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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

9 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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!

2

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.

2 Justin27

Donor

Rating: 5

This non-profit organization truly help people find vehicles and bless the less fortunate and help them get their lives back on track with much needed transportation. Do you part to help out if even if you never participated in donating to a worthy cause or was afraid that you don't know where or what or whom your money and you donation is going to..

With www.FreeCharityCars.org and1-800-Charity-Cars (http://www.800charitycars.org/) you can rest assured that you money will be put to good use and an investment you can actually see helping and changing peoples lives!

God Bless you all and Merry Christmas! Happy New Year!
-Justin Trimble,
Current FCC Member

Virgie G.

Donor

Rating: 5

The 'Free Charity Cars' organization is that most of us join because we are in dire need of a vehicle.
However, the most magnificent aspect of the organization and site is that it helps all of us struggling to help and support each other.
Those that get a vehicle are announced and we cheer for them!
Those that may be feeling down or experiencing some added difficulty are given shouts of endurance and prayers.
Those that even have shared some joyful event with us are congratulated.
I have donated to this organization and even started my own Crowdrise Fundraiser in hopes of getting more help for this organization. Help us out!!

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1

Donor

Rating: 5

I would like to begin by saying I am very particular about the charities I support. There are thousands out there and I am very skeptical of their true benefits. I have been walking and falling for over a decade now. I need help and wanted to find an organization/charity I could trust.
I surfed the web for months and found the Free Charity Cars site. I was impressed as pictures of cars and recipients of these cars surfaced. many of these same people pay it forward by voting for others in need of a vehicle. I can't do enough to promote this organization. If I never receive a car from them I will always donate because they do give cars away and emotional support via the FCC members on their site.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

amazing people!!! god bless them... i think its amazing how they can help people with a vehicle. i think that helps alot of people with children... taking care of the elderly.. its just a great idea.. more people should do this...

1

Donor

Rating: 4

I found Free Charity Cars, Inc. searching for a way to help a friend who is housebound because of her disabilities. She is very active in volunteer work from home, but it is her greatest desire to be able to help more people, which she would be able to do if she had a wheelchair accessible vehicle. So, I started searching the web looking for organizations that helped people with needs find transportation and hit on FCC. Charity Cars operates on a simple system of promotion and interactions with others with similar needs. I have found that most of the folks who are members, promoters, and donors on FCC are humble and compassionate folks who are willing to give as much as they can to help others. Truly a worthy organization.

2 gull

Donor

Rating: 5

As a donor to this organization, I acknowledge the integrity, skill and efficiency they repeatedly exhibit in order to make the donation process convenient and easy for the donor. I will be a lifetime supporter! I am deeply grateful for the services they provide to many across the nation as they facilitate the economic, spiritual, physical and mental recovery of so many families!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer for Free Charity Cars I vouch for the organization's integrity and know that the people of the organization remain steadfast and true to its mission. This is not a "handout" organization. It is a "hand up" organization. It is a conduit between people who have something they want to pass on (a vehicle) and those who need that vehicle, but have no means to obtain it. And it is much more. Without declaring it, the organization promotes the following: commitment to development or return of life skills - behaving responsibly and meeting obligations; the practice of loving kindness; the building of community across the nation; the potential for people to establish lifelong friendships. It is a model for what is so sorely lacking in our country - love without judgement, accountability without punishment. I have worked with many non-profits. This one is a model of excellence for all others.

2

Donor

Rating: 1

Donated my car on 7/12/2011 and did all the paperwork they required to transfer title so vehicle could be auctioned; there was no lien on this vehicle. Imagine my surprise a few months ago when state sends me bill for state registration and license. I talk to them and vehicle was never transferred. I mail them my receipt from donation. Now 2/21/2013...almost 18 months later...I get a notice from Police Dept that the car has been impounded since 9/19/2011...a little more than 2 months after donation...and I owe thousands of dollars ($20/day) to get it out or they will sell it. WHAT the heck is the matter with these folks and where was the car for those two months and what was it being used for? VERY SUSPICIOUS