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    This Weeks Featured Charity

    San Diego Civic Youth Ballet

    Our Mission

    To provide the youth of San Diego with an opportunity to study, understand and appreciate, through education and participation, the art of ballet, and to enrich the cultural life of the community.

    Our Values

    Everybody has the opportunity to dance. We work hard, but we also have fun. We strive for excellence and creativity. We value trust and integrity. We embrace and celebrate the diversity of our students.

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    This Years Productions are made possible by patrons of the arts and donors like you!

    Donating Your Vehicle Supports “Re-Purposed” Grandparents

    Remember when being a grandparent meant you were done raising your children, and now it’s your time to finally sit back and enjoy the ride as a doting grandparent? No more disciplining. No more issues finding a babysitter. No more dealing with angry calls from teachers. Free to go wherever and whenever.
    Not so much anymore for a number of grandparents out there these days. There is a growing population of “grandparents as parents,” stepping in and taking over as the now-guardian and primary caretaker of their children’s children.
    Enter the GAP organization, founded in 1987 to help support this group of people who have suddenly found themselves stepping back in time and starting their lives as parents all over again. The rising number of drug- and alcohol-addicted parents unable to care for their children has placed the burden on their parents or other relatives.
    Mental health issues and incarceration are some other life-changing reasons these moms and dads are not able to properly care for their children, causing a major lifestyle adjustment for their own parents.
    GAP provides a place for these redefined grandparents and other relatives to come together and share their story in a supportive, non-judgmental surrounding. A place to be with like-minded individuals who find themselves in the same situation.
    GAP makes these support groups available on a weekly basis, along with crisis counseling, workshops and educational programs, and connections to emergency aid for shelter, food and clothing needs.
    Donating your unused or unwanted vehicle allows these much-needed services for these grandparents who go above and beyond at this stage in their life to continue.
    The process is a simple one. Call Center For Car Donations at (877) 411.3662, or go to our website at www.centerforcardonations.com, and help support these amazing people who step up to protect their grandchildren. Now, doesn’t that feel good?

    How Do I Donate My Car?

    OK, so you’re ready to donate your car, but you just don’t know all that’s involved. Center For Car Donations has all the answers for you!

    What if my car isn’t in working condition? In most cases, that’s not a problem. It definitely needs an engine. And it has to be tow-able. The snag would be if it’s going to cost more to tow than what it will bring at auction, there may be no point.

    What kind of tax deduction can I expect for my donation? If your vehicle sells for more than $500, you are allowed to deduct the amount it sold for. In that case, you will receive Form 1098 C (Copy B, a Social Security Number will be required to obtain this form) after 30 days from the sale.

    But, if your car sells for less than $500, there won’t be any IRS forms provided since you are not obligated to file any. Best to speak with your CPA or tax adviser. They will know best what your benefit(s) will be. Or, visit the IRS website at http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-drop/n-05-44.pdf.

    How quickly does someone pick up my car? Center For Car Donations wants to make this process easy and trouble-free for you. The vehicle pick-up time is always at your convenience. All the necessary information is obtained during the initial phone call and forwarded to our towing company. Within 24 hours of receiving your information, they’ll give you a call to set up an appointment.

    What kind of paperwork can I expect to get during the process? At time of pickup, the towing company will provide you with a tow receipt. Then, within 4-6 weeks after pickup, you’ll receive an acknowledgement. But, if there’re title and/or paperwork issues concerning the vehicle, it may take a little longer. Once your vehicle sells, and if it’s over $500, that’s when you’ll receive the IRS Form 1098 C (Copy B, a Social Security Number will be required to get this form).

    So you see? The process is so simple! Call Center For Car Donations at (877) 411.3662, or go to our website at www.centerforcardonations.com, and we will guide you through the process. It’s a WIN-WIN for you and those you help!

    Time To “Spring” Into Action By Donating Your Car!!

    Spring is in the air, and what better way to welcome in the new season than to donate your car to those who could use a little sunshine in their life?

    There are so many wonderful charity organizations to choose from, where do you begin? Well, depends upon who you’re most interested in helping.

    There are children who may be living in an abusive family situation. Or children whose families have fallen on hard times and can’t provide shelter, enough to eat or enough clothing.

    Or, maybe you’re leaning toward helping out the senior citizens who were once vibrant and self-sufficient, but no longer able to care for themselves. They rely heavily on the generosity of others.

    There’s the LGBTQ, a group of individuals who have been slighted for way too long. It’s time their voice was heard and their needs of equality met. They have made great strides toward that goal, but still have a way to go.

    The list is lengthy, and you can find it in its entirety on Center For Car Donations’ website at www.centerforcardonations.com.

    Whichever non-profit charity strikes a chord with you, whether they’re listed on the website or one you are already connected with, the benefit of your vehicle donation does not go unnoticed.

    As good as the economy is becoming, there are still so many people in need and just can’t do it without your help. You receive a tax break, and they receive a life break. It just doesn’t get any better than that!

    Where to start? Call Center For Car Donations at (877) 411.3662 and speak with our friendly staff, or find us online at www.centerforcardonations.com. Either way, we are happy to walk you through the simple process of donating your car. It’s just 3 simple steps, and the reward of your generosity is heart-warming!

    Remember When They Cared For Us? Donate Your Car, And Care For Them…

    So, what are you going to do with that old car sitting in front of your house? It doesn’t run well, it’s a gas-guzzler, and neighbors are starting to complain. Sounds like the perfect time to donate your vehicle!

    There are so many wonderful charities out there just waiting for your car donation to help them keep doing what they do… help others! LASHA is one in particular that takes care of the aging population that once took care of us. What a great way to give back and pay it forward!

    Located in Calabasas, California, LASHA focuses on providing a loving environment for an ever-growing population of seniors who find themselves short on funds and/or the ability to care for themselves.

    Oftentimes, this proud group of people are not willing to give up their sense of independence. They want to continue to live by themselves in their own home. LASHA’s Liaison program allows these seniors to maintain their dignity by bringing the outside help they need inside to them.

    Or, sometimes simply a social visit by the Liaison is just what the doctor ordered, giving these individuals the person-to-person interaction so necessary to feeling cared about and part of the community.

    LASHA knows the importance of quality care and concern for all people, but especially those who were once so vibrant and productive in life.

    And, with young families putting all their efforts in the day-to-day business of raising children, going to work, and managing a household, our elderly don’t always get the attention they need.

    That’s where LASHA’s programs step in and fills the gap, offering companionship and support in a loving and meaningful way.

    And you can assure LASHA is able to continue doing this by your donation, making their efforts sustainable.

    Where do you begin? Call Center For Car Donations at (877) 411.3662 and speak with our friendly staff, or find us online at www.centerforcardonations.com. Either way, we are happy to walk you through the easy process of donating your car. It’s just 3 simple steps, and you will be so glad you did!

    How Your Vehicle Donation Empowers Positive Change

    Ever stop and wonder how you can change someone’s life for the better? Or, simply do a good deed to make you feel better? Donating your car or motorcycle or boat can accomplish both!

    Consider Heart of Oregon Corps, whose mission is “to inspire and empower positive change in the lives of young people through jobs, education and stewardship.” Founded in 2000, they grew from one crew in 2001 to 22 crews by 2003, operating in four countries.

    One of their programs is the YouthBuild Program. It focuses on the central issues of housing, education and employment, to name a few, for low-income communities.

    The guidance and skill-sets these youths glean through the program enable them to work towards achieving their GED, high school diploma or college credits, and acquire job skills. This helps them become a productive member of their community while transforming their own lives in the process.

    By donating your vehicle, you are lending a much-needed helping hand to Heart of Oregon Corps, making it possible for them to continue their quest of helping those make a better life for themselves and enriching their neighborhoods.

    Whether you donate to this charity or a different charity of your choice, everybody wins! You’ve been eying that new car for some time now, so here’s your chance to make room in your garage for it and support a organization that needs your help at the same time! You can make a world of difference for others while satisfying a need of your own.

    So, what’s your first step? Call Center For Car Donations at (877) 411.3662 and speak with our knowledgeable staff, or find us online at www.centerforcardonations.com. Either way, we are happy to walk you through the easy process of donating your car. All you need is your vehicle’s title and VIN, and the desire to help those less fortunate than you. It’s just 3 simple steps, and you will be so glad you did!

    CAN’T THINK OF A REASON TO DONATE YOUR VEHICLE? HOW ABOUT DOZENS OF REASONS?

    Looking for a really good reason to donate your vehicle? Center For Car Donations can give you a number of them, and they are all about children.

     

    April is National Child Abuse Month, and what greater way to show you care and lend a helping hand than by donating your car to help support these innocent little ones.

    Center For Car Donations has many organizations to choose from that will put the proceeds from your donated vehicle to much-needed use.

    One of those places is Laura’s House. They have been providing a safe haven for women and children seeking shelter from domestic violence since 1994.

    They make available a variety of services that include a crisis hotline; children’s programs that offer therapeutic preschool, Kid’s Club, and a therapeutic after-school programs; legal services; a transitional program; as well as counseling, education and domestic violence information.

    There are also numerous non-profit CASA organizations nationwide, advocates for abused and neglected children. There are 930 independent programs throughout the United States helping and supporting these who are least able to help themselves.

    CASA’s seek out safe and nurturing homes in which these children can start the healing process. They are present and accounted for when it comes to their educational, healthcare and other urgent needs.

    Or, you may already have a special place in mind. Whatever organization you feel most drawn to, know that donating your unused or unwanted vehicle is desperately needed and greatly appreciated by these children. It is the perfect time to step up and make a difference in someone’s life.

    The process is a simple one, and it won’t take long. Call Center For Car Donations at (877) 411.3662, or on the web at www.centerforcardonations.com, and get your wheels rolling in their direction.  You pick the charity of your choice, and in three easy steps, you eliminate your problem while helping to solve someone else’s. Doesn’t that feel good?

    Creatively Coping With Cancer

    If you would like to donate your car to support an organization that helps cancer patients, Center for Car Donations has just the place.

    The Cancer Coping Center is the kind of place families turn to for emotional support and creative coping strategies while the medical team focuses on treating the cancer patient.

    In 2005, Cancer Coping Center was the conception of Dr. Maryam Davodi-Far, as the result of a family situation she and her husband found themselves in the middle of: her mother-in-law was diagnosed with cancer.

    Dr. Maryam quickly realized that medical help was abundant for her mother-in-law, but there didn’t seem to be any outlet to help the families deal with the stress and anxiety of sitting in numerous waiting rooms while their loved one was being treated.

    And their journey to creating the Cancer Coping Center in San Diego, California, began.

    One of the affiliates of Cancer Coping Center is Camp Kesem, a free summer camp for kids ages 6-13 whose family life has been gravely affected by a parent’s cancer. Their objective is to boost self-esteem and build friendships with children experiencing the same situation at home.

    Camp Kesem is a special place that gives these all-too-often overlooked children a sense of normalcy and a feeling of belonging. They provide a place for kids to just be kids and to concentrate on getting back to the business of having fun.

    These kids get to experience camp activities that include playing sports, arts and crafts, and a variety of fun-filled daily goings-on. It’s all about letting loose, and forgetting about the stress they’ve been under.

    ”Cabin Chats,” conducted daily by the UCSD student leaders, is a time for campers to connect with others like themselves. It’s a chance for them to share their personal experiences, their fears and their laughter with each other, knowing they are not alone. A great emotional release for these kids!

    Simply put, Camp Kesem creates a magical week for these kids to be free of worry and just enjoy. The confidence and improved self-esteem they walk away with after their week at camp is evident not only to their parents, but to themselves.

    Your vehicle donation allows Camp Kesem to continue providing this unique, awesome experience for this population of children that seem to get lost in the circumstance of their parent’s illness.

    Don’t put it off! Call Center For Car Donations TODAY at (877) 411.3662, or go online to www.centerforcardonations.com and donate your unwanted vehicle. All you need is your vehicle’s title, VIN, and the desire to help these children and their families. Doesn’t that feel good? It’s so easy!

    Count your Blessings and Help The Homeless Count Theirs

    Center for Car Donations is indeed proud to accept donated vehicles for organizations that make a difference in the world. One car really can change a life.

    Ever think about how blessed you are? That you have a home to live in, food to feed your family, warm clothing when it’s cold outside? Imagine what your world would be like if you didn’t have these things and were living on the streets.

    There are those who are not as fortunate as you are, but they are very lucky to have the Bethlehem Inn. The Bethlehem Inn provides an emergency safe haven for men, women and families struggling to survive without a home of their own.

    Located in Bend, Oregon, the Bethlehem Inn opened its doors in 1999, originally as a wintertime-only shelter. Without their own facility to operate out of, they utilized a different local church each winter weekend, to make certain no one was left out in the cold without the basic human needs.

    The Bethlehem Inn now makes available their shelter and services to over 1,000 adults and children in crisis and desperate need.

    Imaging preparing and serving over 66,000 meals! That’s what the Bethlehem Inn currently provides every year as well as offering training for various job skills, case management assistance, and easy access to transportation for their residents.

    They also offer a Work Experience Program within their organization, giving hands-on training to their residents. This experience comes from working in the clothing donations center, doing light cleaning and maintenance, gardening, working in the kitchen and pantry, and the recycling section. This gives them not only a sense of giving back, but a sense of pride and competence to take with them when they go out on their own.

    How can you help? Call Center For Car Donations at (877) 411.3662 or go online to www.centerforcardonations.com and donate your unwanted or no-longer-needed vehicle. All you need is your vehicle’s title and VIN, and the desire to help those less fortunate than you. Doesn’t that feel good? It’s just 3 simple steps!