Giving back: charities and philanthropy
Bekins gives backs to the communities in which it serves -- a philosophy that is embedded in Bekins' corporate culture. Here are a few organizations with which Bekins has taken a leading role:
Give Kids The World - Bekins has been and continues to be a major sponsor of Give Kids The World Village near Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. As the main sponsor of Keaton's Korral at Give Kids The World Village, Bekins has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to this organization that provides memorable, magical, cost-free experiences to children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. The Village is a 70-acre resort complete with more than 140 villa accommodations, entertainment attractions, whimsical venues and fun, specifically designed for children with special needs. Give Kids The World has welcomed more than 100,000 families from all 50 states and more than 70 countries. Want to make a difference with as little as $10? Visit Bekins' Give Kids The World support page to make a donation.
Move For Hunger - A not-for-profit organization, Move For Hunger aligns interstate agents for Bekins Van Lines and its customers with local food banks associated with Feeding America. During the relocation process, Bekins agents offer to pick up customers' unwanted nonperishable items and deliver them directly to the local food bank. It's a win-win for all parties - food banks get a much needed boost all year long, customers feel good about the donation (and may even offset some of the cost of their move by reducing the weight of heavier canned goods), and Bekins participates in a nationwide initiative to combat hunger. To learn more about Move For Hunger and how you can help, visit MoveForHunger.org. To read more about how Bekins agents have made a difference with Move for Hunger, read our blog post.
Susan G. Komen for the Cure Tissue Bank at the IU Simon Cancer Center - The Tissue Bank collects blood and tissue sample from donors and makes the samples available to researchers across the globe who are seeking to find a cure for breast cancer. Wheaton World Wide Moving, Bekins parent company, embarked on a relationship with the Tissue Bank in 2008 by transporting and setting up the blood sample collection equipment in Dallas, Texas. Since that time, Bekins has transported equipment for the Tissue Bank to collections across the country. Visit KomenTissueBank.IU.edu to learn more about the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Tissue Bank at the IU Simon Cancer Center.