More Employees Help Hand2Hand

You will not find a more kind team of employees anywhere else. We quite often organize volunteer activities and see a large amount of of our employees attend to help. Recently, a few of our employees took it upon themselves to attend a backpacking event for Hand2Hand in West Michigan.

Not only did they help pack hundreds of snack bags for children who need it, Bekins will donate money to Hand2Hand in honor of each employee who volunteered.

The donation is a part of our BeKind program, which supports Bekins employees who volunteer in the community.

WHAT IS HAND2HAND?

Hand2Hand logo hungry children

Hand2Hand is a ministry that works primarily in West Michigan to provide food to school children. Every Friday, a volunteer discreetly places a backpack in a child’s locker full of food for the weekend. The backpacks go to children who are at risk of not getting enough food at home while they are away from school.

 

This year they plan to work with:

  • 4600 children who need backpacks filled with food
  • 145 schools who place the backpacks in the lockers
  • 82 churches that supply the volunteers and pack the backpacks

A PARENT TOLD HAND2HAND:

“LIVING PAYCHECK TO PAYCHECK IS DIFFICULT FOR EVERYONE BUT WHEN YOU HAVE CHILDREN AND YOU ARE NOT ABLE TO GIVE THEM SOMETHING AS SIMPLE AS A SNACK IT IS DIFFICULT. HAND2HAND HELPS ME TO GIVE MY CHILDREN WELL ROUNDED MEALS.”

MORE THAN ONE WAY TO HELP

Our employees enjoy helping local children and this is not our first time helping Hand2Hand. Click the buttons below to learn more about all of the ways we have donated to Hand2Hand. Click here to learn more about Hand2Hand and how you can help.

Bekins Packing For Hand2Hand
Feeding Local Children - Bekins Fruit Cups for Hand2Hand
Bekins Canned Chicken Collection for Hand2Hand

HELPING THOSE WHO HELP LOCAL CHILDREN

Installing electronics for a cause

Our internationally-acclaimed Bekins Electronics Integration team recently donated their time to assist the Children’s Advocacy Center in Holland. Early in the process, the team helped pre-wire the center’s expansion. In late January, they returned to finish installing the electronics.

Dozens of our employees also returned on the weekend to install appliances, help move boxes, furniture and much more into the new addition.

All of our volunteer efforts allowed the center to not miss any days of helping local children who need their assistance.

MOVING DAY!

WHAT IS THE CHILDREN’S ADVOCACY CENTER?

The Children’s Advocacy Center in Holland provides abuse prevention and intervention with a coordinated and multi-disciplinary team approach to Protective Services. This approach prevents children from talking to multiple agencies and giving multiple interviews. Some of their services include:

  • Forensic Interviews
  • Medical Exams
  • Child Assessments
  • Counseling
  • Groups
  • Courtroom Orientation
  • Family Advocacy

WHY EXPAND?

The nonprofit children’s assistance organization will add 7,000 square feet of therapy rooms along with children and family service space.

The $1.7 million addition will more specifically provide:

  • More space for private meetings with victims and their families.
  • More space to train teachers, counselors, family members and staff from across the state.
  • A store to provide essentials for displaced mothers and children.
  • An Art Therapy Studio and a Healing Garden.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

The Children’s Advocacy Center accepts monetary donations and these supplies.

CHILD THERAPY SUPPLIES
Washable markers, acrylic paints, small art canvases, paint brushes, tempera paint scrapbooking materials, Hobby Lobby and Michael’s gift cards.  Moldable clay (non-bake variety).  Stickers: bees, bugs, hearts, dots, smiling faces, band-aids,  Glitter glue, Glue dots, journals, and thin and regular Sharpies.

DRINKS AND SNACKS
Individually wrapped snacks, juice boxes, bottled water, Sam’s Club and Meijer’s gift cards.

IMPORTANT OFFICE SUPPLIES
Copy paper, postage stamps, DVD-R black discs, manilla file folders (1/3 cut), office supply store gift cards.

ESSENTIALS
Sanitizing wipes, tissues, paper towel rolls, hand soap, Sam’s Club gift cards, gas cards and fast food restaurant cards for court days.

BIG DREAMS
Donated breakfast and lunches for Center tours and Multidisciplinary Team case review meetings, frequent flier miles for staff to use for training, and advertising space in print and broadcast media.

For more information on donation opportunities, please contact Rebekah Bakker, Development Director, at 616-393-6123 or rbakker@cac-ottawa.org