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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

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.
Posted by Ellen Whitten at 16:38