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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!


Nominating is quick and easy – just fill out our simple form! Nominate 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!


MIFA's vision: Uniting the community through service. MIFA's mission: Supporting the independence of vulnerable seniors and families in crisis through high-impact programs. MIFA's values: Welcome and respect all people. Act with integrity. Value individual initiative and ability. Serve individuals and the community as an act of faith. Balance humanitarian goals with sound business practices.





the good in memphis

Jennifer Parris makes a splash!

Jennifer Parris is a member of the advisory board for Make a Splash Mid-South, a non-profit that's helping minority children learn to swim. Formed after the tragic deaths of two Memphis teens in 2008, the organization is committed to providing free or low-cost swim lessons, encouraging minority participating in swimming and supporting lifeguard training. Efforts are based on research from the University of Memphis that shows African-American and Latino children are more likely to drown compared... Read More
Posted by Ellen Whitten at Monday, February 21, 2011 | 0 comments

Betsy Szulewski is something good!

Betsy quit her job as a drug rep to raise her twins, worked with inner-city children at First Methodist Church First works, and since my father passed away, she joined Capleville Methodist, my mother's church, and started a food bank there. She feeds many in the area and has made a difference in the lives of many who have just watched her in action. The difference she is making is love in action. She is a lovely and selfless person and sister. Nominated by Lisa Pittman. Read More
Posted by Ellen Whitten at Monday, February 21, 2011 | 0 comments

Brenna O'Malley has a heart of gold

I first met Brenna through a mutual friend right after I moved to Memphis. When I met Brenna I knew right off the bat that she was someone who had a heart of gold and whose presence could change the mood in any setting to a more positive one. Through Brenna I became involved with First Works, an organization that works with inner city children from Memphis in providing them with love and care. Brenna introduced me to a cause that not only allows me to help others but she introduced me to a cause... Read More
Posted by Ellen Whitten at Friday, February 18, 2011 | 0 comments

Justin Lawhead inspires future leaders

Justin Lawhead's work as the Associate Dean of Student Leadership and Involvement at the University of Memphis has been instrumental in advancing and initiating multiple engaged scholarship and service learning programs. He has inspired hundreds of future leaders and social entrepreneurs to serve others before themselves as the head adviser to the Emerging Leaders Scholarship program, and he is the reason that the LeaderShape Institute now hosts a course in Memphis every year. Nominated by... Read More
Posted by Ellen Whitten at Wednesday, February 16, 2011 | 0 comments

Kenneth Brown is his brother's keeper

  Hometown Hero, Kenneth Brown "His Brother's Keeper" When you first meet Kenneth Brown his unhurried, joking manner and easy smile paints the picture of a contented person. One would be hard pressed to guess how this laid back man spends his time - the many hats he wears professionally and spiritually. Kenneth Brown, a true servant leader, lives his life to serve his community - Shelby County. By profession, he is a proud fire fighter. Ken has been saving lives for the Memphis... Read More
Posted by Ellen Whitten at Monday, February 14, 2011 | 0 comments

MIFA Executive Director Sally Heinz

New MIFA Executive Director Sally Jones Heinz is definitely something good in Memphis! Sally is an incredible leader, and we know she will do great things for MIFA. Nominated by the MIFA team.   See articles in The Commercial Appeal and The Memphis Daily News . Read More
Posted by Ellen Whitten at Friday, February 11, 2011 | 0 comments

Thank you, River Oaks Garden Club!

  When approached by volunteers at Mary Galloway Home, former River Oaks Garden Club President Patti Callan and the members of the club graciously agreed to plant a garden for the residents of the Mary Galloway Home. Mary Anne Machin, a member of the club, took the lead on this project. She and other members of the club donated their time, expertise, plants, and containers for the second story patio. They purchased teak furniture and some lightweight tables and chairs for the patio,... Read More
Posted by Ellen Whitten at Friday, February 4, 2011 | 0 comments