We’re Building A House! Employees Volunteer For Habitat for Humanity

The Car Donation Wizard staff took the meaning of hard work to the next level last week. The first group of our volunteers put up not one but TWO walls during a Habitat for Humanity Build in Bristol, Rhode Island. (over-achievers!)

Always inspired by the work our charity partners do, we set up volunteer events throughout the year for our staff to get involved and to see where the money from the vehicle donations go. In June we participated in Relay for Life and we had a blast!

Lack of experience did not deter our volunteers, who by the end of the day were experts at using nail guns, saws and framing houses! Check out our team and some of the work we did:

Loading

Practicing what we preach! Our first group of volunteers successfully put up two walls during our #habitatforhumanity build! #volunteer #nonprofit #motivationmonday #giveback #habitatbuild #hfh #hfhebri #rhodeisland

View on Instagram

  Continue reading

Share

Relay for Life : Cars for a Cure

Powerful, heartwarming and overwhelming at times, last Friday our Relay for Life Team, Cars for a Cure, took part in the Barrington High School Relay for Life event in Rhode Island. Bad weather, with the possibility of thunder storms, couldn’t dampen our spirits as we set up our colorful campsite.

20140613_180522

The atmosphere was palpable. Everyone was there for the same reason: to fight back, one step at a time, against cancer. The event had over 500 people; those affected by cancer, caregivers and survivors. With our fluorescent colored t-shirts and our team name “carsforacure” on our back, we proudly walked to create a world with more birthdays in it.

After the sun set, it was time for the Luminaria Ceremony. Everyone was handed a glow stick and we were told not to crack it until the right time came. We stood on the track and listened to the daughter of the former Principal at Barrington High School speak about the loss of her Dad. Her courage speaking out to so many people about her father’s passing was heartwarming.

When she was finished we were asked to be silent and to listen. We were asked to crack our glow sticks if we were a cancer survivor; a few people cracked their glow sticks. We were asked if we were there for our mom, our dad, our grandparents, and  our friends. Each time we heard more and more glow sticks cracking. The track was alight with glow sticks, and it was overwhelming to hear and see how much cancer affects all of us.

20140613_215024

Relay for Life is a time for people to come together and raise awareness and money to fight against cancer. It was tough and at times we wanted to give up but we kept going. Our team walked all night long, from 6pm to 6am, and we left inspired albeit a little tired!

For the past few months we have been raising awareness and money for our Cars for a Cure Team and last Friday was the culmination of all our hard work coming together. We raised over $2800 for Relay for Life and we had fun doing it. Check out our raffle blog post here.

“When you start a business, it’s hard to know what kind of company you will become, but years later looking around the tent and seeing all of you give up a Friday night in the summer to serve a greater good makes me feel like we are on the right path with our business and our people.” Joseph D. Hearn , President & CEO of Advanced Remarketing Services, Inc.

Advanced Remarketing Services, Inc. acts as agent for the American Cancer Society and runs their Cars for a Cure vehicle donation program. If you are looking for a way to give back to the American Cancer Society think about donating your car today.

Donate now.

 

Share

Raising Money for Relay!

In January Car Donation Wizard decided to form a Relay For Life team: Cars for a Cure. We have been slowly raising money through different fundraising events and today we had our official kick-off event, a raffle at our offices, to start the Relay Season.

We approached local businesses in Rhode Island and the response was overwhelming. We had over 20 prizes that were raffled off today; including salons, barber shops, local restaurants and two pizza places that donated pizza for the event.

The kick-off was a huge success and we raised $442 for our team. Next up for the Cars for a Cure team is a bake sale on June 6th.

Check out some pictures from the event:

20140522_115625[1]Members of our Relay for Life team: Kara, Pam and Kalyn

1400765664147[1]All of our raffle sponsors. Thank you !

Car Donation Wizard is doing its part to help create a world with more birthdays in it. Working directly with the American Cancer Society on their vehicle donation program, has allowed us to see first hand how every dollar raised can help cancer patients, families and survivors fight back against cancer. If you want to learn more about Relay for Life, check out this video:

 

Share

National Animal Shelter Week

Guest Blog Post By: Jamal Stutts

Did you know there is a National Animal Shelter Week?

National Animal Shelter week was established in 1996 by the HSUS (Humane Society of United States). They started a campaign to circulate knowledge to the community about the roles shelters play in local communities. The campaign also helps the public, like you and I, become aware of the various animal welfare issues and shelter services.

This week is dedicated to getting many animals adopted into new homes, celebrating no kill animal shelters and thanking the many adopted pet lovers across the United States.  You can search for animal adoptions from just about anywhere: your mobile phone, internet, or even your local cable provider.  You can even narrow down what kind of animal your are looking for by breed, color, age, weight, and height.

If animal adoption isn’t the best option for you right now, you can always help out your local animal shelters by giving a donation. Shelters are always in need of funding to buy medical supplies, equipment, and food for rescued animals.  If you want to see the value of your donation in action, take a tour and see how things work in your local shelter, maybe even become a volunteer!

There are many things you can do to jump start National Animal Shelter week. Talk to one of your local shelters first and get some more information on how you can help. I bet you will be glad you did! Spread the word to co-workers and neighbors. Every little bit helps.

Donate a Car to ASPCA

Resources:

ASPCA

ASPCA Car Donation

Help do your part today!

Share

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.

Share