From left are Geri Tape with The Hanover, Edward Smith with Hutchinson Traylor, Candice Dixon with United Way, Calvin and Michelle Deck, Donna Buchanan with United Way and Jerome Guiney with The Hanover. (click for larger version)
January 30, 2014ROSWELL, Ga. — A Roswell man who had been walking several miles to and from work and his wife were presented with a car.
Calvin Deck and his wife Michelle were presented with a donated 2003 Honda Odyssey, courtesy of The Hanover Insurance Group, ABRA Auto Body and Glass, Hutchinson Traylor Insurance Agency and United Way of Greater Atlanta.
"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.
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.
Through the program:
• The Hanover donated the vehicle, which is valued at approximately $10,000.
• ABRA Auto Body and Glass in Atlanta refurbished the vehicle, donated the necessary labor and expertise needed to make the repairs and secured the parts and paint from their vendors.
• LaGrange's Hutchinson Traylor Insurance Agency registered the vehicle and donated the equivalent of one year of insurance.
• United Way of Greater Atlanta chose the recipients.
The couple has had difficulty getting to work since their car was stolen last year.
Calvin Deck 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 and 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."
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.