Vehicles for Change and the Center for Automotive Careers

Vehicles for Change (VFC) was developed in 1999 as a way to connect low-income families with opportunities to own their own cars. Its mission is to empower families to achieve independence by learning about car ownership and maintenance.

VFC not only awards cars to low-income families, they also help them understand the technical side of maintaining their cars, teaching them the basics like oil and fluid changes, diagnostics, and more. Your car is one of your biggest investments; you should have the tools and skills to make keep it in great shape.

The Car Award Program

The Car Award program relies on donations from families in the Maryland, Washington DC, and Virginia areas. VFC offers the best tax incentives possible for donations: families who donate can deduct the full fair market value of their donation! Thanks to our donors, we're able to award cars to families for as low as $750. Since its opening, VFC has awarded over 5,000 vehicles, and 75% of the recipients have secured better jobs and higher incomes because of their new cars. This is all possible because of the wonderful families who donate to VFC.

Our Automotive Repair Training Program at Full Circle

Full Circle Service Center offers an automotive internship for returning citizens. The prison reentry automotive internship provides a second chance and an opportunity to excel in the automotive industry.

Our trainees receive ASE classroom training during their internship and they also get hands-on training under the supervision of a Master Mechanic. At the completion of their internship, they are placed in various jobs in the automotive industry. 

Our graduates have gone on to work as auto technicians and diesel mechanics in dealerships, national chains and independent auto repair shops. In addition, some of our interns pursue careers in service and sales. We have also entered a partnership with the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA). This partnership will enable interns to test and qualify to work on the MTA's fleet of buses. 

Want to Join One of Our Training Programs?

If you're interested in applying for our Maryland automotive training program, click the download application button on this page, for an application. Fill out the required information and send it in. If you have further questions, you can call us at (410) 242-3168.

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For information about our Detroit, training program visit our Detroit Location page here. If you have questions or would like to apply to the program please call the Detroit office at (313) 469-783.