Wheels for Work





Ames Ford partners 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.

Donate a Vehicle

For more information about making a tax deductible donation of your vehicle to the program, please contact Nick or Casey at Ames Ford at (515) 233-1913. They will guide you through the process and ensure your donation is taken care of.


Receive a Vehicle

To apply to receive a vehicle, the applicant must meet all of the following qualifications:
  • Live in Story County
  • Have a child 18 or under and/or a child in K-12 school living in your home
  • Under 150% of poverty (guidelines can be found here)
  • 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, conviction of driving with a suspended or revoked license, conviction of failure to restrain a child, or conviction of more than 2 moving violations. (Felony crimes of a violent, sexual, or drug-related nature and dates of conviction must be noted on the application as well.)
  • Household does not own a running vehicle (In order to receive a vehicle from the Wheels for Work program, you cannot have any vehicles in your home. Any parked cars will need to be junked/sold and a receipt shown to staff.)
  • Have not received a vehicle from Wheels for Work before


Wheels for Work
For more information about how to apply, please contact one of our partnering agencies:

ACCESS (Assault Care Center Extending Shelter & Support)

Current clients only; otherwise, please contact another partnering agency, josh@assaultcarecenter.org

Good Neighbor Emergency Assistance

515-296-1449, navigator@gnea.org

Mid-Iowa Community Action Agency (MICA)

515-956-3333, jodie.linse@micaonline.org

The Salvation Army

515-233-3567, kathy.pinkerton@usc.salvationarmy.org

Story County General Assistance

515-663-2943, cflack@storycountyiowa.org


See the Impact

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