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Causes: Human Services, Transportation Assistance

Mission: Established in 1996, The Original 1-800-Charity Cars, www.800CharityCars.org (DBA: Free Charity Cars), is a 501(C) (3) non-profit charity with its stated mission “To engage in activities that will uplift humanity”. The organization’s main focus is to provide free donated vehicles to struggling families to assist them in their transition from dependency to self-sufficiency.

Results: Considered the pioneers of the free car-ownership concept, the Original1-800-Charity Cars operates the largest free non-profit car-donation / distribution program in the nation and has awarded over 4500 free vehicles nationwide. The award-winning program has received an avalanche of local and national publicity being featured on shows such as Oprah, Montel, Good Morning America, Two Guys Garage, and CBS Morning News. Articles about this one-of-a-kind organization have appeared in the Non-Profit Times, the Chronicle of Philanthropy, People Magazine and a host of other publications across America. Among its many awards, the organization is honored to be a past winner of the prestigious Walt Disney World Outstanding Community Service Award.

Target demographics: Our clients include: Victims of domestic violence , Medically needy, Victims of natural disasters, Families transitioning from public assistance to work, Families living in transitional living shelters, The working poor, Non-profits, & Military Families

Direct beneficiaries per year: From 9/11 thru 9/13 we provided 485 struggling families with the gift of a vehicle. We also gave a 32 foot Motorhome on Extreme Makeover Home Edition in 2012 to Help Tornado Victims in Joplin, Missouri

Geographic areas served: We service the entire United States Of America.

Programs: The Original 1-800-Charity Cars portfolio of charitable projects includes: www.800CharityCars.org - Vehicle donation website www.FreeCharityCars.org – Free car distribution / social networking website www.1-877-Charity.org – America’s only free car-donation processing service for other charities. 100% of the direct net sales proceeds from each donated vehicle are conveyed to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Community Stories

703 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

A Personal Story From A Member in your Area: Hattiesburg, Mississippi Hello My Name is Lillie! II am volunteer member of free charity cars for 2 years and some months. I'm 57 of age and have been disabled for the last three years. I lost my house, my car and my marriage. But God has shown me favor in the midst of this chaos. I am now in need of a car so that I can travel to and from the doctors and my church also other places its hard trying to travel out here without a car, just put in for a green thumb Job on the waiting list, so I can get back on my feet. I appreciate your votes and your support. mother17 on the free charity site.

Pass Recipient Stories June 12, 2012...Today I picked up My Mazda that Reggie/Brian and all at FCC taught me how to vote, promote, be caring, and kind to others, while at the same time helping me get to a Wonderful "Angel" who Donated a blessing to me!! I am totally speechless to even tell you what a fantastic car this is.. Hello my name is Lisa, and I feel so blessed to have found Free Charity Cars, they are awesome. I was awarded a 2001 Nissan Maxima, I am very excited. A Word From FreeCharityCars CEO Welcome to FREECharityCars.org. We want you to know that we understand how difficult life can be without a vehicle, having had the experience ourselves. Although our charity's car-donation / distribution program was established in 1996, this new website was soft-launched July 4th, 2009 and was subsequently revamped and re-launched April 26th 2011. This site was designed to make the process of choosing who receives a free vehicle as fair as possible by providing a forum where individuals can engage the public and pro-actively pursue their dream of car-ownership.


www.800Charitycars.org The Original Charity Cars (DBA Free Charity Cars) is a 501-C-3 non-profit charity, EIN 59-3362703. Established in 1996, our founding mission is to provide refurbished donated vehicles to struggling individuals or qualified entities. Year after year, our charity leads the nation in awarding free vehicles to deserving candidates across America (over 4000), many times paying for the down-payment for auto insurance, as well as the tag, title and registration fees. The Original Charity Cars has enjoyed an avalanche of local and national publicity, including being featured Montel Williams, Good Morning America, CBS Morning News, and Two Guys Garage. Articles about the program have appeared in a host of publications including People Magazine, Women's World Magazine, Motor Trend, The Non-Profit Times, and The Chronicle of Philanthropy. Among its many awards, our organization is honored to be a past winner of the prestigious Walt Disney World Outstanding Community Service Award.

salem001

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a member of free charity cars for about six months. I am on disability and have a limited income, which every month gets used in bills, food, medicine etc. I take medicine every day for epilepsy and osteoarthritis and a few other medical problems. Also, had brain surgery in 1998. I do not have a car because I sold the one I had because I couldn't afford the payments on the car and the insurance for it. That left me with no car and no job, since I had no car. I especially like this group because hope is very important to everyone and to be sulf-sustaining is also. With this charity I hope to be again. I would like to go back to work part time and do what I enjoy most which is medical work. With this charity I believe I will. I do promote also.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been on FCC for almost a year. I was married had 6 kids hubby went to work one day never came home .I had 6 kids to get raised and through college sometimes worked 3 jobs. I got them raised and 4 through college was 50 by then and then all I had to do was work one job . I thank God everyday I was able to do all I did. At 52 I got quite ill and had to quit work. I am on oxygen 24/7 have severe Arthritis and Lupus and other things that keeps me from working I get around but it is so hard to walk and I have no car so I joined this Charity Cars .I have met some wonderful people and we all help each other...to try to get a car. FCC is a wonderful Charity seen many get a car . Mischelle has been so helpful when I need a answer about anything she and everyone from FCC are great people. I hope some day to get a car. It is so hard to get to my Dr. get my meds and food .If I get one I will forever be grateful. If I don't I can say so many did that needed them very bad and for that I am happy have met so many nice kind caring and wonderful people. I am now 69. So glad I Joined FCC... So nice to know all the friends I have made here . Take my word for it please as I have seen what a car has done for the ones that get donated a car.
We need more people to donate cars . Or do whatever you can to help so many deserving people .
I promote everyday.,To let people know about FCC and how they impact so many peoples lives.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I joined Charity Cars about a year ago not really knowing what I was doing at the time. All I knew at the time was I was in desperate need of a car and it was easy to apply for. Little did I know how involved I would become.
Each day I became more and more involved as I voted for others. I found myself reading other peoples stories and sending messages of encouragement and well wishes, offering support and often sending my votes to others who I felt where in more need than myself.
I found Charity cars to be a community site, a large family all there to help one another as we not only had a common bond of all needing cars but also had so much more in common. Job loss, death in our family, disability, the stress of life and the joys also are shared as we watch others receive cars. Nothing is more wonderful that to see a Beep Beep come up on the screen and no that someone has been awarded a car.
This Jan. I was lucky enough to be awarded a car and feel very blessed. Without Charity Cars this would not have been possible, they are truly a wonderful charity and give so much hope to those who have lost so much and they give hope to so many each day who spend hours a day voting for one another. Hope is the one thing that keeps us going when times are tough.

Matthew26

Client Served

Rating: 5

I joined this site a month ago and I've already met some very nice people and developed friendships with some. By joining this site, not only are you helping yourself, but you are helping others as well. It's a win win situation! Besides The Humane Society, this is the only other organization that I believe in. :)

Volunteer

Rating: 5

i been on here for over a year, praying that i soon will get the call that tells me i got a vehicel. i made new friends, i got happy when one of my friends got the call from fcc. i ask you to help us any way you can.

1 Tonya P.

Client Served

Rating: 5

FCC is a non profit organization to help people in need. The support from other members is very rewarding. You don't have to need a car or have a car to donate to join this site. The general public can join and vote for those in need. Can you think of a better way to help others? I get as much from voting for other people from the convenience of my home and knowing that I can do a small part to help others even though I don't have money or the means to help in any other way. It's Awesome! Time is a precious commodity and think about how much it means to spend our time helping each other. You just can't place a monetary value on true compassion and therefore it means more than anything else this world can offer! Try it. You may get a bigger reward than you have ever expected. I haven't received a car even though I'm in need but I've received something far greater. Caring and kindness in a world that I viewed as selfish and uncaring for far too long. Thanks FCC for creating a community where we can all share with each other.

1

Donor

Rating: 1

Donated my car on 7/12/2011 and did all the paperwork they required to transfer title so vehicle could be auctioned; there was no lien on this vehicle. Imagine my surprise a few months ago when state sends me bill for state registration and license. I talk to them and vehicle was never transferred. I mail them my receipt from donation. Now 2/21/2013...almost 18 months later...I get a notice from Police Dept that the car has been impounded since 9/19/2011...a little more than 2 months after donation...and I owe thousands of dollars ($20/day) to get it out or they will sell it. WHAT the heck is the matter with these folks and where was the car for those two months and what was it being used for? VERY SUSPICIOUS

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Free Charity Cars is one of the most outstanding organizations available. They have helped more than 4-5,000 people with dependable transportation, and allow them to get and maintain a job, get groceries,, and go get the medical attention that many on the site are unable to have. What sets them apart from for-profits non-profits, is that 100% of money received goes directly to the recipient. Brian, the CEO of the organization, is to be highly commended for his contribution notonly to his home state of Florida, but to reach out across the country, and supply struggling individuals with the one thing many of us take for granted--a car. I wholeheartly support this organization, and anyone should feel safe that any contribution is being used wisely.

Review from Guidestar

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Free charity cars gives away cars everyday, Not only have they helped me but they have helped so many people in dire need of transportation for many reasons. I will always support this charity and if you were to go read some of the stories at the charities site you will also understand why it's important for those of us who care for others to help the best way we can thank you!

Review from Guidestar