Washburn Tech students participating in the Recycled Rides program

Recycled Rides

Students in auto collision and auto service technology work with licensed technicians to refurbish cars for families in need. Washburn Tech was the first educational institution in the nation to participate in Recycled Rides, a National Auto Body Council program, in which students and their mentors repair donated vehicles. It’s real-world work that’s touching real lives.

Our next Recycled Rides Ride-Away is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. on Monday, December 11, on the Washburn Tech campus. The nomination period for this Ride-Away concludes on Monday, November 20. Our program will be giving away a 2002 Buick LeSabre and a 2007 Toyota Rav4.

Recipient qualifications for a vehicle through the Recycled Rides Program are:

  • Have a valid driver’s license
  • Have proof of income/employment or a verifiable job offer
  • Must be insurable with no DWIs or DUIs on your driving record
  • Must not have any other vehicle in the household in working order that belongs to you
  • Must be drug free and no extensive criminal background
  • Must be able to pay for taxes, license and fees before receiving the vehicle
  • Form to nominate an individual
  • Form to nominate an organization

Check-out this video about the Recycled Rides program, thanks to KTWU Channel 11 located on the Washburn University campus.

For a Good Cause

Nonprofit groups in the community encourage qualified clients or groups to apply for the program. Since Washburn Tech began participating in Recycled Rides, we've given away nearly 20 vehicles to folks in need. It’s one more way we support our mission of delivering innovative educational and training opportunities to strengthen the communities we serve.

Getting a LIft

Wheels to Succeed

There are no words that can express my gratitude. I’ve been down, and I’ve made a few mistakes in my life. This is going to put me one step closer to bettering myself and getting back into school, so thank you.

Leroy Lattimore
Fall 2015 Recycled Rides recipient

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