Recycled Rides Reaches a Milestone

November 14, 2014

Topeka, Kan. – Washburn Tech’s Recycled Rides program will give away another refurbished vehicle at 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, November 25, in the Auto Collision facility on Washburn Tech’s campus at 5724 SW Huntoon St. This will be the tenth vehicle that the program has given to a local individual or family in need.

The recipient, a single father from Topeka, will be sliding into a refurbished 2006 Chevy HHR. The vehicle was donated by State Farm Insurance, a valued corporate partner of Washburn Tech’s Recycled Rides program.

“We greatly appreciate State Farm and all of our corporate partners who make this outreach effort possible,” said Clark Coco, dean, Washburn Tech. “Through their donations, the expertise of local industry friends and the dedication of our instructors and students, we are able to provide our recipients with the wheels they need to succeed. Together, we have achieved quite a milestone of ten Recycled Rides!”

Recycled Rides partners auto students with instructors and professional mentors in the community to refurbish vehicles, which are awarded to individuals or families in need.  Local businesses and individuals also donate parts and supplies to get the vehicles running again.

Washburn Tech’s event is being held in conjunction with National Auto Body Council’s Recycled Rides National Ride-Away Day. Washburn Tech was the first school in the nation to participate in the NABC program, which has donated more than 800 vehicles nationwide since its inception.