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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

751 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thanks Charity Cars for helping me with a vehicle. It has been a struggle as a single mom with two kids and no help. Now I don’t have to take the bus anymore. This is truly a blessing!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so grateful for the car I received from Charity Cars. I am now able to go to school to further my education and get a job. Thanks so much for the transportation.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I had a car that was no longer needed. I wanted to do something that I would feel good about and decided to donate it to someone in need. A friend recommended 800 Charity cars because of help that someone he knew had received. I am the paranoid type and research EVERYTHING! I did not want to give it to someone that would give a small percentage and then call themselves a charity. Do your research and you'd be amazed. First I went to Charity Navigator and searched Charity cars, they had 4 out of 4 stars and a overall of 95 score on financial and transparency. Then I went to Guidestar and found them listed. They had the financial but I would have to pay a fee. I lucked out because 800 Charity had a list of all the car charities from Guidestar and this information comes from the I.R.S filings, so it's legit and scary for some charities.
I call and spoke with a lady that was very informative. She explained the whole donation process which is a little more detailed than the clothes I donate to the Salvation Army. I told her about my car and in my eyes it's always been perfect, but because of the year and mileage she explain that they could not give it away to a family in need but they could auction it off. I was a little dismayed but she said that the proceeds help the charity. After my dream of giving my car to someone in need slipped away I realized that this is probably the best option. My car has never given me any major issues but what if it did after it was given to someone in need. That would not be good for them. Then she explained how the tax deduction worked and I was happy with that. So I told her to come and get it.
Two days later I got a call from a towing company asking me to set up a pick up time. We set a time for the following day for 2:00PM....and nothing. Then 5 minutes later the driver called me and apologized for running late. He would be there by 2:30 or we could reschedule. I told him I was here and would wait cause I had a half day off anyways. He showed a few minutes before his estimated time of arrival and loaded her up.
A couple of weeks later I got my tax deduction in the mail from charity cars. All in all I was very happy. Talked to a representative that knew her job and explained the procedure, had a professional tow truck driver that took her away and a tax deduction to boot, and most of all the money was spent of helping people.
Sorry this is so long but I am a skeptic type of person. I learned a lot about donating a car. If you're thinking of doing it I recommend Charity cars, but again “Do Your Research” I'm pretty sure after you see the percentages that actually goes to the cause... you'll be donating to them also.

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Donor

Rating: 5

My donation process went smoothly. I called and spoke with a very knowledgeable & patient agent who thoroughly explained how the program works and they answered all my questions. I provided them with the vehicle information and was told that it did not meet the giveaway standards and if I was okay with the vehicle being auctioned. They explained that all the proceeds will benefit the charity. They explained how the tax deduction works and had a tow company call me to make all the pickup arrangement. I did not even have to be there when they picked up, which workout great since I work long hours. I received my tax receipt in the mail as promised. I will definitely used them again and certainly recommend them to anyone.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you Charity Cars for donating a vehicle to my family when we were hit by so many
tragedies . We could not see the end of our dark tunnel and the lack of transportation was one of the obstacles we encounter to get us to our doctors appointments which were so critical . I feel they were sincerely moved with our situation and as soon as they had a car available they called us and blessed our family with the gift of love and a car to make our
doctors appointments possible . I thank Charity cars for all the hard work they do 7 days a week and I thank the donors that make this dream possible .

Breana B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hi my name is breana breaux i have been struggling to make ends meet for my kids and i i dnt want to lose my job and my son is starting school i have no way to get him there my 8month old have doctor appointments i have no family where im at plz plz help.

Review from Guidestar

Darissa D.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Hello my name is Doris and I am from Omaha Nebraska I've been struggling for over 3 years trying to keep a job because I have no solid transportation no one wants to hire me because of that and also I have been fired from at least three jobs due to Transportation issues please anything helps

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A few days ago my 18 yr old daughter flipped my suv twice in a gravel road (she is ok thank goodness) but the top of my car is just smashed. I'm a single mom of 5 and now Idk how I'm gonna be able to go to work. For the next few days I have a ride but my job requires a vehicle and I have no money to get one. I'm a huge believer in paying it forward and if I could get a little help it would be forever appreciated and I will reciprocate. Thank you so much in advance for just taking the time to read my story.
Sencerely, Misty

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hello my name is Carmen I have 3 little girls a 3month old 1yr old in 5yr I can't work because I have no car can take kids to school because I have no transportation I'm not going to write a sad story to get more views I really need help I desperately need a car I've walked my whole pregnancy no help from family because most sick or have their on life I pray someone help us out soon

Christopher H.6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 3

I'm a struggling man trying to get back on my feet just lost a 6 year relationship an everything else..I have a job but have it hard getting back an forth..I depend on my mom an she has a life to live of her own..I just need a blessing for GOD an a chance for a fresh start..thank you!!!

Seal A.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Single and I'm all alone and I have one child he has to walk to school in freezing weather and raining weather and I'm disabled and I have no way of getting him to school or back from home and I can't walk I can't move around I can't do anything for myself please I'm asking you guys to please help me with a car.

2 George M.4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

They used to be very good, but a change will not allow me too vote and recently cannot access any friends. Desire to get new account any transfer my account over. Will no longer recommend to friends, etc.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am a 50 yr old male, my health isn't the greatest last year I contracted Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever along with Lyme tick disease, I have a bad heart along with COPD I had a car that fell apart beyond fixing to get me back an forth to the doctor in St Louis which I have been going twice a month I am unable to work right now because unable to get to doctors for treatment like I am supposed to go because of no money or car. I have been denied social security which is going to a hearing mediaid has taken my insurance away because of it is 193 miles round trip to my doctor's none of the doctors down hear wants to treat me because of the doctors in St Louis.if I had transportation I could be treated an be able to get back to work maybe

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Me and my children have been through a lot of trials I was in a domestic relationship since we have been living in motels can't find a place hard with no car I have 2 grandson s with me it gets hard taking the bus I need to work to make it out here I don't want to depend on a man all I need is my kids and a car so I can work please help us

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am a fifty-one year old lady with a disability. I have raised three children one of whom has a diagnosis of autism.
I was born in Albuquerque, NM. I was placed in foster care. There I was sexually abused until I ran away at the age of fourteen.
On the streets, I experienced much abuse. I turned to alcohol to numb the pain... At the age of 17, I was a full blown alcoholic.
At twenty-fourth four I was able to get sober. I stayed sober for sixteen.years, then I was given a addictive drug from a psychiatrist, after I had told him I could not take narcotics. I trusted that he wouldn't.
I don't remember taking the first drink, because I was high on the prescribed drug that had triggered my addiction. I ended up in an abusive relationship and homeless.
After eight years of drinking and abuse, I am now sober and no longer allowing that man in my life.
I live in transitional housing and I am going back to college as well as working. I am in need of a vehicle to get me around, seeing that the bus system where I live is terrible.

Thank you for your time and may God bless you.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Hello my name is Desira and I am in my mid-20s. I am in desperate need of a car. Back in 2015 I was in a very deadly car accident with you results that left me with a half of my left leg and totaled my car. I haven't been able to get/afford another one. I am on very very low income that makes it basically impossible to afford a car but not to take care of one. I am asking for help to get a car so that I can further my education I am going to Rose State College in January 2019 or electronic engineering. Also I am looking around for a job but it's really hard to find a job that I am able to walk to. I am very limited on how far I can walk I cannot walk past 2 miles at the moment. I am just wanting to finally get up on my feet and better myself. In November I finally got into my very first apartment. Now I am working on furthering my education and trying to find employment. If I can get help any type of help I would very much gladly appreciate it. God bless you and thank you for reading.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am disable but yet very active with a 15 year old son in sports etc and have trouble making events due to no vehicle and desperately am in need of one asap

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I need transportation I'm caring for my daughter that can't work and has 3 kids and I only receive SS and it's very hard with no vechicle I have Dr appointments and my insurance only cover 12 trips 6 going and 6 coming and I see 4 Drs and have not been able to see all and to get my meds I hope and.pray I qualify.Etc

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a single mother that recently separated from my abusive husband. I left with a few clothes and the car that we purchased together. I ended up living in the car with our five children until I couldn't anymore and finally contacted a shelter and that's where we are now. I lost my car because he had the car repossessed and lost all of our possessions. I am now working and trying to find us a place but it is extremely hard with no vehicle and small children.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My name is anaysha I'm 22 I have 3 sons, I work 2 jobs and I live in a area where I have no family , I don't have daycare because I can't afford to get on the bus to take them because of the schedule it runs with me living on the highway, I got out of a 5 yr abusive realtionship with there dad and I'm trying to go to college for nerologyand take care of them on my own, I pay a Friend 120 for watching them it along with all kids needs rent ,bills ,if I had a vechicle I would be able to do daycare cause it wouldn't affect my hours at work because I could get them 3 times faster then the bus and I could finally go to college. It would mean the world if someone could help us out.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I've been struggles cause I got ran over by a drunk man it broke my leg and ankle its been hard for me to get back forth to doctor cause I been in a whhl chair by me going back forth to doctor I found out I am a die beatie and they found a spot on my lung I can really use a car soon to get back and forth and be able to see my son

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am in need for a car I can't get to my Dr I can't get to the supermarket I had breast cancer and I need a way to get around I'm on disability and I'm trying very hard to survive I really could use some help I try to be an independent person but I feel like that I want to give up because I can't have a way of getting around and people don't like taking you around so please if you can find it in your heart if you could help me I would deeply appreciate it thank you so much

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.

2 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