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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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the good in memphis

Chey Widdop is Something Good!

Chey Widdop is most definitely Something Good in Memphis.  She has volunteered full-time for the past year and a half as the leader of the Junior League of Memphis.  She gives her time, day and night, to make sure this organization runs smoothly, raises money, and impacts the community.  Way to go Chey! You truly exemplify Something Good in Memphis.  Nominated by Amy Beth Dudley. Read More
Posted by Thomas Robinson at Wednesday, September 30, 2009 | 0 comments

Joann Self Selvidge preserves our art history

Joann Self Selvidge is Something Good in Memphis.  Her inspiring work through True Story Pictures makes our community better.  Her Arts Interviews Series preserves the memories of special members of our area arts community, and gives us all a richer picture of Memphis.  Nominated by Sally Heinz. Read More
Posted by Thomas Robinson at Wednesday, September 30, 2009 | 0 comments

Lynda Smith is a great volunteer leader

Lynda Smith is a volunteer leader with the Germantown Charity Horse Show. She served as its President last summer and the summer before. In this role she donated hours of her time to make sure that the event was its usual best. She is a true asset to the horse show organization and our community. She works with the steady enthusiasm that comes from a person who has a true passion for what they are doing. The Germantown Charity Horse Show is a fully volunteer driven organization that donates its... Read More
Posted by Thomas Robinson at Wednesday, September 30, 2009 | 0 comments

Ronald Herd II preserves history for us all

Ronald Herd is Something Good in Memphis. He has a passion for preserving African American History and helping those who don't have a voice. He has been instrumental in bring Jimmie Lunceford back to life. by starting the first annual festival in his name, recognizing his birthday, and creating a blog site for information on Mr. Lunceford. He has also made an impact on gathering other musicians. His first book, James Reese Europe: Jazz Lieutenant was named to The Smithsonian Institute's... Read More
Posted by Thomas Robinson at Wednesday, September 30, 2009 | 0 comments

Kevin Brumfield gives a glimpse of Memphis' future

 Kevin Brumfield is Something Good in Memphis. After one visit to Sneak Peek Memphis, Kevin's clothing store, Jordan Mykleby wrote "I honestly don't think you know guys know exactly what you are doing for people. You guys are inspiring every one that steps a toe in your door." Beyond a clothing store, with Kevin's vision, Sneak Peek has become a safe haven and a hub for a youthful creative community. The store has hosted Memphis Mayoral Candidate talks to engage 18-30 year olds in politics... Read More
Posted by Thomas Robinson at Wednesday, September 30, 2009 | 0 comments

Jean Handley is a pioneer for peace

Jean is a tireless pioneer for peace and justice working in communities and with organizations to bring restorative processes in practice. She is the executive director and founder of Turning Point Partners. Jean spends her days training individuals and organizations in active listening, peace building skills, and community building practices. After losing her home in Hurricane Katrina, Jean moved to Memphis and began building a network of organizations to help with the process of healing and... Read More
Posted by Thomas Robinson at Monday, September 28, 2009 | 0 comments

Joseph Jaffe is a hero, who serves and protects

Joseph Jaffe is Something Good in Memphis and DeSoto County. He is a dedicated reserve officer for DeSoto County's Sheriff's Department for the last several years, helping keep our community safe. He is always willing to help someone who is in a bind. A couple months ago, he stopped on the side of Interstate 240 to help a woman whose car engine caught on fire. He doused the flames before the fire department arrived then went back to work! He is always helping people, and never expects anything... Read More
Posted by Thomas Robinson at Monday, September 28, 2009 | 0 comments

Brian Elder & Jay Young are always willing to help

Brian Elder and Jay Young are Something Good in Memphis.  They are always there to try to help someone in need. If you call them with a problem they do everything possible to help you. Nominated by Ken Johnson. Read More
Posted by Thomas Robinson at Monday, September 28, 2009 | 0 comments

Missy Womack is Something Good!

Missy Womack has been a loyal CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteer September 2007. She is diligent in her investigation of cases and her promoting of CASA and the agency's mission. She also aspires to a teacher and work with elementary students. She is Something Good in Memphis. Nominated by Chinita Moore. Read More
Posted by Thomas Robinson at Monday, September 28, 2009 | 0 comments

Beverly Watkins notices those that others don't

Beverly has two organizations that recognize people around us that are often overlooked. Those Who Labor Among Us honors people in our community in the childcare, care-giving, food service and janitorial/building support professions. She also has an organization that honors women in our community who have lived for over 80 years. She has made a difference in the lives of many that otherwise might be overlooked. Beverly Watkins is truly Something Good in Memphis. Nominated by Pamela Marshall. Read More
Posted by Thomas Robinson at Friday, September 25, 2009 | 0 comments

Dana Davis is always up to Something Good

Whether she is at work or helping out in her free time Dana Davis is Something Good in Memphis. Dana spends her weekdays traveling for ALSAC. In her role as a philanthropic adviser, she meets with elderly donors in several different states. She is frequently their only company for the day and spends her time talking with them about the work going on at St. Jude or anything they might want to share. During the weekend, she volunteers with the Memphis Animal Shelter. Most Saturdays she can be... Read More
Posted by Thomas Robinson at Friday, September 25, 2009 | 0 comments

Chris Allen brings fun to Memphis

Chris Allen makes Memphis fun. Chris is Something Good in Memphis. Nominated by Jane Shepard. Read More
Posted by Thomas Robinson at Friday, September 25, 2009 | 2 comments

Josh Hammond is always willing to help out

Josh is Something Good in Memphis. He is always willing to help out with a good cause. Thanks Josh, for supporting your community! Nominated by Sally Heinz. Read More
Posted by Thomas Robinson at Friday, September 25, 2009 | 0 comments

Carol Wiley is Something Good!

Carol is the Director of the A Way Out program, which ministers to the emotional, physical, psychological and spiritual issues of women who are trying to escape the sex-for-sale industry. This program is sponsored by Citizens for Community Values, Inc. of Memphis. Carol Wiley is Something Good in Memphis. Nominated by Jennie Brooks. Read More
Posted by Thomas Robinson at Friday, September 25, 2009 | 0 comments

LeShundra Finley shows kids that they can

LeShundra Finley is one of the founders of UCAN, which works to strengthen young adolescents through mentoring, personal development, and education that will bring forth a positive impact in the community. Leshundra Finley is Something Good in Memphis. Nominated by Andria Lewis. Read More
Posted by Thomas Robinson at Friday, September 25, 2009 | 0 comments

Mark VanLeit works tirelessly for Memphis’ students

Mark VanLeit is Something Good in Memphis. As a former public defender and children's advocate in New Mexico, Mark's passion continues in his work as a Special Education teacher at MCS. He spends countless hours in prayer and dedication in finding just the right learning tool for each child. In addition, he serves at Bellevue Baptist Church in the Homebound ministry, visiting senior citizens and volunteers each week for a 3-year program dedicated to digitizing all of Dr. Adrian Rogers sermons. ... Read More
Posted by Thomas Robinson at Friday, September 25, 2009 | 0 comments

Gwyn Fisher impacts Memphis every day

Gwyn works nearly 24/7 to help connect, engage, and support young professionals in Memphis. She helps transplants and Memphis natives alike to connect to each other and to the great civic and cultural activities in our community. Her work at MPACT Memphis helps people feel like they belong here, and it helps them not only enjoy Memphis but also to make a difference here. Gwyn Fisher is Something Good in Memphis. Nominated by Jenny Sharpe. Read More
Posted by Thomas Robinson at Friday, September 25, 2009 | 0 comments

Eric Mathews helps entrepreneurs take off

When not working at his day job, Eric Mathews supports entrepreneurship in Memphis by highlighting entrepreneurial activities and nurturing new tech start-ups through Launch Memphis. Eric Mathews is Something Good in Memphis. Nominated by Jenny Sharpe. Read More
Posted by Thomas Robinson at Friday, September 25, 2009 | 4 comments

Jenni Helms is an Autism Angel

Jenni created a place in Memphis where children on the Autism Spectrum can learn, laugh, play, and just be themselves. She is an awesome Autism Angel! Jenni Helms is Something Good in Memphis. Nominated by Katie Steinbrecher.     Jenni Helms is Something Good in Memphis   Jenni Helms Read More
Posted by Thomas Robinson at Friday, September 25, 2009 | 1 comments

Christopher Reyes showcases Memphians’ talents

Chris works tirelessly at Live From Memphis to showcase unsung creative talent and to cultivate and support creativity in our great city. His work is an essential piece to our city’s growth as we work to retain and recruit talent. Christopher Reyes is Something Good in Memphis. Nominated by Jenny Sharpe. Read More
Posted by Thomas Robinson at Friday, September 25, 2009 | 0 comments

Tommy Cox is Something Good in Memphis

Tommy Cox is Something Good in Memphis. When he's not serving his dental patients with care and devotion that seems all too rare in healthcare today, he's doing mission trips to bring much needed dental care to impoverished communities around the world. And he's always the first in line with a prayer or helping hand for a friend in need. Nominated by Russ Williams. Read More
Posted by Thomas Robinson at Thursday, September 24, 2009 | 0 comments

Mike Mathias helps families find independence

Mike Mathias is Something Good in Memphis.  As packaging executive by day and a community servant by night, Mike teaches single mothers how to become financially independent at MIFA's Life Skills Institute. His service is humble, but his impact is great. Nominated by Russ Williams. Read More
Posted by Thomas Robinson at Thursday, September 24, 2009 | 0 comments

Paul Sax helps Memphians cross the finish line

Paul gives so much of his time to promote healthy living here in Memphis. For the last 20+ years on Tuesday nights at the U of M track he has lead track workouts for all type of runners who want to try and run their first 5k or their first marathon. He ask for nothing in return, and anyone with a pair of shoes can join in. Paul Sax devotes so much to help people achieve their potential and accomplish goals that might not have been possible without his help. He also is the Director of the 5 Mile... Read More
Posted by Thomas Robinson at Thursday, September 24, 2009 | 2 comments

Wendy Benson volunteers for Memphis

Wendy Benson is a advocate supporter of MIFA and the Memphis community. She is always giving time and resources to help others, and that's just the tip of the iceberg. She is a great and loving person in so many ways. Wendy Benson is Something Good in Memphis. Nominated by Erika Lewis. Read More
Posted by Thomas Robinson at Thursday, September 24, 2009 | 0 comments

Katie Hobson loves and serves Memphis

Katie is a lover of all things Memphis and is an advocate for our city and its people. She is a dear disciple of Jesus and believes in racial reconciliation and the opportunities afforded by education. Katie works with Streets' Mission Graduation to encourage students to stay in school. Katie Hobson is Something Good in Memphis. Nominated by Abby Yandell. Read More
Posted by Thomas Robinson at Thursday, September 24, 2009 | 0 comments

Roger Bowen looks out for the youth

Roger started a group, Binghampton Senior Watch, to assist the crossing guards in helping children cross the street safely as they go to and from school. In the afternoon he also passes out books to the neighborhood children because he wants to encourage children to read. He is Something Good in Memphis. Nominated by Juanita White.     Roger Bowen is Something Good in Memphis Read More
Posted by Thomas Robinson at Thursday, September 24, 2009 | 0 comments

Karla Nitz leads Spirit Girls Club

Karla Nitz is founder of the Spirit Girls Club in Orange Mound for girls aged 6 through 10 years. With the help of a student from U of M, Karla provides activities and Bible lessons to young girls. She has a great heart and is a great worker – she’s something good in Memphis! Nominated by Jack Everett. Read More
Posted by Thomas Robinson at Thursday, September 24, 2009 | 0 comments

Kate Langsen has a heart for service

Kate Langsen is Something Good in Memphis. She has been an active MIFA Meals volunteer for almost 20 years. Kate has also done a great job of getting others to serve. Her nominator (and friend) Ruth Muhs has been volunteering at MIFA for 13 years. Kate truly has a heart for service, and Memphis is much the better for it. Nominated by Ruth Muhs. Read More
Posted by Thomas Robinson at Thursday, September 24, 2009 | 0 comments

Bill Quin has long been Something Good in Memphis

Billy Quin delivered MIFA Meals until he was almost 80 years old.  He served as a volunteer for over 15 years, delivering Meals to Memphians once a week.  His service and dedication make him truly Something Good in Memphis.  Nominated by Susan Deese. Read More
Posted by Thomas Robinson at Thursday, September 24, 2009 | 0 comments

Tara and Steven Miller are Something Good!

The Millers, who own Midtown Taekwondo, are the very essence of the tenets of this martial art. They are helping to create a strong, confident city, by creating strong, confident individuals. Their fun yet disciplined approach to teaching is turning out Memphians who are courteous, who have integrity, who will persevere, who use self-control, and who possess an indomitable spirit. They set the bar high and help everyone to push their limits to meet those expectations. The Millers are Something... Read More
Posted by Thomas Robinson at Thursday, September 24, 2009 | 0 comments
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