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.

THE PEOPLE CENTER GETS AN ASSIST FROM BEKINS

Bekins Day of Caring 2017 The People Center 6

We work hard every day to help our West Michigan community with their appliance and electronics needs. However, ten of our Bekins employees showed off a whole new set of skills at The People Center in Spring Lake last Thursday.

Our employees joined more than 700 people in Ottawa County for the United Way Day of Caring. The event kicks off a new year of campaigns for the United Way. This year, volunteers finished more than 50 projects across Ottawa County.

what bekins volunteers did for the people center

  • Power wash 3 buildings on the property
  • Pull weeds
  • Rake leaves
  • Trim bushes
  • Paint a porch and posts
  • Spray for bugs
  • Clean
  • Edge the lawn
  • Move furniture

HOW IT HELPS

Karen Reenders directs The People Center. As the only paid employee at The People Center, she says she relies on United Way Day of Caring volunteers each year. Our Bekins volunteers finished the projects she had wanted to finish all summer long, plus a few extra items on her list.

“This was hard work,” Reenders said. “If it was just a couple of people we would have only been able to get one thing done. (Thanks to the Bekins volunteers) We got everything done.”

always in need of volunteers

With only one employee on payroll, The People Center relies on volunteers to complete their day to day tasks. The center provides “a safe place for the people of the area to come, to be heard, and to receive practical assistance in an atmosphere of dignity and trust.”

Here are links for two ways that you can help: