Date: February 6, 2014
A Roswell, Ga., man, Calvin Deck, who had been walking several miles to and from work, and his wife, Michelle, were presented with a donated 2003 Honda Odyssey, courtesy of The Hanover Insurance Group, ABRA Auto Body & Glass, Hutchinson Traylor Insurance Agency and United Way of Greater Atlanta.
The car was donated through the Recycled Rides program, a national community service project of the National Auto Body Council, and will solve the couple’s trying transportation problem.
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The couple has had difficulty getting to work since their car was stolen last year. Calvin has had to walk several miles to and from work each day. Now, with reliable transportation, he can work more hours and it will be easier for his wife, Michelle, to find employment.
“There are millions of Americans for whom transportation is a huge challenge. Not owning a vehicle makes it difficult to get to work, go to school, shop or visit the doctor,” said Eddy Frost of ABRA Auto Body & Glass. “As a company with deep roots in the community, we are proud to contribute our expertise to help a deserving family through this collaborative effort.”
“The Recycled Rides program is an important reminder to our employees and community partners of how, working together through United Way, we can make a positive, lasting difference in the communities where we live and work” said Jerome Guiney, regional vice president for The Hanover.
“We have deep roots here and seek to give back by helping others,” said Edward D. Smith, executive vice-president of Hutchinson Traylor Insurance Agency. “Presenting the Decks with a vehicle is an example of what can be accomplished when we work together with other committed, community minded partners.”
“United Way of Greater Atlanta is grateful to The Hanover for its consistent commitment to serving others,” said Milton J. Little, Jr., president of United Way of Greater Atlanta. “Through Recycled Rides and other initiatives, The Hanover helps us achieve our mission of improving the lives of those in our community who are in greatest need.”
Each year, The Hanover and its employees contribute more than $1 million to local United Way locations in communities around the country where its employees live and work. In addition, this year, the company will present five Recycled Ride vehicles to individuals and families in need nationwide.
*This story originally appeared in The Roswell Patch and was authored by Dave Kowal.