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.

SUPPORTING WEST MICHIGAN THROUGH MICHIGAN BLOOD

Supporting West Michigan Through Michigan Blood

Get ready for a blog that will sound a little different. Today, I write about my own experience in a new program. As we wrote on a previous blog, Bekins and Classic Stereo are supporting West Michigan communities and its own employees with a new BeKind initiative.

Bekins will donate money when an employee donates time to a local 501(c)3 humanitarian organization. With a toddler at home, I have not carved out any time to volunteer recently. Yet, this new program drove me think about making time. Plus, what is more humanitarian than life-saving blood? I have donated blood and plasma over the years. Now I plan to give four hours of my time each month to Michigan Blood in Grand Rapids.

WHAT IS MICHIGAN BLOOD?

Founded in 1955, Michigan Blood is an independent, non-profit blood bank that provides blood for
60 hospitals throughout Michigan. The company collects more than 125,000 blood donations each year at more than 3,600 mobile drives statewide and nine permanent donation sites. A few of those permanent sites are located in West Michigan:

  • Grand Rapids
  • Grandville
  • Kalamazoo
  • St. Joseph

In addition to whole blood donations, Michigan Blood also offers:

  • a nationally recognized stem cell (marrow) program
  • therapeutic apheresis
  • DNA tissue-typing
  • transfusion medicine consultations
  • Michigan’s first public cord blood bank
Bekins BeKind

SUPPORTING WEST MICHIGAN THROUGH MICHIGAN BLOOD

All volunteers play a very important role at Michigan Blood. I work at the Post Donation Station. My job entails offering cookies and juice to people when they finish donating. It helps donors to eat and drink after they give. Michigan Blood also asks them to stay for an extra 15 minutes just in case they feel any of the possible side effects. The Post Donation Station volunteers help donors re-hydrate, replenish and stay safe after their life-saving efforts.

Yet, Michigan Blood offers a few more ways to volunteer:

  • Greet donors.
  • Place stickers on the bags and tubes before a donation.
  • Clerical support.
  • Drivers.
Supporting West Michigan - Michigan Blood
Reporting for duty. For every hour I volunteer at Michigan Blood, Bekins donates money to the 501 (c) 3 organization.

SAVE MULTIPLE LIVES WITH ONE DONATION

It takes about an hour to finish the entire process of donating blood, but the actual donation only takes about 7-10 minutes. You never know who it may save or what blood type may be in short supply. Plus, blood only stays fresh for a short period of time which creates the need for donations every day. You can help save the lives of multiple local people with only one donation.

If that doesn’t motivate you enough, Michigan Blood has another stat:

“The average Michigan Blood donor gives less than twice per year. If all donors gave three times per year, then blood shortages would be rare.”

LEARN MORE ABOUT MICHIGAN BLOOD

If you are interested in supporting West Michigan by helping Michigan Blood, click on the link that interests you.