What we do at my Better Benefits . . .
seventeen years, the team that manages my Better Benefits has been
developing and implementing employee savings programs, the
culmination of which is my Better Benefits, now the largest and most
comprehensive program of its kind in the Northeast - offering over
3,500 ways to save including a unique
cash back rewards program for
are governed by an independently elected Board of Directors.
mission of my Better Benefits is "to work in partnership with member
organizations to create a more informed and caring workforce - one
aware and invigorated by a deeper understanding of resources
available to employees and the community at large."
my Better Benefits
was formed for the charitable purpose of aiding underprivileged
children in the communities we serve who are in need of food,
medical attention, clothing, and shelter by providing direct
contributions and contributions of gifts in kind to organizations
that provide housing, family support services, food and medical
attention to children and their families. mBB is to be an
informational resource for human resource and benefits professionals
of participating companies who seek to improve the welfare of
children in their communities, enhance their benefits offerings to
volunteers and families, and improve the professionalism of their
staff by providing wellness and recreational offerings,
sponsoring workshops and seminars on wellness. We have been
providing savings and discounts to our membership since 2002.
In 2014, we became a not-for-profit and in 2015, we were formally
granted charitable organization status by the IRS.
Benefits is a tax exempt organization under Internal
Revenue Code Section 501(c)3. Our designation makes us
entirely unique among
organizations of our type and is the major point of difference
between our organization and others. We exist to serve, not to
make a profit.
Support . .
Better Benefits is
supported by the most generous donations from:
DONORS ($2,500 or more annually)
Budget Rent A Car
SUPPORTERS ($1,000 to $2,499 annually):
Theme Park Resort
SUPPORTERS ($500 to $999 annually):
Forest Water Safari
Rochester Red Wings
SUPPORTERS ($250 to $499 annually):
H & R Block
Phillipson's Outfitters for the Great Outdoors
Jackson Hewitt Tax
Killington Ski Resort
Marineland of Canada
Roseland Wake &
Six Flags New England
African Lion Safari
Buckmans Car Wash
DELL University /
Village and Museum
Rochester Museum and
SeaWorld Parks &
Six Flags Great
United Way Day of
Caring (anonymous donors)
Water Country USA,
A special thank
you to the above organizations for their contributions that went above
and beyond the norm in supporting our activities to benefit children
in the communities we serve.
How we operate . . .
Better Benefits is
a professional organization started by the team that ran RARES for
12 years. We recognized the need for a much more
comprehensive and effective program and started mBB in 2014 to offer
significantly more to companies and their employees than other
organizations offered and to give back to children in the
communities we served. Service and responsiveness has always
been the hallmark of the team that leads mBB and no other
organization can match us in those respects.
In addition to our charitable activities,
mBB was created in part to assist in offering
employee benefits and savings on products and services to its
membership. Our offerings are not just local, but regional and
national in scope. For example, we work with organizations such
as Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics (Johnson & Johnson) and Xerox to not
only provide savings to their employees in New York but also
throughout the U.S. including savings on movie theatres, car
rentals, hotels, and hundreds of amusement and water parks
nationwide. Our wide variety of programs and services include
human resource seminars and educational offers for the HR & Benefits
fields. Our program is the largest of its kind in the area with more
participating companies and more than five times as
many savings opportunities for our membership.
Our member companies nominate a representative to
serve as their contact point with my Better Benefits and who disseminates
information to that company's employees. Most of these representatives
are Human Resource Directors or Benefits Specialists who work in employee
benefits, services, and/or recreation fields. In its simplest state, mBB
exists to both increase employee retention and build corporate morale.
We are a cost effective means of offering an additional employee benefit to
my Better Benefits solicits contributions and
raises funds from its members in order to complete its mission. It
also solicits membership fees from to
support the undertakings of the organization which include educational
activities in the areas of human resource management and employee relations
as well as charitable undertakings aimed at providing access to recreation
venues for underprivileged youth in our region. We give back to our
community - complimentary tickets, reduced or free memberships to companies
working with children and youth in the communities we served. In 2016
we donated back over 35% of our revenues in this fashion.
Our CEO and staff have provided assistance either in the form of direct
contributions or gifts-in-kind to support the activities of organizations
such as RSVP, Lifespan, the Center for Youth, the Center for Disability
Rights, The Golisano Children's Hospital, The Childfirst Network, Action for
a Better Community, the Society for the Protection and Care of Children, the
Pediatric Unit and the Pediatric Heart Unit at Rochester General Hospital
(Sands-Constellation Heart Institute), the Friends of Strong Hospital, Big
Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Rochester, Foodlink,
Mary Cariola Children's Center, Planned Parenthood, Aids Care Rochester (now
Trillium Health), Canandaigua YMCA, Rochester YMCA, Easter
Seals of NY, Highland Hospital, Bushnell's Basin Volunteer Fire Department, Artisan Works, WXXI, Jazz 90.1, the Genesee Country
Village and Museum, YMCA of Greater Rochester, Henrietta Volunteer Fire
Department and the Children's Tumor
Foundation at the University of Rochester.
We like to say that my Better Benefits
is many things to many people. First and foremost, we are an
organization dedicated to promoting and bettering the benefits packages of
our member companies and improving the professionalism of their HR &
Benefits staffs. That's why we were founded and that's why we continue
statement notes that my Better Benefits is dedicated to promoting
Employee Services and Recreational programs as an integral factor in
sound business management principles and workforce readiness
by providing education, networking
and resources to those of you responsible for employee morale
programs. That's a mouthful, but it does summarize why we do
what we do. We're more than just savings opportunities for our
members. By providing adjunct services such as wellness
programs and savings on health benefits, we endeavor to be part of
an integral solution to a companies benefits needs. We're here
to raise morale. That's what we do and we do it well!
Employee morale managers typically work
in the human resource departments of organizations. They are
responsible for managing employee services, including recreation
programs, community services, recognition programs, event planning,
convenience services, and travel offerings. Employee Morale and
Recreation Association exists to enhance the employee services
profession through education, peer networking and discounts on
products and services.
As a key part of what
it does, my Better Benefits offers
products and services to its membership. The organization hosts
professional development seminars on topics ranging from human resource
issues to those involving marketing and production. To these HR benefits representatives who serve as the interface between my Better Benefits office and their
respective companies, we are an invaluable resource - providing cost
effective employee benefits with ease.
To our more than
individual members (and their families), we are a source of savings on everything from
food to legal services to amusement and recreation.
To the companies who join
my Better Benefits to promote their products or services through the discounts offered to
our larger membership, the association is the most cost effective method of
promotion available. Member companies may
pay a membership fee to be a current member of the organization. The
organization may obtain revenue (i.e., commissions) from purchases of online
merchandise offered at a discount on the web site.
mBB does endorse the
vendors who are members of my Better Benefits and encourages members to
support these organizations with their purchases. Likewise, we
investigate complaints of alleged issues with offerings and asks that
the membership report any concerns immediately to my Better Benefits office.
my Better Benefits will make every effort to review and if necessary mediate
a resolution and may take action for violations including revocation of
membership for violations of policy and procedures. We've existed as a
corporate entity since 2006.
What is the Purpose of my Better Benefits?
purpose of my Better Benefits is to bring together individuals and
companies seeking savings on their everyday purchases with vendors who are
wiling to provide our membership with savings. We exist to supplement the benefits offerings of our
respective employer members.
Why are we better?
simply put, we've been doing this a long time. Seventeen years
ago, we took over the management of another organization that was near
bankruptcy. Over the course of 12 years, we built that
organization into what was in 2014, the largest and best run entity in
NY state. In late 2014, we lost a proxy fight and were fired
from that organization. Then members of that Board formed my
Better Benefits. Within one year, we were larger than our
former employer. Within two years, 68% of the companies that had
once been part of that organization switched their benefits programs
to my Better Benefits. After three years, the % of HR & Benefits
managers who switched their program to mBB was over 80%. Today,
we are the largest program of our kind in the Northeast and rival most
national organizations. For a point-by-point detailed
comparison, take a look
my Better Benefits
Your Current Program
site updated daily
Regular weekly newsletter
site optimized for mobile
Online purchasing from your mobile device
credit for human resource professionals
Exclusive local & regional offers - Rochester Air Show,
Marineland, Rochester Museum and Science Center, Genesee Country
Village and Museum,
Fantasy Island, Schoen Auto, Geva Theatre Center, RAPA,
Blackfriars Theatre, Syracuse University Sports, and
Exclusive national offers - Disney on Ice, Harlem Globetrotters, Monster Jam,
3,500 opportunities to save
Customer service available by phone or e-mail - 7 AM to 7 PM, 7
days a week
Lowest price on car wash & movie tickets
day pickup of tickets available for Rochester-area residents, 7
AM-7 PM, 7 days a week
Lowest company membership dues
Membership benefits also extend to family members
my Better Benefits delivers for its member companies . . .
Our member companies pay
an annual fee to access timesaving resources, tools, and information about
discounts and free services available to their employee members. my Better Benefits provides the following service to our member companies and their
HRCI continuing education credit for HR professionals;
savings information conveniently displayed on this
web-site. Over 3,500 ways to save;
Rewards program - a unique program that features coupon specials as well
as cash back to members;
Regular newsletter mailings with new discount information.
Our newsletters are typically published on Thursday mornings of each week;
feature the most significant savings available in the
One stop-shopping for consignment tickets – the opportunity to
purchase tickets (consignment and pre-pay) from one vendor (my Better Benefits
office) as opposed to many separate entities;
If a company does not wish to participate in the consignment ticket
program, their employees may purchase tickets normally available on
consignment directly from my Better Benefits office - reducing time demands upon
Minimized time spent talking with sales reps concerning discounts;
Easy employee access to discount information via the web-site;
Opportunity to network with other professionals about employee
benefits and needs.
Employee services and recreation programs
create positive work environments for employees. Through a
Better Benefits Club
membership companies will be able to network and enhance your employee services
and recreation programs. This
Improved Teamwork and Camaraderie Among Employees
benefits promote healthy activities for employees and their families, lead
to better relations between employers and employees and save companies
millions of dollars!
my Better Benefits performs for its vendors . . .
my Better Benefits
is paid annually (and may be less for not-for-profit or out-of-area companies).
my Better Benefits Service Directory is published annually (updated regularly). It contains information about each of our
vendors and participating company programs and is used
as a resource by the company representatives when they are promoting your program or
service to their employees or need answers to often asked questions
concerning your program or service (i.e., costs, hours, limitations, etc.)
complete mailing, e-mail, and telephone list of my Better Benefits representatives within our
membership (typically Human Resource and
Benefits Specialists) is also available at a small charge
to our vendors - providing
you with an excellent means for creating the opportunity for one-on-one contact.
Our online newsletter
is published regularly (46+ times a year) with a distribution of
29,000+ and is available (space
permitting) for promoting your program on a regular basis.
We will design other e-mails to that
allow you to target your promotions directly to HR/Benefits personnel.
my Better Benefits
also helps you promote your products through our web site. Banner
ads, vendor profiles and links to your company's web site are all
available. If a Better Benefits Club company member agrees to offer your program they
will distribute promotional materials and sell the program to their
employees and their families.
most successful vendors in my Better Benefits are those who truly offer a real value
and significant discount on their product or service coupled
with a good promotional program and a strong desire to work closely with
my Better Benefits office and its members.
Vendor & Benefits Fairs
invited to mBB companies benefits and wellness events. Vendor Fairs
are also organized
to help our vendors promote their products in a face-to-face setting with
our HR and Benefits Reps. Please contact our office for further
information on upcoming events.