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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

141 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 biscuit7648

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love Freecharitycar.com. THis organization has helped so many people get a vehicle. It is a great support system to stay connected w others who need a car. Thanks for being so great FCC !

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Freecharitycars.org is an awesome organization ! Our 18-year-old son is in a need of a car to get back and forth to college so he signed up in the beginning of August to try to get help. We felt the love and hope of Brian and FCC members. Many members were people who were given care themselves. You can just feel that they all care so much. We have also met some amazing people through this organization in the process. I really like the idea behind FCC to put other members needs before your own, by voting and transferring your votes to other members. This organization has helped our family appreciate everything that we have and how very blessed our family is. Thanks so much FCC !
God Bless,
The Dougherty Family

4 linboons

Client Served

Rating: 5

LinBoons story: My car was stolen the day I lost my job approximately 7 years ago. I got it back, but the ignition was messed up. I went to a junk yard and got an ignition, but in order to drive the car, I had to use a hair dryer to start it. This meant that I could not turn off the car at appts, grocery store, etc. Finally last year, I was driving at night, and the ignition got too cold. The car just shut off and I drifted into a garage. The car was impounded and I could not afford to get it out. I had to sign the title over to the impound yard in lieu of payment. I was then stuck at my home because I am in final stage COPD. I also have degenerative disk disorder, and cannot walk more than less than a block. I cannot walk to or from public transportation. I have many doctors appointments, and cannot get to them. I am supposed to be on oxygen 24/7, but I try not to use it so much. It just seems like THE last resort, and I don't want to rely on it. I have 1 friend, but she is moving to another state, and I will not be able to go to the doctors, grocery shopping, prescriptions, etc. I have no family in this area at all...not even close. I desperately need a car. It will be hard to pay for the insurance but I can do it. I did it before on my income. I do own my house, without a mortgage, which helps, but I still only get $755 a month in cash, and $100 a month in food stamps. Thank you for your consideration!

3 Shannon91

Client Served

Rating: 5

Charity Cars has given me hope, when I couldn't find any. The staff are helpful and always a pleasure! This is a company with integrity. You will not find another charity like this one where they give so much of themselves for others.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been on there site since 2009 then in dec 2014 i got the call i got a car getting the car is a big blessing for me and my family they changed my life i am now able to get to appts and to take my mom and y boyfriend to there appts, and get of the apartment it's a great site for people who need help in getting a car i recommends this site to anyone who needs a good friend of mine is on the site her name is Nancy Miranda Marrone i pray that she is blessed with a car thanks www.freecharitycars.org

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

as a recent recipient i cannot begin to tell you how much this organization means to me. i have such a great fear of driving after many incidents of breaking down. now i have a dependable car to get to my dr appointments etc. free charity cars is like a huge family...many friendships forged over the four years ive been on the site. i will remain to help others realize their dreams....from the bottom of my heart thankyou fcc...you are a life saver

1 Karen292

Client Served

Rating: 5

Think it is wonderful that they are working so hard to get cars to people who need them and can not afford them.

2 HenryKatrina M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a recipient of a car and this program is awesome my mom started the account with fcc and she voted for yrs and just after her passing i took over her account and recently was awarded a 2014 dodge gran caravan this is a blessing for my family

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I just started on FreeCharity.org and it's the place to work towards a vehicle.Everyone is so nice and helpful and you feel like family, voting for everyone each day. FreeCharityCars.org is the greatest.

Client Served

Rating: 4

I am just now joining and hope everyone reading finds it in their heart to help me and my kids to receive a car, We are homeless now due to my car breaking down and not having a valid way to work and the people I was riding withall quit or jIsrael didn't want to give me a ride anymore... so we lost everything I'm a single mother of 4 wonderful kids who I would give my last breath for to make sure they make it in life. I'M trying to join the. National Guard just to get the stability for my kids but it's kinda hard when I have not transportation nor can o afford transportation we don't have the bus system some areas offer nor a taxi service my car was our home after we lost everything we have relocated several times just this year so my kiD's aren't getting the education they deserve. I pray that you find it in your heart to reach out to my family and help us in our desperate time of need

1 Bonnie62

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was told about Charity Cars in 2013 and I am still waiting for my good luck to receive a car. This charity gives us hope and inpires friendships and hope. thank you