The auto body program at City College at Montana State University Billings partnered with the National Auto Body Council’s Recycled Rides program for the second year to help with the donation of a refurbished car to a local family. Micki Morrow and her daughter were presented the vehicle at the City College Car Show and Collision Repair Exploration Day in April.
The day featured a car show with more than 50 cars, food, prizes and vendors. Steve Wodrich, auto body instructor at City College, organized the event to allow the public to view the auto body program and all the opportunities it can bring.
Recycled Rides is a program developed by the National Auto Body Council as a way to help low-income families get a vehicle when they would otherwise be unable to afford one.
This year, State Farm Insurance donated a 2014 Ford Fusion and area businesses donated more than $5,000 in parts to the cause. Auto body students disassembled the vehicle, assessed the damage, wrote the estimate using OEM repair procedures, and performed repairs. Diesel program students at City College also worked on the car and replaced an engine cradle and performed an alignment on the vehicle.
According to a news release from MSUB, Wodrich worked with Love Inc. of Yellowstone County and the Harvest Church Car Care program to find the recipient of this year’s car.
“This makes me feel free,” Morrow said as she accepted the keys to her new car and thanked the students who worked on it. “I’ve wanted to put my daughter in soccer and take her to meet my family in Miles City but was never able to do that until now.”
Wodrich plans on making the car show an annual event and will give away a Recycled Ride at it every year.
For more information, go to msubillings.edu.