Expanding Horizons Events

The University of Iowa Students Volunteer With Beyond Basics

The University of Iowa has been volunteering with Beyond Basics for the past three years. Every year, a group of students decide to take an “alternative spring break” and donate their time to helping others instead of taking time for themselves.


The students enjoy typing up the stories for the kids in our programs, helping read to the kids with reading buddies, and sorting books that were donated from our book drive. Beyond Basics is grateful for The University of Iowa students for taking the time to continuously support our organization and help the kids in our programs. We are excited to keep working with the student volunteers for next year!

Leadership Day at Baker College of Auburn Hills

Baker College of Auburn Hills hosted a Leadership Day with Beyond Basics for 80 9th grade Mumford High School students. There were three community leaders who spoke during the event at Baker College. Those speakers included Henry Ford III, Marketing Manager for Ford Performance, Ford Motor Company; Jack Aronson, Founder of Garden Fresh Gourmet and Clean Planet Foods; and Cleamon Moorer Jr., DBA, Dean of the College of Business, Baker College.

The Leadership Day gave students the opportunity to learn from three successful community leaders. The speakers discussed the importance of personal goals and professional skill needed for the workplace that could help shape each students’ future. The speakers each demonstrated the importance of how literacy in high schools can set the students up for a successful future and life.

Coat Drive 2016

Beyond Basics held our annual coat drive for 2016. There were over 500 coats distributed to students in Metropolitan Detroit. If these coats were not provided, the students in Detroit would have been without coats this winter. Thank you to our 2016 corporate partners: Jaffe, Raitt, Heuer & Weiss; Detroit Pencil Company; UHY LLP; Pearl Cleaners; Freudenberg; and Monroe. Thank you to all additional donors for helping to keep the students in Detroit warm this winter and for putting smiles on their faces.

Thank you to all our corporate sponsors for their participation in our Annual Coat Drive for 2016!

UHY Art With The Masters At Burton

The volunteers at UHY participated in the Art with the Masters program with students from the Beyond Basics programs. The volunteers helped the students create their artwork.