Mobility Ventures Donates New MV-1 Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle to Inspiring Waitress Whose Story Captured Nation’s Attention

In Community + Industry by Chad

Today, representatives from Mobility Ventures, LLC, along with New Jersey volunteer firefighters, and members of the community, were on hand at an event where a new, fully wheelchair accessible MV-1 was donated to the Woodward family of Mount Laurel, New Jersey.

This past summer, Liz Woodward picked up the breakfast tab for two volunteer firefighters (Paul Hullings and Tim Young – one of which had just come off of a fire), while working as a waitress in a diner. Taken by her gesture, the firefighters were inspired to action when they learned Ms. Woodward had started the Woodward Strong  campaign to raise money for her father, who had suffered a brain aneurysm some years earlier and was in need of a wheelchair accessible vehicle. In an act of “paying it forward” the two firefighters helped her boost the campaign from $30,000 to $80,000 and reach over 125 countries.

After hearing her story, Mobility Ventures was inspired to match the generosity of Ms. Woodward, the firefighters and the thousands of campaign donors by providing the Woodward family with a fully wheelchair accessible MV-1 vehicle.

“When we heard about Liz’s efforts to help her father and the incredible support she’s received from her community, we were deeply inspired and wanted to pay forward her kindness,” says Pat Kemp, Mobility Ventures Executive Vice President. “We’re happy to have a hand in giving her family back their mobility and freedom, and the peace of mind that comes from driving a safe and reliable vehicle.”

“The generosity and kindness the campaign supporters and Mobility Ventures have shown is really incredible and I hope this brings hope to others in similar situations and inspires people to help those in need in any way possible,” said Liz Woodward. “We truly appreciate it.”

The MV-1 is the only purpose built wheelchair accessible vehicle. The MV-1 redefines accessible transportation with a built-in side-entry power ramp, ample head room, and seating for up to five which includes the ability to safely accommodate two wheelchair users at a time one of whom rides in the front and the other in the spacious passenger area making it the perfect solution for consumers, commercial use, and government fleets. And at Mobility Ventures, safety comes first. The MV-1 safety record is unmatched by any wheelchair accessible vehicle, based on federal NHTSA safety recall data for aftermarket conversion vans. Additionally, the MV-1 meets all Buy America requirements.

Information about the MV-1 family of accessible vehicles can easily be found on our website at The site includes useful information on building/customizing your own MV-1, vehicle specifications, a downloadable brochure, vehicle photos and the nationwide dealer network locations. Also, please click the hyperlinks below for informative MV-1 customer testimonials.

About Mobility Ventures LLC

Mobility Ventures is an industry innovator in purpose-built paratransit vehicles for public and private transportation providing design, engineering, marketing, sales, and customer service support. Mobility Ventures is a wholly owned subsidiary, of AM General LLC. Please see more information about Mobility Ventures at

About AM General

AM General designs, engineers, manufactures, supplies and supports specialized vehicles for military and commercial customers worldwide. Through its military business, the company is widely recognized as the world leader in design, engineer, manufacture and support of Light Tactical Vehicles, having produced and sustained more than 300,000 vehicles in over 60 countries. Its growing Commercial business includes its wholly owned subsidiary, Mobility Ventures, designer and manufacturer of the acclaimed MV-1, the only American made vehicle specifically engineered from the ground up in support of wheelchair users and people with disabilities. AM General is also proud to have been selected by Mercedes-Benz to be its only contract manufacturer in the United States, producing the R-Class vehicle in Mishawaka, Indiana. AM General has more than five decades of experience meeting the changing needs of the defense and automotive industries, supported by its employees at major facilities in Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio, and a strong supplier base that stretches across 43 states. Please see more information about AM General at

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