There are lots of ways to get involved at MIFA! To learn about group volunteer opportunities, as well as opportunities for individuals and families, see below.

Group Volunteering

Bring your group to MIFA for a team-building experience that will also serve our community! Group volunteer opportunities include delivering MIFA Meals on Wheels (Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to noon), cleaning meals coolers (weekday afternoons), and collecting and packing senior, adult, and baby care packs. Other opportunities may be available based on current needs. 

For workplace groups, please contact Genevieve Hill-Thomas at (901) 529-4571 or gthomas@mifa.org.

For congregational groups, please contact Linda Marks at (901) 529-4560 or lmarks@mifa.org.

For all other groups, please contact Ellen Whitten at (901) 529-4507 or ewhitten@mifa.org.

Volunteer Opportunities for Individuals & Families

MIFA depends on the support of more than 2,000 volunteers each year. Opportunities exist in many of our programs, and we also have special projects throughout the year. To learn more, contact Ellen Whitten at (901) 529-4507 or ewhitten@mifa.org.

Meals on Wheels

Brighten the day of a homebound senior by delivering hot Meals on Wheels on weekday mornings. 

Requirements: Each volunteer must possess a valid driver’s license and proof of auto insurance. Volunteers should arrive at MIFA between 9:30 and 10 a.m. Monday through Friday to begin delivering meals. Each car will carry two coolers containing food items, and MIFA staff will provide directions through the meals route (to about ten clients’ homes). Delivering an entire route takes approximately two hours. Background checks are required for all Meals on Wheels volunteers.

COOL (College Offers Opportunities for Life)

If you are interested in committing to a one-year mentor partnership, developing a meaningful supportive mentor/mentee relationship, assisting COOL (College Offers Opportunities for Life) students in the exploration of postsecondary opportunities, and helping COOL students set and achieve short- and long-term goals, then this is the program for you.

Requirements: Volunteer mentors should exhibit genuine concern for others with an emphasis on building trusting relationships with students. They must possess the desire and ability to work with economically disadvantaged families with limited support networks and to commit considerable time to the program (two to five hours per month).


Help MIFA's advancement staff raise money and awareness for MIFA's programs by helping with mailings, special events like Feed the Soul, and other activities. 

Requirements: Volunteers must be able to give/take oral and written directions and possess computer skills related to word processing and database use. These assistants will stuff envelopes, make phone calls, write holiday cards, maintain spreadsheets, use a word processor, serve refreshments, set up and clean up, assist with events, host/hostess, and provide other general clerical support as needed.

Long-Term Care Ombudsman

MIFA’s Long-Term Care Ombudsman program advocates for the rights of thousands of residents in nursing homes, assisted-living facilities, and residential care homes in Shelby, Tipton, Fayette, and Lauderdale Counties. It is the only advocacy program for long-term care in the four-county area. Trained Ombudsman volunteers pay regular visits to these facilities, where they spend time with residents, monitor conditions, investigate complaints, and protect residents’ rights.

Requirements: Volunteers must be 21 years of age with no conflicts of interest, provide references, submit to a background check, and complete an interview. Twelve hours of training and certification are required before a volunteer may visit residents. Volunteers must be willing and able to commit to the program for a minimum of one year, visiting residents on a weekly basis and working to resolve conflicts within nursing homes and care facilities. 

Skills-Based Volunteering

Put your professional skills to good use by volunteering them at MIFA! To discuss a specialized volunteer opportunity, contact Linda Marks at (901) 529-4560 or lmarks@mifa.org.