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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.

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244 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hello, I'm new at this... but giving everything I can to figure this out.

Im a new mother; I have a 3 week old daughter and I just turned 18, of October 2016.
I was in job corps for 8 months working on my GED and my trade. Sadly, I only left with my trade completed and 2 out of 4 of the classes for my GED.

I live in a very small town and am raising my daughter on my own. No car, and no job till she hits 6 weeks. In order to get my GED, I'm in classes 2 days a week. My classes though, of course, aren't in my town... so I have to travel an hour to another town to take them using my grandmothers car. Her struggling with money for gas for work bothers me when it comes to me having to use her gas too. She gets paid once a month so we are right on money.. I'm on WIC so that helps with my daughter's needs.

It would be really helpful if I had my own vehicle so I could get to my classes, look for a decent job to go with my trade experience, and to look for a good daycare for my daughter during those hours..
Please pray and help my daughter and I with this , it would be great!

Eva_17

Volunteer

Rating: 5

i have been a member of this organization since april of 2016. I learned about this organization during a time when i had just lost my car. Since then i have had the experience of witnessing many members receive a donated car. i believe in this charity and have great respect for the work they are doing. free-charity cars was established in 1966 and since this time have awarded over 4500 donated cars to families in need. Your help is needed to help spread the word and promote our organization to the public. Charity Cars makes it easy to donate your old unwanted car and also offer the possibility of a "fair market" tax deduction to those who do. We will also pick-up the vehicle for free. please visit our website at www.freecharitycars.com or call 1-800-charity cars for more information. (avedleifbirch)

1 Magnifica55

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This incredibly, awesome Non-Profit Charity Cars can't describe with words!
I have been a member since 2011. My member name is Magnifica55.
I have received so much encouragement and inspiration from other members here to endure my current situation. We have so much in common and can relate to one another. Everything in life is a little easier when you hear and see the compassion of others for each other. I have been waiting for a long time for a vehicle but I have hope of getting one with this wonderful organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was skeptical was I first heard about The Free Charity Cars.
I have so enlightened since joining.
I have voted for and have seen that people really do get vehicles.
It is really hard to get a job, get to appointments and basic necessity without a car.
FCC truly knows this and donate can change the despair we have when cars are given.
Thank you for making this a valid possibility!

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3 Ron_22

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a voting member on Free Charity Cars for six years + and have seen many a friend I have made from the site be awarded a car at absolutely no cost. I was lucky to be given an old car from two friends, but when I am able, will still vote and transfer votes to others on FCC. The work done by Brian Menzies and his staff is awesome. I only wish the residents in Tennesseevwoukd donate their used vehicles to such a worthy charity.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been a proud voting member on Free Charity Cars (freecharitycars.org) for 2 3/4 years now. I love it when a friend on the site gets the call and receives their car. Brian Menzies and his staff are the best. How many charities can say they have won the prestigious Walt Disney World Charity Award for their efforts. I hope to one day be lucky enough to get the call and be told I am being awarded a vehicle.

2 Shateika K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have faith that they'll too be able to help me with transportation, aside from that my experiwnce has be great. I see all the wonderful things being done and happening to volunteers like myself. This charity gives my hope, and helps me to be strong and helps me to continue to strive.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization offers people a chance to get a car at no cost (other than obtaining license and registration). Many people are not in a position to afford a new or even a used car.
Hopefully more people will be willing to donate their cars to help others in need.
So many need reliable transportation to go to the doctor(s) and grocery shopping and many other places. Some live in areas without public transportation or the transportation where they live is limited or non-existent. Some can't even rely on friends, family or neighbors.
There are many organizations where you can donate your car but with this one, it actually offers a chance to receive a car as with the other organizations -they don't.

8 Sandra101

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Free Charity Cars is a nonprofit organization that truly cares about the people who come to them for assistance. The FCC staff works hard to maintain the site and to procure vehicles which can be given to their members who are in need. The service is totally free and non-discriminating. Of course recipients situation is verified before they receive a vehicle. This is part of the many tasks undertaken by the FCC staff. Along with helping persons who are less fortunate to obtain much needed transportation it helps the persons the opportunity to find some comfort in knowing that they are not alone in their plight. It provides the applicants with the opportunity to share their situation with the many others of like situations. The site provides the opportunity to interact with others if they want to give and to receive moral support. There is a feeling of purpose by helping others. It is therapeutic and many friendships are formed. FCC is truly a needed organization. Thanks to all

10 jem5456

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Free Charity Cars is a nonprofit like no others. Those who do not have financial resources to buy transportation for various reasons have hope that with a little time and effort every day, their lives can change. No tricks, no purchase required. It also serves as a reminder to all of us that have need that there are many others out there in the same boat, some who make our problems seem less devastating. They rely on the applicants themselves to promote the charity, a very novel and smart business approach. Very well done, FCC!! Jem5456. #ofcc

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Charity Cars offers hope, camaraderie and the feeling you are doing something positive towards changing a bad situation. After a few days you start to want EVERYONE to get a car. Thanks CC for making hard lives easier.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love this organization. As a single mother I am in desperate need of a working car. This organization is helping me get back on my feet again after my ex stopped paying child support and caused me to lose our car. I'm grateful for an organization that steps up to help single moms who are trying to be the best moms they can be alone.