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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

Johanna Ellis is making the holidays great!

Johanna Ellis is Something Good in Memphis.  She is leading her team at work to make Memphis better this holiday season! "Johanna is Operations Manager at Park It Here by the airport in Memphis. They are participating in the Salvation Army's Angel Tree donations this holiday season, and offering a free day of parking to any customer who brings a gift for a needy child or senior citizen. Johanna and her team are a great example of Something Good In Memphis!" Nominated by Claire Ryan. Read More
Posted by Thomas Robinson at Monday, November 30, 2009 | 0 comments

Thad and Natasha Johnson are singing about the good

Thad and Natasha Johnson are Something Good in Memphis! "Thad and Natasha are beautiful as a couple and, as Team T-N-T, beautiful in their commitment to bringing people together through their music. On Saturday, November 28th, they are having a party at the Rumba Room to celebrate the release of their new CD and are contributing part of the proceeds to MIFA. Their energy, creativity, and love for the city is something wonderful in Memphis!" Nominated by Linda Marks.   Thad... Read More
Posted by Thomas Robinson at Monday, November 30, 2009 | 4 comments

Chris Kelyman is Something Good!

Chris Kelyman is Something Good in Memphis. She is an active Memphian dedicated to helping our community. "She sits on the board of Jacob's Ladder and has headed up the Lord of Life Lutheran Church Chili Cook Off which raises thousands of dollars for charity. On top of all this she is Co-Chair of the Lord of Life Disaster Preparedness Ministry Team. She has vision, unbelievable energy and drive. She should run for Mayor!" Nominated by Nancy Wilson. Read More
Posted by Thomas Robinson at Monday, November 30, 2009 | 0 comments

Susan Schmidt is integral to the nonprofit community

Susan Schmidt is Something Good in Memphis. "Susan is an integral fixture in the Memphis nonprofit community, through participating as a board member, teaching future nonprofit professionals, and serving as Campus Director of the American Humanics Student Association. She goes out of her way to help her nonprofit peers, and involves herself in numerous events and activities in the community. As a professor, she encourages students to achieve excellence. Susan is an inspiration to many!" ... Read More
Posted by Thomas Robinson at Wednesday, November 25, 2009 | 0 comments

Amie Vanderford shows the Good in her pictures

Amie Vanderford is Something Good in Memphis! "I believe in her and she is making a difference in the way people perceive Memphis one photo at a time. She began her first 365 photo album with Memphis buildings and landmarks. She has always said (and I paraphrase here maybe even adlib a bit) 'that Memphis is a great place to live and full of beauty. I want people to see that.' She is now compiling another 365 album of Memphians. One of my (many) praises of the content of the album is that she... Read More
Posted by Thomas Robinson at Wednesday, November 25, 2009 | 2 comments

Cindy Brewer teaches her son to serve

"Cindy is making a difference in the lives children and is Something Good in Memphis. Instead of guests bringing a gift for her 4 year old son at his birthday party, she asked them to bring a toy for the patients at Le Bonheur Children's Medical Center." Cindy Brewer truly is Something Good in Memphis. Nominated by Mary Catherine Tagg. Read More
Posted by Thomas Robinson at Wednesday, November 25, 2009 | 0 comments

George Valadie is a stalwart of service

Mr. George Valadie is truly an example of Something Good in Memphis. He reaches out to the community, while teaching the students at St. Benedict the benefits of giving back to others. "Mr. George Valadie is President of St. Benedict at Auburndale High School and coordinates efforts by the students and faculty in service to the community. Under Mr. Valadie's guidance, St. Benedict opened its doors the weekend of Hurricane Katrina too hundreds of evacuees staying in nearby hotels. Over the... Read More
Posted by Thomas Robinson at Wednesday, November 25, 2009 | 0 comments

Jeff Kitchens looks out for those with special needs

Jeff Kitchens is Something Good in Memphis. He pays special needs young adults to help at high school ball games on Friday nights. Unattached to an organization, Jeff just does this to help out. Nominated by Robert Followell. Read More
Posted by Thomas Robinson at Wednesday, November 25, 2009 | 0 comments

Charlene Weathers is a blessing to our city

Charlene Weathers is Something Good in Memphis. "Charlene volunteers serving meals through the Union Mission, coordinating an annual Christmas party at Target House, and in many other activities throughout the city. She is a real blessing to the city! Thank you Charlene for being a GREAT Memphian." Nominated by Tracy Houston. Read More
Posted by Thomas Robinson at Tuesday, November 24, 2009 | 1 comments

Regina Johnson makes people feel great

"Regina is the co-owner and founder of the HodgePodge, a boutique that services the middle-aged women in Memphis. Yet, this is much more than just "fashion". She hosts weekend getaways, regular "girl's night out" Friday events, and fashion shows. She is all about building and serving a community of women in their 40's, 50's and 60's, letting them know that they are still beautiful at ANY age!" Nominated by Natasha Johnson.     Regina Johnson is Something Good in Memphis... Read More
Posted by Thomas Robinson at Tuesday, November 24, 2009 | 0 comments

Claire Ryan - two times Something Good

Claire Ryan is Something Good in Memphis! ( See her previous nomination here ). "I am nominating Claire because of her integrity, sincerity and passion for helping others. She gives her time and love to the children she helps because she is a good person, not because she is looking for a pat on the back. I would love to see Claire awarded and recognized for the Hope she brings to Hope House because she gives from her very wholesome heart!" Nominated by Jil Agonis.     ... Read More
Posted by Thomas Robinson at Tuesday, November 24, 2009 | 2 comments

Deanie Parker, Stax Music pioneer and visionary

Deanie Parker is something great in Memphis. A Stax Music pioneer, her vision helped created the Stax Music Academy, Stax Museum of American Soul Music and the Stax Charter School. In addition to changing countless lives, she composed the title song for the award-winning documentary "I Am A Man" (and also served as an executive producer,) which told the story of the amazing men and women behind the 1968 Sanitation Workers strike. Deanie Parker truly is Something Good in Memphis. Nominated by... Read More
Posted by Thomas Robinson at Tuesday, November 24, 2009 | 0 comments

Sam and Ann Rabinovitz feed Memphians

Sam and Ann Robinovitz are Something Good in Memphis. "Sam and Ann generously and faithfully volunteer and serve, preparing food for the MIFA Life Skills program with their Temple Israel community." Nominated by Michael Mathias. Read More
Posted by Thomas Robinson at Thursday, November 19, 2009 | 0 comments

Kevin Dean is Something Good

Kevin Dean is Something Good in Memphis.  In addition to his work with Hope House, "he does loads for Memphis!" Nominated by Dylan Savage.     Kevin Dean is Something Good in Memphis Read More
Posted by Thomas Robinson at Thursday, November 19, 2009 | 0 comments

Jonathan Elton is constantly helping Memphians

Jonathan Elton is Something Good in Memphis. He is always finding ways to help people. "Jonathan takes sack lunches and bottled water to the homeless that live in camps in the woods and various locations throughout Memphis.I go with him sometimes.He gets some homeless people shelter and enrolls them in programs in various ministries. He rescued a man and his wife who was six months pregnant that was stranded in Memphis and living homeless for 5 days. He took them home for three weeks and gave... Read More
Posted by Thomas Robinson at Thursday, November 19, 2009 | 0 comments

Amy Beth Dudley is a force for good in Memphis

"Amy Beth clearly defines what I love about Memphis, the people! She was phenomenal as a Leadership Academy Fellow, has worked with MIFA spreading the word about the Something Good In Memphis initiative, works diligently with Junior League and a joy to be around. Amy Beth showed her talent during the Fellows program working with a group that developed a volunteer training guide and a process and database to monitor volunteer activity for the Music Foundation. Amy Beth is Something Good in... Read More
Posted by Thomas Robinson at Thursday, November 19, 2009 | 0 comments

Marian Bacon is a brave advocate for Memphis

Marian Bacon is truly Something Good in Memphis. She is a brave advocate for people that suffer from mental illness, and our community is lucky to have her. Her nominator explains, "I am nominating her because she goes out into the community and tells her story. She received a national award in LA, but she wasn't recognized in Memphis for her efforts. She is a mental health advocate and helps individuals like herself who suffer from mental illness. I think individuals who share their stories... Read More
Posted by Thomas Robinson at Thursday, November 19, 2009 | 1 comments

John Barzizza is Something Good!

"John is a rock in this community! He serves many, many nonprofits with his generosity and compassion!" Nominated by Cheryl Anderson. Read More
Posted by Thomas Robinson at Thursday, November 19, 2009 | 2 comments

Claire Ryan gives back to support children

Claire Ryan is Something Good in Memphis. '"I really feel that we are all responsible for one another in this world," explains Claire Ryan about why she volunteers to ride the Hope House bus each week. "I have led a very fortunate life, and volunteering for Hope House has allowed me to spread lots of love to children who need it the most." This year, budget cutbacks at Hope House meant fewer employees and a growing need to have volunteer support in classrooms and on the bus. Claire, a board... Read More
Posted by Thomas Robinson at Thursday, November 19, 2009 | 14 comments

Raye Osborne is a true servant leader

Raye Osborne is making a difference in the lives of children affected by HIV/AIDS. Raye is an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer at Hope House, an organization that works with children and families affected by HIV/AIDS. Raye has been instrumental in creating a new volunteer program for the organization. She has developed new relationships with volunteer groups, created forms and protocol for recruiting and retaining quality volunteers, and even contributes her artwork (she was an art major at Lipscomb... Read More
Posted by Thomas Robinson at Thursday, November 19, 2009 | 1 comments

Dylan Savage makes a difference for children

"Dylan Savage is making a difference in the lives of children affected by HIV/AIDS. Dylan is an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer at Hope House, an organization that works with children and families affected by HIV/AIDS. Each day, Dylan works with the development department to bring new resources into the organization. Dylan creates new fundraisers, builds databases, and works with the community to raise much-needed funds and awareness for the organization. Dylan, a recent graduate from college, does... Read More
Posted by Thomas Robinson at Thursday, November 19, 2009 | 0 comments

Great staff at Midtown Memphis Pizza Cafe

"After a long, rainy day spent at work and at the pediatrician's office with a sick baby, I finally got home and decided to pick up a pizza. I called the pizza order in and left immediately to pick it up. I arrived at the midtown location, but I'd accidentally called my order in to the Park Ave. store. As I was about to leave to drive to the other side of town, the staff on Madison offered to call the Park location, cancel my order, and make me a fresh pizza quickly. They couldn't have been... Read More
Posted by Thomas Robinson at Thursday, November 19, 2009 | 0 comments

Pam at the pharmacy makes her customers feel better

Pam at Kroger's Pharmacy at Poplar Plaza is making a difference in the life of her customers. Thanks for being Something Good in Memphis! "We recently switched our medications to the Kroger pharmacy at Poplar Plaza after unpleasant experiences elsewhere, and it has been a refreshing change! Pam has helped me the last 3 times I've picked up medication, and she is always friends, professional and thinks to ask all the right questions (and as a new mom, I find this absolutely invaluable!).... Read More
Posted by Thomas Robinson at Tuesday, November 17, 2009 | 0 comments

Elroy Bond is so good for Memphis' youth

"Elroy Bond works for Memphis Athletic Ministries (MAM) as the director of MAM's Sacred Heart neighborhood youth center on S. Cleveland in Midtown. Many of the youth served at Sacred Heart come from an urban background that most folks in Memphis would consider a no win situation, partly due to a lack of strong role models. However, with Elroy, these youth have found acceptance, caring and guidance. His ministry to at-risk youth not only includes teaching them personal responsibility, but also to... Read More
Posted by Thomas Robinson at Tuesday, November 17, 2009 | 0 comments

EMTs fix flat tire for strangers!

Here is a great nomination from some MIFA Meals volunteers.  This happened on their way home from volunteering yesterday!  "My meal delivering partner and I were on our way home when we realized her tire was flat. We stopped at the gas station at Poplar and Cleveland to get air.We had no change - no clue how much pressure was required. An ambulance was parked next to the air pump. The 2 young men had our tire pumped up and ready to go in no time. They didn't have to do that but gave... Read More
Posted by Thomas Robinson at Tuesday, November 17, 2009 | 0 comments

JoAnn Jones quietly leads the parade

"JoAnn Jones is truly something good in Memphis. She is a professional organizer, an energetic and creative mother of two boys, and a very thoughtful friend. JoAnn is often the one behind the scenes quietly leading the parade -- whether its leading at vacation bible school or helping organize a sick friend's meals. Memphis and her community are lucky to have her." Nominated by Cindy Cates Moore. Read More
Posted by Thomas Robinson at Tuesday, November 17, 2009 | 0 comments

Rickey Miller goes the extra mile for his students

Rickey Miller truly is Something Good in Memphis.  As a teacher, he exemplifies the good that comes from helping our youth.  Trace D. Thomas explains, "I'm nominating Mr. Miller, he is the band teacher at A. Maceo Walker Middle School, and he has a sincere passion for the well-being of the students. He has developed a spectacular band at the school. My personal experience comes from him assisting me with my son. I am a single parent, and he has assisted him academically by setting up... Read More
Posted by Thomas Robinson at Tuesday, November 17, 2009 | 0 comments

John Burruss is an active leader for a better Memphis

John Burruss is Something Good in Memphis. He recently worked to bring the U2charist to the Church of the Holy Communion. The service was set to the music of U2 and focused on social justice and the community's ability to help the poor and oppressed with a focus on the Millennium Development Goals. When John isn't bringing new exciting programs to Memphis, he does a fine job leading the Holy Communion youth program, which has truly become something special under his watch. John is a good... Read More
Posted by Thomas Robinson at Monday, November 16, 2009 | 0 comments

Rev. Tim Meadows is leaving Memphis better than he found it

The Reverend Tim Meadows is Something Good in Memphis. "Over the past 15 years Rev. Tim Meadows has done an outstanding job of providing leadership to Holy Trinity United Church of Christ. He has made people who have not traditionally felt welcome in church come to the understanding that they too are welcome and are God's children. Tim has been the spokesperson and the voice in Memphis for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered and other folks who did not have a voice. He has also worked... Read More
Posted by Thomas Robinson at Monday, November 16, 2009 | 1 comments

Kathy Davidson advocates for Memphis' seniors

When Kathy Davidson first moved to Memphis, she immediately began advocating for Memphis elders by volunteering as a MIFA Long-Term Care Ombudsman. Kathy also volunteers at the Memphis Zoo. Nominated by Rick Finkey. Read More
Posted by Thomas Robinson at Friday, November 13, 2009 | 0 comments
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