Recycled Rides Gears Up for Ride-Away

March 22, 2016

Topeka, Kan. – Washburn Tech’s Recycled Rides program will roll out more opportunities for folks in need at the next Ride-Away at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 3 on the south apron of the Kansas Statehouse. In addition to giving away two vehicles, State Farm Insurance will present another major donation to the program through the Washburn University Foundation. Gov. Sam Brownback plans to attend.

“State Farm continues its promise of being a good neighbor as shown through its commitment to 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. 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 2007 Chevrolet Impala donated by The Nature Conservancy; and a 2007 Saturn Aura donated by State Farm Insurance. 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 college in the nation to participate in the National Auto Body Council’s Recycled Rides program. The vehicles, refurbished and presented this spring, become the 15th and 16th rides donated by Washburn Tech.