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Top Three Reasons to Volunteer As a Family

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Looking for the next outing to enjoy as a family this summer? Come to LifeCare Alliance! We offer a variety of engaging activities, and we can use the help of volunteers of all ages (with parent supervision)! Volunteering can benefit your family in many ways:

Bond in a different way – by working to reach a goal and Nourish the Human Spirit together!

Volunteer and take advantage of an opportunity to connect as a family. Choose from a variety of volunteer activities to appeal to every member of the family: ‘shop’ for the homebound clients who use our Groceries-to-Go pantry, prepare packages of pet food, treats, and toys for clients of the Senior PetCare program, help in our production kitchen, or deliver a Meals-on-Wheels route. Even groups like The Ohio State University Football program volunteer together for team-building; what works for the Buckeyes can certainly work for your family!

Teach your kids about teamwork and collaboration in a new environment.

Delivering Meals-on-Wheels as a family presents an excellent opportunity to practice working together. Assign each member of the family a different role – one person navigates, another knocks on the client’s door, and another hand-delivers the meal. Even little ones can participate and practice greeting new people! Everyone can play a part and experience the satisfaction of helping someone in need.

Show your kids a different view of life in Columbus.

Veteran volunteer Miguel (pictured) says that he likes to bring his children to volunteer because “families can grow and see different aspects of life.” Witnessing the circumstances of those in need can bolster a child’s emotional intelligence and cultivate empathy. And giving their time to help their neighbors is a great way to nurture an attitude of gratitude!

Get started:

First – Learn more about volunteer opportunities with LifeCare Alliance.
Then – fill out our Volunteer Application  and  get in touch with our Community Engagement Managers to set up a volunteer experience for your family. Reach them by email at or by phone at (614) 444-6325.
We can’t wait to see you!

AEP Food Replacement Program

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According to 10TV, at the peak of last week’s outages, “more than 170,000 Franklin County residents were without power while temperatures reached well into the upper 90s.” Many of those who dealt with the power outages reported extensive food loss, and AEP has responded by partnering with four local non-profits to support affected residents.

LifeCare Alliance, the Meals-on-Wheels provider for multiple central Ohio counties, is one of the local non-profits selected as partners by AEP to support residents and clients who suffered food loss during last week’s extreme heat and power outages. LifeCare Alliance will offer meals to those residents negatively impacted by power outages June 13-17 in Franklin and surrounding counties.

Beginning Monday, June 27, LifeCare Alliance will provide replacement meals to those who lost food due to power outages. To qualify, people can apply online at  Once they have entered some basic information, they can select AEP Food Replacement Program from the list of LifeCare Alliance programs. After completing the online application, they will be notified by LifeCare Alliance customer service how and when to collect their food.

“AEP has been a great supporter of LifeCare Alliance and our mission in many ways for many years,” said Gehring, president and CEO of LifeCare Alliance.  “We are certainly honored they chose us as one of their key partners in this effort to relieve some of the challenges residents faced during what was an unforeseen emergency situation.”

Franklin County Spirit Award Winners

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April was National Volunteer Month, and we took the opportunity to celebrate the ‘World of Difference’ our volunteers make in the community! Six volunteer appreciation events were held across central Ohio. Delicious meals were provided by L.A. Catering, and Spirit Awards were presented to many of the individuals and groups who made a particularly incredible impact in 2021. Thank you to each and every one of our amazing volunteers!



March for Meals 2022

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The NCAA basketball tournament isn’t the only event that stirs up excitement all over the country in the month of March.

Each year, Meals on Wheels America celebrates March for Meals nationwide. This month-long awareness campaign commemorates the day in March of 1972 when a vulnerable population was provided the foundation for an important safety net: President Nixon signed into law an historic measure, amending the Older Americans Act of 1965 to include a national nutrition program for seniors (age 60 and older). This year’s March for Meals was extra special, as we marked the 50th anniversary of the Older Americans Act Nutrition Program.

March for Meals enlists local elected officials and community leaders to help raise awareness about the critical need for Meals on Wheels, the singularly effective program that addresses food insecurity and malnutrition, combats social isolation, enables independence, and helps seniors stay safe and healthy in their own homes – where they want to be!

A heartfelt thank you to the local elected officials and community leaders dedicated their time to experience firsthand what it’s like to deliver Meals-on-Wheels with LifeCare Alliance and serve our homebound neighbors.

Special thanks to:
Logan County Commissioner Joe Antram
WZMO 104.7 FM Marion
Indus Hotels
Construction One
London Mayor Patrick Closser
Marion Police Department
Congresswoman Joyce Beatty of Ohio’s 3rd District
Columbus City Council President Shannon Hardin
West Jefferson Mayor Ray Martin
Columbus City Councilmember Elizabeth Brown
Columbus City Councilmember Lourdes Barroso de Padilla
State Senator Stephanie Kunze of Ohio’s 16th District

Nominate a Volunteer for the LifeCare Alliance 2022 Spirit Awards!

By Events, Uncategorized, Volunteers
Coming soon: The LifeCare Alliance Spirit Awards, when we celebrate the extraordinary impact our volunteers have on our community. Because of our volunteers, our neighbors can stay safe, independent, and in their own homes, right where they want to be.

Help us honor the individuals who make a world of difference right here in central Ohio; they are the heart of LifeCare Alliance’s mission to Nourish the Human Spirit, helping to provide critical and lifesaving services to over 30,000 clients each year.

Please use the form below to submit your nomination. We’d like to know the LifeCare Alliance program that benefits from your nominee’s work, as well as the reasons your nominee stands out!

Please check back with the LifeCare Alliance website and social media for further information about the 2022 Spirit Awards as details are finalized.

Thank you for helping us honor the individuals who make a world of difference in central Ohio – nominate a volunteer for a Spirit Award!

Nomination Deadline: Monday, March 7

Rapid PCR Test Helping Families Stay Safer Over Holidays

By Wellness

Whether traveling internationally, or simply going to Grandma’s house, the rapid PCR testing that LifeCare Alliance’s Wellness Services now offers is helping families stay safer from COVID this holiday season.

PCR stands for polymerase chain reaction, and with accuracy that approaches 100 percent, it is considered the gold standard of COVID testing. In fact, it is required for travelers headed to several international destinations – including Canada.

According to Melinda Rowe, Director of Wellness Services for LifeCare Alliance, there is a lot of confusion around the various COVID tests and their best uses.

“There are rapid antigen tests, which are the ones most frequently conducted in-home,” says Rowe.

“These are the ones that you get for low-cost at the drugstore, or which are sometimes given out free by the health department.”

Antigen tests can be less accurate than PCR tests as they rely on the level of antigens in a person’s body who has been exposed to the COVID virus. It is widely thought that a person can carry and spread the disease 3-5 days before exhibiting symptoms or producing enough antigens to register on a rapid antigen test.

The PCR test can successfully detect even the smallest amount of coronavirus genetic material in a sample, making it a highly sensitive and accurate test.

Many international destinations are requiring proof of a negative PCR test anywhere from 24-72 hours before arrival of flights into their country. This requires a rapid PCR test as opposed to a traditional PCR test that can take several days to return results.

A few of the nations requiring PCR testing include England, France, Germany, Italy, Dominican Republic, and even Canada. These requirements are changing rapidly and travelers should continually monitor any conditions to entry into a country because of COVID.

But international travel isn’t the only reason people are choosing to get a rapid PCR test.

Wallis Harsch, a retiree from The Ohio State University, came to LifeCare Alliance to get a rapid PCR test before visiting her son and his family on the East Coast. She wanted to make sure her grandson would be safer from COVID exposure if she and her husband went to visit him for the holiday.

“Many people with family members who are elderly, extremely young, or have pre-existing conditions, are opting to get the rapid PCR test before visiting in order to protect those most vulnerable,” says Rowe.

LifeCare Alliance Wellness Services offers rapid PCR testing at our headquarters at 1699 W. Mound Street. The test costs $200 and is not covered by insurance. Sixty percent of the fee goes to cover the costs of special equipment, supplies and the trained technicians required for the test. The rest of the fee is dedicated to LifeCare Alliance’s social enterprise and goes to support the nurses we have out in the community that provide free health screenings, free foot care, free diabetes education, and counseling and other services.

LifeCare Alliance offers rapid PCR testing at our headquarters at 1699 W. Mound Street in Columbus, Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. You must call for an appointment at 614-437-2878.

LifeCare Alliance Now Offers Rapid COVID testing!

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Are you getting ready for a trip this winter? If so, make sure you do your research!

Most international destinations now mandate proof of a negative COVID-19 test for entry, and in most cases, the PCR test (SARS-COV-2 PRC TesT) is a preferred testing option. Timing requirements for the test vary from 24, 48, or 72 hours before arrival at your destination.

If you’ll soon be departing for the trip of a lifetime and don’t know where to turn, don’t panic! LifeCare Alliance now offers rapid COVID testing! The rapid PCR test is now available by appointment with guaranteed results in 30 minutes.

The best part? Proceeds from this social enterprise are used to fund LifeCare Alliance’s programs that help the central Ohio community, like Meals-on-Wheels, the Columbus Cancer Clinic, the Central Ohio Diabetes Association, and more!

To schedule an appointment at our Wellness Center (1699 W. Mound Street), call 614-437-2878!


Frequently Asked Questions

Is this COVID Travel Test near me?

We are located at 1699 W. Mound Street , Columbus, Ohio 43223

Who needs a rapid PCR test?

Travel to many international destinations requires a negative PCR test at this time. Check with your travel agent, your airline, and confirm with the State Department website that lists destination requirements by country:

Here is a sampling of the popular destinations that currently (as of 12/14) require a traveler to provide a negative COVID-19 test upon entry and/or be vaccinated:

  • Barbados
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • Dominican Republic
  • England
  • France
  • Germany
  • Ghana
  • Italy
  • Jamaica
  • Liberia
  • Peru
  • Sierra Leone
  • Somalia
  • South Africa
  • Tanzania

 What documentation will I receive?

This COVID test with fast results will send you on your way in 30 minutes with a printed copy of your results.

What should I bring to my appointment?

Please bring your passport and driver’s license.

How is the test performed?

A minimally invasive nose swab.

How long will the appointment take?

Please plan for a 30-minute window.

What happens if my test is positive?

If you receive a positive test result, you likely have an infection with SARS-CoV-2. Contact your healthcare provider and your travel agent and travel insurance provider, as your trip will need to be rescheduled.

November is American Diabetes Month

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Each year in November, communities across the country team up to bring attention to diabetes during American Diabetes Month. According to the American Diabetes Association, 34.2 million Americans have diabetes, and 1.5 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes every year. Organizations like Diabetes Dayton are here to help individuals of all ages manage their diabetes through life-saving programs like the Diabetes Emergency Supply Assistance Program, or DESAP, and summer camp programming.

Since 1963, Diabetes Dayton has been offering summer camp and transforming the lives of children with diabetes in the greater Dayton area. After not holding in-person camp last year, participants were glad to return to camp at the YMCA Camp Willson Outdoor Recreation Center, located just outside of Bellefontaine. There, youth enjoyed a variety of camp activities such as swimming, hiking, campfires, wall-climbing, archery, horseback riding, field games and a dance on the last evening. In addition to making new friends who are living with diabetes like themselves, education is a central part of camp, helping campers become more knowledgeable and skillful in the management of their diabetes.

The eagerness to return to camp was felt by everyone involved. “My daughter loves the relationships she has made through camp,” commented one parent. “These friendships will last a lifetime.” Without the funding support from The Benevolent Fund of the Masons, CareSource Foundation, Middletown Community Foundation, and the Michelle McGann Fund, the transition back to in-person camp would not have been possible.

Thirty-two years after Diabetes Dayton started camp, the DESAP was formed when they started providing a minimal amount of diabetes supply assistance to those who were uninsured. Critically needed testing and supplies include but are not limited to glucometers, test strips, lancets, glucose tabs, sharps containers, syringes, and insulin pumps. Recognizing the need for and high cost of insulin and testing supplies, Diabetes Dayton formed a new partnership this year with locally owned ZIKS Family Pharmacy. This project was funded by a grant from The Dayton Foundation and will positively impact individuals living with diabetes who are at risk of long-term complications due to lack of access to supplies and medicine.

Another funder of the DESAP is The Levin Family Foundation. Their foundation supports agencies in Dayton and surrounding areas that feed, clothe, educate, and provide health related support to those in need. Thanks to a grant from The Levin Family Foundation, the DESAP will be able to expand its reach to physician’s offices and Federally Qualified Health Centers to create awareness and reach more clients in the area. This support will ensure that individuals living with diabetes are able to obtain the necessary supplies to test their blood sugar on a regular basis and prevent long-term health complications.

Thanks to all of the incredible funders of Diabetes Dayton programming to create happier, healthier communities throughout the Miami Valley!

Learn more:

CareSource Foundation:

Middletown Community Foundation:

Michelle McGann Fund:

The Dayton Foundation:

The Levin Family Foundation:

Subaru of America Shares the Love with Homebound Seniors!

By Events, Meals-on-Wheels

Meals on Wheels America and LifeCare Alliance are thrilled to participate in the 2021 Subaru Share the Love Event, which has helped deliver more than 2.5 million meals to seniors across the country over the past 13 years.

This partnership with Subaru of America, Inc. is vital because too many seniors are struggling to stay independent and healthy. One in four seniors lives alone in isolation and nearly 7.4 million American seniors have incomes below the poverty line, which puts them greatly at risk for food insecurity. This is why LifeCare Alliance provides nutritious meals, friendly visits, and safety checks to the seniors of Franklin, Madison, Marion, Champaign, and Logan counties. This support keeps seniors safe, independent, and living in their own homes, where they want to be.

We’re incredibly grateful to Subaru and its retailers for supporting our organization and the seniors we serve. With that in mind, we thought you might like to learn a little bit more about the Subaru Share the Love Event.


This November 18, 2021, through January 3, 2022, for every new Subaru vehicle purchased or leased, Subaru will donate $250 to the customer’s choice of participating charities.* Meals on Wheels is one of four national participating charities and has been since the inception of the event. Through this event, as a member of Meals on Wheels America, LifeCare Alliance will receive a share of the donation from Subaru vehicles sold at participating Subaru retailers.

You might not be in the market to purchase a new car, but you can still help by spreading the word to your family and friends. A few quick and easy ways to do that:

– Share this article to your social media networks!
– Share our posts about the Share the Love Event on Facebook: (, Twitter (@lifecareallianc), or Instagram (@lifecarealliance)! #ShareTheLove

And remember: this holiday season you can ensure our senior neighbors are not forgotten, when you purchase or lease a new Subaru and select Meals on Wheels as your charity of choice.

*Disclaimer: Subaru will donate $250 for every new Subaru vehicle sold or leased from November 18, 2021, through January 3, 2022, to four national charities designated by the purchaser or lessee. Pre-approved Hometown Charities may be selected for donation depending on retailer participation. For every new Subaru vehicle sold or leased during the campaign period, participating retailers will donate a minimum of $50 in total to their registered Hometown Charities. Purchasers/lessees must make their charity designations by January 15, 2022. The four national charities will receive a guaranteed minimum donation of $250,000 each. See your local Subaru retailer for details or visit All donations made by Subaru of America, Inc.

Holiday Volunteer Opportunities 2021-2022

By Columbus Cancer Clinic, Events, Help-at-Home, Meals-on-Wheels, Volunteers

The holiday season is here, and LifeCare Alliance has multiple opportunities for you to spread tidings of comfort and joy and Nourish the Human Spirit by donating gifts and volunteering. Please read below to see what way of giving works best for you. Thank you for your support, and happy Holidays!


Date(s) and Time(s): Nov. 1 – Dec. 17, 2021; 9am-4pm
Host Agency: LifeCare Alliance; 670 Harmon Avenue, 43223
Contact: Molly Haroz
Phone: 614-437-2861
Families: Yes (min. age: preschool with adult)
Opportunity:  Donate gifts that will be delivered during the holidays to older adults who receive Meals-on-Wheels.  You will be helping your neighbors who may be an older adult, medically challenged, and/or home-bound and receive Meals-on-Wheels. Gifts should be delivered unwrapped.  Donation ideas include calendars, puzzle books, note cards and stamps, as well as personal care items like toothpaste, deodorant, shaving cream, soap, socks, lotions, cologne, and mugs. Donations of tissue paper and small gift bags are welcomed.


Adopt-A-Client of the Groceries-to-Go nutritional program!
Date(s) and Time(s): Nov. 1 – Dec. 17, 2021
Host Agency: LifeCare Alliance; 670 Harmon Avenue, 43223
Contact: Leilani Monfort
Phone: 614-437-2836
Families: Yes (min. age: preschool with adult)
Opportunity: Donate food and personal hygiene items that will be available to clients of the Columbus Cancer Clinic, as well as their families. The pantry is in need of the following: Gift cards, personal care items (lotion, bath salts, shampoo, conditioner, hand soap), household cleaning supplies, canned vegetables and canned soups, snacks and sweets.
Groceries-to-Go Amazon Wish List:
Opportunity: Drivers to deliver to homebound clients


Date(s) and Time(s): N/A – At capacity! Thank you to our supporters!
Host Agency: LifeCare Alliance—Help-at-Home; 1699 W. Mound St., 43223
Opportunity: Help older adults who receive home care services from our Help-at-Home department celebrate the season!  Provide a local senior items from his or her wish list!  Wish list items may include blankets, puzzle books, mugs, as well as personal care items like toothpaste, deodorant, shaving cream, soap, socks, and lotions, or household cleaning items. Please wrap and deliver gifts to LifeCare Alliance, or you may deliver directly to the senior’s home! Donations of tissue paper and small gift bags are welcomed.
The Help-at-Home Amazon Wish List contains items that are always needed:


Date(s) and Time(s): N/A – At capacity! Thank you to our supporters!
Host Agency: LifeCare Alliance – Columbus Cancer Clinic; 1699 W. Mound St., 43223
Opportunity: Help Columbus Cancer Clinic clients and their families celebrate the season! Wish list items may include toys, food, clothing, household items or gift cards.  Deliver gifts for holiday gift bags to our Mound Street offices.
The Columbus Cancer Clinic Amazon Wish List contains items that are always needed:


Meals-on-Wheels Delivery
Host Agency: LifeCare Alliance; 670 Harmon Avenue, 43223
Questions? Email:
Call: 614-444-MEAL (6325)
Families: Yes (min. age: preschool with adult)
Opportunity: Multiple opportunities to assist with Meals-On-Wheels food delivery during the holiday season.  Deliver holiday cheer and hot, nutritious meals to your neighbors who may be elderly, medically challenged or home bound and receive Meals-on-Wheels.  Routes take 1-1½ hours to deliver.  Maps and training are provided before departing on a route. New volunteers should start by submitting a volunteer application at  Existing volunteers can sign up for opportunities using the below links.  If the links do not work for you, simply copy and paste them into your preferred browser.


Week Before Christmas
Date(s) and Time(s): Dec. 20 – Dec 23, 2021; Delivery takes 1-1.5 hours between 10am-1pm
To Schedule:


Christmas Eve Meals-on-Wheels Delivery
Date(s) and Time(s): Dec. 24, 2021; Delivery takes 1-1.5 hours between 10am-1pm
To Schedule:


Christmas Day Meals-on-Wheels Delivery
Date(s) and Time(s): Dec. 25, 2021; Delivery takes 1-1.5 hours between 10am-1pm
To Schedule:


Week after Christmas Meals-on-Wheels Delivery
Date(s) and Time(s): Dec. 26 – Dec 30, 2021; Delivery takes 1-1.5 hours between 10am-1pm
To Schedule:



New Year’s Eve Meals-on-Wheels Delivery
Date(s) and Time(s): Dec. 31, 2021; Delivery takes 1-1.5 hours between 10am-1pm
To Schedule:


New Year’s Day Meals-on-Wheels Delivery
Date(s) and Time(s): Jan. 1, 2022; Delivery takes 1-1.5 hours between 10am-1pm
To Schedule: