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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

Susan Penn promotes literacy

Ms. Susan Penn is something good in Memphis because she promotes literacy at the Memphis Library. I have had the joy of knowing her for almost all my life. I am a graduate of her Story Time. Ms. Susan reads to Memphis kids every Thursday and she is GREAT. She started a Story Time for deaf children and even earned a grant to continue. In her free time she does community service by placing signs on the sewer drains. Ms. Susan is not just great for children, she is great for our community. If you need a good book, find Ms. Susan in the children's department of the Benjamin Hooks Library. She will help you find something good. Nominated by Logan Guleff.
Posted by Ellen Whitten at 11:40 AM


7/24/2013 at 04:26 AM by Margie Nolen

Well done. Literacy is so very important. I teach children with special needs. It is extremely important to have programs that encourage all children and adults to learn to read;as well as comprehend what they read. I initiated a summer food service program and literacy program in my community for children up 18 years old. Children can come 12pm-1pm daily Mon.-Fri. for a nutritious free lunch and 4:30-5pm for a snack. They read books at these times. The children who can not read are read to by a child who can read. Reading mentors are given credit for books that they read to our striving readers. They redeem their credits each week for prizes and gifts. At the end of the summer program each participant receives a certificate of participation and inscribed on the certificate is the number of books they read during the program. The children are given a celebration of reading party and free books to take home with them. I would be interested in getting a grant for my program to make it possible to do more activities withthe children. This summer we were able to take some of the children to TSU to the Small Farm Expo where they learned about agriculture. They were given a tour of the farm and scientific information about growing fruits,vegetables, flowers, farm animals and the different bi-products that are made from farm animals. They treated the children and adult guests to a wonderful catered lunch. The professors of the agriculture departments talked about educational grants and scholarships in the field of agriculture. The children learned a great deal especially with the hands on experiments concerning soil. P.S. Thanks MIFA for all that you do in the community. I will be volunteering my time and donating to your worthy cause.

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