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    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!

    SUPPORT OUR TROOPS… AFTER THEY COME HOME

    Maybe you know a veteran who has recently come home from war injured, maybe you don’t. Maybe you’d just like to be able to say thanks to our troops for all they do.  Well, donating your unused or unwanted vehicle can provide both the thanks and the help they not only need, but deserve.

    The Warrior Foundation is an organization that provides that much-needed aid to our injured heroes returning home, assisting in their recovery and promoting a better quality of life for them and their families.

    They do this in a number of ways, but in particular through the Freedom Station.  The Freedom Station concentrates on four main groups of warriors:  the seriously injured just coming home from war; those suffering from PTSD and/or major brain traumas; those undergoing physical or occupational therapy; and those who are medically retired.

    As you can imagine, the numerous needs of these injured warriors can seem insurmountable as they have to now face a life unfamiliar to them — no longer military life, but not the civilian life they once knew.  The stress and strain of that alone is daunting, but adding the burdensome costs of these newly needed services and supplies can be overwhelming for them.

    The Warrior Foundation-Freedom Station is there to provide the tools for these servicemen and women, helping them emotionally through the acclimation period from military to civilian life, educational and vocational counseling, and even interim housing during this initial period.

    The results of the recipients that have gone through the program prove that the support received from the Warrior Foundation-Freedom Station makes for self-sufficient, productive and contributing members of society.

    Programs like these are what give hope and life to so many that sacrificed to serve our country. But programs like these require ongoing funding to continue providing the necessary help these heroes require to pick up their life outside the military.

    That’s where your donation comes in.  It’s simple to do: call Center for Car Donations at 877.411.3662, and get your wheels rolling in their direction; they’ll do the rest to ensure your donation gets in the right hands.

    DONATE AND WATCH WHAT HAPPENS!

    Got an old car that doesn’t run very well?  Looking for a way to clean out your garage to make room for something shiny and new? Or, you’re just thinking of a way to give a little back? There are so many reasons and options to improve the lives of others.

    Maybe you’d like to help those who can’t help themselves, like underprivileged children.

    A top organization located in San Diego, California, Casa de Amparo provides a safe shelter for children from infants to teens in need of a better life, one that does not include abuse and neglect.  It’s a place for these children to be supported and encouraged, and for them to see there are people out there that care about them.  It’s a place they can find some joy.

    Casa de Amparo gets involved in the treatment and prevention aspect, working with families to promote healthy family relationships and connections.  What better cause is there than helping and protecting those who can’t help themselves?

    The answer may be sitting in front of your house… It just might be the right time to donate your car while helping others — and yourself — in the process.  Whatever your favorite cause or charity is, your vehicle donation is a great way to make a difference.

    There are so many ways donating your car lends a helping hand to others while giving you the satisfaction of doing a good deed.  And, you can also reap some financial benefit at the same time through a tax deduction.  It’s a win-win for everyone!

    The process is a simple one.  Call Center for Car Donations at 877.411.3662 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 solving someone else’s.

    Giving Up Driving Can Be Hard To Do

    When you love someone, it’s hard to see them put themselves or others at risk

    Giving up driving can be one of the hardest decisions anyone has to make. It can be really difficult to determine the blurred line of when that last lapse of attention is the one that forces you to give up your keys. Talking to your parents or other family member about giving up driving can be equally hard. How do you tell the person who taught you how to drive that they are no longer safe to drive themselves? While these conversations can be emotionally draining, they are important to keeping those we care about safe.

    We at Center for Car Donations want to help you with some advice about giving up your license or helping a family member with this life-altering decision. There are many resources available for you, which we will include in this post, and we hope to provide a springboard to get the conversation started.

    How do you know when a loved one should start the process of giving up their keys? Statistics tell us that drivers over the age of 75 are at an increased risk for traffic accidents, and that number skyrockets after the age of 80. While teenagers, a group of people who are well known for risky and dangerous drivers are at risk for killing others, older people are at risk for seriously injuring or killing themselves. This is due to a number of factors, most obviously the reduced ability of older individuals to bounce back from life-threatening injuries.

    This article from the online publication Slate Magazine opens with a sad story about a couple in their 90’s who passed away while holding hands after 72 years of marriage. The author also points out that they hit another car with “all the hallmarks of car accident caused by an aged driver.” This accident resulted in one of the passengers in the other car suffering a broken neck. There aren’t any state laws forcing older people to give up their license, although many states do require those over the age of 70 to renew their licenses in person, and some states have other requirements for older drivers.

    New and unexplained scratches or dents can be an indicator that the driver’s attention is lapsing. Traffic tickets are also a good indicator. Listen to this NPR story about a son who called the authorities about his mother, as well as some helpful things to look for.

    Taking a drive with the family member can let you know first-hand what is happening with reaction time and response to unexpected traffic conditions. If you don’t mind them driving themselves but wouldn’t put your child in the car with Grandma or Grandpa, this is probably a strong indicator that you should start the conversation with your loved one.

    Giving Up Driving

     

    This website, published by the National Highway Traffic Safety administration, has some great information about determining if health factors may be impeding safety in older drivers.

    • You have problems reading highway or street signs or recognizing someone you know across the street.
    • You have trouble seeing lane lines and other pavement markings, curbs, medians, other vehicles and pedestrians, especially at dawn, dusk and at night
    • You experience more discomfort at night from the glare of oncoming headlights.
    • You have trouble looking over your shoulder to change lanes or looking left and right to check traffic at intersections.
    • You have trouble moving your foot from the gas to the brake pedal or turning the steering wheel.
    • You have fallen down – not counting a trip or stumble – once or more in the previous year.
    • You walk less than one block per day.
    • You can’t raise your arms above your shoulders.
    • You feel pain in your knees, legs or ankles when going up or down a flight of ten stairs.
    • You feel overwhelmed by all of the signs, signals, road markings, pedestrians and vehicles that you must pay attention to at intersections.
    • Gaps in traffic are harder to judge, making it more difficult to turn left at intersections or to merge with traffic when turning right.
    • You take medications that make you sleepy.
    • You often get lost or become confused.
    • You experience dizziness, seizures or loss of consciousness.
    • You aren’t confident that you can handle the demands of high speeds or heavy traffic.
    • You are slow to see cars coming out of driveways and side streets or to realize that another car has slowed or stopped ahead of you.
    • A friend or family member has expressed concern about your driving.
    • You sometimes get lost while driving on routes that were once familiar.
    • You have been pulled over by a police officer and warned about your poor driving behavior, even if you didn’t get a ticket
    • You have had several moving violations, near misses or actual crashes in the last three years.
    • Your doctor or other health caregiver has advised you to restrict or stop driving.

    The symptoms do not mean your loved on absolutely needs to give up driving, however. There are several steps to take before giving up the keys. This list from helpguide.org can help your loved one take charge of their health.

    • Getting your eyes checked every year. Make sure that corrective lenses are current. Keep the windshield, mirrors, and headlights clean, and turn brightness up on the instrument panel on your dashboard.
    • Having your hearing checked annually. If hearing aids are prescribed, make sure they are worn while driving. Be careful when opening car windows, though, as drafts can sometimes impair a hearing aid’s effectiveness.
    • Talking with a doctor about the effects that ailments or medications may have on your driving ability. For example, if you have glaucoma, you may find tinted eyeglass lenses useful in reducing glare.
    • Sleeping well. Getting enough sleep is essential to driving well. If there are problems, try to improve nighttime sleep conditions and talk with your doctor about the effect of any sleep medications on driving.

    How do you start this conversation? It is important not to rush the discussion. Find a time that is mellow and relaxed for both of you, and be prepared to have a series of smaller conversations rather than one big one. Simply putting the idea into the mind of your loved one is a great way to help them make the decision for themselves, rather than forcing them into something they don’t want to do. The AARP offers a great resource for having this conversation called “We Need to Talk.” It includes tutorials, videos, and conversation starters. Here are some basics from a caring.com:

    Consider temporarily giving up the car yourself – Put yourself in their shoes by giving up driving for a few weeks before you talk to them so you can understand firsthand what they will be going through

    Choose your time wisely – Aim for a quiet time of day when both you are relaxed with no impending deadlines

    Handle Objections With Reflective Listening – Encourage the questions your loved one will ask without jumping in with solutions. Use what they tell you to formulate a response, such as, “I know that you’re worried that giving up driving means you will have to give up golf.”

    Allow That This Process Will Take Time This probably shouldn’t be one long conversation; rather, several smaller conversations are a better way to go. Take breaks whenever they are needed. Don’t interrupt or try to get back on track. Allow them to work through their memories.

    Ask Them What They Think – Your loved one should definitely have a hand in finding a solution. Asking them may get them to consider the benefits associated with giving up driving such as saving money on maintenance, gasoline and insurance.

    When beginning these conversation, remember to keep in mind the myriad of activities, as well as the feelings of security and self-reliance, you are asking your loved one to give up. The costs can be both physical and emotional, as illustrated by this article published in The Boston Globe. One thing you may not have considered is the link between driving and living on one’s own. According to a study published in 2006, “Those who had given up driving were nearly five times more likely to end up in long-term care after eight years than those who were still driving, even when researchers accounted for various health problems. They found that the seniors who had depended on another driver in the home and lost that support were nearly twice as likely to go into long-term care, as compared with elders who were still driving.”

    There are many resources available to assist you with helping your loved one. Driving safety refresher courses are offered by many driving schools. Having an unbiased third-party observer can help you determine whether your loved one is not as safe of a driver as they may have once been. Check out this story from the New York Times about a family who contacted a driving rehabilitation specialist when their father’s driving habits started to concern them. Consulting one of these professionals can help assuage your fears about loved ones driving or help them make the decision for themselves that it is time to give up the keys. There are other resources available like this interactive driving evaluation from AAA. AARP offers an online driving quiz which you can take together. Compare your results – you might be surprised!

    Once your loved one has given up the keys, it is important to make them feel like they are still apart of the community and the family. Check out this list from caring.com

    Make it a habit to check in on them often, just to chat or share some news.

    Offer to drive them to the activities they enjoy, or help find someone else who can take them.

    See that they’re included in family outings, like their grandchildren’s school events or a day at the beach.

    Encourage them to try taking the bus on their next trip to the pharmacy, or to walk, if it isn’t too far away, and offer to go with them if you can.

    Urge them to ask for rides from friends, and to reciprocate in whatever way they can (preparing a meal, for example).

    Help them develop new routines and interests that don’t require driving, like gardening, walking, or swimming at the local pool.

    Knowing how they’ll get around can make the decision easier for your loved one. Check out this page from the National Institute of Health for some advice and some resources that may be available in your community. Another great resource is from NextAvenue.org where the list and describe transportation available to seniors. Here’s a few:

    Curb-to-curb rides are essentially taxi services. Drivers likely will not help passengers come out of their homes, enter the car or help stow wheelchairs or walkers.

    Door-to-door drivers will help a passenger navigate the street and enter and exit the vehicle, but should not be expected to help with wheelchairs because of liability concerns.

    Door-through-door providers hire drivers who ensure that passengers get into their homes or destinations safely. They’ll also help carry groceries or packages.

    Sources/Resources:

    http://www.slate.com/articles/life/family/2012/03/when_to_stop_driving_why_it_s_so_hard_to_get_elderly_drivers_off_the_road_.html

    http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2012/10/08/162392507/when-should-seniors-hang-up-the-car-keys

    https://www.caring.com/articles/when-should-seniors-stop-driving?page=2

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/14/your-money/for-the-aging-an-alternative-to-giving-up-the-car-keys.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

    http://www.nhtsa.gov/people/injury/olddrive/Driving%20Safely%20Aging%20Web/index.html

    http://www.helpguide.org/articles/aging-well/age-and-driving-safety-tips.htm

    http://www.nia.nih.gov/health/publication/older-drivers

    http://www.boston.com/news/health/articles/2009/12/21/the_emotional_and_physical_costs_of_giving_up_driving/?page=2

    http://www.libertymutual.com/auto-insurance/senior-driving/studies

    http://www.nextavenue.org/article/2013-05/after-elderly-parent-gives-keys-whats-next

    Christmas Lights Up The End of The Year

    Christmas Lights Brighten Up The Season… And Bring in Vehicle Donations

    How did December come up on us so quickly?  It seems like yesterday that we were out camping and enjoying the summer sunshine.  But it really is true: people are putting up their Christmas lights, and a variety of trees are hitching a ride on the top of “sleighs” all across the country.  WIth Christmas comes the New Year… and the end of the year.  Do you have a clunker sitting in your yard or a car you don’t need anymore?  Make the “season of giving” work for you by donating your car or other vehicle to your favorite non-profit!

    That’s right, folks; it’s that time again!  ‘Tis the season for giving – and tax deductions.   We are expecting a 30% increase in donations in December!  Our staff is ready to answer your calls and questions. We are closed on Christmas Day, but we are here to help on New Year’s Eve – ready and raring to go!

    As long as donors call in on or before December 31st, donors get a tax deduction for their 2014 taxes, even if it doesn’t sell until 2015!

    In the meantime, check out some of these pretty sweet Christmas Lights and other decorated vehicles.

    Santa drawn in dirt on back of car VW Bug With Christmas Lights Concret Truck with Christmas Lights Suspended VW Bug with Reindeer Antique Car With Christmas Lights Tank With Christmas Lights Futuristic Car with Christmas Lights Semi with Christmas Lights Overly Truck with Christmas Lights Antique Car With Christmas Lights Station Wagon with Giant Tree on Top

    This Halloween, don’t let your car turn into a pumpkin! Donate it today!

    This Halloween, consider vehicle donation.

    It’s Halloween, and that means it’s pumpkin season once again. Pumpkins are fun for carving, but not necessarily for riding in – unless you’re home by midnight and you leave your one awesome glass slipper behind.  Who wants to do that?!  Please consider donating your car to your favorite charity instead – we promise it’s not scary!

    In the meantime, check out some of these great vehicle themed pumpkin carvings. Vote for your favorite one on our Facebook page or post your own. There’s some fun stuff out there! We can’t wait to see some new ones!

     

    Cool Car Pumpkins

    Cool Car Pumpkins

    Cool Car Pumpkins

     

    Cool Car Pumpkins

    Cool Car Pumpkins

    Cool Car Pumpkins

    Hot cars can mean cool cash for charities: Donate your overheating car!

    Some like it hot, but we’re guessing an overheating car is not as glamorous as Marilyn Monroe!

     

    With the summer heat, older cars may overheat. Fixing an overheating car can be like searching for a needle in a haystack (or sometimes a needle sized hole), and they can get expensive. A great option for an overheating car is to donate it to your favorite nonprofit or charity. Many nonprofits can turn a hot car into cool cash for their program. Your car does not have to be running, and it can be picked up from your local repair shops. In general, donations must have 4 wheels, an engine and a transmission – and that’s it! If you have a car to donate, call (877) 411-3662 to arrange an appointment.

     

    This overheating car is too hot to handle