Tuesday, 11 May 2021 19:05

Washburn Tech, NABC Recycled Rides, United Way of Topeka, KS, Donate Two Refurbished Vehicles

Natalie Rodriguez was one of two recent recipients of refurbished vehicles in Topeka, KS. Natalie Rodriguez was one of two recent recipients of refurbished vehicles in Topeka, KS.


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On May 7, two deserving Topeka, KS, recipients experienced a life-changing event---the presentation of vehicles to provide them independence and the ability to work and take care of their families---thanks to the instructors and students at Washburn Tech, along with the National Auto Body Council (NABC) Recycled Rides.

The presentation was held at the United Way of Greater Topeka, which selected the deserving recipients. The vehicles were provided by two private donors.


Washburn Tech program instructor Eric Showalter and his wife Sharlene were joined by Dr. Jerry Farley and Dr. JuliAnn Mazachek, also from Washburn Tech, and Bill Garoutte, president and CEO of the NABC.
The NABC Recycled Rides presentation was a milestone for Washburn Tech, marking the 29th and 30th vehicle donation for them. Washburn Tech leads the country in NABC Recycled Rides presentations among technical schools.
“What an honor to be here today to celebrate this tremendous achievement for Washburn Tech, Eric and Sharlene Showalter and their students,” said Garoutte. “For more than a decade, the team at Washburn Tech has shown an incredible commitment to the NABC Recycled Rides program, the opportunity it provides their students to learn in a hands-on setting and the enrichment of helping others in need.”
The recipients were Natalie Rodriguez and Amber Strait.

Rodriguez, who received a 2006 Chevrolet Equinox, is a soon-to-be mother of two. An assistant manager at a retail store, she has relied on others for transportation. Her work shift often ends long after the bus system no longer runs, resulting in long waits until friends can come to pick her up from work.


This gift is life-changing in many ways, but likely the most important is...

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