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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





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Jim Jalenak is something good!

Jim has been a civic-minded Memphian since childhood. Most recently he gave up a lucrative law practice to take a salaried position at his beloved Memphis Zoo. Having been a Board member and its President he wanted to do more for this institution, perhaps the most democratic in the city in terms of accessibility and cost. Earlier he gave much time and effort to the City School Board. He has been active and hard-working for many Jewish institutions. Throughout he has been a devoted family man, looking out for the well-being of four generations of Memphians. Memphis is a better place for having Jim Jalenak here. Nominated by Kitty Goldman.
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4/18/2015 at 08:01 PM by Enrico Dagastino

The actions of the Memphis Zoo which have contributed to the ongoing degradation of the Overton Park Greensward are questionable. The Greensward is accessible to all without cost. That certainly cannot be generally said (except for a very limited period of free admission)regarding the Memphis Zoo. The leadership of the Zoo with regard to the use of the Greensward for parking is certainly questionable.

11/8/2016 at 12:37 PM by Stevan Black

If anyone personifies "something good in Memphis" Jim Jalenak is that person. From the time I met Jim 43 years ago until today he has given generously his time and immense talent for the betterment of Memphis and its citizens. The Urban League of Memphis, the Memphis Rotary Club, Temple Israel and the Memphis Zoo are only a few of the many organizations that have benefitted from his leadership. Unlike some disgruntled, vocal, special interest advocates, if Jim Jalenak champions a cause you can be certain that it is because he believes in the cause and not because it advances his self interest.

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