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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.

Cardboard Recycling Transforms Into A Reading Center

Cardboard Recycling Becomes Rocket Ship For Reading Corner

At Bekins, we take pride in recycling more than 90 percent of all waste that comes through our facilities. However, we find it more fascinating when someone can reuse our waste. Recently, a local school turned our cardboard recycling into a beautiful reading space for their students.

cardboard recycling turns into a rocket ship

Our Warehouse Manager, Brian, receives many requests for the big cardboard boxes that cover some of our major appliances.

We love seeing how schools and organizations use them. For example, a kindergarten class at Immaculate Heart of Mary school in Grand Rapids really showed creativity. The class turned cardboard recycling into a rocket ship for their reading center.

The ship wraps around the reading corner in their classroom and the class made control panels on the inside of the ship as well. Not only does the design spark their imagination before they start reading, it coincides with their March Is Reading Month theme “3,2,1…read!”

learn how others use our Cardboard Recycling

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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