April 27, 2005

GM Canada donates 6 vans to United Way of Halifax

Halifax, Nova Scotia – General Motors of Canada announced it is donating six new vans to the United Way of Halifax Region for use by their agencies that have transportation needs.

David Paterson, Vice President, Corporate & Environmental Affairs, General Motors of Canada said, “We are pleased to provide these vehicles to United Way of Halifax Region knowing the United Way agencies will leverage them to better serve their clients in the Halifax-Dartmouth community.”

“We are delighted with the generous gift GM has donated to our community,” says Joanne Linzey, CEO of United Way of Halifax Region. “We received applications from close to 20 agencies expressing their need for affordable transportation. Many thanks to the GM Community Wheels program for such a significant and worthwhile contribution to our community.”

GM Community Wheels provides new Chevrolet, Pontiac and Saturn vans to local organizations that require vehicles as part of their efforts to help people in the community. GM Community Wheels was piloted in Edmonton with United Way of the Alberta Capital Region in 2003, and since then GM has expanded the program to include Vancouver, Montreal, Quebec and today, Halifax.

Since launching in the summer of 2003, GM Community Wheels vehicles across the country have delivered over 500,000 hot lunches to schools, transported over 5,000 new Canadian immigrants and their families to community services and programs, transported just under 2.5 million kilograms of food and over 13,000 food hampers per month. As well, the vans have transported more than 1,400 children to summer day camp programs and provided countless numbers of seniors with access to social, recreational and health programs.

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