Recycled Rides

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, applicants 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

Click here to print the Recycled Rides Fall 2017 Individual Application

Click here to print the Recycled Rides Fall 2017 Organization Application

If you have questions about the application process, please email jkatzer@unitedwaytopeka.org.

The Spring 2017 Driveaway is complete! Visit the United Way Facebook page to see the photos of Recycled Rides #19 and #20 with their new owners! Watch for a new Recycled Rides opportunity in Fall 2017.

Recycled Rides recipients with United Way's Kimberly Wolff

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.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

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 20 vehicles to people in need. 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.