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
Memphis has been labeled the hunger capital of the United States and has the highest rate for senior food insecurity of any metropolitan area at 17.3%. 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. Our goal is that no child spends a night on the streets of Memphis, but for those families who have become literally homeless, we work to shelter them immediately and connect them with stable housing as quickly as possible.
For more support tools about becoming an advocate for homelessness, visit the National Alliance to End Homelessness.
Perhaps now more than ever, MIFA’s efforts to promote interfaith understanding can lead to stronger and healthier communities. By serving together, we can turn distrust into trust and suspicion into understanding. MIFA’s interfaith activities promote awareness, cooperation, and service among people from all spiritual paths.
Volunteer as a MIFA representative with MICAH, the Memphis Interfaith Coalition for Action and Hope. Contact Linda Marks at (901) 529-4560 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.