JumpStart Car Program

In rural Wisconsin, a car is necessary to get to work and provide for your family’s needs.  A reliable car improves your access to a better job, good daycare for your child, and the medical services you need.  If you are looking for “wheels” to make life work for your, ask about JumpStart…

JumpStart Brochure

What is JumpStart?

JumpStart is available to residents in Barron, Chippewa, Dunn, Pepin, Pierce, Polk and St. Croix counties.  JumpStart assists eligible, low-income families in buying a reliable car for work or employment training.

JumpStart clients are expected to follow program rules for making loan payments on time, providing for regular car maintenance, and maintaining insurance coverage.

Are you eligible for JumpStart?

  • Have a job and ability to make monthly payments, or have other income (SSI, child support, etc.)
  • Meet basic credit standards or are working to repair your credit

How do I apply?

Click here to apply online, or call us at 800-606-9227 and we will mail you an application.

Our staff will help determine if you meet the program’s minimum requirements.  You must have:

  • A valid Wisconsin driver’s license
  • Adequate income to make car loan and full-coverage insurance payments
  • No recent history of OWI (Operating While Intoxicated) violations

What’s next?

If you qualify, JumpStart staff will assess your credit history, your household budget, and your transportation needs.  After your application is approved, we will arrange for you to receive a low-interest car loan from a local partnering lender.  Our dealership staff will work with you to find the right car at the right price.  All JumpStart cars are fully inspected, have a Vehicle Assurance plan covering major engine and transmission,  and are models with a proven record of reliability.  You can view our inventory at the Ideal Auto website – www.idealauto.org.


Call Randy Roemhild, Program Manager at 715-643-2060 or email at rroemhild@wcap.org

Call Kristen Curvello, Program Assistant at 715-265-4271 extension 1354 or email at kcurvello@wcap.org

"The mission of West CAP is to take action against poverty by developing the social and economic assets of low-income families and their communities and by working to create a more just and sustainable society."

West CAP
525 Second Street
PO Box 308
Glenwood City, WI 54013