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April 2, 2014

City Life Wheels operates downtown

Central Indiana Youth for Christ operates a ministry in downtown Indianapolis called “City Life Wheels.”

City Life Wheels is the only vehicle donation program in Central Indiana that uses donated vehicles as vocational training and a mentoring youth program.

The program is equipping at-risk teenagers with relevant job skills to instill self-confidence and the means to provide for themselves and their future families.

City Life Wheels teaches neighborhood teens basic automotive maintenance and repair skills from an ASE Certified Mechanic. It is a hands-on program where the students do the actual maintenance and repair work on cars donated to the program. Repaired cars are then sold to provide funding for the program.

On average, cars that are repaired and sold this way sell for one or two times more than they would have brought at an auction. These two practices multiply the value of each donation in both dollars generated and services provided to youth from each car donated. For a donor, this represents a greater return on the donation than a program that just resells donated cars at auction.

Some cars are not economically worth fixing and/or unsafe to resell. In those instances the vehicles are used for parts and then recycled for scrap. This is still a valuable contribution to the organization. Even significantly wrecked, broken, or aged cars have scrap value that make them worth donating.

Donated vehicles may be dropped off or the organization will come and pick them up.

Anyone interested in donating a vehicle may contact Jon Smith with Hendricks County Youth for Christ by e-mailing to jsmith@ciyfc.org or by calling 989-9663.

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