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.