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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 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

143 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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

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Client Served

Rating: 5

In 2010 I was laid off from my job of 10 1/2 years and lost my Grand Marquis at the same time. Carless and jobless in Rochester NY is not a good position to be in - downtown and surrounding areas served by the limited bus service leaves very few jobs available. The best are in the suburbs, out of reach if depending on the bus. I started on FCC then. Shortly afterwards I realized what a great charity it is. It's structured as a nurturing community that helps each other out in the goal of having a car donated. I met very good people on the site, and loved the communal feel of it. After a couple years I still didn't have a car and had a very lousy job making barely minimum wage. I had given up on getting a car from FCC, but liked the community so much remained active ( except when my internet was down). Last month I received a call from them saying they had a car for me! And it is a gem... a Subaru Outback, 2002 with only 69,000 miles. It 's much , much nicer than I ever expected. Already I have had several job interviews I would have never been able to get to without a car, and have went to full time at my part time job - a significant increase in my income and only possible with a car. I can't say enough good things about this charity, and will support it any way I can . Thank you , Free Charity Cars, and Brian Menzes, the mastermind behind the ingenious design .

1 MelissaNL930

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been a member of Free Charity Cars for almost 3 years. Its a wonderful organization!! So many kind hearted members with helpful, uplifting, and encouraging attitudes assistng one another in the journey to self sufficiency.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They help so many low income families all over the country. Just browsing the site and reading the personal stories of the members is heart wrenching. The success stories of the members who have been rewarded with a vehicle is touching and inspirational.

1 Bob_40

Client Served

Rating: 5

i came to charity cars in 09,i was in need of a car for me,my,girl,and my 3 son's on 8/12/2010 thank's to staff and member's i got a 2002 ford sdn,60,000 miles,the car ended my walking to the store'laundry matt,doctor's for me,my girl,and my 3 boy's i all so get to travel to md to visit family,and i no longer have to be told,no,i can not give you a ride, 7/27/2014 i am bob09,i am still found on www.freecharitycars.org/user/bob09 waiting to help you, make your dream come true, thank you charity cars, from bobby j carr sr lewistown pa 7/27/2014

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Client Served

Rating: 5

bobby j carr sr lewistown pa i got a free car on 8/12/2010, i no longer walk to get grocerys,i can visit family and friends who live in other states,i can make my doctors visits,i have 3 sons who love the car that www.freecharitycars.org and the members helped me get,2013 i still have my 2002 ford,now has 70,352 miles on it,love my car,thanks to all,6//26/2013 daytonamike 88 is seeking some much needed help,yes at times i still vote on free charitycars.org god bless the usa

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I started on FreeCharityCars.org on April 11, 2014. The number of people who have become friends that vote for me each and everyday they are able is very humbling. I have had a few transfers of votes to help me as well. My story is that I am on mental disability and I have arthtitis in my left help as well as thin bones. It is difficult to walk any distance and we have to walk for we don't have a car. I think of all my friends as family and we send messages to each other. Either well wishes, congratulations, Happy BIrthday, depending on their status each day. This is the greatest place to get help and there are wonderful folks who are willing to help you. I love FreeCharityCars.org and all the voters. This is the greatest place to help getting a car.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I learned of the charity in needing a car myself. My current vehicle is inoperable as the engine is seized up. Here in rural Maine, only a handful of communities actually have public transit. I am not fortunate to live in one of those communities or even close to one. I am a former firefighter and also worked with the Dept of Defense in Maine with the Navy. I was disabled due to that service and have a wife and two sons (8&9) to care for as well. I am working with vocational rehabilitation to get retrained into a different line of work - but need a car to do that. Wont you please visit www.freecharitycars.org and vote for my family? (user name "dstubenrod"). I have not yet received a car and need an automatic as I have a lag brace on my left leg.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am new to the FCC (Free Charity Cars Organization). I learned about them through a recipient of a new car!!! She was so excited to tell me about her experience with FCC that because of my need for a car, I decided to join as well. They are a very caring organization that helps people in need to get back their independence! The work they do is amazing. I have had such an awesome experience in the last week that I have joined, becoming friends with members and reading about their trials and tribulations being without transportation just like me. There are many members still on the sight after they received their cars helping people out and being so grateful about receiving their cars. Please help this organization to continue to do this great work that they do! Thank you

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you for providing me an opportunity to share about how great 800CharityCars.org is to me. I found this charity one evening while I was looking for someplace to receive assistance to obtain a vehicle. I am 51 years old and considered a senior by the University of Texas in Austin where I was studying Astronomy/Physics. My thought was to graduate with a degree in about a year and half, find a job and to establish myself in a science career. The funding ran out. Apparently there is a $60,000 limit on the amount of loan money from the government. I was only able to obtain 3 semesters and one summer at UT because I began my education at a two-year college then transferred to the 4-year college. Now I am close to being homeless. I have no car which makes it difficult to find a job and then to keep the job. Without transportation, life is exceptionally difficult. People with cars rarely stop to consider what it would be like without a car. Think about it. If there were not places like 800CharityCars.org, there would be a lot of people without the tool they need to give them a chance to survive in life. It was with great relief to consider that there might be hope for my future through 800CharityCars.org. I am working hard to build my portfolio on 800CharityCars.org so I can earn a car. The best thing about it is that EVERYONE on the site works together and cares about each other. That is what makes this organization so different from other organizations, especially if you are alone in the world. Giving a car to someone in need is like giving them a tool to make a better life for themselves. It is kind of like giving them a hand up so they can improve the quality of their life. If you have a car to give, please give it. If you can donate to 800CharityCars.org, please do so. Every contribution gets someone closer to self efficiency and moving forward to a better life. Thank you so very much.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great site connecting with caring people sharing same struggles as myself. It makes me feel as though I'm not alone we all support each other!

Sue_69

Client Served

Rating: 5

I've been a member of Free Charity Cars for over a year. This site consists of loving, caring people who not vote for each other, but are there to provide love and support to each other. We pray for each other and check in to make sure our FCC family members are doing well.

This site gives hope to so many. Those who have received vehicles have had their lives changed by the generosity of our donors. God bless the donors, the FCC staff, and all my fellow members of FCC.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have donated my old (non-working) car so that they can sell it and use the money to purchase a vehicle for the next person on the list. I'm also a member who is looking to eventually earn enough votes to get a vehicle. This is a fabulous service. The people who vote for other members are THE BEST! Thank you all, and God bless you!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I signed up with FCC at the beginning of 2014. I had some difficulty understanding what I needed to do to receive a charity car, as well, as how I could help others. FCC is a very "user friendly" website and the staff has been remarkably attentive to helping guide me on problematic issues and questions. This is a wonderful charity whose mission is very important to assisting others to a level of self sufficiency.

Bobbi H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been a client served at Charity Cars since 2009. They are such a wonderful charity, not only because of the cars given away, but I have made a lot of life-long friends in the process of being a member!. I received a car in 2010, and it helped me immensely, as I have MS and other things that I needed a car to get to appointments. But like I said, getting a car is only half of the joy I found with this wonderful charity! For that I would like to thank Brian Menzes, for creating this great charity!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This charity changed my entire life! I was down and out just trying to adjust to the news that I had MS, when my car died. I google searched the words free car, and that is how I found them. I love their karma system. I worked very hard voting and along the way, making some very deep friendships, and in November of 2010 I received a 2001 Blazer, and still drive it today! Thank you so much CharityCarsInc.com, you changed my belief in humankind!

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Lena6

Client Served

Rating: 3

I start with this charity 06/12 they help a lot of person who need a car I hope I get a car to very soon I disable and have to travel far to get my med I get sick a lot if time can't get up in the morning having attack in any time and have sugar very up sometime and the worst is having asthma and copd can't breath being in the hospital having pain in your heart can't walk Lena1060 that why a need a car help me vote for me

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I need a car lena1960 please voted for me they help some much people they get so happy I give them a 10 lena1960

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been with this charity as a client for six months. In that time, I have seen numerous people receive a car. Receiving that car has changed their lives forever, but it's not just the cars. It's the love and support that each member receives from the people who run this charity and from each other that makes this charity so wonderful. We all truly become a family to each other. It would be so easy for those who have received a car to leave this charity and never look back. They don't because they want to stay on and continue promoting the great work that this charity does on a daily basis. I don't know of any other charity like this one. I have made many friends that will stay my friends for life. If I receive a donated car, I know that I too will stay on with this charity. Brian and his team have managed to create not just an outstanding charity but also a true family. I absolutely love FCC!

Holly41

Client Served

Rating: 4

okay this is my story my username is Noelsam and my husband was in a rollover car accident some guy was drinking and driving and ran the stop sign and hit his front passenger tire on the truck broke my husbands truck rolled over and he was pen by the roof of the truck why he was pinned under the truck second vehicle hit his truck at 65 miles an hour way he was pinned by his hips feet was inside of the cab of the truck and his chest in his head was outside of the truck when the second vehicle hit him his 400 pound toolbox fatal on his head causing brain damage but when the second vehicle hit him it dropped him about 4 car links from the spot where his rolled over and when the cops came to the scene of the accident the cop that was doing the investigatione said the second vehicle never even hit his brakes now he live with all the injuries we get anything from that because neither one of the drivers did not have insurance and we have a 2 year old daughter we are in need of a car bad please go vote for me

1 Laura167

Client Served

Rating: 5

I joined this site late in 2013 (Username: LauraJ), and already I have seen so many people filled with joy at receiving a vehicle they so desperately need. I don't know how long it will be until my chance comes, but in the meantime, there is also great community on the site. People helping each other is beautiful. Thank you so much Charity Cars, Inc., for helping so many people!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful charity that helps people get back on their feet. It brings people from all sorts of backgrounds to gether to help each other, and creates a community.

Paulette D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a single parent of 4 children and 5 grandchildren. My two older children have children of their own and my youngest are my adopted great nieces. I stopped working to take my 8 year old to OT twice a week, Play therapy once a week, social skills groups once a week and to do child care for my older children. After babying my 20 yr old van for many months, my car quit working and I had to rely on my bike or spend all I have on bus transportation which does not go to the therapy places. The support I have gotten from others on this site have been phenominal as we give each other encouragement and cast votes for each other. I KNOW FIRST HAND HOW VALUABLE FRIENDS ARE AND I have many great friends here

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Just the idea of those in need rooting on each other is really caring and compassionate! It makes me feel good to be a part!

John207

Client Served

Rating: 5

this is the best non profit organization ever they have helped so many people get out of poverty and back on their feet its amazing what they do. they deserve all the help they can get to keep doing the amazing and wonderful work they are doing.