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Workers on Wheels Program


The mission of the Workers on Wheels program is to provide safe, reliable transportation for area low income, working families. Building on the generosity of vehicle donors, we empower those in need to progress toward self-sufficiency and an improved quality of life.

How the Program Works

The Workers on Wheels program matches donated vehicles with families in need to promote employment and independence. The goal of the Workers on Wheels program is to provide safe, reliable transportation for area low income, working families in Northern Michigan.

The success of the Workers on Wheels program comes from the collaborative resources of human services agencies throughout Northern Michigan and their collective belief that gainful employment minimizes dependence on state-supported assistance. Applications brought to the table by service providers are reviewed, prioritized, discussed and considered based on family size, commuting distance and other qualification criteria.

To be eligible for a WOW vehicle, an individual must:

  • Be employed  (minimum 20 hours per week).
  • Possess a valid Michigan driver license.
  • Have a reasonable safe driving record.
  • Be receiving services through Department of Human Services.
  • Have NOT received a prior vehicle award from WOW or from another ‘car purchase’ community program.
  • Reside in our 19 county service area: Alcona, Alpena, Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Crawford, Emmett, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Missaukee, Montmorency, Ogemaw, Oscoda, Otsego, Presque Isle, Roscommon, Wexford.

Car awards through WOW help families maintain their steady job, get their children to necessary appointments and fulfill every day needs.

Goodwill accepts cars, trucks, vans, motorcycles, RVs, boats, and snowmobiles on trailers. For items that are not titled, registration must be provided.


57% of car recipients reported increased earnings from picking up more hours or landing a better job.

50% of car recipients reported that their kids has an increase in extra-curricular activities.

“We are able to see family that live a ways away. Now I can cover shifts at other Save-a-Lots around Traverse City. Words can’t even express. This program saved my family!”

“Thank you so much for your help and all the good you do for so many people. I have been able to get to work and able to pick up my daughter from school without worrying if I would break down or wondering how I would get there. We are now able to do after school activities and I have been able to take more hours at work if called in.” Sandy and children

Car donations are accepted in Traverse City, Alpena, Cadillac, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Gaylord and Petoskey.

Your donation today will help put a low income working family on the road to independence! We also accept monetary donations to the Workers on Wheels program. Donate Now!


Thank you to  for their generous support serving as  2017/2018 Mechanical Partner for Goodwill Northern Michigan’s Workers on Wheels program.

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