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6/6/13 — Goodwill and Community Collaboration helps to put Alpena family on the road to independence.

Jennifer Hiske Vehicle Donation 3

L-R Front Row; Angela Golbeck, Goodwill Assistant Manager, Judi Chaney, Goodwill Store Manager, Jennifer Hiske, LuAnn Heinert, Goodwill Workers on Wheels Program Director, Back Row: Goodwill team members, Alex Beegan, Sherri Shay

For single mom, Jennifer Hiske, having no vehicle meant relying on family and friends to take her and her two sons to appointments, activities and walking a distance to work regardless of weather conditions. Through the generous donation of a vehicle to the Alpena Goodwill Store, Jennifer and her family now have the transportation needed to become more self-sufficient, improve their quality of life and fulfill every day needs.

“Transportation is a huge barrier and a big need,” explains LuAnn Heinert, Goodwill Workers on Wheels program Director. “The donation of this vehicle provided an excellent opportunity for community collaboration through the Goodwill Store and for members of the community to advocate for families by nominating them to receive the vehicle. Through the nomination process, I saw community members full of compassion and concern for people trying to function without reliable transportation.”

The Hiske family was selected from forty-two nominations, based on need, employment, barriers to independence and the life changing impact the vehicle will have on the nominee.

“This vehicle will take a lot of stress away by being able to do everything that we need to do on a day to day basis,” Jennifer Hiske explained. “It is going to help me and my family out more than anyone will ever know. I’m going to feel more independent. I want to make my children proud of me! Show them I’m strong.”

Most people think of donating clothing and household goods to the Goodwill store; however vehicle donations are gratefully accepted. Goodwill makes every effort to keep vehicle donations received in the area, in the area. Through collaborations Goodwill works to place vehicles with people facing transportation barriers who need a “hand up” to empower them to maintain their job, expand their employment opportunities and provide for their family’s needs.

For more information and tax incentives on making a vehicle donation call LuAnn Heinert at 1-877-448-3449 x 218 or 231-995-7718 or click here.


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