Recycled Rides

Thank you for your interest. Spring 2021 applications are now closed.
Look for another opportunity in Fall 2021. 

Additional program information is available on  the Washburn Tech website:

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. Current applications will be posted each semester and application deadlines will be announced here and on social media.

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

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 28 vehicles to people in need, more than any other school participating in the program. We are proud to partner with Washburn Tech in support of their mission to deliver innovative educational and training opportunities to strengthen the communities they serve.