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WCA Shines



WCA Launches Charity Arm, Partners with Wash Away Thirst


In support of WCA’s mission to make local and regional connections and promote the car wash industry to the public, the WCA Board of Directors has announced the launch of the association’s charity arm, WCA Shines: Washing Our Way to a Better Tomorrow.


“The car wash community is much more than just businesses washing vehicles. Car wash owners are actively involved in their local communities and many of them are supporters of a variety of nonprofits and charities,” said Marla Mayer, President of WCA. 


A key component of WCA Shines is a partnership with Wash Away Thirst, a community of professional car washes, vendors, and clean car enthusiasts joining together to raise money to bring access to clean drinking water to communities throughout the world.


WCA’s partnership will include financial support of Wash Away Thirst’s mission through a variety of fundraising efforts, and will include opportunities for WCA members to get involved.


Wash Away Thirst was founded in 2009, and has since raised over $70,000. All administrative costs are absorbed, allowing 100% of donations to go directly to clean water projects. There are approximately 663 million people in the world who don’t have access to clean water – that’s nearly one in 10 people worldwide, or twice the population of the United States.


“Wash Away Thirst is excited and thankful to partner with WCA. WCA has always been one of the strongest and most respected car wash organizations and we are very grateful they have decided to partner with us to help bring clean water to people who need it and help shape the future vision of Wash Away Thirst,” stated Jim Dudley, founder of both Wash Away Thirst and Georgia’s Wash Me Fast car washes.


For more information on Wash Away Thirst visit






Grants For Charities

In addition to the partnership with Wash Away Thirst, WCA will also be offering its members an opportunity to submit their own nonprofits of interest for consideration to receive a grant of up to $1,000. Members can submit charities of interest through the online form below. 


Questions? Contact our office at (800) 344-WASH or



To submit a charity for consideration for a $1,000 grant, please complete the form below by Friday, July 12, 2019. Recipients will be acknowledged at WCA's Annual Membership Meeting on August 22, 2019 at Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel in Anaheim, CA. 




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