The Literacy Council


Dedicated to reducing illiteracy in Alabama, The Literacy Council has provided Healing Words with over five hundred free books to read aloud in medical facilities. Reader’s Digest condensed novels have cheered the days of many nursing home patients, and the Spanish versions of beloved classics like The Little Engine That Could (La Pequeña Locomotora Que Sí Pudoa) have both entertained and helped cross traditional language barriers that hinder recovery.

“At our first meeting at The Literacy Council, Steve Hannum helped me choose eighty-three children's books to begin filling the Healing Words book carts. I felt like I had won the lottery that day,” says Valerie Gribben, the Founder of Healing Words.

Phi Kappa Phi


The nation’s oldest and largest honor society, Phi Kappa Phi is dedicated to the recognition and promotion of academic excellence in all disciplines. Part of their mission “to engage the community of scholars in service to others,” Phi Kappa Phi allots a limited number of Literacy Grants to fund ongoing literacy projects or to create new initiatives. In 2007, Healing Words was awarded a $2,500 Literacy Grant.

Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre-Health Honor Society


Many Healing Words volunteers are also active in AED, UAB’s pre-health honor society. AED members participate in community outreach, such as acting as patient guides at health fairs, donating teddy bears to Jessie’s Place, and visiting nursing homes. After extensive fundraising, AED also purchased a piano for the Balm of Gilead at Cooper Green Mercy Hospital, a facility for terminally ill patients. AED holds book drives for new books that can become part of the Healing Words library.

Better Basics


Although their primary goal is to provide reading intervention and enrichment in high-need schools, Better Basics donates monthly magazine subscriptions to Healing Words. Healing Words volunteers distribute these magazines free-of-charge to hospital patients throughout Birmingham.

Barnes and Noble


Barnes and Noble sponsors an annual Bookfair for Healing Words. During Bookfairs for Healing Words, customers can apply a percentage of their purchases to Healing Words by notifying the clerk. Barnes and Noble donates 10-20% of the net purchase price for Healing Words.

United Way’s Success by 6


The nation’s largest network of early childhood coalitions, Success by 6 focuses on improving school readiness through community change. Success by 6 has donated multiple titles of several books, including the always popular Disney Read-Aloud version of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

Alabama Press Association


As the state trade association of daily and weekly newspapers in Alabama, the APA includes 25 daily newspapers and 94 non-daily newspapers. They generously donate newspapers from around the state to hospitals so that even when patients are in a strange city, they can keep up with their hometown news.