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Turning Old Electronics Into Food For Local Children

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At Bekins, we strive to use the latest and best technology to help our customers. However, we still use the “old” electronics to help our community. Our employees recently bought the “old” electronics for a reduced price, with all of the proceeds going to Hand2Hand. Our IT Department and our employees raised $1,030 to help local 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.

WHAT IS HAND2HAND?

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 are working with:

  • 5,200 children who need backpacks filled with food
  • 151 schools who place the backpacks in the lockers
  • 91 churches that supply the volunteers and pack the backpacks
  • 4,200 volunteers

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.”

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Bekins employees at Hand2Hand backpack event
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Day Of Caring: Bekins Volunteers Help Love INC Grand Haven

Bekins Day of Caring Group Photo

Sixteen Bekins employees volunteered for the 2018 Greater Ottawa County United Way Day of Caring.

The Tri-Cities Love In Action asked us to help build a border around a playground, move wood chips, plus create and fill in rock beds.

Getting all of that work done professionally would have cost them thousands of dollars which we believe is money better spent to help people in our community.

Greater Ottawa County United Way

Day of Caring kicks off United Way Campaign

The 17th annual Day of Caring in Ottawa County drew more than 1,200 volunteers to help local nonprofits with 45 projects around the county. The Greater Ottawa County United Way says the volunteer help amounts to $211,900 in labor support for our nonprofit community.

It also starts a new 2018-2019 annual campaign in which they hope to raise $2.5 million. Click the button below to learn more about how to help the United Way reach that goal.

what is lovE IN Action?

Love in Action helps churches and local businesses meet the basic needs of families in our community. Their primary objective to assist people to move towards self-sufficiency. They help with many initiatives, including:

  • Food Trucks
  • Free Health & Dental Clinic
  • Sheltered Housing
  • Upscale Resale Stores
  • Grace Gardens
  • Providence Place
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BEKINS IN THE COMMUNITY – Delivering Donated Appliances

Bekins employee delivers donated appliances

DELIVERING DONATED APPLIANCES

For more than 25 years, Bob Beerens has been instrumental in helping Bekins earn 18 national and international honors. Bob works as the Project Manager for our Electronics Integration team so he does not work with appliances for Bekins. In his spare time though, Bob volunteers picking up and delivering donated appliances for local people in need.

First Christian Reformed Church in Grand Haven works with Love In Action for what they call their “Appliance Ministry.” They accept donations of used appliances and give them to people who cannot afford new ones. In 2017 alone, the Appliance Ministry delivered 78 appliances.

Bob donates his time after work once per month for about two to four hours. He has been volunteering with the Appliance Ministry for the last 10 years.

As a Project Manager for the Bekins Electronics Integration team, Bob gets the unique opportunity to see the very best homes in West Michigan. As a volunteer for the Appliance Ministry, he also sees homes that don’t even have a door for their bathroom.

“It makes you feel extremely appreciative for what you have,” Bob said. “You would be amazed at how meager the living conditions can be for some people in our community.”

Bob delivering donated appliances
Bekins employee Bob Beerens poses for a photo while volunteering his time with the Appliance Ministry in West Michigan.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

If you are interested in donating used appliances that still work or if you are in need of donated appliances contact Love In Action. You can call them at 616-846-2701 or click here to visit their website. If you would like to volunteer with the Appliance Ministry, contact First Christian Reformed Church. You can call the church at 616-842-6370 or click here to visit their website.

Bekins In The Community: Valuable Life Lessons

Teaching Valuable Life Lessons

Our employees like to help people. As a service company, we consider it a valuable trait to our team and our customers. We’re proud to say one of our employees uses his degree in Pastoral Ministry and Leadership to teach people valuable life lessons that address our deepest needs.

Jason Hunsicker assists customers as a Service Administrator for Bekins. Before he worked for us, Jason pastored a small church in the Upper Peninsula. Now that he lives in West Michigan, he continues to use his knowledge and experience as a volunteer teacher and Young Adults Ministry Leader at the Lakeshore Baptist church in Grand Haven.

THE FOCUS – LIFE LESSONS

The church offers a variety of classes after their service each Sunday. Jason has taught multiple age groups and is looking forward to teaching a class of 10-year-old children.

“There is the preaching time then there is the teaching time,” Jason says. “The classes are a little more focused, a little more intimate. There is that interaction where they can ask questions and we can discuss it together.”

Jason at times teaches students about the historical context of different biblical books. However, he most enjoys relating passages to our current lives.

“Every time I get to sit down and study a text I love it,” Jason says. “Just when I think about how lives can change through this, and just how we can live differently based on what we read and what we learn, I think that’s just awesome.”

More about Lakeshore Baptist Church

Lakeshore Baptist Church is located at 17306 Church Hill Street in Grand Haven.

Their morning worship starts Sundays at 9:30. The Adult Bible Fellowship and Sunday School typically begins at 11am.

Lakeshore Baptist Church Photo

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More Bekins Employees Helping Hand2Hand

Bekins employees at Hand2Hand backpack event

Employees in our company want to help local children. That is why they are organizing their own groups to attend backpacking events throughout the year. You can also spot them pretty easily in their BeKind shirts.

We had a group of five employees and a family member attend a Hand2Hand backpack event in Hudsonville. We also had four other employees attend an event in Rockford.

We are so proud of our employees desire to help others. If you see them out, say hello! We would love to hear from you.

WHAT IS HAND2HAND?

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 the working with:

  • 4897 children who need backpacks filled with food
  • 150 schools who place the backpacks in the lockers
  • 90 churches that supply the volunteers and pack the backpacks
  • 3,400 volunteers

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.”

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