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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

Mary Elizabeth Warner helped Henry get home!

Mary Elizabeth Warner and her son Bishop found my dog who had gotten out of the yard. They called and kept him safe until I could get there to round him up. Bishop is three years old and was so proud that he "founded Henry." Nominated by Margaret Craddock. Read More
Posted by Ellen Whitten at Thursday, April 29, 2010

Hope Pres young adults serve up hope downtown . Enough said! Nominated by Matt Oates. Read More
Posted by Ellen Whitten at Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Shun & Mary Abram make a difference in Binghampton!

Shun and Mary have made a difference in the Binghampton community by starting Binghampton Community Church. They are trying to bring a message of peace and share the good word with others. The Abrams are also dedicated to going on missions outside the U.S. to minister to others. They are definitely something good in Memphis! Nominated by Rebecca Jaffe. Read More
Posted by Ellen Whitten at Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Caroline Orr is a role model!

  Sixteen-year-old Caroline works tirelessly with kids from diverse backgrounds. She and her brother, Wilson, recently hosted an Easter Egg Hunt at the Lester Community Center for 300 neighborhood kids. She has offered her time and her labor on many missions to Africa and South America. There are not enough hours in the day for her to complete all the tasks she undertakes, but she somehow does it, and all without want of recognition. I feel fortunate for just having witnessed... Read More
Posted by Ellen Whitten at Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Cole Adams, bold entrepreneur!

I am nominating Cole because he is new to Memphis area and it takes courage to start a new business, especially not being from the area. Nominated by Jeannie Krawczyk. Read More
Posted by Ellen Whitten at Friday, April 9, 2010

Reginald Johnson helps young men succeed

Reginald Johnson believes every young man can excel and reach his highest potential. He is dedicated to empowering and encouraging young men in this city to become community leaders. He is CEO & founder of Boys Incorporation, a nonprofit youth organization housed in MIFA's Life Skills Institute on Tuesday nights from 6 to 8 p.m. Reginald was recently honored as one of MIFA's Day of Reflection and Service 2010 Program Award Winners. His first group will graduate this April. May he continue to... Read More
Posted by Ellen Whitten at Friday, April 9, 2010

Nadia Matthews, "actionaire"

Nadia Matthews is a self-proclaimed "actionaire," talented playwright, and founder of LilyRoze, Inc., an organization that encourages youth in the arts. Nadia is driven yet remains humble and down-to-earth. And she's only 21! She is definitely Something Good in Memphis! Nominated by Candace Curtis.   Nadia Matthews is Something Good in Memphis Read More
Posted by Ellen Whitten at Friday, April 9, 2010

Thomas Robinson eats local, Memphis!

He's an outstanding advocate for supporting local businesses, especially eateries, in our awesome town. His blog,, is witty as well as informational. All the local foodies appreciate his support of our Memphis food! Nominated by Kat Gordon. Read More
Posted by Ellen Whitten at Friday, April 9, 2010

Hubbard's Hardware sweats the small stuff

A bolt on the brakes of my daughter's wheelchair came off, and the brakes wouldn't work. The wheelchair people replaced it, but the new one quickly fell off too. I took the chair to Hubbard's Hardware (4321 Summer Ave., 38122), where an employee spent at least 20 minutes finding just the right thing and installing it for me. The charge was less than $2, and the bolt stayed put. It pays to shop at locally owned establishments! This kind of service just doesn't exist at the big box stores. ... Read More
Posted by Ellen Whitten at Friday, April 9, 2010

Lucy Creel is something good!

Lucy Creel is a wonderful individual who is always trying to help someone. If she hears of a need without asking she will donate to the cause. Nominated by Bessie Cohran. Read More
Posted by Ellen Whitten at Friday, April 9, 2010

Cole Adams wears Memphis on his shirt

Cole stepped up and started a new local business ( 901 Love ) dedicated to showing off Memphis through t-shirts. His shirts are share the pride of being a Memphian through clever designs. Thanks Cole for your great work. Nominated by Thomas Robinson.   One of Cole's great designs! Read More
Posted by Thomas Robinson at Thursday, April 8, 2010

Betty Welch is Something Good to her neighbors!

Betty watches over all her elderly neighbors. She makes sure their papers are on their porch, garbage cans are down in front of their houses on garbage day and checks on them on a regular basis each day. She is something Good in Memphis. Nominated by Nancy Martin. Read More
Posted by Thomas Robinson at Thursday, April 8, 2010

Super people at Super D on Poplar

Harold, Felicia, and Helga, and the rest of the dedicated staff at Super D on Poplar, have been like family to me and all their customers for many years. Besides taking care of our medication needs, they've always been there to answer questions, solve problems, laugh with us, and care about our lives and our health. We will miss them, and our prayers go with them as the store closes. Nominated by Frances Marks. Read More
Posted by Thomas Robinson at Tuesday, April 6, 2010