Be a Volunteer

Volunteers are vital to the success of LifeCare Alliance.  We treat our volunteers as important members of the team and believe that volunteers are key to achieving our mission.  Our volunteers bring much-needed energy and enthusiam to our cause, and we simply could not meet our goals without their help.  If you would like to become one of our volunteers, click the orange button below to read the description to find the right fit for your interests and abilities.  Volunteering as a work group, family or individual can make a difference in the life of an older adult or medically challenged person in Franklin, Madison, Marion, Champaign and Logan counties.  More than 100 volunteers are needed every single day to deliver Meals-on-Wheels, run errands, assist with light housekeeping tasks, assist at a Senior Dining or Wellness Center, serve on a board, make favors for our clients or help in the office.
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.  Pick up meals 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 upon availability. 
  • Time Requirement:  1-2 Hours
  • Savings:  Each route adopted saves the Agency $12,000 per year.
Senior PetCare Program
Living independently and safely with a companion pet is a great source of joy in an older adult's life.  In some cases, seniors are unable to care for their pets.  The LifeCare Alliance Senior PetCare program provides clients with assistance in taking care of their pets while still maintaining the client's ability to remain in their own home.  Volunteers assist clients with delivering pet food through the AniMeal Program.  The program also assists with financial costs of vet visits, surgeries, and procedures that care for the overall health of their pet. 
I live alone, and since my husband passed away, my Sheltie, Annie, is my closest companion. I used to worry that I might have to give her away, as I am not able to take her for walks, and I thought it might be cruel to have a dog that doesn’t get to walk. But it would have broken my heart to give her away, and it would have broken Annie’s heart, too. Thanks to my pet care volunteer, Kathy, who comes every two weeks and takes Annie for a long walk, I know she is happy and healthy. I don’t know what I would do without Annie, and when Kathy comes over, she is so excited to see her that she wants to go out with her before we even get a chance to talk.”

This program provides much-needed solutions for elderly pet owners. Long term community impact results include:

  • Keeping pets happy and healthy by assisting in pet care and maintenance;
  • Reducing the number of pets at animal shelters by helping seniors care for their pets;
  • Helping maintain a clean environment for seniors and pets;
  • Providing food for pets so seniors remain healthy by not sharing their own meals; and
  • Keeping seniors in their homes longer thereby saving taxpayers money by preventing institutionalization.

Important Information for Meals-on-Wheels Volunteers

Thank you for nourishing the human spirit by delivering meals to your homebound neighbors in the community! A new software system launched on March 1, 2012. Whether you have been delivering for decades or days, there are updates in several areas for your review.

New training materials
Meals-on-Wheels Training Presentation July 2014.pdf
Sample Route Sheets                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Defensive Driving Training

Food Safety Training

Also, the health and safety of our clients is our number one concern. Please help us by completing the "Temperature Monitoring Quiz" Training is included in the Volunteer Orientation presentation above. Click on this link to take the quiz online:

Or, completed quizzes can be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or faxed to 614.437.2926. You can also send them in with your delivery records after you have completed your route.

Temperature Monitoring Quiz

One important reminder: If a client has a paysource of PASS or WAIVER, you must get the appropriate signature. This will be highlighted in pink on your delivery record. Remember, "if it's pink, get some ink!"

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