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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

710 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters
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Client Served

Rating: 5

This helps people that are in crisis and of need of a car get a car so they can become productive citizens and eventally pay it forward to someone less fourtunate. Or donate of cars to receive them at prices made affordable.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I do two or three times a month, give a donation to families and for myself, instead of buying extra stuff that is not needed, like shoes or fast food ect. I am broke and we have nothing but if I can help just one family then maybe it will come back for us and 10 fold. That's what my Mom and Grandmother used to say and now I believe it. God Bless and Happy Easter all!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Bay Area Coyote Creek Flood Victim loses home and car due to damages caused by the Anderson Dam Breakage with dam that destroyed my sublease home as well as destroy my car that I use for medical appointments that I must get to being on state of California permanent disability income for medical reasons . Please help me get to my get a charity car for transportation to and from medical appointments I'm required to go to. I have hope that votes or donation of charity car for free will help me get my life ahead as well to m medical appointments. I'm just trying to make it in life but this help is well needed now since the bay area coyote flood happened I'm homeless, car lost to flood, and no way to get to my most important doctor appointments. I need help please. Thanks everyone

2 jmdjbc1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My name is Julia and I am new to this site and have found myself with this huge smile on my face to read the reviews and stories of the life changing acts of caring and making a difference to make so many peoples lives better.

Even to just make one isolated person feel that up lifting experience that they were no longer trapped in isolation, depression, and loneliness, and could just be able to drive to the store for groceries and smile at someone in the grocery store.

This organization and its stories restores my faith and believe that there are still good people out there that care and can make a difference in someones life.

This is my life i live on disability have lost all that I have worked for all my life my home my car my dignity. I have become very isolated which only adds to my disability and its many debilitating effects and tolls it takes on me daily. I do not get out to doctor appointments which means i do not get the medications i should be on to help, and i literally sleep my life away. I wake up eat and go back to sleep, I do not have TV cannot afford to pay for TV....lol living on SSDI, (nothing income=homelessness) moreover I will be homeless on May 15, 2017. I feel as if i have lost all hope and then find this site and well it restored my hope that there may still be a chance for so many in my situation including myself i cannot tell you how many of us are out there and so many that do not have internet access to know of such organizations like this one that are out there that can actually make a difference and help so many.

Some of the stories brought tears to my eyes but with a huge smile of happiness for the peoples stories i have read and the great things this organization did to make that difference for them : )

2 Lynne48

Donor

Rating: 2

Blue book value of my car was over $2,000. Only 84,000 miles on it and new tires. They likely sold it for only a fraction of what it was worth and I only got a $500 deduction... So there is a dealer making $ off of my charitable contribution. That leaves a sour taste in my mouth. If the $2,000 went to help people, I wouldn't be bothered about the tax deduction, but everyone would have been better off if I sold it myself and donated the $ to a different charity. They did tell me that they planned to sell my car, but I figured it would be for closer to what the value was. Back out if they tell you that they will sell your car!

3 rose41054

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was Awarded a 2004 Mercury Sable in 2014 by Free Charity Cars . The car was barely driven & had just 25,000 Original Miles on it, all leather, fully loaded !! You cannot ask for a better charity that helps others in need. Please do not listen to the negativity about this organization. I have known Many people who have received a FREE vehicle ,including my own Brother. If you're in need, please sign up, all you have to do is vote for others to help them and promote the charity. Some things in Life are Free !! You better believe it Friend :)

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Thank you for voting for your Local Hero in the National Mobility Awareness Month contest

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4

Donor

Rating: 1

Disappointed in this charity!!! Donated our vehicle with only 110,000 miles and running perfectly (brand new tires I might add and work done recently) only to be given a receipt that it wouldn't be given to a disadvantaged individual so I can only deduct $500 rather than the $1800 that it was worth. Steer clear people. I will never again do this. Head to Salvation Army to donate like I did in the past.

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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!

4 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)

4 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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I believe this charity is amazing from reading the testimonials its is apparent this community outreach is unique to how it does more than help people, it goes beyond that to actually changed lives! A second chance to achieve independence through donations lives are empowered to succeed.

4 April84

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Finally some ine who cares about others! You dont see much of this anywhere. Thier are families out there who really need this help like me. And its just amazing and a blessing that they are actually helping them! Please vote for me. Im a single mom due to my husband beating me up ow im left with a job with no car because we shared one and i cant psy rent and lights and buy food for mh child with out getting to work! So hopefully i am blessed enough to win one! For everyone else write a great honest review! They totaly deserve it!

3 Theresa75

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Charity cars is doing a wonderful thing to help people in need EARN a car....by voting for others on their website. People vote for others everyday and in return, you vote for them. It's a great way to be involved and help others in a small way to get them recognized to be the recipient of a donor vehicle. And by promoting the charity to get more people to donate their vehicles to help as well. It's a truly wonderful thing they are doing! I've been on the site since 10/11/16. My user name is Twiggy. In the short time I've been on there I've came across some remarkable people. It's just an amazing charity work that gets all applicants, donars, and recipients involved to make it what it is!

4 Stella C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Free Charity Cars is awesome, they have changed so many people's lives, gave them their independence back. They are not looking for profit only helping humanity.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The giving from Free Charity never quits, they are always out there to help low income families, ones who have no where else to turn, ones that no one will help. They not only get help but their lives are changed from one phone call. That was all it took for me. I love them.

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6 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.

5 Lydia D.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am very grateful to Charity Cars because not only did I receive a much needed car but I have made many new friends.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been on Charity Cars for a little over a year. I have seen many lives become better by receiving a free car. I personally have made a lot of good friends here. I have received hope in my hopeless situation. Even after I get a car I will remain with Charity Cars.

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3 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.

4 Milodeke

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have had the privilege and honor of not only being a recipient of transportation from this Charity, but then going on to be a part of their Staff for almost 4 years. It was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. I have seen many lives changed by this organization including mine. I will forever be a part of the Charity Cars Family and I still volunteer my time to them when I can.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I joined the Free Charity Cars community on 6/3/10 Got the call on 11/29/10 they had a car for me and picked up my 2005 Toyota Corolla on 12/13/10 and still driving it now almost three years later!!

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2 Sierra1000

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been a member of this Great organization since April 2012, I am only 1 of thousands in need of reliable transportation ( My Username is Sierra1000) I found this organization to be a Blessing to myself as well as 1000's of others. I have seen cars awarded, seen Hope renewed, Prayers answered, made the most amazing friendships. I Thank God that I found this organization not only for what I have been blessed with but it allows me to Bless so many others by giving my support, hope and showing them that someone really does care.

There are many families Nationwide including in the state of Indiana that are in need of reliable transportation. Please consider donating a vehicle that is no longer needed to The Original 1-800 Charity Cars. Full Fair Market Value Tax Deduction Possible, and Free Towing. Donate online at http://www.800charitycars.org/ or over the phone at 1-800-242-7489. If you donate please be sure to tell them that I (Sierra1000) referred you. Thank you in advance for your time and consideration.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a member of this Great organization since April 2012, I am only 1 of thousands in need of reliable transportation ( My Username is Sierra1000) I found this organization to be a Blessing to myself as well as 1000's of others. I have seen cars awarded, seen Hope renewed, Prayers answered, made the most amazing friendships. I Thank God that I found this organization not only for what I have been blessed with but it allows me to Bless so many others by giving my support, hope and showing them that someone really does care.

There are many families Nationwide including in the state of Indiana that are in need of reliable transportation, including my own family. Please consider donating a vehicle that is no longer needed to The Original 1-800 Charity Cars. Full Fair Market Value Tax Deduction Possible, and Free Towing. Donate online at http://www.800charitycars.org/ or over the phone at 1-800-242-7489. If you donate please be sure to tell them that I (Sierra1000) referred you. Thank you in advance for your time and consideration.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I could not be prouder to be a member of this community because it gives me a chance to help others while helping my family. I've made many connections since joining and couldn't imagine a day without checking on everyone. It warms my heart to watch struggling members receive their blessings and on the road to recovery. FCC has become part of my family and will always be the best part of my day!