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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

722 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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

1

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

1

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.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

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.

1

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

1

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.

1

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!

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

1

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.

3

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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3 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 : )

4 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!

5 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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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.

Comments ( 1 )

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Original Charity C. 12/27/2017

Our website is very clear-we have a Pre-approval process where donors can be 100% certain before they donate that we will provide their car to a family. We are the ONLY national charity with the mission to provide vehicles free to families. Vehicles must be road worthy and have value to be selected for our giveaway program. The Salvation Army sells all their vehicles so this donors deduction would have been the same . We never wish to disappoint anyone but donors must read our website and follow directions. as we have made our process perfectly clear.

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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!