Charity Cars, Inc.

Rating: 4.89 stars   644 reviews

Issues: Human Services

Location: 407 Wekiva Springs Road #201 Longwood FL 32779 USA

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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Rating: 5 stars  

i came to charity cars in 09,i was in need of a car for me,my,girl,and my 3 son's on 8/12/2010 thank's to staff and member's i got a 2002 ford sdn,60,000 miles,the car ended my walking to the store'laundry matt,doctor's for me,my girl,and my 3 boy's i all so get to travel to md to visit family,and i no longer have to be told,no,i can not give you a ride, 7/27/2014 i am bob09,i am still found on www.freecharitycars.org/user/bob09 waiting to help you, make your dream come true, thank you charity cars, from bobby j carr sr lewistown pa 7/27/2014

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

none,love the site...

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

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Definitely

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Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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bobby j carr sr lewistown pa i got a free car on 8/12/2010, i no longer walk to get grocerys,i can visit family and friends who live in other states,i can make my doctors visits,i have 3 sons who love the car that www.freecharitycars.org and the members helped me get,2013 i still have my 2002 ford,now has 70,352 miles on it,love my car,thanks to all,6//26/2013 daytonamike 88 is seeking some much needed help,yes at times i still vote on free charitycars.org god bless the usa

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

none

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

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Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

BOBBY J CARR SR 24 WEST CHARLES STREET APT-C LEWISTOWN PA,17044 WENT WITH NO CAR FOR OVER THREE YEARS THEN ON 8/12/10 WWW.FREECHARITYCARS.ORG AWARED ME A 2002 FORD SDN,60,000 MILES LIKE A BRAND NEW CAR, I JOINED FCC IN 2009 AS NASCARNNUT49,I STILL AM A MEMBER,I HAVE SEEN MANY POST FOR MEMBERS WHO HAVE GOT A FREE CAR AND WERE CAN YOU FIND A WEB SITE WERE PEOPLE HELP PEOPLE EVERY DAY WWW.FREECHARITYCARS.ORG THANKS GO TO THE DONOR,THE FCC STAFF,AND THANKS A MILLION TO THE GROUP THAT HELPED ME,GOD IS GREAT,I MY SELF GIVE FCC THE TOP RATE IN STARS 10, THANK YOU ALL,GOD IS GREAT bob09 BOBBY J CARR SR 4/30/2013

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I started on FreeCharityCars.org on April 11, 2014. The number of people who have become friends that vote for me each and everyday they are able is very humbling. I have had a few transfers of votes to help me as well. My story is that I am on mental disability and I have arthtitis in my left help as well as thin bones. It is difficult to walk any distance and we have to walk for we don't have a car. I think of all my friends as family and we send messages to each other. Either well wishes, congratulations, Happy BIrthday, depending on their status each day. This is the greatest place to get help and there are wonderful folks who are willing to help you. I love FreeCharityCars.org and all the voters. This is the greatest place to help getting a car.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

No Changes

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I learned of the charity in needing a car myself. My current vehicle is inoperable as the engine is seized up. Here in rural Maine, only a handful of communities actually have public transit. I am not fortunate to live in one of those communities or even close to one. I am a former firefighter and also worked with the Dept of Defense in Maine with the Navy. I was disabled due to that service and have a wife and two sons (8&9) to care for as well. I am working with vocational rehabilitation to get retrained into a different line of work - but need a car to do that. Wont you please visit www.freecharitycars.org and vote for my family? (user name "dstubenrod"). I have not yet received a car and need an automatic as I have a lag brace on my left leg.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Maybe make their website, FB page and Twitter accounts linked a little better.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Quite well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am new to the FCC (Free Charity Cars Organization). I learned about them through a recipient of a new car!!! She was so excited to tell me about her experience with FCC that because of my need for a car, I decided to join as well. They are a very caring organization that helps people in need to get back their independence! The work they do is amazing. I have had such an awesome experience in the last week that I have joined, becoming friends with members and reading about their trials and tribulations being without transportation just like me. There are many members still on the sight after they received their cars helping people out and being so grateful about receiving their cars. Please help this organization to continue to do this great work that they do! Thank you

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

None

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

Thank you for providing me an opportunity to share about how great 800CharityCars.org is to me. I found this charity one evening while I was looking for someplace to receive assistance to obtain a vehicle. I am 51 years old and considered a senior by the University of Texas in Austin where I was studying Astronomy/Physics. My thought was to graduate with a degree in about a year and half, find a job and to establish myself in a science career. The funding ran out. Apparently there is a $60,000 limit on the amount of loan money from the government. I was only able to obtain 3 semesters and one summer at UT because I began my education at a two-year college then transferred to the 4-year college. Now I am close to being homeless. I have no car which makes it difficult to find a job and then to keep the job. Without transportation, life is exceptionally difficult. People with cars rarely stop to consider what it would be like without a car. Think about it. If there were not places like 800CharityCars.org, there would be a lot of people without the tool they need to give them a chance to survive in life. It was with great relief to consider that there might be hope for my future through 800CharityCars.org. I am working hard to build my portfolio on 800CharityCars.org so I can earn a car. The best thing about it is that EVERYONE on the site works together and cares about each other. That is what makes this organization so different from other organizations, especially if you are alone in the world. Giving a car to someone in need is like giving them a tool to make a better life for themselves. It is kind of like giving them a hand up so they can improve the quality of their life. If you have a car to give, please give it. If you can donate to 800CharityCars.org, please do so. Every contribution gets someone closer to self efficiency and moving forward to a better life. Thank you so very much.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

hope people would donate more vehicles.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

Great site connecting with caring people sharing same struggles as myself. It makes me feel as though I'm not alone we all support each other!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I wish receiving a car was in near future!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

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2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've been a member of Free Charity Cars for over a year. This site consists of loving, caring people who not vote for each other, but are there to provide love and support to each other. We pray for each other and check in to make sure our FCC family members are doing well.

This site gives hope to so many. Those who have received vehicles have had their lives changed by the generosity of our donors. God bless the donors, the FCC staff, and all my fellow members of FCC.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find some way to get more donations so that more people could be helped. There is so much need, but not near enough cars.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

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Definitely

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Very Well

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2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have donated my old (non-working) car so that they can sell it and use the money to purchase a vehicle for the next person on the list. I'm also a member who is looking to eventually earn enough votes to get a vehicle. This is a fabulous service. The people who vote for other members are THE BEST! Thank you all, and God bless you!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

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Life-changing

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2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I signed up with FCC at the beginning of 2014. I had some difficulty understanding what I needed to do to receive a charity car, as well, as how I could help others. FCC is a very "user friendly" website and the staff has been remarkably attentive to helping guide me on problematic issues and questions. This is a wonderful charity whose mission is very important to assisting others to a level of self sufficiency.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

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2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a client served at Charity Cars since 2009. They are such a wonderful charity, not only because of the cars given away, but I have made a lot of life-long friends in the process of being a member!. I received a car in 2010, and it helped me immensely, as I have MS and other things that I needed a car to get to appointments. But like I said, getting a car is only half of the joy I found with this wonderful charity! For that I would like to thank Brian Menzes, for creating this great charity!!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Nothing

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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This charity changed my entire life! I was down and out just trying to adjust to the news that I had MS, when my car died. I google searched the words free car, and that is how I found them. I love their karma system. I worked very hard voting and along the way, making some very deep friendships, and in November of 2010 I received a 2001 Blazer, and still drive it today! Thank you so much CharityCarsInc.com, you changed my belief in humankind!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Be able to transfer more votes then 200 a day

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

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Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

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2013

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I have been a member of Charity Cars Inc since Sept. 2009. I am a 58 year old woman with many medical problems including MS. I love this charity, and I have made so many lifelong friends. I received a 2001 Chevy Blazer in Nov. 2010. and even though I was in the hospital when I got the call, it was the happiest day of my life. I personally would love to thank CEO Brian Mensies for the great gift of giving my life back!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

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Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 3 stars  

I start with this charity 06/12 they help a lot of person who need a car I hope I get a car to very soon I disable and have to travel far to get my med I get sick a lot if time can't get up in the morning having attack in any time and have sugar very up sometime and the worst is having asthma and copd can't breath being in the hospital having pain in your heart can't walk Lena1060 that why a need a car help me vote for me

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Help more people

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

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Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I need a car lena1960 please voted for me they help some much people they get so happy I give them a 10 lena1960

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