Wheels for Work

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What We Do

Ames Ford has partnered with United Way of Story County to bring Wheels For Work to Story County. Ames Ford accepts donated vehicles into the program to be given a safety inspection and repaired to donate to a family in need of a vehicle. Giving a family a car makes child care, school, jobs, groceries, and medical appointments easily accessible – things that are so easily taken advantage of by those who have never had to be without a vehicle.


Who We Serve

Families who receive a vehicle qualify in all the following ways:

  • Live in Story County
  • Have children between the ages of birth and 18 living in the home
  • Under 150% of poverty
  • Have the ability to budget for vehicle maintenance, fuel, and car insurance
  • Employed or full-time student
  • Have a valid Iowa driver’s license
  • In the last two years, do not have an OWI or convicted of a violent crime, and have no more than two moving violations
  • Household does not own a running vehicle
Partners

Ames Ford accepts donated vehicles into the program to be given a safety inspection and repaired.

ACCESS, Central Iowa Community Services, Mid-Iowa Community Action, and The Salvation Army take applications and work directly with the clients on details to receive a vehicle.

How We Impact

Families who have received vehicles have told us many positive stories about how owning a vehicle has improved their quality of life. In addition to being able to keep their job and income, which is the purpose of the program, many have been able to increase the hours they work due to having reliable transportation.

Many have also reported that having a vehicle saves them a great amount of time that was typically spent on the bus making multiple trips each week to the grocery store, since they were unable to bring a full week's worth of groceries back on the bus. Those families have been able to spend more quality time together.

Families have had increased access to medical appointments, especially for those who have appointments outside of the community, including trips to specialized care in Iowa City.

Children's lives are being enriched by the increased opportunities they have because of safe, reliable transportation. Parents have shared that they've been able to take their children to the county fair, apple orchard, the zoo, and parks. Children have been able to attend swimming lessons and participate in school activities, such as sports and band. All of these things were not possible for these children before their parents received a car from this program.

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