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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

Rev. Maggie Jorgensen is Something Good!

"Rev. Maggie is Something Good in Memphis. She challenges her congregation to grow spiritually and helps the church grow in numbers." Nominated by Anne Hagler. Read More
Posted by Thomas Robinson at Monday, March 29, 2010

Sandy Smegelsky is Something Good in Memphis!

"Sandy is Something Good in Memphis because of the way she advocates for the elderly." Sandy Smegelsky runs MIFA's Long-Term Care Ombudsman program, and she does a fantastic job. Nominated by Anne Hagler.   Here is a little information about the Long-Term Care Ombudsman program from the MIFA Website: MIFA’s Long-Term Care Ombudsman program advocates for the rights of thousands of residents in nursing homes, assisted-living facilities, and residential care homes in Shelby,... Read More
Posted by Thomas Robinson at Monday, March 29, 2010

Christian Kauffman and Cort Gatliff are biking for clean water

Christian Kauffman and Cort Gatliff are doing something special this spring.  These two MUS students are on day 21 of a cross-country bike ride to raise money for Living Water.  The money raised by this project will go towards building wells in Haiti to help bring clean water to those that don't have it.  Follow their journey on their blog ( link ). Their efforts really show that anyone can make an effort to give back and to serve. These two are definitely Something Good in... Read More
Posted by Thomas Robinson at Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Pastor Walter and Rev. Wilma Peggs and their congregation at Fullview are Something Good!

On February 27th over 330 members of Fullview Missionary Baptist Church and Fayette-Ware Comprehensive High School conducted a “Freedom Ride” by performing community service and giving over $5,000 to local charities. Pastor Walter and Rev. Wilma Peggs passed up the traditional money gifts on their anniversary and instead used it to help change the community. Their faith in action is definitely Something Good in Memphis. Nominated by Arnetta Macklin. Read More
Posted by Thomas Robinson at Thursday, March 11, 2010

Annie Hulett is making a difference for Memphis!

Annie Hulett is Something Good in Memphis. "I might be a little biased, but I would like to nominate my wife, Annie Hulett. Annie is a social worker for the state of Tennessee and she’s making a huge difference everyday in the lives of the children she serves. Annie is all about community and inspires others to embrace the idea of “One Memphis”. Annie is most definitely someone and Something Good in Memphis." Thanks Annie for being a great asset to Memphis! Nominated by Jeff Hulett. Read More
Posted by Thomas Robinson at Thursday, March 11, 2010

"Parking Lot Man" at Schnucks on Union is Something Good!

This man helps elderly people to their car, makes sure that women get to their cars safely and helps people get out of that crazy lot! Thank you Schnucks Man! Nominated Anonymously. Read More
Posted by Thomas Robinson at Thursday, March 11, 2010

The Women of the Junior League of Memphis are Something Good!!

The women of the Junior League of Memphis are truly Something Good in Memphis. They work hard to make this a better community. "The Junior League of Memphis has started, coordinated, or contributed to many of Memphis' most worthwhile organizations. The number of community projects the Junior League of Memphis has been involved in over the years totals in the hundreds. We support a variety of needs, primarily those that benefit women and children in need. One upcoming, exciting event... Read More
Posted by Thomas Robinson at Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Claire Ryan responds to Forbes

Claire Ryan has been recognized as Something Good in Memphis a couple of times already.  On Friday she sent me a copy of the letter that she sent to Steve Forbes about why she feels that Memphis is certainly not miserable.  She gave me the go ahead to share with everyone, so here it is.   Dear Mr. Forbes: I take exception to your description of Memphis as a miserable city. I relocated from Boston to Memphis in 2002 so I believe I have an eye that is not jaded by native... Read More
Posted by Thomas Robinson at Monday, March 8, 2010

Agnes Pokrandt teaches leadership in Memphis

In a search to find someone to help the inner-core of our organization to flourish, we found Agnes Pokrandt. Agnes is a unique and creative woman that finds an opportunity in every situation to produce positive results. For the past year, I have worked with Agnes as we instituted the Leadership MIFA program for our management staff. Her intelligence and energy gives her the ability to convey efficient and effective management skills and styles to all of those around her. Her attention to... Read More
Posted by Thomas Robinson at Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Mayor AC Wharton speaks up for Memphis!

Some of you might have recently read Mayor Wharton's "An Open Letter to Steve Forbes" that is making the rounds online.  Within 3 minutes I got it in a couple of emails from members of our department at work.  These are a few of the things that the people at MIFA that work on Something Good in Memphis had to say about it:   "Memphis is lucky to have Mayor Wharton. He is (among many, many other things) Something Good in Memphis!" "Now this is how every Memphian should... Read More
Posted by Thomas Robinson at Monday, March 1, 2010

Officer Dodger is a canine making Memphis safer

"I just read an article in The Commercial Appeal ( link ) about Dodger, the canine officer of the Shelby County Sheriff's Office, and I knew that he should be recognized as Something Good in Memphis.  Along with Detective Troy Simmons, Dodger has served in the field for eight years, helping to apprehend suspects and to detect narcotics.  As Dodger nears his retirement, I think it is right to recognize his work for our community."  Nominated by Thomas Robinson.   ... Read More
Posted by Thomas Robinson at Monday, March 1, 2010