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World Humanitarian Day and Bekins

Today is World Humanitarian Day, which is a dedicated day to raise public awareness of the work undertaken by humanitarian organizations. We not only specialize in moving your household goods, but giving back is embedded in our corporate culture at Bekins Van Lines. For today’s blog, we are shining the spotlight on the organizations with which we work that are dedicated to making the world a better place.

Give Kids The World Village

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Bekins is a major sponsor of Give Kids The World Village near Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla., as well as the main sponsor for Keaton’s Korral located in the village. Give Kids The World Village is an organization that provides memorable, magical, cost-free experiences for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. The village is a 70-acre resort that has welcomed more than 130,000 families from all 50 states and more than 75 countries.

A wall of letters from children that have experienced Give Kids The World Village found in the Bekins corporate office.

A wall of letters at the Bekins corporate office from children that have experienced Give Kids The World Village.

Keaton’s Korral
At Keaton’s Korral, more than 7,300 families each year have been able to experience the fun of horse and pony rides, while wearing cowboy hats and living out their cowboy dreams. Keaton’s Korral was named for Keaton White, an alumni wish child who spoke at the 2003 Wheaton | Bekins conference shortly before he lost his battle with cancer. His story touched so many of the agents and employees, as he told of his dream to ensure every child got to experience the joy he felt during his time at the Village.

Bekins Chairman, Stephen Burns with Keaton White, who inspired Keaton's Korral at Give Kids The World Village

Bekins Chairman, Stephen Burns with Keaton White, who inspired Keaton’s Korral at Give Kids The World Village

“Give Kids The World was one of the happiest times of my life,” White said. “I just want to be sure that someday another little boy or girl and their family are loved just as much as me and my family were loved.”

The 60th Annual Wheaton|Bekins Conference from November 5-8 in Scottsdale, Ariz., will be hosting a silent auction to raise money for Keaton’s Korral. You can also click here to donate to Keaton’s Korral and Give Kids The World Village.

Move for Hunger:

Move For HungerMove for Hunger is a nonprofit organization that works with relocation companies to collect unwanted food from people who are relocating and deliver it to food banks all across North America.

Bekins Van Lines currently has 34 agents participating and has collected 55,812 lbs., of food all-time and 29,138 lbs., of food in 2014 alone. 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.

Susan G. Komen for the Cure Tissue Bank

Susan G. Komen for the Cure Tissue Bank at the IU Simon Cancer Center – The Tissue Bank collects blood and tissue samples from donors and makes the samples available to Susan G Koman Tissue Bankresearchers across the globe who are seeking to find a cure for breast cancer. Since 2008, Bekins has transported equipment for the Tissue Bank to collection events 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.

Meet new neighbors after a relocation by shopping for groceries with your dog

Ripley after our relocation to Indiana. He loves hanging out at the local farmers market.

Ripley after our relocation to Indiana. He loves hanging out at the local farmers market.


Relocating from Oklahoma to Indiana was a stressful experience for me and my family. Our relocation was prompted by my husband’s job transfer. Essentials had been packed and taken with us on our drive to get us through a few days until the professional relocation company delivered our furniture. We arrived in Indiana to an empty house. The first few days were a little like camping. After a long car ride and sitting in an empty house, the family was starting to get a little stir crazy.

New to the city and neighborhood, we decided to get out and about. So, we leashed up our dog, Ripley, and went to the local farmers market. It was a great experience! We met lots of locals and several of our neighbors as well as many local farmers. I even met a local rancher and purchased some meats to grill that evening. Our dog enjoyed exploring and meeting new canine friends, too. Many people stopped to chat with us because Ripley helped break the ice. It was a win-win and made us feel at home more quickly.

If you just moved to a new community, get out and explore by taking a trip to the local farmers market. The markets are free to roam, many have live entertainment and most have some prepared foods and snacks, which are perfect if your appliances haven’t arrived yet. Just being outside around other local people and the fresh, brightly colored fruits and veggies makes you feel more welcome.

Our family has gone to the local farmers market every Saturday it’s open. I love having the option to take my dog shopping for groceries!

Click here for a list of farmers markets in your area.

Bekins Sunday Spotlight: Finding Her Mission

Sunday Spotlight is a bi-weekly publication highlighting individual Bekins’ employees, agents and drivers and the unique talents, interests and hobbies each has. 

This week, follow along as we feature the philanthropic work and mission trip of Luann Sauer, Tech Support at the Bekins Corporate Office.

Finding Her Mission

Looking down the bathtub drain and realizing there were no pipes – just a hole leading to the ground underneath a family’s home –  was the first of many sobering surprises Luann Sauer would encounter on her one-week mission trip to Cranks Creek, Kentucky.

The full group who attended the mission trip

The entire group of volunteers.

Having heard about this trip for several years before attending and aware of the great need of the Appalachian region, Luann didn’t hesitate to take a week off work and serve as her church’s inaugural ambassador for what she now hopes will be an annual trip.

With more than 70 participants on the trip — 20 adult supervisors and 50+ middle school-aged youth volunteers — Luann served as a team leader.  Assigned to one specific family, she guided a group of young adults as they replaced roofs, repaired ceilings, repainted houses, built railings and organized rooms.  “What I didn’t expect to do, though, was 32 loads of laundry!” Luann said with a laugh.

Work and Play

A small group of young adults who volunteered with the mission trip

Luann’s small group of middle school-aged youth.

Working from 9 o’clock in the morning until 4 o’clock in the afternoon, Luann supervised her team of middle school-aged students as they operated power tools, climbed up on top of roofs, and interacted with the residents of Cranks Creek.  “I knew this was a great opportunity to get the kid’s from my home church, Bethany Christian, involved in a cause that’s bigger than themselves.  After seeing what this week was like, I can’t wait to bring all of them down here next year.  It will give them a sense of responsibility and accountability and show them that there’s a whole other place where people don’t live like they live.”

More important, though, than getting all the work done was building relationships with both the people of the community and the other volunteers.  When asked her favorite part of the week-long trip, Luann said without skipping a beat, “The fellowship.”  Even though she was only in the community for a week, she was able to forge a close bond with the family with which she worked directly. “We’re friends on Facebook and are keeping in touch that way.  The three kids in the family also all colored me a picture when I left.  It was a really special moment.” The evenings also were a memorable time for Luann.  The volunteers took time to debrief the day and share their favorite moments.  “It’s amazing how quickly people can bond together when they’re working towards the common good of others.”

Importance of Involvement

In addition to volunteering for this mission trip, Luann is an active member of her church, located on the Southside of Indianapolis.  She is the Youth Leader, teaches Sunday school, is in charge of fundraisers, and also helps to feed the neighborhood children every Wednesday night at her church.

Bekins History

Luann has been with Wheaton Van Lines (parent company of Bekins) since 2004, helping with tech support and other computer issues that pop up in the corporate office. She is married, has two children, three Chihuahuas, one cat and resides on the Southside of Indianapolis.

Bekins Gives Back

Last weekend, Bekins Transfer and Storage, agent for Bekins Van Lines, Inc., held a food drive in their home state of Pennsylvania.  This food drive was a collaborative effort between Move For HungerRedner’s Market and Bekins Transfer and Storage.  The food drive was set up in front of the entrance of local supermarket Redner’s Market giving participants a convenient drop-off point for donations.

Team Effort

“The food drive was really a team effort,” said Dan Malatesta, Moving Consultant at Bekins Transfer and Storage.  “My co-workers helped out by putting up flyers in the local banks and anywhere that had a bulletin.  Also, employees from Render’s were available to help set up the event.”

Results

The rainy weather threatened to put a damper on the food drive.  “We were anticipating the results to be about 3 boxes because of the weather, but we ended up collecting over 20 boxes filled with food. I want to give a special thanks to the Pottstown community for their donations,” Malatesta said.  The 20 boxes of food contained 840 pounds of food, all of which will be donated to local food banks that supply meals to some of the 83,000 needy people in the area.

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Dan Malatesta stands in front of the impressive results of the food drive.

Move For Hunger 

Move For Hunger is a nonprofit that works with relocation companies to help fill the pantries of our nation’s food banks.  Since its inception in 2009, Move For Hunger has collected over 1.4 million pounds of food for food banks across America.  Bekins Van Lines, Inc. is a proud contributing partner of Move For Hunger.

Allwright Moving Systems Participating in ‘Toys for Tots’

Press Release:  November 2011 – Contact: Rebecca Glatzhofer

With the arrival of the 2011 holiday season Allwright Moving / Bekins Van Lines is joining with the U.S. Marine Corps to give back to the community, with the annual Toys for Tots drive.

Allwright Moving – Bekins is a collection site for dropping off new toys to be distributed by the Marine’s Toys for Tots program to needy children in the area for the holiday season.  We hope to give away thousands of toys to our local children in Racine, Kenosha and Walworth Counties.    Toys collected in Racine are distributed to our Racine children. 

New and unwrapped toys can be dropped off during business hours of 8am – 5pm Mon-Fri – 2933 105th Street, Sturtevant, WI 53177.  We are the corner of Hwy 11 and Hwy H. 

Toys for Tots has been collecting and delivering toys for children since 1947 when Major Bill Hendricks USMCR and a group of Marine Reservists collected and distributed 5000 toys to needy children. 

Please contact Rebecca Glatzhofer at Allwright Moving 262-989-6835 if you have questions or need directions to Rebeccag@allwrightmoving.com             

 

The BBB of Chicago and Northern Illinois Elects Bob Dalaskey to their Board of Directors

Bob Dalaskey, Sr. Vice President of Business Development for Bekins Van Lines, Hillside, IL has been elected to the Better Business Bureau of Chicago & Northern Illinois’ Board of Directors. The  Better Business Bureau is an advocate for consumer protection and Bekins’ is a BBB accredited business.  This accreditation means that Bekins has met strict standards set forth by the BBB.  In fact, Bekins has earned an A+ rating with the BBB and is proud to be affiliated with an organization synonymous with trust.

As a member of the board, Mr. Dalaskey will participate on various BBB committees that are focused on providing consumer protection.  In addition, he will also take part in BBB’s meetings and events.  Bekins will continue to support the BBB’s events which include the Consumer Research Guide and the Torch Awards for Marketplace Ethics.

Bob Dalaskey is a long-term supporter of the BBB and knows the importance of ethical business behavior that provides customer satisfaction and long-term sustainability and success.  He is focused on assisting the BBB in meeting their principal goal - having more companies becoming BBB accredited for the good of all consumers.  Businesses must continue to provide quality products and services to their customers and correct any processes that might lead to a consumer’s dissatisfaction.

Bob Dalaskey has been part of the Bekins family since January, 1993.  In addition to his executive position at Bekins, Mr. Dalaskey is a valued industry leader serving on committees for the American Moving & Storage Association and the Illinois Movers and Warehousemen’s Association.  He stated, “I am honored to have been elected to the board of this esteemed organization and will do my part in ensuring customer satisfaction”.

Helping to Celebrate More Birthdays

Relay for Life awards Bekins "Jade" level contribution and celebrates with Bekins employees.

The American Cancer Society surprised Bekins corporate headquarters in Hillside, IL with a thank-you party celebrating Bekins “Jade” level fundraising efforts for the Relay for Life Countryside, IL event.  Bekins raised more than $10,000 for the organization and were recognized a during an awards ceremony at the American Cancer Society’s Leadership Summit held recently in Chicago. 

Bekins cancer survivors celebrate another birthday!

Relay for Life events all over the country raise money for the American Cancer Society – The official sponsor of Birthdays™.   Bekins Team  leader,  Nancy Devereux, Bekins VP of Employee Care stated, “helping the American Cancer Society is so important.  Their support helps cancer patients every step of the way”.

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Bekins wins award from U.S. Commerce Association

Bekins Receives 2011 Best of Waukegan Award

U.S. Commerce Association’s Award Plaque Honors the Achievement

NEW YORK, NY, September 23, 2011 — Bekins has been selected for the 2011 Best of Waukegan Award in the Moving Services category by the U.S. Commerce Association (USCA).

The USCA “Best of Local Business” Award Program recognizes outstanding local businesses throughout the country. Each year, the USCA identifies companies that they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2011 USCA Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the USCA and data provided by third parties.

About U.S. Commerce Association (USCA)
U.S. Commerce Association (USCA) is a New York City based organization funded by local businesses operating in towns, large and small, across America. The purpose of USCA is to promote local business through public relations, marketing and advertising.

The USCA was established to recognize the best of local businesses in their community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations, chambers of commerce and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to be an advocate for small and medium size businesses and business entrepreneurs across America.

About Bekins Van Lines
Bekins Van Lines, LLC provides relocation and transportation solutions directly to the private consumer, U.S. Military and Government programs and for corporate relocation. Founded in 1891, Bekins has a long history of being a leading relocation service provider for the limited budget (lump sum) customer. Bekins is focused on bringing the latest technology to its transportation service programs to maximize our customers’ service value and budget efficiencies. Visit www.bekins.com for more information about Bekins and its agent companies.

SOURCE: U.S. Commerce Association

CONTACT:
U.S. Commerce Association
Email: PublicRelations@uscaaward.com
URL: http://www.uscaaward.com

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“Move for Hunger” Continues to Help the Needy

We want to continue to spread awareness about “Move for Hunger”.  Several Bekins agents are participating, and you can help too.  Here’s an article by Eric Anders that we wanted to share to bring even more visibility to this important cause.

Move for Hunger helps the needy

By • Aug 22nd, 2011 • Category: *RELOCATION NEWS UPDATES*

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When I first wrote about Move for Hunger a little over a year ago, the relatively new industry organization was just starting to spread it’s wings.

Move For Hunger is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit established by Adam Lowy in August 2009.  Its goal is to strengthen the efforts of community food banks throughout the country by leveraging an existing network of specialized transportation companies and state and national moving and storage associations to create one of the largest, year-round food service programs.

At just 23 years of age, Adam is an industry veteran who grew up in the family business, Lowy’s Moving Service, that his great grandfather founded in Neptune, New Jersey.

Recently, Do Something.org selected Move for Hunger as one of the five finalists to participate in the 2011 Do Something! Awards. DoSomething.org is one of the largest organizations in the U.S. that encourages young people to create a culture of volunteerism by promoting social causes they care deeply about.

The Do Something Award is the premiere national award devoted to the promotion of social change by those under the age of 25. The young people nominated represent the most pivotal people in their field or cause and are dedicated to making a difference.

On Thursday, August, 18, 2011, the Do Something Awards aired on VH1. Move For Hunger was the ONLY hunger-relief organization nominated for the $100,000 Grand Prize. Although Lowy was not selected to receive the huge monetary reward, the national exposure and public support his non-profit organization received is probably worth every bit that amount.

What started as one young person’s personal goal to help feed the hungry in New Jersey now involves over 150 dedicated movers in 34 states. Together they’ve collected over 200,000 lbs of food to help fight hunger throughout the country.

2011 Do Something Awards – Terrance Howard introduces Adam Lowy

Using the Move for Hunger framework started by Adam and the national exposure provided by Do Something.org, the full-service moving and storage industry and their relocation partners have a tremendous opportunity to make a measurable impact on our nation’s fight to overcome hunger in communities all across America.

If you are a mover or know a mover, click here to learn how to join the Move for Hunger crusade. One in eight families in this country need your help!

To contribute:
For more information about how to participate to this worthwhile program, click on the Move for Hunger logo or contact:

Move For Hunger
1930 Heck Avenue
Neptune, New Jersey 07753
Phone: (732) 774-0521
Fax: (732) 774-6683
info@moveforhunger.org

You can also follow Move for Hunger on:  Facebook  Twitter   YouTube   RSS

Related Articles:

Moving? Feed a family for the holidays – RELO Roundtable

Move for Hunger: Helping those in need! – RELO Roundtable