NCC’s “Charitable Chariots” Donate Car

NCC’s Charitable Chariots program, a SkillsUSA service learning project, donated a 2007 Ford Fusion to a Sheldon family that had been identified by the Family Crisis Centers of NW Iowa on Tuesday, November 23. The recipient of this car was Serina Garcia and her five children.

About 65 people gathered in the Automotive & Light Duty Diesel lab to see the official transition of ownership from the College to Garcia. Garcia said, “I am very grateful for this car. This is very exciting. Thank you to the students who worked on this car. I look forward to getting to my job and see some of my kids.”

The Charitable Chariots Program is a service learning component of NCC’s Automotive & Light Duty Diesel and Diesel Technology Programs. Students repair and service locally donated automobiles for the purpose of donating back to area families in need. To date, 24 vehicles have been donated to families in Northwest Iowa.

Dawson Dagel, 2nd year NCC Automotive & Light Duty Diesel student, worked on the car. He said, “This program is a lot of fun. This is the second car I have worked on for the Charitable Chariots program while I have been at NCC. It’s really good to see the car going to a good cause and helping someone out.” Dagel continued, “The Charitable Chariots service learning project is a really nice part of the program. It teaches that a person needs to give back to the community.”

“This is a fabulous project for NCC to be involved with, said Wendy Pierce, Osceola County Outreach Specialist with Upper Des Moines Opportunity. “My dad is a retired technician and I appreciate how much work goes into making a car safe to drive. This is a great gift for a single mom.” Pierce went on to say, “This will help Serina to get a job, it will provide stability for her family, and helps her to reestablish her overall goals.”

Chuck Ball, NCC Automotive Instructor, explained the reason Charitable Chariots was started.  “The instructors wanted to stress to students that they not only participate in community service, but community service in their given professions. When our students graduate we want them to be well-rounded professionals and that includes giving back to their communities.” Ball continued, “So we added a service learning component to the curriculum. We are trying to teach that life is not all about a paycheck. Giving back to the community you live in is a good life lesson.”

A special thank you to the Iowa Auto Recyclers organization for the donation of the engine and Larry’s Repair, Sheldon, for the donation of the tires.

If you are interested in donating to the Charitable Chariots program please contact Chuck Ball at Northwest Iowa Community College. You can call him at (712) 324-5061 or email him at

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