Great organization to become involved with. Giving children opportunities by tutoring those struggling to read. It is very rewarding to help Beyond Basics do what they do best, teach children to read.
Everyone in this organization works hard to bring literacy to Detroit and Pontiac students. It was a pleasure being part of a team when it was easy and convenient for me! I would encourage others to volunteer and donate!
This is my second school year volunteering weekly with the children at the Woodside Pontiac Dream Center. It has been a most positive experience for me, exceeding my expectations. The dedication to the children by the Beyond Basics people and the staff of the Woodside Dream Center is consistent and tangible. These respectful kids are receptive to instruction, direction and any food there is to eat! There seem to be more and more children each week receiving not only help with reading and writing but being fed, loved and given guidance in living life through on the spot counseling and team sports like basketball. The parents or guardians almost always are picking up happy energized young people at the end of the session. These are just my observations one evening a week! I believe the Dream Center is open 7 days a week. Lord willing, I hope to be a part of this work for a long, long time. - Deb McCormick
I served as a weekly reading and writing volunteer at Barbara Jordan Elementary School in Detroit. It was my job to help students with their writing projects — and through a focused effort, we made that happen.
The Beyond Basics directors were friendly, courteous, helpful, and gave all of us volunteers solid direction to best assist the children.
In the past, I've volunteered with other organizations that felt self-serving — yet Beyond Basics is quite the opposite. True altruism. No self-congratulory pats on the back or expensive dinners. Just hard work and grit.
Volunteers work directly with the students, and are encouraged to use their individual strengths to connect with their students. It is not a rigid, stodgy program and drew lots of professionals to lend a hand. I have recommended this program to every colleague of mine looking to lend a hand.
I volunteered 2 years at Thirkell elementary and it was truly a wonderful and fulfilling experience working with the BB staff and students. This program had truly inspired kids at Thirkell to read and It was amazing to see the same kids increase their vocabulary and show immense interest in reading. Beyond Basics...Keep up the good work!!!
I volunteered earlier this year for Beyond Basics Reading Buddies. The program was great and met very friendly staff. They do a good job helping kids find things they like in school and get them motivated.
I volunteered for Beyond Basics last year and truly enjoyed my experience at Burton Elementary. Reading and creating stories with children is such a reward. Jessie runs things for the program at the school and always brings such positive energy. She has done a great job making these programs come alive for the children and for us volunteers. Looking forward to this year. Thank you Beyond Basics.
Volunteering for Beyond Basics is an easy and rewarding way to make a difference in the lives of kids who could benefit from a little extra help. The hours are flexible, so I can volunteer around my work and school schedule.
I volunteered with Beyond Basics last year at an elementary/middle school in Detroit as the role of "Reading Buddies". What an amazing organization Beyond Basics is. You can tell that these volunteers have a real passion for what they do and really do make a massive impact on all of those who they come in contact with. Seeing how much the kids improve by sitting with volunteers, reading, and having fun with their daily tasks is amazing. This organization should not go unrecognized. I strongly recommend anyone and everyone to be apart of this team.
I am just beginning to volunteer at Beyond Basics but love the chance to make a difference with one time or infrequent activities. So many programs have one day a year or you need to commit to a set schedule. My life is sporadic and this programs appreciates what I can do each time. I know I will volunteer more often as I so respect this program.