Volunteer

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 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 Isaiah Swanson at (901) 529-4521 or iswanson@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 Isaiah Swanson directly at (901) 529-4521 or iswanson@mifa.org, or complete our volunteer interest form, and Isaiah will get back to you.

 

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.


Saturday routes now available! 
Volunteers can now deliver shelf-stable meals on Saturdays as part of the No Hungry Senior program.

Requirements: Ideal for pairs. Each driver must possess a valid driver’s license and proof of auto insurance. Volunteers must pick up the boxes at MIFA before 4 p.m. Friday afternoon and deliver the meals by noon Saturday morning. Each car will carry 10-15 meal boxes weighing about 6 pounds each. MIFA staff will assign volunteers either a specific neighborhood route or a high-rise apartment building and provide directions. Delivering an entire route takes approximately two hours. Background checks are required for all Meals on Wheels volunteers.

 

Ride along and try us out

Considering becoming a MIFA Meals on Wheels volunteer?  Test drive a meals on wheels volunteer experience.  We’ll pair you up with one of our veteran volunteers for a morning ride along. It’s great way to get an up-close look at our delivery program and the seniors we serve. Contact Isaiah Swanson at (901) 529- 4521 or swanson@mifa.org for more information or to arrange a ride along.

 

Advancement

Help MIFA's advancement staff raise money and awareness for MIFA's programs by helping with mailings, special events, 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

The 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.

 

Emergency Services

Our Emergency Services program provides financial assistance to families at-risk of losing their homes or having their utilities cut off due to inability to pay bills. 

Emergency Services Screener: The pre-screener helps determine client eligibility for assistance. The volunteer will review the client’s request for emergency assistance, interview the client, and determine if the client is eligible. If the client is not eligible, the pre-screener will advise the client of ES requirements, and document the client disposition in CoactionNet. Pre-screener must be able to enter data into an online database, CoactionNet, and be comfortable working with a diverse clientele and handling confidential information.

Requirements: Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age and willing to submit to a background check.

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.