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MIFA’s Something Good in Memphis campaign is designed to celebrate those who make Memphis better, whether it’s the stranger who helps change your flat tire in the rain or a human services pioneer who changes the lives of a hundred poor Memphians. Sometimes people tend to focus on the bad and forget the good, but we see reminders of the good in Memphis every day!


Recognizing someone is quick and easy – just send us an email! Acknowledge friends, neighbors,and colleagues whose daily efforts or remarkable deeds embody the spirit of positive action in our community. Thank you for being a part of the good in Memphis!


The Something Good in Memphis project was created by MIFA in 2009 to advance our vision of uniting the community through service. Our mission is supporting the independence of vulnerable seniors and families in crisis through high-impact programs. Our values are to welcome and respect all people, act with integrity, value individual initiative and ability, serve individuals and the community as an act of faith, and balance humanitarian goals with sound business practices. Learn more about MIFA here





the good in memphis

Mallori King is something good!

I nominate Mallori King for "Something Good in Memphis." Mallori is an outstanding young lady and student. Her passion is Child Literacy. As founder of M and M Cares, she plans, coordinates and directs fundraisers to collect and donate books for underprivileged youth in her community. Nominated by Sylvia Blackwell. Read More
Posted by Ellen Whitten at Monday, October 31, 2016

Bess Elliott, M.D. is something good!

Dr. Elliott's compassion for her patients goes beyond the exam room. She constantly puts herself at the heart of their care to not only help them medically, but also spiritually and emotionally. I appreciate Dr. Elliott and because of all of the feedback from her patients, I know they appreciate her as well. Dr. Bess Elliott has dedicated so much of herself to serving the under-served in her work life, church life and home life. She is truly a Memphis jewel that should be recognized as someth... Read More
Posted by Ellen Whitten at Thursday, November 5, 2015

Eunice Hubbard is something good!

Eunice Hubbard is trying to make sure youth are embraced, empowered, through mentoring and education. She is trying to get her nonprofit together despite all the discouragements and setbacks. Nominated by Camille Carter. Read More
Posted by Ellen Whitten at Friday, July 24, 2015

Lasalle Pratt is something good!

Lasalle Pratt is a team lead for lifeline too success, actor for Playback Memphis its ex-felons and police officer joining together to clean up the streets in our community frayser area. I believe he deserves to be nominate for helping thias community and showing great effort to improve the streets in Memphis.... Nominated by Phyllis Hughlett. Read More
Posted by Ellen Whitten at Friday, March 6, 2015

Jermaine White is something good!

Jermaine has been working with MIFA, for the past months and delivering food to the less fortunate. He takes the time on Monday mornings, in his own transportation to make sure they get their meals. Jermaine was recently promoted to manager at FedEx, he has never called in sick and he's driven, dedicated and works hard. Jermaine is also attending college and aspires to help others. Nominated by Sherri Stephens. Read More
Posted by Ellen Whitten at Tuesday, December 30, 2014

LaDell Beamon is something good!

LaDell Beamon works diligently to help save the lives of youth daily. He is the Founder/CEO of Heal the Hood Foundation of Memphis. The word "Hood" is the suffix representing all "hoods" such as motherhood, fatherhood, brotherhood, sisterhood, parenthood and priesthood. LaDell has kicked off the 97 Days of Hope campaign that will promote hope,healing and restoration of peace and community pride in the city of Memphis. The campaign will house school tours, community tours, and citywide events ... Read More
Posted by Ellen Whitten at Friday, October 10, 2014

Roshunda Buchanan is something good!

Roshunda Buchanan is an advocate for youth. She is the Founder of 2Unique Community Salvation Foundation, Publisher of 2Unique Magazine and the creator of "Find Your Design" Career Track & Leadership program. Her mission in the city of Memphis is to support and advocate career development & entrepreneurship for youth and young adults. Because of her dedication she has created a campaign around a very innovative outlet, her organization''s own signature casual shoe. The shoe represents... Read More
Posted by Ellen Whitten at Friday, October 10, 2014

Gordan Wang is something good!

Dr. Gordan is my boss at 4Dumplings, a restuarant that he and his wife opened to give Memphians a healthy option for eating. Dr. Wang is a pathologist at St. Jude and he didnt open this restaurant for the money. He does it because he truly wants people to live healthier, happier lives. Nominated by Katie Briggs. Read More
Posted by Ellen Whitten at Thursday, October 9, 2014

Stephanie Love is something good!

Stephanie has overcome so many obstacles in her own life, but still has time to give to her church family(CHRIST IN YOU FAITH TEMPLE), Her position with the Frayser Neighborhood Council,The Headstart program in Memphis,trying to make a living as a beautician, a mother of 4 school aged kids, and recently running and winning a seat on the Memphis Shelby County School Board in her district. She is in charge of the Praise Dancers at the church and does a wonderful job. Upon being a high school -o... Read More
Posted by Ellen Whitten at Friday, August 15, 2014

Marcellus Gunn is something good!

Marcellus Gunn is the 1st African American in the state of Tennessee that has been inducted into the Karate & Kickboxing Hall of Fame. Marcellus is also an employee of MATA Transit, where on Thursday August 14, 2014 it will be Marcellus Gunn Day! Marcellus is also a registered volunteer and he offers free Karate classes at our safe place located at Orange Mound Community Center on Park Ave. Marcellus has 28 years of teaching Karate and Kickboxing classes and serving our youths/adults. Mar... Read More
Posted by Ellen Whitten at Monday, August 11, 2014

Rev. Tommy Clark is something good!

Rev. Tommy Clark who created the Urban Bicycle Food Ministry located at First Church, 204 N. Second. This mission delivers burritos and water and other items to the downtown homeless by bicycle. Up to 300 burritos delivered weekly. Nominated by Sandra Mathias. Read More
Posted by Ellen Whitten at Monday, August 11, 2014

Jerome Hardaway is something good!

Jerome Hardaway is an astounding member of the Memphis community. Coming from a military background, he has never loss his sense of duty to the people or to his fellow veterans. He continues to be his brother's keeper with continuing outreach for veterans in need, donations, volunteering to mentor other young veterans, helping them with adjustment and transition to civilian life and personally responding to veterans in need of immediate help. He is also the only person I know who would step u... Read More
Posted by Ellen Whitten at Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Debrah McVay is something good!

Debrah McVay, is a breast cancer survivor. Debrah has beat breast cancer, and she is waiting to have surgery, but she manages to work with a her all-female adult dance program called the Sassie Seniors of Memphis for the past 10 years. This adult program is geared to single or retired women who can no longer work due to stroke, heart attack, breast cancer, health problems, etc. This program helps these women get back to their lives by dancing as a healing tool. Debrah also won the Women of Ex... Read More
Posted by Ellen Whitten at Friday, June 27, 2014

Ale’ne “Mimi” Fifer is something good!

Ale’ne “Mimi” Fifer has been working and training young girls and ladies to be great dancers and entrepreneurs for the past 20 plus years. Some of her former students and mentees have started their own businesses in the field of dance, dance groups, and/or created their own community dance teams. These young ladies have become productive citizens that give back to the very communities that gave them a chance when they were young by assisting in community service projects and monthly parties f... Read More
Posted by Ellen Whitten at Monday, June 23, 2014

Nicole Gates is something good!

Nicole Gates works to strengthen our city. She founded Successful Single Moms which has over 150 members. She educates them on ways to be financially stable and self sufficent. She also works in Public Affairs which allows her to get to know citizens all over the city. She developed a Staycation which allows those who cannot afford to take a vacation to stay here and savor what the city has to offer. This allows her to feel the pulse of what's going on and how she can help. Nominated by Krist... Read More
Posted by Ellen Whitten at Tuesday, June 17, 2014

LaKeisha Harrison is something good!

LaKeisha Harrison is an advocate of retention in Memphis and she loves to share the entrepreneurship history of Memphis (like the Holiday Inn story) to our younger generation. She co-founded the "Memphis Entrepreneurship Academy," a nonprofit organization that teaches kids how to be an entreprenuer. The math, reading, and writing the kids learn at school are enhanced in the MEA program. The kids get a real life experience to put what they learn in school into a viable, money-making business. ... Read More
Posted by Ellen Whitten at Friday, June 13, 2014

Jim Jalenak is something good!

Jim has been a civic-minded Memphian since childhood. Most recently he gave up a lucrative law practice to take a salaried position at his beloved Memphis Zoo. Having been a Board member and its President he wanted to do more for this institution, perhaps the most democratic in the city in terms of accessibility and cost. Earlier he gave much time and effort to the City School Board. He has been active and hard-working for many Jewish institutions. Throughout he has been a devoted family man,... Read More
Posted by Ellen Whitten at Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Tarlisha Cooper is something good!

I'm nominating this lady because she has changed so many of our teens' lives. Miss Cooper goes into the teens' family homes to pray, encourage their parents, give free makeovers to the ladies by styling their hair and make-up, and assisting the elderly. She has volunteered with many groups such as United Way, Catholic Charities, and Project Homeless Connect Memphis. She prepares sack lunches during the weekend and gives them to the homeless.Tarlisha does these loving attributes without been a... Read More
Posted by Ellen Whitten at Thursday, February 20, 2014

Jess Ossorio is something good!

When I was standing still in Buster's parking lot deciding which way to go to avoid a very sketchy guy who clearly had picked me as a "target," Jess appeared from nowhere and escorted me to my car. Then he took the time to contact the owner of the shopping area to suggest stronger guard service. Yay, Jess! Thank you! Nominated by Jan Gordon. Read More
Posted by Ellen Whitten at Friday, February 14, 2014

Joseph McClusky is a rarity!

Joseph is an outstanding young man. What sets him apart from other lawyers is that he truly care about his clients and is vested in the outcome of their case. Joseph puts his brilliant mind and considerate heart into each client's cause. A rarity! Nominated by Lorna McClusky. Read More
Posted by Ellen Whitten at Monday, December 30, 2013

Brian Miller sacrifices for his church community

Because whether you call him day or night, he answers the phone. He gives all of his money, time, and life to others and his ministry. He co-founded the first legal Wiccan Church in the heart of the city of Memphis! Not only is that brave, but he did that paying for it out of his own pocket. Later, when the community grew, he leased a building and got utilities for the church by putting his own house up for collateral! There is nothing this man would not do for others, and the example he has ... Read More
Posted by Ellen Whitten at Friday, December 13, 2013

Dell Russell-Wallace is something good!

Dell is the most unselfish and enthusiastic person I know. She is the engine who keeps everything running at Memphis Catholic Middle & High School, where she has worked for the past 12 years. She is also a tireless volunteer and past president of the local chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). Dell's late husband Bobby Russell was killed 18 years ago in his own front yard by a drunk driver, leaving Dell with three adolescent children. She raised all three to successful adults, ... Read More
Posted by Ellen Whitten at Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Latasha Reddics has a helpful spirit

Latasha Reddics has such a helpful spirit. Ms. Reddics just helped our new clinic Christ Community Women Health Center, by getting "Pass It On" from WREG news to donate money. She also go out her way to help her patients and employees. Ms. Reddics has a big heart and she always gives a piece of it to anyone who needs to feel loved. Nominated by Tiarra Hildson. Read More
Posted by Ellen Whitten at Friday, October 25, 2013

10-year-old Danielle Craven passes it on

I want to nominate Danielle Craven. She is an outstanding young lady. This summer she passed it on to Mrs. Dorothy alongside Richard Ransom of News Channel 3. Mrs. Dorothy got an infection in her leg and it had to be amputated. Because of Danielle's unselfish service to others, she received a donated prosthetic leg and a wheelchair ramp. Danielle is very kind, smart and a well-rounded young lady. Always thinks of others first and what she can do to help them. She volunteers at her church and ... Read More
Posted by Ellen Whitten at Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Charlie Caswell does good in the neighborhood

I nominate Charlie because he has allowed God to use him to be the voice and reach out to help all people in the community. He has worked very diligently to motivate a child to stay in school as well as getting them prepared to attend college. He has written out a vision that God has given him. He has connected with the right people to do good in the neighborhood. Nominated by Shandra Glasper. Read More
Posted by Ellen Whitten at Monday, September 30, 2013

Vanessa Caswell-Rodgers scales back

  The mission of this Scale Back is to motivate individuals in becoming healthy by encouraging lifestyle changes through eating habits and physical exercise daily. It was established June 18, 2011, by Vanessa Caswell-Rodgers. Vanessa had a vision to promote healthy living through lifestyle change and exercise, cultivate a positive attitude for others becoming healthy, and to prevent life-threatening diseases caused by obesity. Vanessa has a weight-loss testimony that will blow your mind ... Read More
Posted by Ellen Whitten at Monday, September 23, 2013

Evan Hacker is unselfish with his time & talent

Unselfish with time and talent - A soccer coach, business owner, friend, mentor and advocate to make soccer better in the US one step at a time... With our local Center Circle outreach programs. Nominated by Conni Stock. Read More
Posted by Ellen Whitten at Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Nathan Tipton, Mid-South Spay & Neuter Services

Nathan is currently serving as President Pro Tempore of Mid-South Spay & Neuter Services, and he's doing an incredible job. Tirelessly devoted to the mission of reducing pet overpopulation, Nathan gives his time, resources, wisdom, and support to the organization and is a shining example to the board of directors during his interim position. When he's not advocating for the importance of spaying and neutering in Memphis and the Mid-South, he also volunteers for Indie Memphis, the Memphis ... Read More
Posted by Ellen Whitten at Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Joe Williams: Clothing for a cause

Joe Williams is the founder of a cause-based clothing company named Agape North which is headquartered in Memphis. With each Agape North clothing purchase, a uniform is donated to a local or global child in need. Joe Williams and Agape North have donated nearly 4,000 uniforms since he opened in 2010. His dedication in the community through partnering with corporate businesses, church congregations, nonprofit organizations and small businesses inspires others to make a difference in the commun... Read More
Posted by Ellen Whitten at Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Lacey Stluka & the Be Free Revolution

She is one of the two co-founders of Be Free Revolution (BFR). BFR is a 2 part impact company. On one side of things they take teams to Africa to raise awareness, to counsel and to implement helping programs. On the other side of things, they empower local entrepreneurs in Africa to better their trade and to sell these accessories in America. They have used this money to help pay for over 11,000 meals, employ over 20 people in Africa, and help provide sustainable housing. Check out their webs... Read More
Posted by Ellen Whitten at Friday, September 13, 2013