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Bekins Employees Support Walk For Good Food

Bekins employees support Walk For Good Food

We hire people who love to Be Kind, even outside of our normal work hours. For example, some of our employees joined their family and friends for a good cause in Grand Rapids last weekend.

They participated in the Walk For Good Food. The goal of the walk is to fund 14 non-profit organizations that address issues of food access and poverty.

Click here to learn more about the walk and how you can still donate.

Bekins Supports Nana’s Run To Help Fight ALS

Bekins helps sponsor Nana's Run for ALS

Our employees like to help people and that extends beyond our appliance and electronic services. Bekins helped sponsor the sixth annual Nana’s Run in Grand Rapids, and some of our employees participated in the event with their family and friends.

The 5K run/walk benefits the ALS Association of Michigan Chapter and the ALS Clinic at Mercy Health Neurosciences in Grand Rapids.

Click here to learn more about the event and how you can still donate to the cause.

Turning Old Electronics Into Food For Local Children

Hand2Hand logo hungry children

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.”

MORE WAYS TO HELP HUNGRY CHILDREN

Bekins employees at Hand2Hand backpack event
Hand2Hand logo hungry children

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.