LifeCare Alliance

Hands on Work (choose from opportunities described below.)


  • Stock items at the Groceries-to-Go Pantry. This opportunity includes sorting, stocking, bagging and helping the clients shop for the items in the pantry.  
  • Serve clients lunch at a Senior Dining Center.

Who can help: Anyone!


Write Letters/ Make Cards


Write letters or make cards for older adults or individuals living with cancer or HIV/AIDS, to be delivered with meals and/or pantry bags.


Who can help: Anyone!


Run a Collection Drive


Coordinate a drive among friends, family or classmates to collect and donate items needed for our Groceries-to-Go food pantry. Items include: Non-perishable Food Items, Household & Hygiene Items and pet food and care items

Who can help: Anyone!


Organize a Fundraiser


Group “friendraisers” can include any type of activity the group chooses to help raise money to donate to LifeCare Alliance. Examples are organize a run or walk, a bake sale, a car wash, a pet fashion show, etc.

Who can help: Anyone!


Support an Event


Help setup up and participate in Senior activities at our Carrie’s Café location. Examples are bingo, special lunches, volunteer recognition events, senior fashion shows, etc.

Who can help: Anyone!

Contact LifeCare Alliance under the ‘Contact’ tab on the menu to your left to set up volunteer opportunities or service projects!

What is your organization’s mission statement?


LifeCare Alliance leads the community in identifying and delivering health and nutrition services to meet the community’s changing needs.

What population do you serve? 


LifeCare Alliance provides services to elderly adults and individuals living with a medical challenge and/or disability in central Ohio.

How many do you serve in a year? 


In 2013, we provided services to nearly 15,000 individuals.

What region or area do you provide services in?


LifeCare Alliance provides services to individuals living in central Ohio.

How and when did the organization get started? 


LifeCare Alliance originally formed in 1898, as the Instructive District Nursing Association (IDNA). The organization was started by Catherine Nelson Black, wife of Samuel Black, a judge and mayor of the City of Columbus who had the idea to create Ohio’s first home healthcare program to provide medical care and health education.

LifeCare Alliance is central Ohio’s first in-home health care agency, Ohio’s first agency to provide visiting nurses, and the nation’s second agency to deliver Meals-on-Wheels.

How many employees do you have? 


We have over 200 employees.

How many volunteers does your organization have?       (click the “Service Projects” tab to learn more about volunteer opportunities)


LifeCare Alliance has 7,600 volunteers helping us each year.

How do your programs or services help the community?


LifeCare Alliance provides meals and health and nutrition services to older adults and individuals living with a medical challenge and/or disability in central Ohio. We also offer specialized services for individuals living with cancer and individuals living with HIV/AIDS. Through our programs and services people that would otherwise be homeless, hungry or without care, receive what they need to maintain a healthy life.

Program Descriptions 


Meals-on-Wheels: provides nutritious meals and a daily visit to home-bound, older adults and individuals living with a medical challenge and/or disability, 365 days a year. Meal options include hot, cold, frozen, specialty diet, kosher, vegetarian, pureed and mechanical soft. The Meals-on-Wheels program delivers approximately 5,000 meals a day, and also provides meals for children in day care and after-school programs. In 2013, volunteers and staff delivered 901,765 meals to 5,025 clients.

Columbus Cancer Clinic: provides cancer prevention and education, head-to-toe cancer screenings, examinations and mammograms. The Clinic’s mammography unit is mobile and can be transported into places such as community centers, churches, etc. The clinic provides home care support services at no cost to people living with cancer.

Project OpenHand-Columbus: provides specially enriched home-delivered meals, healthy foods, exams and counseling to men, women, and children living with HIV/AIDS in central Ohio. 

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

Senior Dining Centers: provide meals for older adults and individuals living with a medical challenge and/or disability at community dining centers and restaurants in 18 locations across central Ohio, including culturally diverse meals at 11 Asian and Somali restaurants. Transportation is available to most locations. LifeCare Alliance is the largest provider of senior meals through community dining centers in both central Ohio and the state, according to the Ohio Department of Aging. Dining centers offer socialization, enriching programming and a nutritious meal with the purpose of promoting successful aging among central Ohioans.

Senior PetCare: provides pet care for clients so that they can remain in their own home. The program helps with pet care and veterinary visits, and implements AniMeals routes, which deliver pet food and supplies to clients’ homes.

Help-at-Home: provides help with daily living activities, bathing, fall prevention, and basic household chores to individuals in need. The program also coordinates safety and health-related home repair projects for clients, such as electrical and plumbing maintenance, grab bar and railing installations, and floor and drywall repairs. 

Wellness Services: provide health care services in areas where access to financial resources and/or health care are limited. A focus is on health education, disease prevention and care of chronic diseases. Services include, but are not limited to, health exams, nursing care, help with medication management, screening tests, weight control, diabetes self-management and many nutrition education programs.

Visiting Nurses: help to connect individuals to health care services needed to maintain their health, nutrition and well-being. 

IMPACT Safety: teaches safety skills to a wide range of people including women, youth, the elderly, individuals living with a disability and professionals in the workplace. The program’s goal is to provide individuals with the self-confidence, decision making and increased knowledge/awareness to prevent violence and protect themselves from physical, financial and emotional abuse. 

LifeCare Alliance’s Wishlist:

  • Non-perishable food items
  • Beans (canned/dry)
  • Peanut butter
  • Canned fruits & vegetables
  • Canned meat/ fish
  • Canned soups and stews
  • Cereals
  • Noodles
  • Juices
  • Pudding
  • Chips/snacks
  • Household and hygiene items
  • Shampoo
  • Soap
  • Toothpaste and toothbrushes
  • Paper towels
  • Kleenex
  • Toilet paper
  • Laundry detergent
  • Pet food

Name: Pauli Tice

Title: Director of Volunteer Services

Organization: LifeCare Alliance


Work: (614) 437-2859

1699 West Mound Street
Columbus, OH 43223