Left to right, 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.
Left to right, 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.

Atlanta, Ga., December 9, 2013 – A Roswell, Ga., man, Calvin Deck, who had been walking several miles to and from work, and his wife, Michelle, were presented with a donated 2003 Honda Odyssey, courtesy of The Hanover Insurance Group, ABRA Auto Body & Glass, Hutchinson Traylor Insurance Agency and United Way of Greater Atlanta.

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 & Glass in Atlanta, a leading national vehicle repair company, 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, one of Georgia’s leading independent insurance agencies, registered the vehicle and donated the equivalent of one year of insurance.
  • United Way of Greater Atlanta chose the recipients, Calvin and Michelle Deck.

The couple has had difficulty getting to work since their car was stolen last year.  Calvin 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 & 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.”

“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.

“We have deep roots here and seek to give back by helping others,” said Edward D. Smith, executive vice-president of Hutchinson Traylor Insurance Agency. “Presenting the Decks with a vehicle is an example of what can be accomplished when we work together with other committed, community minded partners.”

“United Way of Greater Atlanta is grateful to The Hanover for its consistent commitment to serving others,” said Milton J. Little, Jr., president of United Way of Greater Atlanta. “Through Recycled Rides and other initiatives, The Hanover helps us achieve our mission of improving the lives of those in our community who are in greatest need.”

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.


The Hanover Insurance Group, Inc., based in Worcester, Mass., is one of the top 25 property and casualty insurers in the United States. For more than 160 years, The Hanover has provided a wide range of property and casualty products and services to businesses, individuals, and families. The Hanover distributes its products through a select group of agents and brokers. Through its international member company, Chaucer, The Hanover also underwrites business at Lloyd's of London in several major insurance and reinsurance classes including political risk, marine, aviation and energy. For more information, please visit hanover.com.




Founded in 1984 and headquartered in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, ABRA is a leading provider of vehicle repair services specializing in collision repair, paintless dent removal, and auto glass repair and replacement. ABRA’s mission is to be the best auto body and glass company in America by providing quality repairs, in a timely manner, with friendly, helpful service. For more information about ABRA visit www.abraauto.com




For more than 85 years, families and businesses throughout Georgia have counted on Hutchinson Traylor for the best property and casualty, life and health insurance, as well as financial products and services. Today, the company remains a family-owned business. Built on a rich history of knowledgeable and reliable service, Hutchinson Traylor is the company you can depend on for all your business and personal insurance needs. For more information, visit www.hutchinsontraylor.com.



The National Auto Body Council is a non‐profit organization dedicated to enhancing the image of the collision industry. Our ongoing and continued success is a direct result of the efforts and support of our sponsoring companies and membership. Please contact the National Auto Body Council directly for membership information. Call 1‐888‐667‐7433 or go to www.autobodycouncil.org. Visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NationalAutoBodyCouncil. The NABC’s Twitter feed is @AutoBodyCouncil.



Our United Way is the second-largest in the nation with more than $80 million in fundraising annually. We invest in more than 200 programs in 13 counties through the Community Impact Fund and work with them to help children succeed in school, improve financial stability of families, provide affordable and accessible health care and end homelessness. For more information, visit unitedwayatlanta.org.




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