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Nonprofit Overview

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

242 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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3

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.

7

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

4 Magnifica55

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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2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

So, so happy I found an organization that truly helps people get back on the saddle so-to-speak!
Like many other members of Free Charity Cars I am disabled.
Not having the ability to drive can more debilitating then our physical disabilities!
Please help us get vehicles by supporting this fantastic charity.

2

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.

2

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.

4 Kelley5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been an independent paraplegic since I was 15 years old. When my long-term disability through work was cut I had to give my car back to the bank. I just signed up for Free Charity Cars, and I pray to be a recipient so I can get to doctors I need to regain my health and independence. The community of FCC is wonderful! We all get to vote for each other, and some of the members who have received a car stay on to help others. I thank not only FCC for giving us the hope we need, but also those generous people who donate cars to FCC. Everyone has a story, and we all get to support one another. It's nice that there is an organization like this for those of us who are not veterans, although there are veterans on the FCC site. I was injured too young to be a veteran, and there are not many organizations for non-veterans. I truly thank FCC for giving me the hope that I will be able to live-the hope I need to keep pushing forward.

3 ladyhawk

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My Jeep was stolen on Dec. 21, 2013 and there are no leads and I am on a limited income SSDA and can't afford to save for another vehicle and my sister and her grand babie's depend on me she has two granddaughters one just.turned three years old and she got guardingship on the three year old and DCF has custody of the almost two year old sister but she is placed with her sister at grandma's and my sister has been placed with her grandmother as grandparent, fosterparent and their using no transportation to get to doctor appointments and to pay rent and bills using no transportation against us and she we have had these two babie's since they were born and gave them love and caring and other things they needed we are just trying to keep Gods children together if you ,help we would appreciate that very much and if not that's OK just let us know one way or the other God Bless you all may the angles always watch over your families God Bless all my sisters and brothers in Christ we love you all