orders.  Notify appropriate program personnel of drop-in requests.  Maintain that the pantry is in safe working order by disposing of trash and unneeded cartons in the dumpster. 

  • Time requirement: Negotiable based upon availability of both volunteer and agency; pantry hours: 9:00am - 2:00pm, Monday - Friday.

Project OpenHand-Columbus

Project OpenHand-Columbus provides home-delivered nutritionally enriched meals, pantry items, nutritional supplements, nutritional assessments and counseling and a congregate meal program to men, women, and children living with HIV/AIDS in Central Ohio. This agency merged into LifeCare Alliance in 2004.

Volunteer Opportunities:

POHC Office Specialist

Support Project OpenHand-Columbus by proving clerical assistance to the Program Coordinator.  Answer telephones, take messages, schedule pantry orders.  Use the computer database to enter, update and/or confirm client information.  Make copies and file client information and folders.  Help drivers organize daily deliveries.  Prepare food pantry orders as needed.  Previous clerical experience preferred.

  • Time Requirement: At least one day of service per week, during pantry hours: 9:00a.m. - 2:00p.m., Monday - Friday.

Columbus Cancer Clinic

Columbus Cancer Clinic, a Medicare certified service, provides education about cancer prevention and early detection, head-to-toe cancer screenings, examinations and mammograms, regardless of a client’s ability to pay.  In addition, the program provides low-income, underinsured or uninsured individuals living with active cancer with medical supplies, medical equipment, medication assistance, transportation to and from cancer-related medical appointments, pantry items, nutritional supplements and emergency financial assistance to home care support patients who are about to lose daily necessities, such as housing and/or utilities. The program will provide skilled nursing care, home health aide, social work, therapy and/or a dietitian if needed to keep the patient in the home setting. All home care support services are free of charge. The Columbus Cancer Clinic merged into LifeCare Alliance in 2005. 

Volunteer Opportunities:

CCC Mammography Assistant

Ensure that procedures for greeting, check-in and clerical/administrative duties flow smoothly, in order to deliver the most pleasant experience possible for mammography clients, both in-office and pertaining to mobile units. 

Mobile Mammography Activities:Greet clients upon arrival.  Assist clients with check-in procedures.  Review pre-registration forms and insurance cards for completeness and accuracy; receive payments, issue receipts and keep accurate records of payments. Provide instructions to clients in preparation for the examination.  Monitor client flow in an effort to keep appointments on schedule.

Clinic Mammography Activities:Pull mammography charts of previous/current Clinic clients for the next week’s scheduled appointments.  Prepare mammography charts for new patients with upcoming appointments.  File old charts and mammogram reports.

Volunteer must demonstrate good organizational and time management skills and maintain client confidentiality. 

  • Time requirement: Negotiable based upon availability of both volunteer and agency

CCC Wigs & Prostheses Assistant:

Provide clients with a variety of well-kept wigs and prostheses.  Duties include washing wigs and prostheses; styling wigs, creating an inventory system and taking inventory.  Volunteer must have the ability to interact effectively with staff and patients, be comfortable and compassionate about cancer and other health-related issues, and maintain client confidentiality.

  • Time requirement: Negotiable based upon availability of both volunteer and agency.

Young Professionals Group

Provide support for the Columbus Cancer Clinic with other young professionals in their 20s and 30s from the Columbus area.  Started in 2003, the Young Professionals Group engages in planning and attending a variety of activities to advocate and support the programs and services of LifeCare Alliance.  These activities include (but are not limited to) networking events, local cocktail hours, fundraising endeavors, sporting events, and holding the YPG’s annual signature event, Wine Around the World.  The group meets in the LifeCare Alliance Board Room at 1699 W. Mound Street (Columbus, OH 43223) every 2nd Thursday of the month, for breakfast at 7:30 a.m.  For more information contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 614-437-2877.

  • Time requirement: 1-2 hours/month, plus occasional special event and committee attendance

Help-at-Home

Help-at-Home provides homemakers and home health aides who assist with daily living activities, bathing, fall prevention, and basic household chores. The Help-at-Home staff works with a network of community contacts to assure appropriate client services are accessed. In addition, Help-at-Home coordinates home repair projects for clients in need of safety and health-related repairs, such as repairing electrical or plumbing issues, installing grab bars and railings, and repairing floors and drywall.

Volunteer Opportunities:

Senior Dining Centers

Senior Dining Centers provide meals for older adults and individuals with a disability and/or medical challenge at community dining centers and restaurants in more than 19 locations across Central Ohio, including culturally diverse meals at 11 Asian and Somali restaurants. Transportation is available to most locations. Dining centers offer socialization, enriching programming and a nutritious meal, with the purpose of increasing the number of Central Ohioans who achieve a higher level of successful aging, which is defined as the avoidance of disease and disability, maintenance of high cognitive and physical functioning, and engagement with life.

Volunteer Opportunities:

Dining Center Program Aide

Assist the Dining Center Coordinator with all duties before, during and after dining center meal service.  Set-up: Arrange tables; set out salt and pepper shakers, napkins, and centerpieces.

Registrar:  Register participants; keep attendance sheet; take reservations for the next meal served. 

Greeter:  Welcome participants as they come into the dining center; be friendly and polite; encourage socialization among dining center participants. 

Serve meals:  Assist with trays, tables, meal line, orders, and beverage stations.  Clean-up: Collect meal carrier bag(s); wipe off tables and counters; clean coffee pots; sweep floors; arrange chairs; dispose of trash.  With the assistance of the DC Coordinator: plan, schedule and implement activities, crafts, entertainment, etc. 

  • Time Requirements: Weekdays, 9 am-3 pm.  Ongoing weekly or monthly service to be negotiated with Dining Center Coordinator as necessary.

Wellness Centers

Wellness Service provides health care services in community wellness centers throughout Franklin County. The community wellness centers are located in areas where the population is underserved, has limited access to health care and/or has limited financial resources. Services include, but are not limited to, health assessments, skilled nursing care, and screening tests with a focus on health promotion and education, disease prevention and chronic disease management. In addition to registered nurses, the wellness program employs registered dietitians who provide medical nutrition therapy, weight management programs, diabetes self-management and educational programs on a wide variety of nutrition topics. Registered nurses assist clients with medication management.

Volunteer Opportunities:

Wellness Center Receptionist

Assist with Wellness Center office tasks as assigned by Wellness Center Nurses.  Greet clients.  Answer telephone calls, take messages accurately and legibly. Maintain appointment book and orderly volunteer desk area.  Perform clerical and non-specific duties as requested by the nurse.  Volunteer must have unimpaired hearing and vision and ability to maintain professional confidentiality. 

  • Time Requirement: Negotiable based upon availability of both volunteer and agency, Monday - Friday.

LifeCare Alliance Administration

LifeCare Alliance, a not-for-profit organization, provides a comprehensive array of health and nutrition services to older adults and individuals with a medical challenge or disability in Central Ohio.  Founded in 1898 as the Instructive District Nursing Association (IDNA), LifeCare Alliance was Columbus’ first in-home health care agency and Ohio’s first Visiting Nurse Association. LifeCare Alliance’s mission is to lead the community in identifying and delivering health and nutrition services to meet the community’s changing needs.

Volunteer Opportunities:

LifeCare Alliance Office Assistant

Assist with daily administrative tasks of the LifeCare Alliance Mound Street and Harmon Avenue offices.  Tasks include (but are not limited to): filing, database entry, packet and agency literature assembly, phone calls, volunteer-hour tabulation and mailing assistance. Opportunities are available within various LifeCare Alliance program departments, but subject to project availability.

  • Time Requirement: Negotiable based upon availability of both volunteer and agency, Monday - Friday.

Adopt-a-Family

Help our clients and their families celebrate the season!  Provide a local family with a holiday food basket, or help meet the needs on their holiday wish-list.  Wish-list items may include stocking stuffers, toys, food, clothing, personal care, household items or gift cards.

  • Time Requirements: Varies.Volunteer Services

 

The following routes are open for adoption:

  • Route near Eastland Shopping Center on Saturdays – Pick up at 670 Harmon Avenue at 10:15 a.m.
  • Route near Westside open on Saturdays and Sundays – Pick up at 670 Harmon Avenue at 11:00 a.m.
  • Route in the South end open every Saturday – Pick up at 670 Harmon Avenue at 10:15 a.m.
  • Route near Galloway/Grove City open every Saturday and Sunday – Pick up at 670 Harmon Avenue at 10:15 a.m.
  • Route near the airport open every Sunday – Pick up in Gahanna at 140 Imperial Drive at 10:30 a.m.
  • Route in South end open every Saturday – Pick up at 670 Harmon Avenue at 11 a.m.
  • Route on Westside open every Sunday – Pick up at 670 Harmon Avenue at 10:15 a.m.
  • Route in Canal Winchester open every Saturday and Sunday – Pick up in Gahanna at 140 Imperial Drive at 10:30 a.m.
  • Route on the Westside open every Sunday – Pick up at 670 Harmon Avenue at 11 a.m.
  • Route on Southside open every Saturday and Sunday – Pick up at 670 Harmon at 10:30 a.m.
Please spread the word and make a difference in your community! 
 
 
 

Partner With Us

Is your business or organization looking for donation options or volunteer opportunities?  

LifeCare Alliance gladly accepts donations of any size or quantity, and we offer plenty of volunteer programs for your employees to choose from!  

For more information, please contact Michelle Jones at 614-437-2803.

Our Mission
LifeCare Alliance leads our community in
identifying and delivering health and nutrition
services to meet the community's changing needs.
                   

1699 W Mound St.
Columbus, Ohio 43223

Mon - Fri
8am - 5pm

P: 614-278-3130
F: 614-278-3143