Volunteers are the heart of LifeCare Alliance and allow us to continue serving clients without a waiting list—keeping homebound older adults and individuals with a medical challenge or disability safe, independent, and in their own homes, where they want to be! We welcome individuals and families, as well as companies, schools, and community groups to serve in a variety of ways, from delivering Meals-on-Wheels to helping onsite in our kitchens or food pantry.

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 enthusiasm to our cause, and we simply could not meet our goals without their help. Volunteering as a workgroup, 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 at a Senior Dining or Wellness Center, serve on a board, and make favors for our clients or help in the office.

Benefits & Expectations

This volunteer experience provides an opportunity to give back to the community. It is an opportunity to contribute positively, and your volunteering allows people to remain in their own homes. It provides an opportunity to meet people and feels good about helping them stay at home. You can feel you have made a difference in the lives of people when you volunteer for LifeCare Alliance.

Volunteers need to be caring and supportive of the LifeCare Alliance mission to keep older adults and the medically challenged independent and at home. They need to be reliable and able to honor their commitment to volunteer. The volunteers will attend an orientation and yearly trainings provided by the agency and follow the agencies policies and procedures.

Opportunities for Individuals and Families

  • Meals-on-Wheels Delivery: Deliver hot, nutritious meals to homebound neighbors during the lunch hour, using your own vehicle. Shifts available on weekdays, weekends, and holidays.
  • Meals-on-Wheels Kitchens: Help behind the scenes to portion, pack, and prep Meals-on-Wheels for delivery.
  • Groceries-to-Go Food Pantry: Serve our Columbus Cancer Clinic and Project OpenHand-Columbus clients by filling grocery orders, restocking pantry shelves, and/or hosting a pantry drive.
  • Senior PetCare: Deliver AniMeals routes to provide supplemental pet food for homebound clients’ pets, and/or host a pet food drive.
  • Other Opportunities: Assist with a variety of areas, volunteering in the office, the Columbus Cancer Clinic, Senior Dining Centers, or Wellness Centers.

Corporate and Group Opportunities

  • Adopt-a-Route: Team up with co-workers to cover a nearby Meals-on-Wheels route, and deliver during your lunch hour! Teams can adopt 1 day a month to 5 days a week, and we bring the training to you.
  • Schedule a Group: Bring your team for a one-time volunteer experience, to deliver Meals-on-Wheels or help in our kitchens and food pantry.

Youth and Schools

Service learning is a great way to train the next generation of volunteers to “Nourish the Human Spirit” and serve the community! Students can get involved in a number of ways, including:

  • Adopt-a-Route
  • Host a Pantry Drive or Adopt-a-Family
  • Collect Pet Food
  • Visit LifeCare Alliance for a tour and volunteer activity

Adopt a Route

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 5,000 meals a day, including meals for kids in daycare and after-school program.