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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

Category: Nonprofit

Joy Jefferson is promoting joy!

  Joy is making a difference in the Raliegh and Frayser area of Memphis. She is a full-time cop and in her free time she founded a nonprofit mentoring program for girls ages 12-17 dealing with adversities. Check out PromotingJOY Mentoring at her website, for more details about Joy and how she is making a difference in Memphis. Nominated by Derrick Knowlton. Read More
Posted by Ellen Whitten at Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Leonard Blakely makes Memphis better

Leonard is making Memphis a better place to live. He is involved in the Neighborhood Watch program and acts as a mentor for the Juvenile Court GOAL program. Leonards also spends hours on Mondays delivering MIFA Meals on Wheels to homebound seniors. Nominated by Rick Finkey. Read More
Posted by Ellen Whitten at Monday, August 6, 2012

George McGaha is an active volunteer

George McGaha is something good in Memphis. He is active in the city as a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity. He also spends many hours a week delivering hot meals to MIFA Meals on Wheels clients. Nominated by Rick Finkey. Read More
Posted by Ellen Whitten at Monday, August 6, 2012

Alfred Garrett changes lives through literacy

  Alfred is the Director of Adult Programs at Literacy Mid-South. Every day, Alfred and his staff are helping adults who can't read. Because of his innovative approaches to the program, we are helping more students every day achieve their dreams. They are getting their GEDs, their driver's license, and their citizenship. They can read to their children now, understand prescription bottles, and fill out job applications. Alfred is so dedicated to the cause and has brought such energy to... Read More
Posted by Ellen Whitten at Monday, December 19, 2011

Terre Gorham is something good downtown!

She volunteers her time selflessly to the Memphis Farmer's Market and other non-profit organizations. Terre is a true believer in diversity and promoting Memphians through her work as the editor of the Downtowner Magazine . Nominated by Barbara Standing. Read More
Posted by Ellen Whitten at Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Melvena Leake, hero for the homeless

  Melvena Leake is a hero for her work with homeless women ex-offenders in greater Memphis. In 1999, after retiring from her career as a high-school English teacher, she founded Karat Place, a residential rehabilitation program. Here she provides a safe, clean, attractive home and a structure for women coming out of prison to learn basic skills and self-discipline. Mrs. Leake balances providing a loving environment with instilling a sense of responsibility that allows these women to... Read More
Posted by Ellen Whitten at Monday, August 22, 2011