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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 our Electronics Integration team 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 our 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

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.

LIFE UPGRADED: ELECTRONICS AND APPLIANCES HELP THE CAC

Life Upgraded CAC Boardroom in use

At Classic Stereo, we use the internationally-acclaimed Bekins team to install our prodcuts in the home. The Bekins motto is “Life Upgraded.” We understand that you will only care about a product’s features when those features can improve your life.

Bekins volunteers recently installed appliances and electronics in an addition for the Children’s Advocacy Center of Ottawa County. Their Development Director, Rebekah Bakker, tells us how the appliances and electronics help the employees and children at the center.

LIFE UPGRADED: HOW ELECTRONICS AND APPLIANCES HELP THE OTTAWA COUNTY CAC

With the equipment that you have installed; we have been able to hold trainings. We have been able to hold conferences with all of the team members around the table and it has really enhanced our ability to collaborate. The quality of the picture on the screen has really made this a state-of-the-art facility for our team members.

– – Rebekah Bakker, Development Director

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Electronic Instegration - Bekins installing a security camera

high praise for our electronics installers

Best Customer Service Company - Classic Stereo by Bekins

MORE ABOUT OUR VOLUNTEER EFFORTS WITH THE CAC

FEEDING HUNGRY CHILDREN: 1,114 FOOD ITEMS FOR HAND2HAND

Feeding Hungry Children Hand2Hand Collection

Spring Break provides an exciting break from classes for many school children, and maybe even a fun trip away from home. However, many children miss their school-provided breakfast and lunch. These hungry children worry about where they will get their next meal.

Hand2Hand normally provides these children with meals for the weekend. Now, they need enough food to last an entire week away from school.

Classic Stereo and Bekins employees recently collected and donated 1,114 food items for these hungry children to eat during Spring Break.

Feed Hungry Children Grand Rapids
Classic Stereo and Bekins employees in Grand Rapids collected 600 items.
Feed hungry children Coopersville
Bekins employees in Coopersville collected 324 items.
Feed Hungry Children Grand Haven
Bekins employees in Grand Haven collected 190 items.

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 the working with:

  • 4897 children who need backpacks filled with food
  • 150 schools who place the backpacks in the lockers
  • 90 churches that supply the volunteers and pack the backpacks
  • 3,400 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

Packing for Hand2Hand
Hand2Hand Logo

AUDIO EXPERTS: LESSON AT DISCOVERY ELEMENTARY

Audio Experts - Teaching loudspeakers

A handwritten letter can still be a powerful tool. Our audio experts at Classic Stereo recently received a handwritten note from a fifth grade student at Discovery Elementary School in Kentwood.

The students each pick a topic that interests them, then they find an expert in the field to answer questions and be their mentor in the subject.

We were flattered when one of the students asked us to be a mentor.

We sent our newest Electronics Professional, Craig Rybarczyk, to give a presentation to Mrs. Tidd’s entire class.

LETTER FOR THE AUDIO EXPERTS

Craig was impressed with the letter we received.

“I thought that it was absolutely awesome that a Fifth Grade student was so inquisitive as to how speakers work, and that she would seek out the professionals at Classic Stereo to see where loudspeaker technology currently is, and where its heading,” Craig said.

Here are just a few excerpts from the note we received:

Handwritten letter for the audio experts

“As experts in the fields of loudspeakers I am confident that the people of Classic Stereo will be able to assist me in my research and product development. I am responsible for knowing what innovations have had the greatest impacts on loud speakers and what current innovations are currently impacting the topic.”

Handwritten letter for the audio experts

“I am particularly interested in loudspeaker sound, something I’ve read a lot about in my research. I would like to understand the advancements in this area better and highlight them in my work.”

Handwritten letter for the audio experts

“I am very excited to become more of an expert on loudspeakers. I have been reading about the utility daily…”

MEET OUR NEWEST AUDIO EXPERT CRAIG RYBARCZYK

Craig recently met with the student one-on-one during the school day to answer specific questions. Then Craig met with Mrs. Tidd’s entire class to talk more about the science of loudspeakers.

“The class had wonderful questions, and they even knew many of the technical terms I used,” Craig said. “It is exciting to see such young kids be so interested in the technology around speaker design, and the bright future of this industry.”

Audio Experts - Teaching loudspeakers
Audio Experts - Teaching loudspeakers

VISIT ANY OF OUR AUDIO EXPERTS

You don’t need to write a letter to ask our Audio Experts any questions. Visit our showroom or give us a call.

Classic Stereo Showroom

High Praise For Our Electronics Installers

At Classic Stereo, we pride ourselves on being the best customer service company. We strive to give our customers such great service that they say “WOW!” and want to tell others about it. Volunteers from our parent company, Bekins, recently installed appliances and electronics in an addition for the Children’s Advocacy Center of Ottawa County. Their Development Director, Rebekah Bakker, talks about her experience with our Bekins installers in the video below.

MORE ABOUT OUR VOLUNTEER EFFORTS WITH THE CAC

Best Customer Service Company - Classic Stereo by Bekins

WHAT OTHER CUSTOMERS SAY ABOUT THEIR EXPERIENCE WITH BEKINS AND CLASSIC STEREO

stereo repair - Classic Stereo system fix

HELPING THOSE WHO HELP LOCAL CHILDREN

Our internationally-acclaimed Electronics Integration team recently donated their time to assist the Children’s Advocacy Center in Holland. Early in the process, the team helped pre-wire the center’s expansion. In late January, they returned to finish installing the electronics.

Dozens of our employees also returned on the weekend to install appliances, help move boxes, furniture and much more into the new addition.

All of our volunteer efforts allowed the center to not miss any days of helping local children who need their assistance.

MOVING DAY!

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 team approach 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.

For more information on donation opportunities, please contact Rebekah Bakker, Development Director, at 616-393-6123 or rbakker@cac-ottawa.org

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

Bekins at Children's Advocacy Center 1

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

Companies Reusing Waste Feature Image

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
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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companies that give back recycling photo 1

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.