Car Donation Wizard Gives Back to the North Shore Animal League

To celebrate the amazing milestone of raising 30 million dollars for charitable organizations through vehicle donations, Car Donation Wizard has decided to sponsor the Nursery Program at the North Shore Animal League.

North Shore Animal League America is the world’s largest no-kill animal rescue and adoption organization. They rescue and adopt pets all over the country into loving homes. North Shore Animal League America rescues, nurtures and adopts almost 20,000 dogs, cats, kittens and puppies into loving homes each year—saving close to 1,000,000 animals to date.

Their Sponsorship Nursery is filled each day with orphaned and newborn puppies and kittens. A great deal of their care requires being hand-fed from a bottle, nurtured until they are healthy and strong enough to be placed for adoption. The Animal League is often asked by other shelters to lend its support when pregnant mothers are scheduled for destruction unless they step in and protect them. By supporting the Animal League’s Sponsorship Nursery, we are helping care for newborn animals that are in need, ensuring that puppies and kittens can receive a chance at life.

Stories of some of the animals in the nursery can be found on the North Shore Animal League America’s website, where you can read their stories, see pictures, videos and sponsor these animals in need. Take for example, Angel, a beautiful 1 ½ year old Yellow Labrador Retriever and her five newborn puppies. They were in a small, overcrowded shelter and Angel was suffering from heartworm. They were at great risk of being destroyed. Thanks to the supporters of North Shore, they were rescued and placed in the Nursery Program. They have a safe, quiet place for Angel to care for her young.

Working with vehicle donations, the employees here at ARS can see what a difference one donation can make. Which is why whenever we have a chance, we like to do our part and donate either our time or money, just like our donors do. North Shore Animal League America lets us know how our resources are being used and which animals are in need and we’re proud to be a sponsor.

For more information on how you can save animals visit:

North Shore Animal League or consider Car Donation to the North Shore Animal League

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Donate a Car…Build a Home

Maybe you’d love to donate some of your time to Habitat for Humanity because you believe in the work they do, building affordable homes for low-income families, but you don’t have enough time to spare. On the other hand, maybe you have a used vehicle that you need to part with. In that case, both you and Habitat for Humanity are in luck.

Their national “Cars for Homes” program has created a win-win situation, with Habitat for Humanity able to accept donations of cars, trucks, boats, motorcycles, RVs and other vehicles. They then sell the vehicles through automobile auctions, recyclers or salvage yards to raise money that helps in the construction of homes, said Maureen Clary, executive director of Habitat for Humanity St. Tammany West.

Funds generated from the sale of the vehicles benefits the local Habitat where the donation is made. The Cars for Homes program began in fall 2003 in the Seattle area, and since that time the sales have raised over $10.5 million dollars for families in need.

“We have always had individuals donate cars, boats and RVs,” Clary said. “However, our affiliate would have to handle the pickup, do the title transfer, and attempt to resell the donated items locally. This program makes it much easier on both the donor and HFHSTW as the recipient.”

Since Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit organization, it may be possible for donors to claim deductions on their income tax returns, if they itemize. In general, donors can deduct the fair market value of any car up to $499. If it sells for more than $500, the full price can be deducted.

The kicker is, “The tax deduction is often more than what they could sell the vehicle for,” Clary said, “and they know that their donation will go towards eliminating substandard housing in local communities.

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Spotlight on our Partner: Arthritis Foundation

Rheumatic diseases, arthritis and other diseases of the muscles, joints and bones are common and have tremendous impact on the health and well being of 50 million Americans.

And yet, despite how common these diseases are, awareness – which can lead to earlier diagnosis, better treatments and improved outcomes, more research funding and a steady supply of physicians trained to treat these diseases – isn’t as high as it should be. Through our combined advocacy efforts, the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) and the Arthritis Foundation are working to change that.

From advocating for specific legislation to meeting with lawmakers on the Hill to participating in arthritis-related coalitions, both the ACR and the Arthritis Foundation understand that educating Congress requires a sustained effort to create change.

Each day, the Arthritis Foundation works in communities across the United States, researching the causes of and cures for arthritis, supporting community outreach and education programs — which directly help families cope with this devastating disease — and driving grassroots advocacy efforts, which articulate issues and concerns for policy-makers and legislators. You can help make a difference in the lives of millions who live with the daily pain of arthritis. Sign up for the Arthritis Walk, or better yet, become a team captain. The funds you raise will help find a cure for arthritis.  No time to walk? Consider helping in another way – donate a car through our quick and easy vehicle donation program. Together we can bring awareness and inspire research to help millions worldwide.

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Changing the world…One nail at a time

Written by guest blogger: Sarah T., a recent Habitat for Humanity, Cars for Homes volunteer.

Charity, the practice of benevolent giving and caring

We are all changing the world we live in every day. Whether that’s for better or worse depends on our actions. Recently I was given the chance to do some good by contributing to other people in a meaningful way. I was part of a group that worked on building a home for a family in need through Habitat for Humanity.

One of the most valuable things you can give someone is your time. Did it matter that I didn’t know what a “blue board” was? Not in the least. I was there, and I was ready to give my time & energy into this project. That’s not to say that there weren’t a few bumps along the way.

As a cake decorator, I can honestly say I have never held a power tool in my hand before that day. When the screw just would not, and I mean would not, go into the wall, I exclaimed “Don’t you know I work in frosting, not power tools!” (In case you were wondering, the drill was on reverse) The professional construction worker supervising us was extremely patient & enormously helpful, leading us through the fog of first-time construction work.

We had an eventful day of dry walling the upstairs of the house. It was full of dust from the walls, measuring, drilling and a few scrapes along the way. But when we were finished, I looked around and instead of beams and emptiness, saw the beginning of rooms to a home. A new future for a family who really needed an act of charity from their neighbors.

I have hope that something good comes from such a simple thing as a house. It’s funny how helping others can make us feel. It’s a feeling that’s hard to describe; a sense of fulfillment, a happiness that you can’t get from anything else. It puts a smile on your face and lightness in your heart.

There’s something hardwired into all of us that makes us feel like a million bucks when we are kind and when we are giving, and my experience was no different.

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