Uniting the community through service. That is MIFA’s vision, and that is what MIFA volunteers do every day. When we serve, we help people in need. But, even more than that, we expand and transform ourselves. There are many ways to get involved at MIFA! To learn about volunteer opportunities for individuals, families, and groups, see below.

Volunteer Compass

To view a list of current volunteer opportunities, visit our page on Volunteer Compass by Volunteer Odyssey or see below.


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 a smile and 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.

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 iswanson@mifa.org for more information or to arrange a ride along.

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. 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, please contact Isaiah Swanson at (901) 529-4521 or iswanson@mifa.org.



Help MIFA's advancement staff raise funds and awareness for MIFA's programs by assisting 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 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.


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. 

MIFA Family Service Days

Scheduled during school breaks and on Saturdays throughout the year, these MIFA-hosted service learning events are for families with children ages 6 - 13.  Older youth are welcome to serve as event helpers, and all participants will receive community service hours, if needed.  Please note that space is limited and advance reservations are required. 

Introduce your children and youth to the challenges of poverty in our community and serve our neighbors in need together at MIFA's fun and fulfilling 2017-18 Family Service Days.

Space is limited to first come, first served.  To learn more, contact Dorothy McClure at (901) 529-4523 or dmcclure@mifa.org.

December 21 & December 28, 2017 
Home for the Holidays Meals on Wheels
Participants will make colorful cards and ornaments to give to meals recipients, tour the MIFA kitchen, and deliver hot lunches as a family. Afterwards, return everyone returns to MIFA for a light lunch and to share their service stories.

February 19, 2018 
Hail to the Chiefs Presidents' Day Celebration
Participants will gather at MIFA for a light breakfast, decorate and pack pantry-style meal bags for elderly clients, and deliver hot lunches to homebound seniors as a family.

April 28, 2018
Neighborhood Clean-up Day
Spend Earth Day helping MIFA clean up in our own neighborhood as we unite participants from a wide array of backgrounds


Assemble Care Packages for Clients

MIFA keeps a small inventory of care packages for the families who come to Emergency Services for assistance. We also collect senior care packages to deliver to our Meals on Wheels clients on their birthdays and on Christmas Day. Click here for more information.