Betty Fracchia, SCN, was recently honored for her work with the Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association (MIFA). Sister Betty received MIFA’s E.J. Goldsmith Volunteer of the Year award. The award is given to a volunteer who exemplifies the dedicated, caring, and enthusiastic spirit of service and philanthropy of the late Elias J. Goldsmith, Jr., a Memphis business leader and philanthropist.
Sister Betty volunteers in MIFA’s Food Pantry program several days each week. She assists with food vouchers, and offers clients resources and referrals to help with their other needs. And when they have left, she prays for them. “It’s the least I can do,” she said, “It is such an honor to know them.”
“The thing I treasure most,” she said, “is people’s stories. So often I am moved and inspired by their vigorous spirits in the face of obstacles I can hardly imagine. They bless me, and they feed my soul.”
The following was said about Sister Betty at the Founders Day event, where she received her honor:
Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, Sister Betty can be found in our Emergency Services food pantry office issuing food vouchers to families and individuals. She’s a skilled volunteer who brings a wealth of professional expertise to our daily interaction with clients and to our administrative work. Here’s what Sister Betty says about her volunteer engagement: “Volunteering at MIFA has enabled me to continue my professional ministry of serving other after I retired. Working with Emergency Services food pantry gives me direct contact with people who do not have food for their next meal. I give and I receive from their sharing. Many of them tell me ‘thank you and God bless’ – but I’m the one who feels rewarded.” Thank you, Sister Betty, you’re an inspiration to us all.