VOLUNTEERING VALUABLE LESSONS

James volunteering BeKind

It’s a fear for every parent . The safety of their child. Parents of young daughters especially worry about their children’s safety when they are away from home. One way to help ease that fear is to give your children knowledge about how to defend themselves in a worst case scenario. We recently caught one of our employees volunteering those valuable lessons of self defense to a local Girls Scout troop at Belmont Elementary School.

VOLUNTEERING KNOWLEDGE FOR A WORTHY CAUSE

James Halman offers expert support to both Classic Stereo and Bekins as an Information Technology Specialist. In his free time, James holds a third degree black belt in Combat Hapkido and teaches the martial art to students at his Force Options school in West Michigan.  So it made sense when a co-worker recently asked James to teach her daughter’s troop self defense basics.

The girls not only watched James perform moves with a fellow expert, they also lightly practiced with each other. James focused on how to use an attackers momentum to your advantage and which parts of an attacker are most vulnerable. Not only did the children learn, but the adults also practiced with each other.

All of those moves aside, the best defense from a bad situation is to run away. James also says the best tool a child can use is a whistle.

“I think parents get toned out to their kids screaming and yelling, because they do it when they play too” James says. “I know I ignore it sometimes as a parent myself. So if you hear a kid screaming on the street you may not know that they are in trouble. So I say a whistle draws attention.”

James volunteering BeKind

ENCOURAGING OUR EMPLOYEES TO BEKIND

At Bekins, we support the volunteering efforts of our employees. Our BeKind program not only encourages volunteering, we also donate money to the cause. So Bekins will make a charitable donation to the Girl Scouts of Michigan Shore to Shore in honor of James.

To see other examples of our employees BeKind efforts, click here.

Employees donate time to Children’s Advocacy Center

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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..

COMPANIES REUSING WASTE: CHARIOT RACES

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Classic Stereo and Bekins work hard to recycle waste each day. We also try to set an example for companies reusing waste.

Our community has created many new uses for boxes that used to store big appliances and electronics. Yet, Covenant Life Church in Grand Haven found a new way to think outside the box.  They even thought inside the box a little too.

once a box – now a chariot

companies reusing waste chariot races

UpStreet Children’s Ministries presented its Kids Camp at the end of June. They really sold out for this year’s theme too. They immersed the children in Rome at the time of Paul and the Underground Church.

The camp featured:

  • togas
  • tie dye
  • an ancient Roman marketplace
  • an example of an underground church
  • live actors playing the roles of Paul and a Roman soldier
  • and chariot races

WATCH: DONATED BOXES TURN INTO ROMAN CHARIOTS

That’s when they worked with Bekins and Classic Stereo. Our Warehouse Manager, Brian, donated boxes for the Kids Camp. Rich used his years of experience and talent to fit the largest boxes through each doorway.

The staff at UpStreet Children’s Ministries cutout a small portion and let their imaginations run wild.

One child sat in a medium sized box, while one, two or more classmates grabbed a plastic band and pull them along the grassy field.

They even tried sitting a few children in the bigger boxes and asking a group of children to pull them the same way.

Click on the video to watch it. You can see how much the children loved it.

it is important to be companies reusing waste

We hope people continue to contact us with new ideas to reuse waste. We take pride in our efforts to recycle, but re-use works even better.

Our employees work hard every day to reduce our carbon footprint. We even built our Coopersville Service Center with recycling in mind. It includes enough storage space, cardboard balers and other machinery for us to recycle over 90 percent of our waste including:

  • cardboard
  • cores
  • plastic ties
  • film
  • styrofoam
  • old appliances
  • and more

It requires extra space and money, but we believe in the cause. Our efforts in 2016 helped save:

  • 2,330 gallons of oil
  • 159,880 gallons of water
  • 162,185 Kilowatt Hours of energy
  • 1,370 pounds of air pollution effluents
  • 85 cubic yards of landfill space
  • 388 trees
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LET’S WORK TOGETHER

If you know someone who can re-use any of the items we recycle, then give us a call. Contact our Coopersville Service Center directly at 616-288-1020.

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VISBEEN ARCHITECTS ENLISTS BEKINS & CLASSIC STEREO

Visbeen Architects Alley Party

 

Visbeen Architects hosted guests at their Design Home Thursday night.  The event raised money for Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital.

The Design Home acts as Wayne and Angela Visbeen’s living space, work space, but also their showroom. They designed the space to wow potential customers.

With that in mind, they hired Bekins and Classic Stereo to furnish appliances and electronics in the home.

ELECTRONICS AND APPLIANCES FOR VISBEEN ARCHITECTS

The electronics in the home feature hidden installation and built-in speakers. Since we installed them during the construction phase, the speakers are flush to the ceiling.

Each room can listen to its own music or the whole home can play the same audio.

The Design Home also features Seura Vanishing Entertainment flat screen televisions. Turn the TV off and it transforms into a mirror.

The kitchen features appliances from Bekins, including a pair of built-in Gaggenau refrigerators. The refrigerators feature the same finish as the cabinetry in the rest of the kitchen, which makes them discreet and blend in with the rest of the room.

Visbeen Architects Vanishing Entertainment TV Mirror
An example of a vanishing entertainment television mirror from Seura. The left show the TV when it’s “on.” On the right, it becomes a mirror when the TV is “off.”

ALLEY PARTY FOR A CAUSE

Attendees bought tickets to the event and items during an auction. Visbeen Architects and the Grand Rapids Business Journal donate those proceeds to the Helen DeVos Children Hospital. To learn more about the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Foundation and how to donate, click here.

COMPANIES THAT GIVE BACK: DONATING BOXES

Companies that give back deliver boxes

As companies that give back to our community, we jumped at a recent chance to help a local Vacation Bible School.

Our Warehouse Manager donated items to the Coopersville Reformed Church. We would merely recycle these items. Instead, staff at their Vacation Bible School turned cardboard boxes into structures for play.

VBS AT COOPERSVILLE REFORMED CHURCH

The Vacation Bible School at Coopersville Reformed Church offers a week of fun for children as young as four years old. The oldest students in the program, the fifth graders, co-lead the group in learning to follow Jesus and shine HIS light through the community.

More than 130 students showed up for the first day today, and the school runs through Friday morning. Items donated by Bekins and Classic Stereo line many of the hallways and rooms at the school.

“It’s amazing to be able to have (Bekins and Classic Stereo’s) help,” Bible Adventure Leader Samantha Krepel said. “We are so excited to have the recyclables.”

The church recently remodeled a portion of the school, so the cardboard structures allow the children to play games along the wall without touching the the renovations.

continuing to be companies that give back

This isn’t the first time we have donated boxes for a local school and we hope people continue to contact us. We take pride in our efforts to recycle, but re-use works even better.

Our employees work hard every day to reduce our carbon footprint. We even built our Coopersville Service Center with recycling in mind. It includes enough storage space, cardboard balers and other machinery for us to recycle over 90 percent of our waste including:

  • cardboard
  • cores
  • plastic ties
  • film
  • styrofoam
  • old appliances
  • and more

It requires extra space and money, but we believe in the cause. Our efforts in 2016 helped save:

  • 2,330 gallons of oil
  • 159,880 gallons of water
  • 162,185 Kilowatt Hours of energy
  • 1,370 pounds of air pollution effluents
  • 85 cubic yards of landfill space
  • 388 trees
companies that give back recycling report

LET’S WORK TOGETHER

If you know someone who can re-use any of the items we recycle, then give us a call. Contact our Coopersville Service Center directly at 616-288-1020.

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EMPLOYEES DONATE TO WEST MICHIGAN CHARITY

donate to West Michigan charity Hand2Hand

Looking for a local charitable cause? Bekins and Classic Stereo employees donate to West Michigan charity throughout the year. Last weekend, our employees used a fun event after work as a chance to collect food. This week, we donated 79 cans of chicken to Hand2Hand Ministries.

The West Michigan charity connects churches with a local school. Church volunteers collect and pack meals to children who are at risk of going hungry during the weekend.

Hand2Hand impacts many children across West Michigan and the entire state of Michigan.

  • 72 churches provide meals.
  • 1282 people volunteer time to the cause.
  • 112 schools participate across the state.
  • 4083 children eat healthy meals over the weekend, when they might instead go hungry.

ONE LOCAL CHILD’S STORY

EMPLOYEES DONATE TO WEST MICHIGAN CHARITY ALL YEAR

Bekins and Classic Stereo donates more than 10 percent of its profit each year to local charity. On top of that, our employees have donated to Hand2Hand Ministries throughout the years.

  • Our employees donated food kits, additional food items and Ziploc bags during the winter of 2017.
  • We worked with the community to collect 263 jars of peanut butter in the fall of 2016. As a company, Bekins matched it to push the grand total to 526 total jars donated.
  • Bekins employees have also donated to Hand2Hand Ministries in 2015 and previous years.
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Bekins, employees and the community collected 526 jars of peanut butter for Hand2Hand Ministries in the fall of 2016.

HOW YOU CAN HELP HAND2HAND MINISTRIES

 

Learn more about Hand2Hand and how you can get involved:

Website: www.hand2handbackpack.org

Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Hand2Hand-Ministries

Email: info@hand2handbackpack.org