Recycled Rides

The next Recycled Rides giveaway will be in Spring 2023.

Vehicle #33 has been awarded!

Each fall and spring Washburn Tech’s Recycled Rides program helps put reliable cars back on the road for the benefit of an individual or nonprofit group for whom transportation can be a life-changing gift. We will post a link to the current application each semester. You can check this page and our social media for application deadline information.

A smiling baby with an orange bow and a blue shirt smiles out of the front window of her family's new Recycled RideEligibility

To be considered for a vehicle through the Recycled Rides Program, nominees must :

  • 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
  • If under the age of 25, you must have parental responsibilities

Thanks to WIBW for this coverage of the Fall 2021 presentation
of Washburn Tech Recycled Rides #31 and #32!

Hear more about Recycled Rides in this Topeka Capital-Journal article:

See photos from the 25th car drive-away ceremony.

Washburn Tech 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.

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Nonprofit groups in the community encourage qualified clients or groups to apply for the program. Since Washburn Tech began participating in Recycled Rides, they have given away 33 vehicles to people in need, more than any other school participating in the program. We are honored to partner with Washburn Tech in support of their mission to deliver innovative educational and training opportunities to strengthen the communities they serve.