Advocacy at MIFA
At MIFA, we believe service and advocacy reinforce each other and are necessary to achieving our mission of supporting the independence of vulnerable seniors and families in crisis and our vision of uniting our community in service. Advocacy means using our voices as committed and informed champions for our cause. Our mission will be fully realized when our community and our leaders understand our causes and see them as worthy of their best efforts and support.
MIFA’s Advocacy Key Issues
Senior Hunger: As our senior population grows—both in Memphis and nationwide—the risk of hunger among this vulnerable community grows with it. Food insecurity threatens the physical health of seniors, while the isolation of living alone threatens their emotional health. When seniors receive adequate nutrition and regular interactions with others, those threats diminish, allowing them to maintain or improve their health and remain independent for longer.
Learn more about how you can help by visiting Meals on Wheels of America and the National Council on Aging.
Preventing Family Homelessness: A common setback like an illness or job loss can spiral a family into homelessness. A utility cutoff or missed rent payment can lead to an eviction that leaves a family without housing. Targeted, often low-cost, interventions can prevent crisis escalation, stabilizing families before they need more intensive support.
For more support tools about becoming an advocate for homelessness, visit the National Alliance to End Homelessness.
Inter-faith Relations: Perhaps now more than ever, MIFA’s efforts to promote inter-faith understanding can lead to stronger and healthier communities. By serving together, we can turn distrust into trust and suspicion into understanding. MIFA’s inter-faith activities promote awareness, cooperation, and service among people from all spiritual paths.
You can help carry on the legacy of MIFA’s founders by volunteering as a MIFA representative with MICAH, the Memphis Interfaith Coalition for Action and Hope. MICAH is a coalition of faith-based and community organizations joining together to give a more powerful voice to city leaders on such key issues as education, economic equity, and immigration/intercultural equity. It is an organization of organizations, joining their numbers to amplify their impact. MICAH is part of the Gamaliel Foundation, a network of community organizations across the country that have become a force for change.
We need volunteers to carry on research, meet with local leaders and government officials, do one-on-one interviews, and plan strategy, just to name a few. You can learn more about MICAH here. Please contact Linda Marks, MIFA’s Inter-Faith and Community Outreach Officer at (901) 529-4560 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.