Beyond Business: BizStream’s 2023 Community Outreach Efforts

Take a peek at how BizStream followed through on our core value of Care and supported our community in 2023.

Care is at the heart of BizStream’s seven core values, guiding our passion for caring for our clients, projects, team members, and our community. While our commitment to community support is ongoing, we get the whole team together each quarter to make a larger contribution toward meaningful change. In this blog post, we’ll explore each quarterly outreach event, highlighting BizStream’s collective efforts to create a lasting, positive impact on our community.

Q1 - Hand2Hand

For our first quarter community outreach event, BizStream purchased snack items to provide 1,000 snack packs for Hand2Hand. On March 24th, our team dedicated the afternoon to assembling and delivering these snack packs to the Hand2Hand distribution center in Jenison, MI.

Hand2Hand partners with local churches, businesses, individuals, and schools to provide backpacks filled with food for kids facing weekend hunger. Food sent home consists of breakfast, lunch, snacks, and dinner items.

Q2 - Recycling Drive

To celebrate Earth Day, BizStream hosted its annual community-wide electronics recycling drive on April 21st. We invited everyone to drop off their unwanted electronic items for safe and eco-friendly recycling. This year, we collected and safely disposed of 4,690 pounds of recyclables via Comprenew. Since 2014, BizStream has helped recycle a total of 42,209 pounds of unwanted electronics responsibly!

Image of Comprenew truck at BizStream

Q3 - Community Cleanup

In our Q3 outreach initiative, we aimed to make a positive environmental impact in our community. Team members were divided into six groups, dedicating an hour to hit the streets and pick up trash near BizStream’s headquarters. On that hot and humid August afternoon, we happily collected over 20 bags of garbage, contributing to the beautification of our community.

BizStream team members standing in front of the BizStream building with colorful bags of trash in front of them.

Q4 - Holiday Helpers

Continuing our yearly tradition, in Q4, we partnered with a local school and Love INC of Northeast Ottawa to support families in creating a happy Christmas for their little ones through the Holiday Helpers program.

Each team member received funds to shop for the children based on their shoe size, clothing size, and “wish list” items. This year, the team brought holiday cheer to 25 children from 7 families, and over the past six years, we’ve had the privilege of brightening the holidays for over 155 children!

Year-Round Support

Beyond our quarterly outreach initiatives, we believe in supporting the community all year round. In 2023, BizStream was thrilled to lend a helping hand to the following fantastic organizations:

  • Allendale PTO
  • Allendale Athletic Boosters
  • Allendale Wrestling
  • Allendale Robotics
  • Amazing Reading Bus
  • Allendale Yearbook
  • Calhoun County Juvenile Home
  • The Right Place
  • Holland Pride
  • West Catholic Cross Country
  • Northwest Co-op
  • Cornerstone High School Youth Group
  • Junior Achievement of Michigan Great Lakes
  • West Michigan .NET User Group
  • Midwest Collegiate Computing Conference
  • Software GR
  • and more…

In 2023, we were thrilled to extend our helping hand to various fantastic organizations, knowing that the little gestures add up to create lasting, meaningful impacts. Plus, our team has a lot of fun doing it! We look forward to continuing our mission to make a difference in 2024 and beyond.

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