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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

 

          

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the good in memphis

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Jewell Thomas is something good!

She makes an impact on kids lives. She is a caterer for Memphis City Schools. She delivers food to Memphis School of Excellence. She helps the kids at School of Excellence. Nominated by Jonathan Scruggs. Read More
Posted by Ellen Whitten at Monday, February 25, 2013

Allen Brooks & FedEx go above & beyond

The FedEx ramp build team worked for nine hours on MLK Day to construct a ramp to allow a Memphian to come home from the hospital. Some team members even returned two days later to finish the job. Nominated by Jack Clark. Read More
Posted by Ellen Whitten at Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Chauniece Connor promotes healthy competition

  Chauniece Conner, artistic director with Ballet On Wheels Dance School & Company, has created a unique avenue for both youth and adults to engage in a healthy, creative competition with her annual "Dance in His Name" praise dance showcase and liturgical competition. Chauniece has been teaching ballet and other dance forms to youth for over 10 years. Her students have had the opportunity to perform all over the city being exposed to major venues, conferences and local corporate... Read More
Posted by Ellen Whitten at Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Joe Tilley is amazing

  This is a Memphis City Schools teacher who works with students with special needs. He works so hard to encourage and help his students be successful. He tutors after school, and he collects clothes for students in need. He is amazing. Nominated by Tina Bodenheimer. Read More
Posted by Ellen Whitten at Monday, February 11, 2013

Stanley B. Adams is something good!

Stan Adams, my dad, deserves this designation of "Something Good in Memphis." In 2001, he was in traffic on 240, when he noticed a car with Texas plates, pulled over to the side of the interstate, broken down. The family of four was driving from Texas to live in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The family had precious few resources, and virtually none for meeting emergencies like a breakdown. Dad, then a deacon at Brownsville Road Church of Christ, felt compelled to see these people through this... Read More
Posted by Ellen Whitten at Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Dana Agranov helps teens recover

  Dana is a licensed Alcohol & Drug Counselor at Memphis Recovery Centers. She works tirelessly with addicted and troubled teens, teaching them important life skills and showing them tools needed to live sober and productive lives. She also shares her love for music with them, often sparking talents and passion in them they never knew existed. It's her dedication and love of her career combined with the respect she shows her patients. Dana is a true asset to Memphis Recover Centers... Read More
Posted by Ellen Whitten at Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Susan Fisher provides for a stranger

Every year, Huey's does a Christmas Giving Program, where each store adopts a family in need, through a nonprofit, to provide Christmas gifts for. Susan Fisher, one of our long-time employees, was in charge of our Downtown location's family. Susan took it upon herself to shop for everything the family needed and wrap it herself, with the money her employees provided her. She also made them a Christmas card, and got all of the employees to sign it. On top of that, Susan delivered all of the gifts... Read More
Posted by Ellen Whitten at Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Jo Griffith keeps the public prepared

  Volunteers her time to teach the public about disaster preparedness. Was voted "Reserve of the Year" for the Shelby County Office of Preparedness. Is a mentor to new Reserves to show them how to present information to the public. Hands out preparedness literature to churches, community events, schools. Responds to activations at the Emergency Operations Center and spent countless hours making photo ID''s for flood victims in 2010 and 2011. Selfless, kind, generous, thoughtful and... Read More
Posted by Ellen Whitten at Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Rev. Carol Richardson leads by example

My friend, teacher, mentor, mother-figure, and pastor, Rev. Carol Richardson is retiring this month from the First Baptist Church of Memphis. She has taught me over the last 30 years to care for, pray for and love all of God's people. She has led by example and encouraged me to share what I have with others and to be gracious as my neighbors share what they have with me. She has critiqued and praised my endeavors, always encouraging me toward excellence. She has prayed with me and for me,... Read More
Posted by Ellen Whitten at Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Annie Blake takes care of others

I'm nominating this person because she is an angel living on earth! For my entire life, she has always taken care of people. Now she is really sick for the first time, and in the bed she is still lending a helping hand or making sure her children are doing "God's work," as she calls it! Nominated by Ashley Blake. Read More
Posted by Ellen Whitten at Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Brit Fitzpatrick is something good!

  Brit Fitzpatrick is the Communications Coordinator for The Ronald McDonald House of Memphis as well as the founder of MiTech Memphis which connects minority techies in Memphis to spark collaboration & social action. After meeting Brit Fitzpatrick last year at the Ronald McDonald House Oscar Night, I fell in love with her perseverance, dedication, and overall optimistic views of helping others in the Memphis community. Nominated by Andrew Bartolotta. Read More
Posted by Ellen Whitten at Monday, December 3, 2012

TJ Jefferson comes home to Memphis

  Because of our city’s growing recognition for entrepreneur development and support, TJ Jefferson recently moved her business from Atlanta to Memphis. Already she has a holiday giving project under way to collect clothes, shoes, food, and money for our community. She is from Memphis and is so happy to bring her business to her hometown. For reasons like this there are good things going on in Memphis, and she wants to be part of that positive community. Nominated by Ieshea Hartwell. ... Read More
Posted by Ellen Whitten at Friday, November 2, 2012

Nathan Ross Murphy is something good!

He has helped striving artists and donated his skill as an actor in Memphis. Nominated by Marie Isabella Romero. Read More
Posted by Ellen Whitten at Friday, November 2, 2012

Joseph Long is something good!

  Joseph gives his time and energy to positively impact the lives of high school males who are members of Kappa Leadership League throughout MCS and Shelby county schools since 2011. He provides these young males with leadership skills, community service opportunities, and support for everyday living with an emphasis on achieving post-secondary aspirations. Thank you, Mr. Joseph Long, for being Something Good in Memphis! Nominated by Carlos Royston. Read More
Posted by Ellen Whitten at Thursday, November 1, 2012

Deborah Hester-Harrison empowers young girls

  For the past five years, Deborah has worked tirelessly to ensure that Girls Incorporated is true to its purpose of empowering young girls to become Strong, Smart and Bold! More than a job, it's become her mission. She is always the first car in the office parking lot in the morning and often the last to leave. She spends her time visiting the centers and connecting with the girls on a personal level. She's always transparent about her mistakes as a teen, in an effort to help them... Read More
Posted by Ellen Whitten at Monday, October 8, 2012

Claudette Branch is something good at MIFA!

  Mrs. Branch is a Meritan worker at MIFA. Daily she encourages and provides opportunities for students to be connected with professionals in all areas in the city of Memphis. Thank you for being Something Good in Memphis! Nominated by Carlos Royston. Read More
Posted by Ellen Whitten at Friday, September 28, 2012

Stacy Chick is something good!

Stacy Chick runs an amazing boot camp downtown. She lets people take her class who can't afford it. I've watched her waive monthly fees to people who have lost their job, students, even a women who was going through a divorce. Nominated by Jessica Hardy. Read More
Posted by Ellen Whitten at Friday, September 28, 2012

Charlette Slape is a remarkable young lady

  Charlette is amazing young lady who loves to volunteer in our community.She has been volunteering since her 5th grade year with starting a volunteer group at her elementary school naming it PAWS in ACTION after her school mascot PAWS. That year she started her first volunteer project call Hugs From the Heart to help children at the Memphis Child Advocacy Center to fill their Bear Wall. This project is still going strong after 6 years. She is very involved within the community with her... Read More
Posted by Ellen Whitten at Friday, September 21, 2012

Michelle Pao Levine makes wishes come true

Through their corporate sponsorship with Service Master, Michelle and Mosa Asian Bistro granted FOUR wishes last year for the Make-A-Wish local chapter by donating proceeds from lunch and dinner tickets. Nominated by Kristen Waddell. Read More
Posted by Ellen Whitten at Friday, September 14, 2012

Holli Weatherington is something good!

  Holli is the President of Summerall Electric Company, a family run business in Memphis. Because of her passion to make our community a better place, Holli has committed her company to give back this year through partnerships with Volunteer MidSouth, The Child Advocacy Center, Commission on Missing and Exploited Children, The Church Health Center, Team Green Zone and Dress For Success. Nominated by Kristen Waddell. Read More
Posted by Ellen Whitten at Friday, September 14, 2012

MUS students deliver MIFA Meals on Wheels

  Students from Memphis University School delivered MIFA Meals on Wheels to homebound seniors as part of a day of community service in conjunction with the school’s annual open house for parents. Twenty-two students participated in the meal delivery, which took place on September 12. Nominated by Eddie Batey. Read More
Posted by Ellen Whitten at Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Ginger Natoli, animal lover extraordinaire

Ginger is an animal lover extraordinaire! She runs the rescue group Tails of Hope, a wonderful dog rescue right here in Memphis. Her passion for nurturing, loving, and rehabilitating dogs is infectious. She does a wonderful job of educating people about dogs in general, but her extensive knowledge and huge heart are obvious even when you first meet her; the smile that leaves her face doesn't hurt either! She is selfless and such a caring person, and a great role model for the community! ... Read More
Posted by Ellen Whitten at Friday, August 31, 2012

Anne Pitts entertains the community

Anne works for the Levitt Shell Pavilion, and the amount of work and dedication she and all other shell staff put in itself is worthy of nomination. However, seeing how much she cares about the community having access to fantastic FREE entertainment night after night is something that truly can't be fully appreciated until you see it. Nominated by Will Scheff. Read More
Posted by Ellen Whitten at Friday, August 31, 2012

Howard Lee is something good!

  Each morning during the school year, Howard Lee walks to Snowden School and greets students as they cross the busy intersection at North Parkway and McLean. Over his years volunteering there, he has learned the children’s personalities and stories, gotten to know their parents, and come to appreciate the joy they bring him. A Pearl Harbor survivor, Lee has given back to the Memphis community in many ways, and he continues to do so through the children at Snowden. Nominated by Linda... Read More
Posted by Ellen Whitten at Friday, August 24, 2012

Hank Word is a good neighbor

Hank Word is a neighborhood hero! Just this week, he heard an elderly neighbor's call for help. Rushing next door, he found this precious lady injured and lying in her yard. Hank kindly helped her up, took her inside, got her dressed and bandanged her wounds. Thanks Hank for being Something Good in Memphis! Nominated by Amy Beth Dudley. Read More
Posted by Ellen Whitten at Thursday, August 16, 2012

Debbie Vitale is something good

Debbie has started a Shelby County Regional Special Education PTA for people who care for/care about children with special educational needs in our region. Nominated by Jenness Roth. Read More
Posted by Ellen Whitten at Thursday, August 16, 2012

Will Batts is a driving force

Because he is the guy who sits and listens when kids are on the edge, when older folks are looking for a chance for community, when youth have been kicked out because of their orientation!! He's one of the driving forces bringing equality to Memphis. He's one of my heroes. Nominated by Deb Word. Read More
Posted by Ellen Whitten at Thursday, August 16, 2012

Joy Jefferson is promoting joy!

  Joy is making a difference in the Raliegh and Frayser area of Memphis. She is a full-time cop and in her free time she founded a nonprofit mentoring program for girls ages 12-17 dealing with adversities. Check out PromotingJOY Mentoring at her website, www.promotingjoy.org for more details about Joy and how she is making a difference in Memphis. Nominated by Derrick Knowlton. Read More
Posted by Ellen Whitten at Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Leonard Blakely makes Memphis better

Leonard is making Memphis a better place to live. He is involved in the Neighborhood Watch program and acts as a mentor for the Juvenile Court GOAL program. Leonards also spends hours on Mondays delivering MIFA Meals on Wheels to homebound seniors. Nominated by Rick Finkey. Read More
Posted by Ellen Whitten at Monday, August 6, 2012

George McGaha is an active volunteer

George McGaha is something good in Memphis. He is active in the city as a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity. He also spends many hours a week delivering hot meals to MIFA Meals on Wheels clients. Nominated by Rick Finkey. Read More
Posted by Ellen Whitten at Monday, August 6, 2012
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