Better Basics, Inc.

Rating: 4.95 stars   21 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Education

Location: 211 Summit Parkway Suite 108 Birmingham AL 35209 USA

Mission: Better Basics, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation whose mission is to advance literacy by providing reading intervention and enrichment in high-need schools.
Target demographics: children become better readers
Geographic areas served: Alabama
Programs: Reading Intervention, MORE (Motivators of Reading Enrichment, Ready 2 Read/Wise Words, Schoolwide Enrichment, Birmingham Reads, Summer Camp, and 21st Century HOPE Community Learning Centers.

2012 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

Better Basics is a wonderful organization from School wide programs to Dolly Parton's Imagination Library. They are doing so much for our children and communities.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I started volunteering with BB in the Spring of 2010 for Birmingham Reads and have been a school captain every year since 2011. I also volunteered for the Ready 2 Read program. I love reading and believe that reading well is key to success in anything in life. I really appreciate that we have an organization in Birmingham that is going into the schools to help shore up a critical foundation in the students education. I have seen that the students respond very well to BBs programs. My second grade class looked forward to reading day almost as much as I did.

I would love to see BB continue and grow. They are providing a much needed service to this community.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Better Basics has been instrumental in helping children discover the love of reading! Great organization that is committed to their mission.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

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September will be my 8th year volunteering with Better Basics. Thank the Lord for Better Basics. I volunteer at two inner-city schools reading to 2nd graders and do two MORE book rewards program. All of the staff is so appreciative and the kids are so appreciative. One day, I was in the hall of one poorer school, and some yelled out, "Hey, MORE Lady". Better Basics gives books prizes for students to start a home library. I definitely feel I am making a difference in the Birmingham City Schools.
During the summer, I clean book libraries.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

No changes. Organization is wonderful!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

It was has been my pleasure to volunteer with Better Basics through their MORE Reading Program. I have seen first hand the amazing impact this organization makes in the lives of the children we serve.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

It is a pleasure to volunteer with Better Basics every year. By providing books and other incentives to children, Better Basics instills a love of reading and ensures children are equipped with the resources necessary to be successful in school.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been volunteering with Better Basics for 12 years. I have witnessed this organization help countless children by providing enriching educational experiences. This organization provides hope for children and families. I love Better Basics!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I wouldn't make changes. The various directors are phenomenal!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a graduate student at UAB and just completed my internship with Better Basics last week. I began working with them at the beginning of June this year, and it has truly been a privilege to work with this wonderful organization. My time with the Better Basics has taught me so much about nonprofit work, but beyond the work experience it has taught me how committed all of the employees are to serving their community, specifically the children. Their programs have definitely made a positive impact among children who do not always receive the attention they deserve, and has provided these children with a positive influence which they so desperately need. I look forward to volunteering with them in the future and witnessing their success in our community!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a student at UAB and have been volunteering with this organization for about four years. I cannot express how much i truly love and admire this organization! They are doing tremendous work in our community. They have hands down the most helpful staff who are clearly passionate about making a difference in children's reading skills. They are quick to respond to communication and will help you select a volunteer program that best fits in with your schedule. They have also helped me several times with class projects! I get way too excited to volunteer with the programs, and I find myself wanting to do every single program that they offer. You will not be disappointed to work with them.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have worked in the office helping prepare materials for sudents during the last several summers. Everyone at Better Basics is truly concerned about children in our community. They are helpful and suppotive of me when I am in the office, and I'm proud to be a part of the good work that they do. They give away more than 40,000 books a year to kids that need them.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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