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January 2024

Volunteering—Good For You!

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It’s a given that when you volunteer you are helping someone else with something they cannot do for themselves. But have you ever given any thought to what volunteering can mean for you, for your health and well-being? Experts cite that volunteering helps you stay physically active, combats depression, and creates a sense of purpose.  One study from the University of Exeter even found that individuals who regularly volunteer have mortality rates reduced by as much as 22 percent.

But we don’t have to rely on experts from Exeter; LifeCare Alliance volunteers share with us every day the benefits they get from volunteering.  As a matter of fact, 87 percent of volunteers recently surveyed said they would recommend volunteering with LifeCare Alliance to a friend or coworker.

And, if you need any more evidence, consider what they shared with us about their experiences:

 “I love the clients, and I have fallen in love with this program. The clients have become my friends.”

 “Delivering Meals-on-Wheels is a wonderful volunteer opportunity for families. We are together in our car, can take turns delivering, and the kids can directly see the people they are helping and the impact they are having.”

 “Delivering meals helps me realize how lucky I am that I can help those in need.  I’ve met so many wonderful people on my route. Thank you for this opportunity!”

Will you be the next person to Join the Alliance and begin reaping these rewards? Email volunteer@lifecarealliance.org to get started today.

Additional Articles from the February 2024 Newsletter

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Big Wheels Save the Date

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Big Wheels 2024 is set for April 20! Join us at central Ohio’s premier charitable gala to raise a glass, raise a paddle, and raise funds to benefit all LifeCare…

Volunteering—Good For You!

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It’s a given that when you volunteer you are helping someone else with something they cannot do for themselves. But have you ever given any thought to what volunteering can…

Top 10 Ways to Volunteer That Don’t Involve Delivering Meals!

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Want to volunteer, but not sure if delivering meals is right for you? Don’t worry—we’ll find your perfect fit. With over 7,800 volunteers a year, LifeCare Alliance finds opportunities for…

Meet Your Corporate & Community Engagement Team

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You may often hear from our Corporate & Community Engagement Team members, but you may not have faces to go with their names. These are the associates who reach out…

Volunteer Spotlight: The Brotherhood of Congregation Beth Tikvah

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The brotherhood of Congregation Beth Tikvah in Worthington truly exemplifies the LifeCare Alliance tagline: Being There Matters™!  For the past 20 years, they have delivered Meals-on-Wheels on or around the…

Columbus Business First has recognized Andy Nowlin as a Champion of Diversity

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Congratulations to our Chief Human Resources & Inclusion Officer, Clarence “Andy” Nowlin, for being awarded the Outstanding Diversity Champion Award by Columbus Business First. Nowlin established LifeCare Alliance's inaugural Diversity,…

American Heart Month

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February is American Heart Month, and, this month, you can take charge of your heart health with LifeCare Alliance. Our free Community Wellness Centers provide registered nurses who can provide…

Volunteer Spotlight: The Brotherhood of Congregation Beth Tikvah

By eNewsletter, February 2024 eNewsletter

A group of volunteers

The brotherhood of Congregation Beth Tikvah in Worthington truly exemplifies the LifeCare Alliance tagline: Being There Matters™!  For the past 20 years, they have delivered Meals-on-Wheels on or around the Christmas holiday. As members of a Jewish synagogue – which does not observe Christmas – they like to relieve regularly scheduled volunteers so that they may have the holiday off to spend with their families and friends.

The group makes a whole day out of volunteering. They begin their day at a local establishment, catching up over breakfast. They then arrive at our Harmon location around 10 am where their leader, David Binkovitz, provides training and quick tips. Pairing up, the team members are assigned their routes before going out to deliver hot and nutritious meals to hundreds of Meals-on-Wheels clients.

Jeff Wasserstrom has been volunteering since 2004. His son joined him in 2009, back when he was just 11 years old.  The two have turned this into their own father-son bonding tradition, serving the community together every year since.

The brotherhood has delivered meals to close to 1,500 clients since they began in 2003, and they’ve helped hundreds of regular volunteers be able to spend the holidays with their loved . We sincerely thank them for their dedication and commitment over the past 20 years, and we look forward to their next 20 years of support.

If your group would like to get involved and start your own annual tradition, please reach out to Volunteer@lifecarealliance.org.

Additional Articles from the February 2024 Newsletter

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Big Wheels Save the Date

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Big Wheels 2024 is set for April 20! Join us at central Ohio’s premier charitable gala to raise a glass, raise a paddle, and raise funds to benefit all LifeCare…

Volunteering—Good For You!

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It’s a given that when you volunteer you are helping someone else with something they cannot do for themselves. But have you ever given any thought to what volunteering can…

Top 10 Ways to Volunteer That Don’t Involve Delivering Meals!

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Want to volunteer, but not sure if delivering meals is right for you? Don’t worry—we’ll find your perfect fit. With over 7,800 volunteers a year, LifeCare Alliance finds opportunities for…

Meet Your Corporate & Community Engagement Team

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You may often hear from our Corporate & Community Engagement Team members, but you may not have faces to go with their names. These are the associates who reach out…

Volunteer Spotlight: The Brotherhood of Congregation Beth Tikvah

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The brotherhood of Congregation Beth Tikvah in Worthington truly exemplifies the LifeCare Alliance tagline: Being There Matters™!  For the past 20 years, they have delivered Meals-on-Wheels on or around the…

Columbus Business First has recognized Andy Nowlin as a Champion of Diversity

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Congratulations to our Chief Human Resources & Inclusion Officer, Clarence “Andy” Nowlin, for being awarded the Outstanding Diversity Champion Award by Columbus Business First. Nowlin established LifeCare Alliance's inaugural Diversity,…

American Heart Month

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February is American Heart Month, and, this month, you can take charge of your heart health with LifeCare Alliance. Our free Community Wellness Centers provide registered nurses who can provide…

Top 10 Ways to Volunteer That Don’t Involve Delivering Meals!

By eNewsletter, February 2024 eNewsletter

Volunteers in the kitchen

Want to volunteer, but not sure if delivering meals is right for you? Don’t worry—we’ll find your perfect fit. With over 7,800 volunteers a year, LifeCare Alliance finds opportunities for everyone. Read on for some unique ways to get yourself, your family, small group, or work team involved:

1. Grocery Shopping for Seniors – This is a quick way to make a difference in someone’s life. Choose the day and area of town, and we will assign you a senior who needs groceries. After arriving at their house to get their list and payment method, you perform the shopping and then return with their groceries. Imagine how much stress you can relieve a homebound senior of by doing this simple task.

2. Senior Pet Care Route –If you love pets, this program is for you. Often, our clients have to choose between feeding themselves and their pets. That’s why we provide free pet food for qualifying clients. Sign up to make some pups and kitties happy and healthy by delivering their food! Deliveries are scheduled monthly and are flexible to work around your availability.

3. DJ-ing  –Do you have DJ skills and want to spin some tunes at Carrie’s Café for one of our lunchtime dance parties?

4. Musical Entertainment—Do you play an instrument and would like to entertain our Dining Center clients with a little concert? Have we got a gig for you!

5. Crafting—Would you like to lead a craft or a knitting club? Our over 60 fun bunch will keep you in stiches.

6. Holiday Adopt-A-Client donations – Have any leftover gifts from the holidays lying around the house that you don’t know how to put to use? It’s not too early to regift them to our Holiday Adopt-a-Client program! You can donate gifts you won’t use, gift cards, knitted or crocheted items, excess blankets, and more.

7.-10. Use Your Imagination—There’s no limit to the joy and enrichment you can bring to a client’s life. Have a way you’d like to contribute? We’d love to hear your ideas!

Reach out to us at volunteer@lifecarealliance.org for more information on these or other ways you can Join the Alliance!

Additional Articles from the February 2024 Newsletter

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Big Wheels Save the Date

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Big Wheels 2024 is set for April 20! Join us at central Ohio’s premier charitable gala to raise a glass, raise a paddle, and raise funds to benefit all LifeCare…

Volunteering—Good For You!

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It’s a given that when you volunteer you are helping someone else with something they cannot do for themselves. But have you ever given any thought to what volunteering can…

Top 10 Ways to Volunteer That Don’t Involve Delivering Meals!

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Want to volunteer, but not sure if delivering meals is right for you? Don’t worry—we’ll find your perfect fit. With over 7,800 volunteers a year, LifeCare Alliance finds opportunities for…

Meet Your Corporate & Community Engagement Team

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You may often hear from our Corporate & Community Engagement Team members, but you may not have faces to go with their names. These are the associates who reach out…

Volunteer Spotlight: The Brotherhood of Congregation Beth Tikvah

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The brotherhood of Congregation Beth Tikvah in Worthington truly exemplifies the LifeCare Alliance tagline: Being There Matters™!  For the past 20 years, they have delivered Meals-on-Wheels on or around the…

Columbus Business First has recognized Andy Nowlin as a Champion of Diversity

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Congratulations to our Chief Human Resources & Inclusion Officer, Clarence “Andy” Nowlin, for being awarded the Outstanding Diversity Champion Award by Columbus Business First. Nowlin established LifeCare Alliance's inaugural Diversity,…

American Heart Month

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February is American Heart Month, and, this month, you can take charge of your heart health with LifeCare Alliance. Our free Community Wellness Centers provide registered nurses who can provide…

Meet Your Corporate & Community Engagement Team

By eNewsletter, February 2024 eNewsletter

LifeCare Alliance Corporate and Community in Being There Matters t-shirts

You may often hear from our Corporate & Community Engagement Team members, but you may not have faces to go with their names. These are the associates who reach out to you about your volunteer experience, train you, and schedule your shifts. They oversee volunteer relationships for LifeCare Alliance, in-kind product donations, and our Senior Pet Care services. Next time you see one of them in the hallways or at an event, please say “hi” – they’d love to put your face to your name too!

 

First row

Nicole Envid, Community Engagement Manager, nenvid@lifecarealliance.org

You may hear from Nicole if you volunteer as an individual, church, school, or small group. She’s responsible for training and recruiting small volunteer groups. Nicole enjoys connecting with new volunteers and finding ways for them to partner with LifeCare Alliance.

Nicole hails from the small state of Delaware, and she relocated to Columbus when she married her husband Jeremy in 2017. She’s a huge Philly sports fan, has six step kids, two cats, a dog, and a tortoise. She also spends her time working on her small business fair trade company, which partners with artisans in 16 countries to create beautiful and useful products and sustainable jobs.

 

Second row (L to R)

Curt Vance, PhD, Senior Pet Care Coordinator, cvance@lifecarealliance.org

You may have heard from Curt if you’ve ever delivered a pet care route. As the Senior Pet Care Coordinator, Curt manages the day-to-day activities of senior pet care services. This includes training and scheduling volunteer groups, coordinating pet food delivery, and providing veterinary financial assistance for our clients’ pets.

Curt lives in Westerville with his wife Kelly. He has two sons who attend The Ohio State University. While not working, Curt enjoys playing guitar and ukulele, as well as bird watching.

Claire Eastman, Chief Corporate & Community Engagement Officer, ceastman@lifecarealliance.org

Claire is the Chief Corporate and Community Engagement Officer at LifeCare Alliance.  You may run into her at outreach events, public speaking engagements, or around LifeCare Alliance. She is responsible for managing the recruitment, training, and retention of over 7,800 annual LifeCare Alliance volunteers.  Claire also oversees the intake, pick-up, and placement of in-kind donations to the Alliance as well as our signature Senior Pet Care program.

Claire likes to say that her job is not her occupation but rather her “occupassion”.  Claire lives in Westerville with her husband of 10 years, Chris.  Between them, they have five kids ranging in age from a college freshman to a college senior.  Claire loves to read, travel, and spend time with her family.

 

Third Row (L to R)

Ghadir Amin, Meals-on-Wheels Engagement Coordinator, gamin@lifecarealliance.org

Ghadir is the face of the Corporate & Community Engagement team at Harmon Avenue, welcoming new groups, providing orientation and training, and directing volunteers to their assignments. You have most likely run into her if you’ve picked up home delivered meals from Harmon.

Originally from Iraq, Ghadir immigrated to the United States as a child. In 2021, she found her calling at LifeCare Alliance. Ghadir finds immense joy in working with volunteers and seeing the collective power of a united community. Beyond the busy schedule, Ghadir’s heart lies in her love for planting and nurturing life and with her two spoiled cats.

Stephanie Sparrow Hughes, Community Engagement Manager, shughes@lifecarealliance.org

If you’ve ever volunteered with a large work team, chances are, you’ve met Stephanie. As a Community Engagement Manager, Stephanie is our contact person for corporations who want to give back to their community. She enjoys promoting the LifeCare Alliance mission by speaking at company and community events and expanding outreach for all people to give back and serve those in need.

In her free time, Stephanie speaks to community groups about preserving diverse narratives and serves on the board for the Franklin County Genealogical and Historical Society. She and her husband Martin love to travel and enjoy nature walks. As a sun baby, one of her favorite things to do is to soak up some rays.

Anne Peters, In-Kind Donation Coordinator, apeters@lifecarealliance.org

If you’ve ever donated a gift-in-kind, you’ve probably met Anne. As the In-Kind Coordinator, Anne is responsible for managing and disbursing the in-kind product donations across the agency.  She had the pleasure of heading the Holiday Adopt a Client program this year, providing gift bags to nearly a thousand clients and family members over the holidays.  So, if you donated to or participated in the program, you have likely received emails or calls from Anne.

Aside from a passion for nonprofit work, Anne loves to garden, read books, and cook. Over the past decade, Anne has been involved with various nonprofits, including volunteering with Peace Corps Tanzania. She is committed to serving the community she loves with compassion and empathy.

Additional Articles from the February 2024 Newsletter

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Big Wheels Save the Date

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Big Wheels 2024 is set for April 20! Join us at central Ohio’s premier charitable gala to raise a glass, raise a paddle, and raise funds to benefit all LifeCare…

Volunteering—Good For You!

| eNewsletter, February 2024 eNewsletter | No Comments
It’s a given that when you volunteer you are helping someone else with something they cannot do for themselves. But have you ever given any thought to what volunteering can…

Top 10 Ways to Volunteer That Don’t Involve Delivering Meals!

| eNewsletter, February 2024 eNewsletter | No Comments
Want to volunteer, but not sure if delivering meals is right for you? Don’t worry—we’ll find your perfect fit. With over 7,800 volunteers a year, LifeCare Alliance finds opportunities for…

Meet Your Corporate & Community Engagement Team

| eNewsletter, February 2024 eNewsletter | No Comments
You may often hear from our Corporate & Community Engagement Team members, but you may not have faces to go with their names. These are the associates who reach out…

Volunteer Spotlight: The Brotherhood of Congregation Beth Tikvah

| eNewsletter, February 2024 eNewsletter | No Comments
The brotherhood of Congregation Beth Tikvah in Worthington truly exemplifies the LifeCare Alliance tagline: Being There Matters™!  For the past 20 years, they have delivered Meals-on-Wheels on or around the…

Columbus Business First has recognized Andy Nowlin as a Champion of Diversity

| eNewsletter, February 2024 eNewsletter | No Comments
Congratulations to our Chief Human Resources & Inclusion Officer, Clarence “Andy” Nowlin, for being awarded the Outstanding Diversity Champion Award by Columbus Business First. Nowlin established LifeCare Alliance's inaugural Diversity,…

American Heart Month

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February is American Heart Month, and, this month, you can take charge of your heart health with LifeCare Alliance. Our free Community Wellness Centers provide registered nurses who can provide…

American Heart Month

By eNewsletter, February 2024 eNewsletter

A nurse taking a client's blood pressureFebruary is American Heart Month, and, this month, you can take charge of your heart health with LifeCare Alliance. Our free Community Wellness Centers provide registered nurses who can provide free health screenings to anyone 18 and up. They can check for blood pressure, cholesterol, and other vitals indicative of heart health.

If you have diabetes, you can also qualify for our diabetes services and meet with a registered dietitian to discuss ways to eat heart healthy. In addition, our nurses can provide educational resources, personal coaching, free diabetes supplies, and referrals to other medical and support services.

For more information, email wellness@lifecarealliance.org.

Additional Articles from the February 2024 Newsletter

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Big Wheels Save the Date

| eNewsletter, February 2024 eNewsletter | No Comments
Big Wheels 2024 is set for April 20! Join us at central Ohio’s premier charitable gala to raise a glass, raise a paddle, and raise funds to benefit all LifeCare…

Volunteering—Good For You!

| eNewsletter, February 2024 eNewsletter | No Comments
It’s a given that when you volunteer you are helping someone else with something they cannot do for themselves. But have you ever given any thought to what volunteering can…

Top 10 Ways to Volunteer That Don’t Involve Delivering Meals!

| eNewsletter, February 2024 eNewsletter | No Comments
Want to volunteer, but not sure if delivering meals is right for you? Don’t worry—we’ll find your perfect fit. With over 7,800 volunteers a year, LifeCare Alliance finds opportunities for…

Meet Your Corporate & Community Engagement Team

| eNewsletter, February 2024 eNewsletter | No Comments
You may often hear from our Corporate & Community Engagement Team members, but you may not have faces to go with their names. These are the associates who reach out…

Volunteer Spotlight: The Brotherhood of Congregation Beth Tikvah

| eNewsletter, February 2024 eNewsletter | No Comments
The brotherhood of Congregation Beth Tikvah in Worthington truly exemplifies the LifeCare Alliance tagline: Being There Matters™!  For the past 20 years, they have delivered Meals-on-Wheels on or around the…

Columbus Business First has recognized Andy Nowlin as a Champion of Diversity

| eNewsletter, February 2024 eNewsletter | No Comments
Congratulations to our Chief Human Resources & Inclusion Officer, Clarence “Andy” Nowlin, for being awarded the Outstanding Diversity Champion Award by Columbus Business First. Nowlin established LifeCare Alliance's inaugural Diversity,…

American Heart Month

| eNewsletter, February 2024 eNewsletter | No Comments
February is American Heart Month, and, this month, you can take charge of your heart health with LifeCare Alliance. Our free Community Wellness Centers provide registered nurses who can provide…