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Charity Cars, Inc.

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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 Original 1-800-Charity Cars operates the largest free non-profit car-donation / distribution program in the nation and has awarded over 7000 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: Veterans, 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: Over 7000 free vehicles awarded. Over $4.5 million worth of vehicles awarded last year alone.

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

729 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I am trying to help a disabled friend who is in need of a car. Caroline Johnson is a disabled senior who is 62 years old. She had been driving a 20+ year old van that was falling apart. The van is now not drivable. Caroline has many health issues, suffering 2-heart attacks, a mini-heart attack and two strokes. She does not have access to a computer. Her income is $770 a month. She is on disability and after paying her bills she lives on $20 a month. She has many doctor appointments and some of her specialists are 30-40 miles away from her home. She lives in a trailer park that does not have transportation access because it is out of the city. She does not have family where she lives, and the family that she does have are as poor as she is. Caroline has lost some of her abilities and often has me help her to do things. Unfortunately I live about 40 miles from her and am unable to help her out with transportation.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Hi im 35 i have meber had a job nor my own place im get old and have learned frpm my mistakes and had hard life growin up on my own since 13 and im very smart ready hard q orker just need a littlw boost im donw walkin thanks so much chasaady rae

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I'm on disability I got a vehicle at blue-collar in councilbluffs Iowa and they sold me a vehicle that I only made two payments and the engine is going out and transmission and they won't do anything about it and I took all the money. I had to put towards down payment and now I don't know what I'm going to do I need a truck because I do scrapping and now I don't have a vehicle and I can't come up with the month to fix it I need a truck donated to me all I get a month from social security is 900.00a month I need help

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Hello my name is ken i am on disabilty i need a car or pickup to get around to try to work to go to store go to doctor i have three kinds of arthartist my whole body is always in pain i pray to god for help please thankyou

1 Christy P.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I think that this program is a well needed thing to have in this time of life it gets pretty tough for some of us out there at times with the economy and all the prices constantly rising . It's getting tougher to make ends meet on the SSID check I get as small as 750.00 a month heck by the time I pay my out rascious light bill and rent heck I don't even have enough to buy my self ice cream or a soda, lead aloan a vehicle to get everywhere I need to go I have to ask someone to take me and to all my appointments doctors, food, where ever I have to. I'm 53yrs.old and never thought I would have to ask someone else.So I'm hoping and praying that this program can help me in some way and I could go out there and help someone else in need of help as well cause I surely know how it is.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 3

My name is Jessica Lynn Cranford,I have a lot of health issues and I don't have any insurance to go to the doctor and I got brain damage in 2013 and while i was in the hospital my car was stolen and it's not easy for me to get a job without a car and and without a job i can't get into seeing a doctor. I'm not the kind of person that ask for help I've always worked for what I have but I've also always had a car so it's been very difficult for me to keep a job and save money to pay for a car and my health isn't very good at all I haven't been able to stand for more than 3 hours at a time because my legs swell up and hurt so bad i can barely walk and I'm having pain in my head and neck that's so painful I hit the floor and that's been going on for about 5 months, with brain damage it could possibly be something very serious and without a car and job I can't find out what's going on with me and I have a 23 year old daughter and granddaughter that needs me because they won't have anyone else if something happens to me. thank you so much for letting me tell you my story. Very much in need of a vehicle.

1 KeisaRuffin41

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Hi I'm a 40 year old mother of an awesome 15 year old. I am disabled. I have degenerative disc disease in my spine and a tumour my liver. After Hurricane Harvey destroyed Houston Texas it has been so difficult to get back on our feet I've been sick since 2011. I have had to cash in my 401k all my savings is gone we have no transportation. My son has special needs we really need a car to get him tp his physical therapy and counseling sessions. For our mental and spiritual health it is imperative that we get our lives back in order as soon as possible. Thank you for your shoulder, your ear and your time.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I had z car but it was giving to my son I have no job because I get to a job I'm a battered x woman .I deid on april32016 4x I had 3broken rubs .ripped liver torn spleen and I still have as 2cm cyst on my brain from trama to the head I have a SShaple spline it's be a ruff life but I'm broke and I want to work I have a driver license up to date my name is Wanda Davis from Rio Linda ca thanks

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Advisor

Rating: 5

Hi my name is carol green i need to get back and forth to work in chruch.i have a daughter and grand babies

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am 64-year-old mother who has raised her son as a single mother. My son was in Iraq for over a year and I have not known his whereabouts for 3 years now. I believe he has PDSD and I worry about him. I have been very sick with liver & kidney end stage disease. I also have both wrists broken, and I am isolated home bound with no friends. A car would help so much to get back into society and help cure my chronic depression. I have worked very hard during my life and had been working when I broke my wrists. I don't want to accept my problems...I want to overcome them and enjoy being free with the donation of a car. Bless this nonprofit agency and the hope they give people at low times in their lives! Thank youfor reading this. I cannot afford buying a car on my SSDisability, but I would love to be able to do volunteer work teaching reading, and I would still love to learn playing the cello, two passions I have. I can't use public buses due to my brittle bones. But there is so much I can still do with the help of a car. Thank you & blessings to all.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wonderful chance for a low income family to gain hope and push forward

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Need a car to go to work. Not making enough money to buy a car. Mom cannot help.me. I can't get a very good job, because of anxiety problems around some jobs. Seeing pychiotrist for my anxiety. But still need to work. But need transportation. I am 34 yrs old. Feel like a dummy not having a vehicle. I'm begging, please help me.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am a Dissabled woman with no trasportation with a 4 year old little girl and need a vehicle to get to school and doctors and shopping and food banks thank you for providing this kind of help I'm searching for

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Hello,
My name is Jacki. I am a 46 yr old mom with a special needs child. I walk several miles to work. I ♡my job and I want to keep it, but it is not always easy in this Portland weather . Life would be easier if I had the freedom to go to all the required appointments for my son and take him fun places, if only there was a way. This will be my first car and my first driver's license ever.I believe it is never too late to follow your dreams. Please help me make this dream a reality for a mom with a child on the Autism spectrum. Much love and respect to this awesome charity and those who make it happen for people in need. ♡Jacki

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am a mom of 11 year old boy who doesn’t get to enjoy school extra curricular because of no transportation. I am also a daughter of a terminally ill mom. I would love to have a reliable car to help my son and mom engage in a better life. Thank you in advance for any donations.

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Donor

Rating: 1

I waited over 24 hrs. for their contracted towing service to pick up the car and was told after calling, it would be 2 hours, they just got too busy to show up. Finally came next day after several more calls. Then i get an invoice that says it won’t be given to a needy person but sold at auction. No indication that an older car still in excellent condition, also with new tires car and passing recent state inspection would not qualify for this gift. Too late after transfer to find their apparent very narrow criteria for donation vs. auction.Ask for criteria BEFORE!

Comments ( 1 )

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Original Charity C. 08/23/2018

We apologize if our program was not clear enough but we strive to be as transparent as possible and have explained our process thoroughly on our "Car Donation Process" page found here https://800charitycars.org/car-donation-process.html

2 cisco143

Client Served

Rating: 5

Charity Cars, Inc. is a wonderful organization that helps people in dire and desperate need for a new car for transportation purposes to places like Medical and Doctors Appointments, Jobs and places of employment, schools for them or for their children and important errands like to the store or market to buy food and groceries. I have joined this organization to see about getting a new car to be able to take my Father who is 85 years to his needed Doctors Appointments as well as help me obtain a job and/or steady employment to help bring some needed money to my household. Charity Cars, Inc. is a great program that will help people to not let not having a car for transportation keep them down.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hi! My name is Ana E. Moreno, I moved to Florida from Puerto Rico after the pass of hurricane Maria. It's been hard for me and my family to find a car. I can't go to work without a car so I feel like I'm stuck and I'm not progressing because I also want to study I want to be a doctor to help those in needs,my mom can't do her stuff without a car, it's difficult for us to move around without a car. We don't have our own play to stay and it's really difficult staying at my grandma's one bedroom apartment and one of my brothers it's staying at another family member house, I just wish someone could help us for this time. I promise I'll pay it forward, Than you!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I'm a 52 year old grandmother raising my three beautiful granddaughters ten eight and six and I need help with a vehicle to get them to the counseling did Dr the dentist grocery shopping laundromat daily needs doctor's appointments and if anyone could find it in your heart to help me I would be very appreciative we need a vehicle so very desperately I don't mind raising my three but grandbabies I love them they're my heart but it'll be a lot easier if I had a vehicle where I could get them where they got to go thank you. Had a beautiful it's a 94 Ford Ranger and it's not running any longer and I don't have the money to invest in it but I am in desperate need of transportation to take care of my grandkids they've been through enough

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My name is Toni and I live in Tupelo ms where there's no public transportation here so I'm trying desperately to get a vehicle to gain back my independence. I'm a dialysis patient which takes alot of my time an doing simple things like grocery shopping or picking up my meds is always difficult. I have great friends who take me places I need to be such as doctors appointment and even have taken me 3 hours drive to my transplant review! I don't even have extra money to give for gas. I feel terrible about it. Just awful feeling