Since the very beginning, BASIC has found it necessary to play a positive role in our communities through community involvement. One of our key values is “People Helping People.” This philosophy permeates our day-to-day customer service and our contributions to our communities. We are proud that staff across the organization and at all levels are committed to community service as part of the essence of our corporate culture.
Company Wide Community Involvement
Go Red for Women
BASIC is a proud supporter of Go Red for Women. Each year staff members take time out of their busy schedules to help raise awareness for this worthy cause.
Loaves and Fishes
Our corporate office in Portage, Michigan holds annual food collections. Late 2014 we collected 697 lbs. food to help support Loaves and Fishes of Kalamazoo Grocery Pantry and Weekend Food Pack program geared towards are schoolchildren.
Every Christmas season BASIC is proud to be a Gold Level Sponsor for the Salvation Army. Employees brave the cold to provide a warm holiday season for those who need it most in our community.
BASIC holds a staff and community blood drive several times a year at our Corporate Headquarters through Michigan Blood.
Portage Community Center
Every Christmas season, BASIC’s employees sponsor families in need. In hopes to share our holiday cheer, we deliver food and presents through the Portage Community Center and assist with unpaid utility bills.
BASIC IT Scholarship Program
In honor of Bruce Weston, IT Manager, two students each year receive a scholarship for continued education in the IT field.
American Red Cross
In the case of a national or international disaster, BASIC organizes payroll deductions that will allow employees to quickly and easily contribute a portion of their wages to those affected by the tragedies through the American Red Cross.
HR and Payroll Professional Involvement
American Payroll Association
Jim Bolek, Vice President of Payroll, Chair of the APA Nominations and Elections Committee. He also presented “Communicating with Co-Workers” to The West Michigan Chapter of the American Payroll Association.
National Association of Professional Benefits Administrators
Mike Stoddard, COO, serves as Treasurer of NAPBA.
Kalamazoo Chamber of Commerce
Mike Stoddard, COO, serves on the Finance Committee of the Kalamazoo Chamber of Commerce.
Matt Steffic, Regional Sales Director, serves as an ambassador attending ribbon cutting ceremonies and supporting new businesses and members.
City of Portage
Mike Stoddard, COO, serves on the Salary Review Committee for the City of Portage.
Equine Experiential Education Association
Kim Shook, Vice President of Operations, is a founding member and has served on the Board of Directors for the Equine Experiential Education Association for over five years.
Transportation & Logistics Co.
Joe Aitchison, Vice President, serves on the Board of Directions as an Executive Committee Member.
Joe Aitchison, Vice President, serves on the Board of Directors for the Goodwill of Jackson.
The Salvation Army
Fritz Teutsch, President, serves as an Advisory Board Member of The Salvation Army Kalamazoo Corporation.
Mike Stoddard, COO, volunteers on the Board of Directors and as Treasurer for Kalamazoo Community in Schools.
Portage Community Center
Mike Stoddard, COO, has served on the Board of Directors at the Portage Community Center for over a decade.
Joe Aitchison, Vice President, serves as a board member.
Volunteering & Fundraising
Kalamazoo Humane Society
American Cancer Society
Chris VanderSloot, Payroll Manager, Relay for Life in Wyoming, MI to benefit the American Cancer Society. Coreena Williams, Customer Service Representative, Susan G Komen Walk.
Eric Zapata Memorial Fund
Debra Jessup, Customer Service Representative, is involved with several fundraising events for the family of a local police officer, Eric Zapata, killed in the line of duty.
March of Dimes
YMCA & St. Anthony
Jim Bolek, Vice President of Payroll, has coached basketball and baseball for a number of years for both YMCA & St. Anthony.
Western Michigan Therapy Dog Association
Joe Aitchison, Vice President, visits local hospital patients as a Therapy Dog/Handler volunteer through the Western Michigan Therapy Dog Association.
Communities around the country have benefited from charitable donations from BASIC.
- Any Soldier
- American Cancer Society
- Communities in Schools of Kalamazoo
- Eastern Michigan University
- Friends of Olancho
- Kalamazoo 4H Horse Leaders
- Kalamazoo Chamber of Commerce
- Kalamazoo Gospel Mission
- Kalamazoo Institute of Arts
- KOHA Travel Hockey
- Portage Community Center
- Southwest Michigan First
- United Way
- University of Michigan Mott Children’s Hospital
- Western Michigan University Foundation
- WMU IT Scholarship
- Youth with a Mission