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12/8/15 — Loca, Hardworking Alpena Family Selected to Vehicle Through Workers on Wheels Program

December 8, 2015 (Traverse City, Mich.;) Thanks to the outpouring of support demonstrated by the Alpena community, Goodwill Northern Michigan is pleased to announce the selected local, hardworking family to receive the Workers on Wheels (WoW) 2004 Buick Rendezvous car giveaway.

The deserving family, Lorilee and Michael McGee and their two young children, received three nominations from members of the Alpena community who describe them as …”hard-working, helpful, generous, giving and active in their community.”

Goodwill’s WoW committee had the difficult task of choosing among the 26 candidates nominated by 41 people, each presenting a compelling situation requiring vehicle assistance. Congratulations to the McGee family and heartfelt thanks for the work they are doing to help others in the Alpena community.

“Thank you to the Alpena community for their participation,” said LuAnn Heinert, Director of Workers on Wheels. “Either as someone who took time to nominate a fellow neighbor or as a nominee in need of transportation, together we are changing lives through GOOD for GOOD.”

Heinert hopes this process has created community awareness of the Goodwill WoW program to encourage folks in the area to consider donating their pre-loved vehicle so that we can provide a transportation solution to more of those families who were nominated.

Workers on Wheels, a Goodwill Northern Michigan program, aims to increase the independence and mobility of hard-working, low income families through safe, reliable transportation

WoW has assisted hundreds of local families with vehicles since 1999. Donated cars are inspected, repaired, and awarded to a low-income, working family in need. We keep it local! All vehicles are awarded in the same area from which they were donated.

Over the last year, Goodwill Northern Michigan, a locally operated non-profit organization, has expanded its donations-based retail presence and mission services to better accommodate its vast territory. The local Goodwill has a service area of 19 northern Michigan counties, from Wexford to Presque Isle, with Traverse City acting as its hub.

Goodwill Northern Michigan strengthens communities by enhancing the dignity and quality of life for people in need by overcoming barriers to opportunities through learning and the power of work. Learn more at

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