Volunteer Positions Available

23 07 2012

RIFA currently has need of several volunteer positions. We heavily rely upon volunteers to help us impact our community. Here are some support positions that we need currently: 1). Food Gleaner and 2). Secretary Assistance.

A Food Gleaner goes around to scheduled restaurant and picks up food donations. This only takes an hour or two. Currently we have 3 Food Gleaner positions open on the following days: Monday, Thursday, and Friday. This is a huge help to us. It allows us to pick up more food from more places, which enables us to be able to feed more people.

Secretary Assistance volunteer helps answer phones, screen clients, and engage those who come through our doors. We currently have 3 days that are not covered by a secretary. Due to this one of our other staff has to man the front desk and answer phones. Having someone come in and fill this position frees us up to focus on our tasks and enables us to work more efficiently. The days we need help currently are: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 12:00-4:00.

RIFA could not do what we do without our volunteers. Thanks for all you do.

If you are interested in these two volunteer opportunities, please call or email John Winfree at: (731) 427-7963 or jwinfree@rifajackson.org.

Note of Thanks

27 06 2012

Over a course of a year, RIFA serves over 17,000 individuals and families through our various ministries. Every so often we get a kind letter of thanks from someone we have served. These letters are a reminder to keep working hard for each and every person that comes through our doors.

Here is a letter that we received the other day.

Dear RIFA,

I’d like to say thank you to everyone at RIFA for the help my husband and I received.

We just moved up to Tennessee. We are both from Florida. Both my husband and I have had a lot of obstacles and problems in the past. Some of them of our own making and some just circumstantial.

We decided to relocate for a new beginning and second chance. To be starting over at 43 and 44 years old is not easy. Last week we found ourselves out of money and no way to pay our rent.

Thanks to your organization our rent was paid for a week, we were given food, and even got some clothes for the job I just started.

Our appreciation and gratitude runs deep. Words could never express the thanks in our hearts, not to mention the lessons learned.

We were tempted to give up and go back to Florida. Instead, we attended church, prayed and did the next right thing. Then someone told us about RIFA.

God is good! Thanks again.

Mr. & Mrs. W

P.S. I obtained a 2nd job today! Eventually my goal is to give back to the community in some way.

Have any men’s pants that you have outgrown?

24 05 2012

Have any men’s pants that you have outgrown or don’t need? The Thrift Store is in need of men’s pants! Bring them by the RIFA loading dock.

Interested in serving in the Soup Kitchen?

18 05 2012

Interested in serving in the Soup Kitchen May 21-25th? Call John Winfree at 427-7963 or email at jwinfree@rifajackson.org

Congratulations to Sarah Belcher!

14 05 2012

Congratulations to Sarah Belcher, one of RIFA’s Social Work interns from Union University, for receiving 1st Runner Up Social Work Student of the Year for her work with RIFA’s after school program, Club 412! http://ow.ly/i/CQVc http://ow.ly/i/CQVL

Interested in a group project?

2 05 2012

Interested in a group project? We have several options available! Contact John Winfree at 427-7963 or johnwinfree@rifarifa.org

Preschool Students Learn How to “Shine Their Light”

27 04 2012

Fellowship Bible Church¬†continues to support RIFA in many ways. Fellowship’s preschool students have been learning this year to “Let your Light Shine.” Their recent lesson was based on Romans 12:13 “Share with God’s people who are in need.” The children’s lesson asked that they share supplies to decorate a rock, and then they were asked to give the rock away. RIFA was chosen for the beautiful rocks.

All the rocks were made from love from 8 preschool classes at Fellowship. Here is how we have used them around the offices. 



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