Instructors and college students at Washburn Tech not too long ago donated two refurbished automobiles to 2 deserving Topeka, Kansas recipients through the Nationwide Auto Physique Council (NABC) Recycled Rides program.
The presentation was held on the United Manner of Topeka, which chosen the deserving recipients. The automobiles had been offered by two non-public donors. Along with this system teacher Eric Showalter and his spouse Sharlene, they had been joined by Dr. Farley and Dr. Mazachek from Washburn Tech and Invoice Garoutte, president and CEO of the NABC.
The NABC Recycled Rides presentation was a milestone for Washburn Tech, marking the twenty ninth and thirtieth automobile donation for them. Washburn Tech leads the nation in NABC Recycled Rides shows amongst technical colleges.
“What an honor to be right here in the present day to have fun this super achievement for Washburn Tech, Eric and Sharlene Showalter and their college students,” stated Garoutte. “For greater than a decade, the group at Washburn Tech has proven an unimaginable dedication to the NABC Recycled Rides program, the chance it supplies their college students to study in a hands-on setting and the enrichment of serving to others in want.”
Natalie Rodriguez, who obtained a 2006 Chevrolet Equinox, is a quickly to be mom of two. An assistant supervisor at a retail retailer, she has relied on others for transportation. Her work shift usually ends lengthy after the bus system not runs, leading to lengthy waits till mates can come to choose her up from work. This reward is life-changing in some ways, an important permitting her extra time at house along with her soon-to-be two kids as an alternative of ready for others to choose her up.
Amber Strait, who obtained a 2006 Nissan Maxima, skilled an unimaginable loss on the age of 10 and has skilled a lifetime of ups and downs. She entered the CaRE program with the Topeka Rescue mission and commenced an internship with the Metropolis of Topeka. She was employed full-time by town however was laid off after six months as a result of pandemic. She went again to the mission for a month earlier than she discovered one other job, one which she nonetheless holds in the present day. She’s going to share her one-year work anniversary there subsequent month.
“We’re so proud to have the ability to current these two automobiles in the present day on behalf of our Washburn Tech college students and group members,” stated Eric Washburn, technical teacher, Collision Restore within the Transportation Division. “We started work on these two automobiles earlier than COVID and needed to put the presentation on maintain for a 12 months till it was protected for everybody to return to work and faculty. That makes in the present day much more memorable. Congratulations to our college students for a terrific job on these automobiles, and congratulations to Natalie and Amber.”
Added United Manner of Better Topeka President and CEO Jessica Lehnherr, “We couldn’t have wished for a greater occasion and a greater morning to come back again to the nice work of NABC Recycled Rides. The driveaway is all the time the icing on the cake for a course of that takes so many individuals engaged on the vehicles, gathering the functions and – the hardest work of all – selecting simply two recipients. Yearly, the scholars amaze us with their expertise and their compassion. We’re so grateful that Washburn Tech continues to incorporate United Manner of Better Topeka on this uplifting effort.”
NABC Recycled Rides is a program wherein companies representing all sides of the collision restore business group as much as restore and donate automobiles to people and households in want of dependable transportation. Because the inception of this system in 2007, NABC members have donated greater than 2,600 automobiles valued at greater than $36 million.
Further companions within the NABC Recycled Rides presentation included 1-800 Charity Vehicles, State Farm, Efficiency Tire and Wheel, O’Reilly Auto Components and Kansas Automotive Warehouse.