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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

Follow Ethan's lead!

To donate your piggy bank at five years of age really shows what a wonderful young boy Ethan truly is. I hope that more people will follow Ethan's lead and donate to MIFA. Nominated by Matthew Biscari. Read More
Posted by Ellen Whitten at Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Five-year-old Ethan gives to MIFA

 Update: Ethan was interviewed by ABC24 yesterday.  “I heard he wanted to give his money to people that needed it,” said Ethan’s 13 year old brother Joseph, “so I’m proud of you.” Here is a link to the full article . Here is the video:  Thanks Ethan!     Five-year-old Ethan Biscari came to MIFA during the week of Christmas to donate his piggy bank savings. It's so wonderful to see children thinking of others during this... Read More
Posted by Ellen Whitten at Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Tom & Mary Susan Capon give back

Throughout the year Tom Capon and his wife Mary Susan collect money, and material donations, in order to purchase children's toys. At the beginning of December Tom and Mary Susan open a temporary store and stock it with the donated and purchased items and make everything available at very low prices. But what makes this venture unique is that the store is in the area around Thomas and Chelsea. And the purpose of his venture is to help those with resources provide nice and new presents for their... Read More
Posted by Ellen Whitten at Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Memphis Grizzlies spread Christmas cheer

The Memphis Grizzlies held their annual toy drive last night to benefit MIFA's Holiday Hope Chest program, which provides gifts for the children living in MIFA housing . As always, the event was a huge success--the setup was fantastic, the players generously gave their time to sign autographs for guests, and we received tons of great toys to pass on to the children in our program. Thank you, Memphis Grizzlies, for giving so much to MIFA in this continued partnership. Nominated by the MIFA... Read More
Posted by Ellen Whitten at Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Erica Ribicki-Bizon, good from Chicago to Memphis

Less than a year ago, Erica moved from Chicago to Memphis not for a job or because her family moved here, but because she wanted to live in Memphis. Since she arrived, she has embraced her new home so much so that she and her husband are looking to buy a home. In the meantime, she has been an outspoken proponent of all things Memphis on the review site and consistently provides reviews and points of view that espouse the values of Memphis. Nominated by Richard Smith. Read More
Posted by Ellen Whitten at Tuesday, December 21, 2010

SunTrust volunteers are something good!

SunTrust volunteers are great corporate citizens who give back to many worthwhile causes in the community. Their Solid Gives Back program is really something special. The Church Health Center is grateful for their help with the holiday card fundraiser. Nominated by Jeff Hulett. Read More
Posted by Ellen Whitten at Friday, December 17, 2010

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Alpha Eta Zeta Chapter: Something good since 1939

I am nominating a group of women who have been been providing good deeds in Memphis, TN, since 1939. This group is Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. - Alpha Eta Zeta Chapter. Since their start in Memphis they started an eyeglass initiative where they provided glasses to underprivileged youth. They have also housed a Stork's Nest which provided prenatal education and clothing for newborn till the child is school-age. Just this past weekend they collected toys for families receiving services at the... Read More
Posted by Ellen Whitten at Monday, December 13, 2010

Jessica Jones, MIFA's artist-in-residence

  MIFA's awesome graphic designer, Jessica Jones, included a shot of downtown Memphis in one of our two card designs this year . Her work was inspired by the Something Good in Memphis campaign and helps us spread the word about MIFA while showing folks how great Memphis is. Memphis Downtowner magazine liked the art so much, they used it on their cover this month. Way to go, Jessica! Nominated by the MIFA team. Read More
Posted by Ellen Whitten at Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Gayle Rose, humanitarian

Gayle Rose is something good in Memphis because of her consistent humanitarianism, most recently taking the form of Team Max's "strike force philanthropy." Nominated by Bob Neimeyer. Read More
Posted by Ellen Whitten at Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Cherryl Deveaux & HUSTLE Festival are something good!

  Cherryl, a police officer, served in the neighborhood near MIFA for 7 years, and was deeply moved by the people she got to know who had given up hope of ever having a better life. She realized that what many of them needed most was encouragement and knowledge about resources available to help them. In October 2009, with the help of many sponsors, she initiated the HUSTLE Festival, an event to help embrace, educate, and empower the urban community by connecting people with... Read More
Posted by Ellen Whitten at Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Mandy Tenent is a hero for St. Jude

Mandy is running in the St. Jude half marathon this weekend, and she's done a great job of raising money for the hospital by participating in the Heroes program. Thanks to Mandy for showing great dedication on and off the race course! Nominated by Thomas Robinson. Read More
Posted by Ellen Whitten at Friday, December 3, 2010

Sandra House runs Race for Grace!

Sandra was the chairperson for this year's 14th annual Race for Grace benefiting the Church Health Center. Under her leadership, the race was the most successful one yet! Thanks, Sandra! Nominated by Richard H. Kohrs. Read More
Posted by Ellen Whitten at Friday, December 3, 2010