WORCESTER– A local woman who has spent 30 years transforming youth as the Great Brook Valley site coordinator at the Boys & Girls Club of Worcester received a little extra help today when she was presented with a fully-restored 2009 Chevrolet Impala. Carmen Sanchez was given the car courtesy of The Hanover Insurance Group, Fuller Auto Body, and O’Brien & Gibbons Insurance Agency. She was nominated to receive the car by the Boys & Girls Club of Worcester, an organization supported by the United Way of Central Massachusetts.

12_MG_1464The car was donated through Recycled Rides, a national community service project of the National Auto Body Council. It was presented to Ms. Sanchez as a reflection of The Hanover’s continued commitment to its partnership with the United Way.

Through the Recycled Rides program:

  • The Hanover donated the vehicle, which previously had been damaged in an accident.  The vehicle is valued at approximately $10,000.
  • Fuller Auto Body of Auburn, Mass., refurbished the vehicle, donating the labor and expertise necessary to make the repairs, and secured the needed parts and paint from their vendors.  Worcester’s O’Brien & Gibbons Insurance Agency, one of the region’s leading independent insurance agencies, registered the vehicle and provided one year of insurance.
  • The Boys & Girls Club of Worcester identified Ms. Sanchez as a worthy candidate and recommended her as the recipient.

Ms. Sanchez has been an integral part of the Kids Club after school program over the last 30 years, and has worked with several hundred children in Great Brook Valley. Whether it’s through homework assistance, educational and recreational programming, or even cooking classes, Ms. Sanchez strives to create a nurturing, supportive environment for the children.

Ms. Sanchez does not own a car, and has had to rely on public transportation to get around the city to serve kids in the program. With her newly Recycled Ride, she will be able to pick up and deliver supplies, bring the club’s children to important appointments, and get to appointments with teachers and others as an advocate for the youth in the program.

“There are millions of Americans for whom transportation is a huge challenge. Not owning a car makes it difficult to get to work, shop or visit the doctor,” said Joshua Fuller, Fuller Auto Body. “As a company with deep roots in the community, we are proud to contribute our expertise to help Ms. Sanchez through the Recycled Rides program.”

Ms Sanchez shows off the keys to her new automobile.

Ms Sanchez shows off the keys to her new automobile.

“Presenting Carmen with a car is an example of what can be accomplished when we work together with other committed, community-minded partners,” said Margaret M. Dix of O’Brien & Gibbons Insurance Agency. “With a history in the community that goes back more than 75 years, we have deep roots here and seek to give back by helping others.”

Representatives of The Hanover and the United Way of Central Mass said the program is yet another reflection of the good that can be done through partnership and collaboration.

“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 Mark J. Welzenbach, senior vice president and chief claims officer for The Hanover.

“Through Recycled Rides and other programs, The Hanover consistently demonstrates its commitment to United Way and to the community,” said Tim Garvin, president of The United Way Central Massachusetts. “By doing so, The Hanover plays a major role in helping the United Way to achieve its mission of improving the community by helping those in need.”

Each year, The Hanover and its employees contribute more than $1 million to local United Way chapters 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.