BASIC (Basic Assistance to Students In the Community) is a charitable 501(c)(3) organization committed to empowering youth and adults in the Borrego Springs community to pursue educational opportunities and achievement by providing grants, scholarships and programs that will help these students reach their potential and realize their dreams.
Over the past 20 years, BASIC has made over 300 awards totaling over $356,000 in scholarships and grants to Borrego youth and adults.
In 2015, BASIC launched two new initiatives:
(1) BASIC is the local sponsor for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, bringing age-appropriate books to children under the age of 5
(2) BASIC supports an in-the-classroom math aide for the middle school.
In the summer of 2016, BASIC launched another initiative: The Summer Reading Academy for 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade students
In the summer of 2017, BASIC lunched yet another initiative: The Summer Reading Academy for middle and high school students who need a boost as English Language Learners.
Our funds come from:
-Annual Circle of Art show and sale- a juried fine art show held in March on Christmas Circle
-Community Enhancement grants from the San Diego County Board of Supervisors
-Sale of Circle of Art posters in local stores and at the Annual Circle of Art Show
-Donations from Foundations and individuals committed to educating our youth...
please see the list of our supporters in the last tab of this website
Board of Directors
Formed 20 years ago, BASIC is comprised of current and past Borrego residents, most of whom are retired educators and all of whom are committed to helping students in this community succeed.
Barbara Coates, President; Joann Stang, Secretary; Lorry Seagrim, Recording Secretary; Urmi Ray, Corresponding Secretary; Joanne Ingwall, Chief Financial Officer; Jacque Goodrich, Chair of the Circle of Art; Sue Vescera, Chair of the Scholarship Committee; Vickie Mercer, Poster Sales Coordinator; Martha Deichler and Curt Yaws. Leave of Absence: Anne Bogardt
Circle of Art Committee: Jacque Goodrich, Chair; Sue Ammons, Jo Bruce, Linda Carle, Starr Hutchinson and Vickie Mercer
Scholarship Selection Committee: Sue Vescera, Chair; Anne Bogardt, Barbara Coates, Sharon Goldsmith, Joanne Ingwall, Jan Nicholas, Lynn Pierce, Lorry Seagrim and Curt Yaws
Local Coordinator for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library Program: Ana Hernandez
Reading Academy Committee: Joann Stang, Director; Sandy Angle, Education Director; Curt Yaws, Headmaster; Joanne Ingwall, Finance
BASIC DEPENDS ENTIRELY ON VOLUNTEERS FOR ALL OF ITS WORK