Recycled Rides Plans Triple Giveaway

April 20, 2015

Topeka, Kan. – A new milestone will be reached by Washburn Tech’s Recycled Rides program when three vehicles are given away at one time at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 7, on the south apron of the Kansas Statehouse. In addition, State Farm Insurance will present another major donation to the program through the Washburn University Foundation.

“State Farm is known for being a good neighbor, and that shows in their dedication to the community and Recycled Rides,” said Clark Coco, dean, Washburn Tech. “It is incredible to hand a family the keys to a better future.  State Farm’s generous donations are making that possible.”

Recycled Rides partners auto students with instructors and professional mentors in the community to refurbish vehicles, which are awarded to individuals and families in need. For the first time, charitable organizations may apply for a refurbished ride. Local businesses and individuals also donate parts and supplies to get the vehicles on the road again. 

Recipients will ride-away in one of the following recycled vehicles: a silver 2003 Pontiac Montana, a silver 2003 Chrysler Town and Country or a tan 1997 Dodge Grand Caravan. All three vehicles were donated by individuals rather than by corporations. In addition to the vehicle, recipients receive a bag of car-care products and the promise of a first oil change and check-up.

Washburn Tech was the first school in the nation to participate in the National Auto Body Council’s Recycled Rides program. The vehicles, refurbished and presented this spring, will bring the total number of rides donated by Washburn Tech to 13.