Canine Companions for Independence®

 

In February of 2016, a very generous donor had donated their 2006 Ford E450 Cutaway cube van, also known as a Fun Mover RV, to Canine Companions for Independence. This “van” was used while the donors were away on trips for agility and more. The front was the living space and the back was a transport. The transport section is where they had the dogs cages, supplies, food, fans and more. They use the vehicle quite often when they traveled to agility competitions. Some cutaway vans that you may have seen before include ambulances and Class C motor homes (RV’s). Now, some of you may be curious as to why a van would be special, and that is because it was kindly donated by dog owners to a great organization.

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The donors knew about vehicle donation programs, but didn’t know if they would take an RV. So they had looked online and found Car Donation Wizard. While online, the donor searched through the charities because they wanted to choose the right one for them. They decided to donate to Canine Companions for Independence.

It was the perfect fit because we used the Dog RV for our agility dogs, so Canine Companions for Independence was a perfect fit. The Bond between Dogs and Humans, and the ability to help dogs help people felt right. I feel really good about it, it was easy. Just a few emails and calls and it was done. It went smoothly, much smoother than it would have been if I were to trade it in/sell it. ~Donor.

 

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Canine Companions for Independence was founded in 1975. They are a non-profit that provides highly trained and vetted assistance dogs to people that have disabilities. Their headquarters is in Santa Rosa, CA but they work nationwide. They have six locations/regions including:

  • North Central
  • North East
  • North West
  • South Central
  • South East
  • South West

It all starts with their breeding program. They only select certain pairs of dogs to breed. To read about their breeding program click here.

They train four types of assistance dogs including:

The breeds they use for assistance dogs include: Golden retrievers, Labrador retrievers and a mix of the two. The assistance dogs go through extensive training and tests that they must pass in order to become an assistance dog.  Each dog lives with a puppy raiser until they are around 14-16 months old. They are put through 6-9 months of training at the regional training center with a professional trainer. Every dog undergoes medical and temperament tests. So much goes into ensuring the success and training of each dog, to make sure they are ready to help their human companions. You can see more about their training here. 

Canine Companions for Independence has also helped U.S. War veterans’. To find out more information about how they help, click here. 

Car donations and vehicle donations help your favorite charity obtain funding for what they do best. If you are interested in donating your vehicle to Canine Companions for Independence, you can do so by clicking here or by visiting: http://www.v-dac.com/org?id=94-2494324

Canine Companions for Independence does not charge for their assistance dogs. They are funded by private contributors, gifts, grants and fundraising.

If you have a car, truck, SUV, RV, boat, motorcycle, etc., think about donating it to your favorite charity. You can search out site to find the charity that best suites you by clicking here. 

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Our Time at The Honda Fest 2016 Car Show.

Honda Fest was on June 12th, 2016 and I was lucky enough to be able to go with Herb Chambers Honda of Seekonk. This is a family friendly event (this includes dogs). While there, I was able to hang out with some really cool people and dogs too, including: Honda Laura, Honda Pro Jason, and we can’t forget Honda The Frenchie.

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Honda Laura is known for her vehicle reviews and comparison videos on YouTube.

Honda Pro Jason is known for his car reviews and car education videos on YouTube.

HondaTheFrenchie is known for being really cute on Instagram, I mean, who could resist that face? (see above)

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There were so many amazing cars at this event. There was racing, food, cars, family/friends, and music. Is there really any better way to spend a beautiful Sunday?! There were older cars, newer cars and everything in between. Two of the older cars that really stood out to me were the Honda Acty truck and the older Honda Civic. There were also some cars that were completely stock and then some that were far from it. I highly suggest going to a Honda Fest at least once, even if you aren’t a huge Honda fan, you will still enjoy the whole scene. The people are all so friendly.

Have you ever gone to a car show? What is your favorite one?

Also, I just want to mention that we wanted to share this fun post with you all because we like to switch it up on occassion. Is this something that you enjoy seeing? Should we do more of these in the future? We typically write about Car Donations or Vehicle donations, so I figured it would be nice to change up our usual posts.

If you are interested in donating a vehicle, see our website at http://www.cardonationwizard.com

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2003 Harley VROD for U.S. Fund for UNICEF.

A 2003 Harley VROD was donated to UNICEF by very generous donors from Florida. The VRSCA VROD was in production between 2002 and 2006. The 2003 VROD models were included in the 100th anniversary editions. It has 115 hp @ 8250 RPM Max Torque, five speed transmission 1130 cc Porsche designed liquid cooled v-twin engine. You can tell that this Harley VROD is a part of the 100th anniversary edition by looking at the badge (logo) on the side of it. It says 100. These VROD’s came in a two toned silver and black color.

 

Harley VROD

 

The donor had received the Harley as a wedding and birthday present from his wife back in February of 2003. The donors had been living abroad for some time and the Harley was in a storage facility. They knew it was time to do something with it. At first, they thought about selling it, and normally that is the first thing anyone would think about. But they didn’t think they would get nearly what it was worth to them for it. So, they chose to donate it. The donor told me that giving it away and having it serve some charitable purpose seemed like the next best thing. He continued onto saying,

I wanted to make a large donation, so a 100th anniversary Harley, and the value I hoped t would generate seemed super appropriate.

How very generous of them to think of UNICEF. The VROD they donated is absolutely stunning! The donors had continued onto saying,

I believe in the power of UNICEF and know that a relatively large percentage of what is donated actually goes to the people it is trying to help. For those reasons, It was a simple choice.

UNICEF’s mission is a very clear one, please click here to read the mission statement.

If you are wondering what UNICEF does, click here.

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A quick overview as to what they do is:

  • Protect Children’s rights
  • expand opportunities to help children reach their fullest potential.
  • promotes equal rights for women and girls to support their participation in politics and the community.

UNICEF does so much for the children of the world. They help them see a brighter future when things are presently dim and seem hopeless.

If you are wondering how you can help by donating your vehicle, you can click here. We accept most cars, trucks, boats and personal watercraft, RVs and motorhomes, trailers,motorcycles, off-road vehicles and more!

 

 

 

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Vehicle donations and K-9 Officers.

 

Some of the vehicles that are donated are sold at auctions, some are used for parts, and some are used to help train K-9 units?!

You always hear about vehicle donations or donating your car to charity, but sometimes we just have to share some really amazing stories that we come across. One of our auto recyclers help out by allowing their state and local police department to train the K-9 units with the vehicles. The K-9 officers train by placing drugs or paraphernalia in a vehicle and having the K-9 dogs sniff them out. This allows for them to be more accurate and faster at what they do. Which in turn, helps the community by keeping these types of things off of the street.

By Michael Pereckas - Flickr: Police Dog, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=21240516

Photo By Michael Pereckas – Flickr: Police Dog, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=21240516

It is always nice to know that your car donation is helping. Whether it is helping the ASPCA take in an animal in need, the North Shore Animal League save an animal, or even if it is your favorite radio station that you want to help. Your donation helps! You are helping raise funding for your favorite charity so they are able to continue doing what they set out to do. If you are interested in checking out some of the charities that you can help, you can click here.

To learn more about what K-9 officers do click here. 

 

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National Alliance on Mental Illness

Teri, one of our terrific employees at Advanced Remarketing Services, shared a presentation with us that was focused on The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). NAMI has touched the life of her and her family and touchs the lives of many others every day. When you donate your car to NAMI, you are helping them and those that they help as well. Your vehicle donation can provide someone with much needed help, whether it be someone who is suffering with a mental illness or a family member.

A message from Teri:

For those of you who don’t know, doing research on NAMI is very dear to my heart. My daughter was in a severe motor vehicle head on collision two years ago, and is struggling with a mental disorder related to that trauma, no one understands what causes the brain to do what it does. It is very difficult for me however to see her struggle.  I know that one day she will become the Jennifer that we are fighting so hard to bring back. NAMI is one of those charities that I look forward to contacting to help me through this difficult time as NAMI understands the effects of Mental Illness.

~Teri

 

A little insight…

NAMI helps millions of Americans that are affected by mental illness and their families. They are dedicated to helping make better lives for people who have been affected, or are affected by mental illnesses. They help educate individuals, families, and educators to ensure they have all of the information and support they need.  NAMI advocates for people with mental illness and their families by shaping the national public policy. They provide people with the resources, tools and skill that they need in order to save mental health in all states. NAMI has a toll free helpline that allows them to listen to and personally respond to hundreds of thousands of requests annually. They provide free referrals, information and support. NAMI leads events to raise public awareness, such as: NAMIWalks and Mental Awareness Week.

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NAMI was started in 1979 by a small group of families while gathered around a kitchen table, and now, they are the nations leading voice on Mental Health. The National Alliance on Mental Health relies on donations to help spread awareness, and to help those in need of assistance. How does your donation help you might ask?

Donating your vehicle to NAMI helps ensure that no one is alone in this fight!  Your car donation can help change the lives of patients and their families.

If you would like to donate your car, truck, van, boat or airplane to NAMI please click here.

If you want to read in depth as to what NAMI does and how to help, please click here.

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