Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Students at Iowa Community College Refurbish Vehicles for Charity and Education
Students at the Northwest Iowa Community College (NCC) will be donating their ninth refurbished vehicle to charity this holiday season. With the help from the Iowa Auto Recyclers Association (IAR), students in NCC's SkillsUSA chapters inspect, repair and donate vehciles to help those in need, while developing the skills they will use in their future careers.
Charitable Chariots, NCC's SkillsUSA Community Service Project, has been donating vehicles to charity for four years now and has a 1996 GEO Prism ready for donation this December. They are also working to complete three additional vehicles.
Steven Youngs, Collision Instructor at NCC said the Recyclers Association came on board just a year ago and the support has been unbelievable. "Without IAR's help we would not be able to accomplish what we have," said Youngs. "They [IAR] pretty much sponsor the entire makeover of the vehicle," says Dennis Wallace, Diesel Instructor and co-founder of the Charitable Chariots project.
The IAR provides parts for the repairs and donations to purchase maintenance supplies as well. Sue Schauls, Executive Director for IAR, says, "This project is new and different and something we can really connect with."
Vehicles for the project are given to NCC from the general public. Donors receive a tax deduction and NCC students gain training and knowledge by repairing the vehicles. The community benefits as well when the vehicle is donated to charity.
Each vehicle is inspected for safe return to the highway including a maintenance overhaul with fluids, filters, tune-up, battery, and other miscellaneous consumable parts. The vehicles are also repaired when necessary with brakes, suspension, exhaust, tires, and major worn systems, and of course any body work and glass needed.
We at NCC are very happy that our relationship with IAR will continue for another year and together we can provide a life-changing gift to the community. This past June two Charitable Chariots vans were donated to charity during the National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City, MO. One van went to restart, Inc., an interfaith Homeless Shelter, and the second to a single mother of 7 children.