VOLUNTEERING VALUABLE LESSONS OF SELF DEFENSE

James volunteering BeKind

It’s a fear for every parent . The safety of their child. Parents of young daughters especially worry about their children’s safety when they are away from home. One way to help ease that fear is to give your children knowledge about how to defend themselves in a worst case scenario. We recently caught one of our employees volunteering those valuable lessons of self defense to a local Girls Scout troop at Belmont Elementary School.

VOLUNTEERING KNOWLEDGE FOR A WORTHY CAUSE

James Halman offers expert support to our company as an Information Technology Specialist. In his free time, James holds a third degree black belt in Combat Hapkido and teaches the martial art to students at his Force Options school in West Michigan.  So it made sense when a co-worker recently asked James to teach her daughter’s troop self defense basics.

The girls not only watched James perform moves with a fellow expert, they also lightly practiced with each other. James focused on how to use an attackers momentum to your advantage and which parts of an attacker are most vulnerable. Not only did the children learn, but the adults also practiced with each other.

All of those moves aside, the best defense from a bad situation is to run away. James also says the best tool a child can use is a whistle.

“I think parents get toned out to their kids screaming and yelling, because they do it when they play too” James says. “I know I ignore it sometimes as a parent myself. So if you hear a kid screaming on the street you may not know that they are in trouble. So I say a whistle draws attention.”

James volunteering BeKind

ENCOURAGING OUR EMPLOYEES TO BEKIND

At Bekins, we support the volunteering efforts of our employees. Our BeKind program not only encourages volunteering, we also donate money to the cause. So Bekins will make a charitable donation to the Girl Scouts of Michigan Shore to Shore in honor of James.

To see other examples of our employees BeKind efforts, click here.

EMPLOYEES DONATE TIME TO CHILDREN’S ADVOCACY CENTER

Bekins volunteers at the Children's Advocacy Center

Our internationally-acclaimed Bekins Electronics Integration team recently donated their time to assist the Children’s Advocacy Center in Holland. The team helped pre-wire the center’s expansion and plans to return when the construction nears completion.

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 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.