3 Reasons to Donate a Car Before the End of the Year

Vehicle donations make a real difference to worthy causes.

Why Donate on Giving Tuesday

Regardless of where you fall on the political spectrum, I think we can all agree that this election season was rough.  Now more than ever, we need people who will strengthen communities, fill our world with compassion, and bring hope to the hopeless.  I’m so fortunate to work every day with people just like that.  People whose full-time job is feeding the hungry, finding cures for cancer, building homes for the homeless, and filling our world with beautiful art and music.   Continue reading

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2009 Mini Cooper S for the American Cancer Society.

In November 2016 we had a car donation to the American Cancer Society from a generous donor from Oklahoma. They had donated their 2009 Mini Cooper S 2 door to help support their favorite charity.

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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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A Porsche for The American Cancer Society

We have recently taken in a donated 1999 Porsche Boxster with only 23,553 miles for the American Cancer Society’s Cars For a Cure® Vehicle Donation Program. John and Ann of California were the original owners, and it was garaged for most of that time. We had the pleasure to speak with John about his donation. When asked why they chose the American Cancer Society, John responded,

“My Wife and I support a several causes which include higher education and health care. We are very active with hospitals in particular. We liked the idea that the American Cancer Society had more money going back to them rather than the lower percentages that we saw while doing research. American Cancer Society is an excellent cause, so it was an easy decision. We had talked about the different charities back and forth, and we felt that this car was a special car and should go to a special charity. It seemed like the perfect fit.”

 

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The Porsche is their first vehicle donation to the American Cancer Society. John said he had regretted not knowing about the American Cancer Society’s vehicle donation program sooner. John spoke very highly of the effortless donation process; the representatives they spoke to were very pleasant and the couple are happy with the outcome.

When asked if they would donate a vehicle to the American Cancer Society again in the future and he said “Oh yes I would! It is now at the top of my list if I do it again in the future!”

If you would like information on how you can donate a car, give us a call at 888-227-5500 or fill out the donation form online at

https://www.cardonationwizard.com/american-cancer-society/info/car-donation-to-cars-for-a-cure.html

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