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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

Mary Norman greens Memphis with the Midtown North Community Garden

"Mary Norman is Something Good in Memphis. Midtown North Community Garden is run by long-time garden enthusiast Mary Norman. She purchased two vacant lots adjacent to her home and started gardening. Mary is a down to earth gardener who shares her knowledge about the benefits of growing your own food and saving the planet with others. She willingly teaches her craft to any all especially children. Young and old scholars engage in all aspects gardening, helping to put up a greenhouse, filling... Read More
Posted by Thomas Robinson at Thursday, December 31, 2009 | 0 comments

Nicole Gates is a force for good in Memphis

Nicole Gates is Something Good in Memphis. "She is doing an outstanding job with her Infant Mortality Force-Memphis raising awareness about the disparity and planning events to educate the African American community at large. Agent Gates, has reached well over 1000 people with this cause and her call to action. She continuously gives without fret! She is doing something good in Memphis and she is Something GOOD for Memphis!" Nominated by Yolanda Gates. Read More
Posted by Thomas Robinson at Thursday, December 31, 2009 | 0 comments

Sherry Johnson is an inspiration for students

"Sherry Johnson, Parent Counselor at Cypress Middle School is Something Good in Memphis. Sherry is the best enroller of people I know. She does a stellar job of recruiting, engaging and retaining volunteers for Cypress. Sherry's enthusiasm for Cypress and its student population is contagious. She encourages, motivates, and inspires students to push pass their comfort zones to aim beyond the stars. She teaches them that their present circumstances do not determine who they are as a person.... Read More
Posted by Thomas Robinson at Thursday, December 31, 2009 | 1 comments

Steve Stewart helped get gifts to seniors this year

Steve helped to collect and distribute nearly 500 gifts to seniors throughtout the Memphis community. He is truly something good in Memphis." Nominated by Arnetta Macklin. Read More
Posted by Thomas Robinson at Thursday, December 31, 2009 | 0 comments

Sally Pace is a champion for Memphis

Sally Pace truly is Something Good in Memphis. "Sally is a tireless champion for Memphis. She gives so much of her time and talents for her community, with the Junior League of Memphis and other organizations. She is determined to make this world a better place. I am lucky to know her." Nominated by Anna Hatfield. Read More
Posted by Thomas Robinson at Wednesday, December 30, 2009 | 0 comments

Audra Bares makes Memphis a better place

Audra Bares is Something Good in Memphis. Audra volunteers countless hours and supports multiple local organizations that are making Memphis a better place. She serves on the board of MPACT Memphis, Memphis Youth Symphony, Nexus leaders, and STEP (Scholarships for Technical and Educational Programs) while working in marketing at Medtronic Spinal and Biologics. Audra is an active downtown resident who is always positive, smiling and helping others. She is definitely part of what is good in... Read More
Posted by Thomas Robinson at Tuesday, December 29, 2009 | 0 comments

Sheryl Walls works diligently for the people

Sheryl Walls is Something Good in Memphis and nominated for the second time! "Mrs. Walls works diligently for people. She is very active in her church and in the community and always displays a giving spirit and seeks nothing in return. She adopts children from the Angel Tree yearly and supports work at the Union Mission just to name a few. I think she deserves to be recognized for her hard work." Nominated by Tangie Dotson. Read More
Posted by Thomas Robinson at Tuesday, December 29, 2009 | 0 comments

Donna Rhodes makes the holidays special for seniors!

Donna Rhodes is Something Good in Memphis.  She put her mind to making the holidays special for the homebound Meals clients that MIFA serves.  Almost half of these Meals recipients report that they see family or friends less than once per week, but Donna made sure that they would have a special holiday season.  On Christmas, along with Meals, volunteers will deliver gift bags to over 1,000 seniors. Donna's coordination of this project makes her Something Good in Memphis. ... Read More
Posted by Thomas Robinson at Tuesday, December 22, 2009 | 0 comments

St. Andrews Episcopal gives back to serve Memphis

"The last three years St. Andrew Church in Collierville has given one half of its budget to outreach needs, including MIFA and other local agencies for the last three years. The people in this church are so generous and this desire to help has been a shared vision. It is a witness to the love of Christ." Nominated anonymously. Read More
Posted by Thomas Robinson at Monday, December 21, 2009 | 0 comments

Wanda Rushing is Something Good in Memphis

"Wanda Rushing, Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Memphis, is Something Good in Memphis. Check out her new book, "Memphis and the Paradox of Place: Globalization in the American South" -exploring the importance of place in a global society." Nominated by Sally Heinz. Read More
Posted by Thomas Robinson at Monday, December 21, 2009 | 1 comments

Kirk Smith has a great heart for Memphis

Kirk Smith is Something Good in Memphis.  He is "an amazing man who has a heart for the city of Memphis. He shows compassion for every one he works with no matter who they are or where they come from. He is a teacher, a volunteer, and a leader. He is one reason I love Memphis." Nominated by Colin Byers. Read More
Posted by Thomas Robinson at Monday, December 21, 2009 | 2 comments

Janet Schultz bakes up Something Good for the holidays

"Janet is Something Good in Memphis. For the past several years, during Christmas Holidays she bakes assorted "yummy" breads to raise funds to purchase gifts for the local Toys For Tots children. She raises enough fund every year...in order that each child can have a very special Christmas.Thank you Janet for giving back, for caring & being our hero!!" Nominated by Betty Agis. Read More
Posted by Thomas Robinson at Friday, December 18, 2009 | 0 comments

Ms. Bobbie Nelson is Something Good in Memphis

"Ms. Bobbie Nelson volunteered her time and facilitated a Fashion Show for over 100 MIFA Congregate Meal site volunteers." Nominated by Arnetta Macklin. Read More
Posted by Thomas Robinson at Thursday, December 17, 2009 | 0 comments

Jean Pitner brings cheer to the MIFA Christmas Day hotline

"For the past few weeks, Jean has given her time and assisted with the MIFA Christmas Day Hotline all with a smile and true holiday spirit." Nominated by Arnetta Macklin. Read More
Posted by Thomas Robinson at Thursday, December 17, 2009 | 0 comments

Wendy Briscoe is an amazing Big Sister

Wendy Briscoe is truly Something Good in Memphis. "She has a little sister from the Big Sister, Little Sister program. Her little sister was 8 when she started and is now 17. Wendy has paid for her to go to private school and lets her know how much she is loved every day. That is definitely something good in Memphis!" Nominated by Deirdre Oglesby. Read More
Posted by Thomas Robinson at Monday, December 14, 2009 | 0 comments

Chauniece Conner brings ballet to all Memphians

Chauniece Conner is truly Something Good in Memphis! "Ballet On Wheels, Theatre of Dance is Memphis' only African American ballet school and dance company. As a non-profit organization, Ballet On Wheels relies heavily on community support to provide a culturally enriched development program to students from a variety of economic backgrounds. It has been proven that when young people are exposed to mentally and physically stimulating activities they perform better in the classroom and are... Read More
Posted by Thomas Robinson at Monday, December 14, 2009 | 0 comments

Sheryl Walls is so selfless

Sheryl Walls is Something Good in Memphis. "She is an extremely selfless person. She has to be reminded to consider herself sometimes, so that she can continue to do good. She is the type of person that will give away the shirt off her back even in freezing temperatures like this. I love this lady because she has a heart of gold and a spirit of guardian angels. If she could do more, she certainly would." Nominated by Tracy Routen. Read More
Posted by Thomas Robinson at Monday, December 14, 2009 | 0 comments

Mpact Memphis committees work to make Memphis better

"The Member Connections and Community Service Committees of MPACT Memphis are something good in Memphis because of their continual efforts to give back to the community. Tonight, for instance, they are having a drive for The Ronald McDonald House of Memphis. Each attendee of the holiday party is required to bring an item as admission. In addition, they are also inviting speakers from different nonprofits in town to speak at the party and encourage MPACT members to get more involved. What a... Read More
Posted by Thomas Robinson at Thursday, December 10, 2009 | 0 comments

June West preserves Memphis' history and heritage

June West is Something Good in Memphis. "She is doing a wonderful job as the Executive Director of Memphis Heritage, especially in her campaign to save the Overton Square buildings and educate the community about the historical significance of that site." Nominated by Eileen Meyer. Read More
Posted by Thomas Robinson at Thursday, December 10, 2009 | 0 comments

Cynthia Lancaster speaks out for others

"Cynthia Lancaster is Something Good in Memphis because she speaks out for those who otherwise would have no voice. Cynthia has advocated for the elderly as a Volunteer Long-term Care Ombudsman at MIFA for over 2 1/2 years." Nominated by Rick Finkey. Read More
Posted by Thomas Robinson at Wednesday, December 9, 2009 | 0 comments

Jimpsie Ayres paints for the good of Memphis

Jimpsie Ayres is Something Good in Memphis. "Jimpsie Ayres is a great friend to the Church Health Center! Jimpsie created the Church Health Center's 2009 Holiday Card." Her work for the Church Health Center helps raise funds to sustain their great programs. Thank you so much for putting your talent to work for a good cause. Nominated by Jeff Hulett. Read More
Posted by Thomas Robinson at Wednesday, December 9, 2009 | 1 comments

Willa Lowry makes Love Caps for Memphis

Willa Lowry is Something Good in Memphis! "Willa and her helpers have made thousands of Love Caps to give to the needy." Nominated by Maurice Crouse. Read more about Love Caps. Read More
Posted by Thomas Robinson at Tuesday, December 8, 2009 | 0 comments

Dottie Todd is a caring, creative teacher

Dottie Todd is Something Good in Memphis. "Dottie generously givers her creativity and love of teaching to children and senior adults." Nominated by Dot Payne. Read More
Posted by Thomas Robinson at Tuesday, December 8, 2009 | 0 comments

The Okeon AZA youth group gave toys for the holidays

Yesterday Jeremy Reisman came to MIFA to deliver some toys that he and the rest of the Okeon AZA youth group collected.  These toys will go to children in MIFA Housing Opportunities.  It is so meaningful for me to see Memphis' youth working together to make the holidays special for other children.  Way to go Jeremy and the Okeon AZA youth group, you truly are Something Good in Memphis.       Jeremy Reisman, representing the Okeon AZA youth group,... Read More
Posted by Thomas Robinson at Tuesday, December 8, 2009 | 1 comments

Lorna McClusky is Something Good in Memphis

Lorna McClusky is Something Good in Memphis.  "She is one of my sisters, and she has done a great job as lawyer for Memphis.  She is a great mother and a true standout in Memphis." Lorna truly is Something Good in Memphis.  Nominated by Barry Sullivan. Read More
Posted by Thomas Robinson at Tuesday, December 8, 2009 | 0 comments

Eli Cloud works hard to make Memphis better

"In addidtion to her busy career with the Memphis Restaurant Association, Eli works tirelessly for local nonprofits. She helps them raise funds, expand their volunter bases, and enhance their public awareness. Eli is an invaluable member of the Memphis community and is definitely Something Good in Memphis." Nominated by Anna Kathryn Word.     Eli Cloud is Something Good in Memphis Read More
Posted by Thomas Robinson at Friday, December 4, 2009 | 0 comments

Sonya Young helps her coworkers give back

As the chairperson for Wurzburg Inc.'s employee giving campaign, Sonya Young helped her coworkers give back and make a difference in our community. Sonya truly is Something Good in Memphis. Nominated by Richard Kohrs. Read More
Posted by Thomas Robinson at Friday, December 4, 2009 | 0 comments

Wendy Summer-Winter is Something Good in Memphis!

"Wendy and Kalki are truly Something Good in Memphis! "Wendy and her husband Kalki have adopted their amazing, but special needs niece. They rescued her from probable death and a life where her basic needs were not met. They both work diligently to make sure VG is getting the best care and having the most fun possible." Nominated by Karen Golightly. Read More
Posted by Thomas Robinson at Tuesday, December 1, 2009 | 1 comments

Alex Thesmar is a great leader and volunteer for our elderly

"Alex is Something Good in Memphis because he gathered a group of volunteers to build a wheelchair ramp for Fletcher Cleaves, a Lambuth University football player recently paralyzed in an auto accident. Alex has been building wheelchair ramps for the elderly and disabled for about 10 years with MIFA and Hands on Memphis." Nominated by Mary Claire Borys. Read More
Posted by Thomas Robinson at Tuesday, December 1, 2009 | 0 comments

Ann Hanson is helping Memphians read

Ann Hanson is truly Something Good in Memphis. Her work in the community is vital to helping Memphians read more. "Ann Hanson put her UT (University of Texas!) Library Science degree to use this past year volunteering to read to students, labeling, cataloging, shelving and completely rebuilding the Berclair Elementary School library. Now that the Berclair job is complete, Ann has moved on to Brinkley Heights Urban Academy to do the same for their new library. In addition she is seeking sources... Read More
Posted by Thomas Robinson at Tuesday, December 1, 2009 | 0 comments
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