Hardworking and Selfless

Monday, August 22, 2016 4:53 PM

Luis Lugo is going to help out his family with his new car. Luis' nephew suffers from asthma and has to go the doctor's office frequently. With his car, Luis will take some of the strain off his family by driving his nephew to appointments. His father works long overnight hours and does not have his own car, which  causes him to depend on others.  Luis plans to be the shoulder his dad can lean on by shuttling him to and from work.

 As a full-time student at Asnuntuck Community College in Enfield, CT Luis works during the day at Carey Manufacturing and attends college at night in hopes of obtaining a degree in machining to better his life for himself and his family. 

 Thanks to Modern Mazda in Connecticut for partnering with us as part of Mazda's Drive to 100 initiative!

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Monday, August 15, 2016 8:21 PM

Mandy Rogers has had to rely on friends and co-workers for rides. She said there was "no guarantee that they were going to be on time," and this limited the places she was able to go. Mandy and her 15-year-old son have not always been able to  get to doctors appointments, get to the grocery store, or run everyday errands. 

All of that will change with Mandy's new car. She has a job offer in Columbia that will pay more than she currently makes. Her son will be able to stay after school for lacrosse and wrestling, and he will even be able to go to away games! They both look forward to visiting Mandy's father and other family members in West Virginia, a 2-hour-trip that they have not been able to make in a long time.

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Determined to Succeed

Monday, August 8, 2016 3:51 PM

Lyndon Rowland has the will and the determination that it takes to succeed. While working full-time as a customer service representative at State Farm Insurance, he’s taken the initiative to enroll himself at Manchester Community College for the fall semester. 

Lyndon’s fortitude is clearly an inheritance from his mother, who recently received her first degree and is now working towards a bachelor’s degree in social services. Although she was driving herself to school and work, she managed to find the time to help her son get where he needed to go, too. 28436369802_cf73b8f90f_o.jpg

A strong-willed mother and the help of Job Corps allowed Lyndon to gain more structure in his life and that structure is a major stepping stone towards higher education and more career opportunities. 

The other stepping stone is his new car. Car ownership allows Lyndon to have a greater sense of independence and self-reliance, and more...

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A Bubble of Hope

Wednesday, August 3, 2016 8:25 PM

Timmey Clark has never owned a vehicle. The New York transplant and her two-year-old daughter Amaya dedicate almost four hours daily to riding public transportation.

Timmey rides four buses to make it to her daughter’s daycare and continues on to work, traveling from Baltimore County to Park Heights, a trip that will only take 25 minutes in her Pontiac GT.

She smiles as she shares the journeys that she can’t wait to take. “Delaware,” Timmey says still smiling. She has a sister that lives there and says, “It would be nice to get the family together.”

She’s also made future plans for Amaya with hopes to put her in ballet classes once she is old enough. Until then, she’ll be sticking her “Baby on Board” placard in the window of 'Bubbles,' the Pontiac. 

“Today, just changed my whole life.”

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Paving it Forward

Monday, August 1, 2016 5:08 PM

In the past confidence is something that Oliver Tito struggled with. He had difficulty finding employment, and after almost two years his family discovered job corps. He enrolled in the manufacturing program and ever since he has become more confident. He is now a teacher’s aid to other students and helps teach basic machine operations.

 His lack of transportation and his need to rely on others to get to work caused Oliver to have issues arriving on time at his previous job.  With his new car, Oliver plans on helping other people get to school, searching for job opportunities outside of the Hartford area, and visiting family. Thanks to Mazda of Manchester for partnering with us for Mazda's Drive for Good, and Lisa Phillips for representing us!

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Three Cheers for Eboni

Wednesday, July 27, 2016 4:23 PM

Eboni Brown lives 45 minutes from her job at Medstar Washington Hospital Center, and previously carpooled every day from her home in Bowie, Maryland. 

As the mother of six children and grandmother of one grandson, Eboni is always busy. When her old car broke down she had to cut down a lot of activities. Her children play football, basketball, and participate on a cheer team. Taking them to out of town games and practice became very difficult.

With her award of a 2004 Mazda 6, Eboni looks forward to being able to watch her kids play sports and cheer. Her new car will also help reduce her commute to work. “I won’t have to carpool anymore, I can get to my appointments and I can do more things with my children,” Eboni said. 

Thank's to Passport Mazda for partnering with us as part of Mazda's Drive for Good program!

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Fully Re-charged

Wednesday, July 20, 2016 3:11 PM

Atum Dyson is excited for his new car and the job opportunities it will bring. With his car he will "make more money and be able to get to jobs in Frederick," says Atum.

Right now he wakes up at 6:30 in the morning for a 2-hour bus ride to work that involves carrying his heavy electrician equipment with him.

Atum looks forward to easily running errands and driving on a vacation trip to Ocean City.

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Safety from the Storm

Monday, July 18, 2016 4:42 PM

Charlena Montgomery is going to name her new car "Lightning," because "If it can get me safely out before the storm comes, I'll be fine," she said.

With three disabled children, Charlena's daily routine is complicated by therapy and doctors visits. "It's like trying to be in seven places at once." Her normal 3 hour work commute will be greatly reduced with her new car, which will allow her more time to spend with her children.

Charlena plans on making her new car her own by hanging up a keychain that has her children's birth bracelets on it, as well as her teacher ID. 

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July: Parks and Recreation Month

Thursday, July 14, 2016 5:35 PM

Since 1985, America has dedicated July as national Parks and Recreation month. And what better way to celebrate than taking a day off and enjoying a few of Maryland’s 40 state parks! Whether your ideal day trip is taking the family our for a planned beach day at Sandy point or going on a spontaneous drive to explore the hiking trails of Cunningham Falls, there are adventures to be found and memories to be made. Whatever you choose . . . go explore, be active, and see what Maryland has to offer!

But nothing ruins a fun day in the sun like car troubles. So before you set out to take advantage of one of our beautiful park, you may want to consider a few things like: does your car need new oil, new tires, or a checkup? Even if your engine or oil light is not on, it’s a still a great idea to have your vehicle checked and serviced.

Master Mechanic, Wayne Farrar, is Full Circle Service...

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Fresh Start with a Fresh Car

Wednesday, July 13, 2016 2:10 PM

Jamie Jacob will finally be able to visit her family members a few counties over, some she hasn’t seen in more than 6 years. 

A mother to 3, Jamie spends a lot of her effort walking her 4 -year-old daughter to daycare and trying to get rides to visit her 15-year-old son at his Dad’s house. 

She’s already put flower decals on the windows and a lei air freshener on her mirror. Jamie’s 8-year-old son looks forward to being able to join a recreational soccer league and cub scouts.


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