Uniting the community through service

That is MIFA’s vision, and that is what MIFA volunteers do every day. When we serve, we help others. But more than that, we transform ourselves. 

There are many ways to get involved at MIFA! Learn about our volunteer opportunities below.

Meals on Wheels - Individual Opportunities

Brighten the day of a homebound senior by delivering hot, frozen, and shelf-stable meals weekday mornings. 

Click here to watch a short video of Steve Freno and his Meals on Wheels volunteer experience.

Great for individuals, groups, and corporate teams, and the perfect introduction to MIFA programs. Sign up to deliver regularly, or be an on-call volunteer.

Smartphone app now available to guide your deliveries!

Sign up now 

Requirements: volunteer application, background check, 18+ to drive, copies of driver’s license and proof of insurance for drivers, great for groups/individuals

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. For more information, or to arrange a ride along, email Kristi Estes or give her a call at (901) 529-4521.

Meals on Wheels - Group Opportunities

Big Wheels Deliver Meals

Create a Meals on Wheels team and spend a few hours together each week making sure these seniors have a nutritious meal and see a friendly face. You will be doing much more than delivering lunch. 

Click here to watch a short video of Steve Freno and his Meals on Wheels volunteer experience.

All that in less than TWO HOURS each week. All you need is a couple of hours and a couple of coolers – and a heart for helping our most vulnerable seniors. 

Ready to get started? Email Candice Ivy or give her a call at 901-529-4586. 

Meals on Wheels Training Video
Watch the Meals on Wheels training video below, narrated by Stacy Jacobson, MIFA friend and reporter for WREG News Channel 3. The tabs that follow the video include all the tools your company or group needs for delivering meals together as a team!

volunteer application

View available routes

View your MOW Scheduler account

Mobile app

Meals volunteer manual

Meals training video - powerpoint Format 

deliver  or donate

MIphone Buddy

Volunteer from anywhere! Check in on your neighbors as a MIphone Buddy. Volunteers provide a friendly phone call to areas seniors who are homebound and/or isolated.

This program made possible by the H. W. Durham Foundation.

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Requirements: volunteer application, background check, 18+, cell phone or landline

Volunteer Ombudsman Representatives

Advocate for the rights of thousands of residents living in nursing homes, assisted-living facilities, and residential care homes in Shelby, Fayette, Tipton, and Lauderdale counties. 

Trained volunteers pay regular visits to these facilities, where they spend time with residents, monitor conditions, investigate complaints, and protect residents' rights.

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Requirements: volunteer application, background check, orientation, 15-hour certification training, 21+

Senior Companion

This program pairs low-income, able seniors with homebound, disabled, or critically ill peers, helping clients with activities of daily living and providing family caregivers much-needed respite. Companions are supervised and assigned to clients by local agencies, such as Memphis Housing Authority, Veterans Administration, Plough Towers, and Church Health. 

- Companions must be over age 55 over and low-income

- Complete 20-hour pre-service training

- Pass background checks (TBI, FBI, NSOPW)

- Have an income that is within eligibility guidelines 

- Serve a minimum of 15 hours per week

- Be determined by a physical examination to be capable, with or without reasonable accommodation, of serving adults with special needs without detriment to either himself, herself or the adults served.

In FY19, the Senior Companion program’s 72 volunteers logged 60,013 hours while serving 99 clients in their homes and many more in local facilities.

Among surveyed Senior Companions:

- 98.15% of Senior Companions reported that they feel the program allows them to be more independent
- 98.15% said the program has improved their quality of life

Among surveyed clients:

- 71% feel less lonely
- 95.65% said the program has improved their quality of life
- 97.73% said the program allows them to continue living at home 

Contact Alecia Williams, Program Manager at (901) 529-4532 or awilliams@mifa.org.


Family Service Days

Family Service Days are interactive service-learning experiences designed to introduce children, youth, and their families to the challenges of poverty and aging. 
Thursday, February 17, 2020 - Presidents’ Day

MIFA Serves

MIFA Serves
April 4
9:30 a.m. to noon

Join us for a neighborhood clean-up around MIFA. You will meet diverse groups of people from across the city who have a heart for serving their community. Contact Candice Ivy to participate. 

Collecting & Assembling Care Packages

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. If you would like to host a collection project at your workplace or church, or just put together a bag or two, we would be grateful for your contribution! 

Please direct any questions to the appropriate staff member below:

  • Individuals and groups, email Candice Ivy or contact her at (901) 529-4586
  • Corporations, email Angela Bledsoe or contact her at (901) 529-4571 
  • Congregations, contact Linda Marks or contact her at (901) 529-4560 

Please assemble items in a tote, an 11” x 14” decorative paper bag, or backpack for portability, and deliver to MIFA Monday through Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. The receptionist will accept your donation and provide a gift receipt. 

Note: While all items are not required, we request that each gift bag contain at least eight of the items on the list. 

Click here for a printable version of these lists. 

Calvary Waffle Shop

Be a part of a 90-year tradition! Volunteers help serve lunch—carrying food and setting tables—to hungry patrons at the Waffle Shop during the annual Lenten Preaching Series hosted by Calvary Episcopal Church, one of MIFA’s major congregational supporters.

Sign up now

Requirements: volunteer application, 18+

Special Opportunities

MIFA can use your unique skill set even if it’s not in the areas listed below. We need friendly voices to complete client surveys, computer-savvy individuals for data entry, creative minds to assist with special events and projects, task-oriented people to pack shelf-stable meals, and more! These opportunities are available throughout the year—contact us to learn how you can serve.

Requirements vary by opportunity

MICAH (Memphis Interfaith Coalition for Action and Hope)

MIFA Representative with MICAH (Memphis Interfaith Coalition for Action and Hope)
You can help carry on the legacy of MIFA’s founders by volunteering with MIFA's MICAH the (Memphis Interfaith Coalition for Action and Hope) team!

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.

Fill out this form and specify that you are interested in MICAH. Please contact Linda Marks, MIFA’s Inter-Faith and Community Outreach Officer at (901) 529-4560 or lmarks@mifa.org with any questions. You can learn more about MICAH here.

Holiday Card Volunteers

Do you have beautiful handwriting? Strong attention to detail? Come help our fundraising team address, stamp, and proofread holiday card orders during the month of December! 
December 3 – December 19 
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays 
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Sign up now
Requirements: volunteer application, 18+

Christmas Day Meals

Each year, volunteers deliver meals and special gifts to seniors on Christmas morning. Space is limited. Contact us to learn more.

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