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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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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Cool Donation of the Week: ’89 Mercedes for the U.S. Fund for UNICEF

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September 30, 2015
Author: Lisa Crowell

This week we’re featuring a fun donation to U.S. Fund for UNICEF, a sharp Mercedes-Benz 560SL. These slick convertibles with the detachable hard tops were produced from 1971 through 1989. They are the second longest single series ever produced by the Mercedes after the G-Class.

The Mercedes-Benz 560 SL is really the ultimate classic roadster. The car was built for the luxury market but the durable V8 engines have made the SL a very desirable collectors piece. With advanced safety features for a car of this age SL collectors are driving these around town on a daily. Our California car donor took very good care of this SL but the vehicle was stored outside and needs some cosmetic TLC.

We’re always excited when we receive a donated classic convertible!

#roadster #ragtop #classicmercedes

About the U.S. Fund for UNICEF
The U.S. Fund for UNICEF supports UNICEF’s work, and other efforts in support of the world’s children, through fundraising, advocacy and education in the United States. To donate your vehicle in support of the US Fund for UNICEF, visit Car Donations for US Fund for UNICEF or phone us at 1-855-487-3863.

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Car Donation Tax Tips 2014

Donating a car can seem like a daunting task but here at Car Donation Wizard  we provide all of the necessary information that our donors need to know before they make that big decision.

Firstly, knowledge is key. There are a lot of car donation programs out there that claim to give high returns to their charity partners, when in reality the charities are lucky to receive 10%-30% of gross proceeds. 

Tip #1 : Ask how much of the proceeds from the sale of your vehicle go back to the charity and it’s missions/cause. Look out for charities or organizations that are partnered with charities that only tell you the net return- this should be red flag number one. 

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Vehicles Recycled After Superstorm Sandy

Some of the vehicles damaged in Hurricane Sandy ranged in age and type from new to old, and high end to low end. Many different neighborhoods along the shore were affected. There were also neighborhoods inland that happened to be along rivers and bays that flooded. In addition to flood damage there was also significant damage from falling objects like trees and debris.

Whether insured or uninsured, many vehicles damaged by Sandy wound up at auto auctions as the first step in the recycling process. Depending on the extent of damages and the winning bid several outcomes are possible. The vehicle may be reconditioned and offered for sale, exported to a foreign country, dismantled for parts or processed for scrap metal value. the vehicles are sold “as is” at the auction to the highest bidder. The vehicles have varying levels of damage.

donated hurricane sandy cars1996 Nissan Sentra, damaged by Sandy, generously donated to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF

Besides cars and trucks, many other vehicle types were victims. The Boat Owners Association of the United States (BoatUS) estimates that 65,000 recreational boats, both insured and uninsured, were damaged or lost in Sandy at an estimated dollar loss of $650 million. That made Sandy the single largest disaster for recreational boats on record.

For more information on donating your Hurricane Sandy car, check out our blog post on Hurricane Sandy Damaged Cars.

For more information on donating a boat to charity, visit our boat donation page.

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