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Car Donation Charities in The State of California

The charities listed in this section accept vehicle donations in the state of California

California Information
Population: 33,871,648 (2000 census)
Total Area: 163,707 square miles
Population per square mile: 217
Random Fact: More turkeys are raised in California than in any other state in the United States.

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Project Impact
Project Impact
Providing youth and their families the tools to help them survive and thrive in a hostile environment through five core services; Juvenile Diversion Counseling; School Drop-out Prevention; Job Training; Parent Education; and Mentor Follow-up.

Project IMPACT USA's vision is to implement a national model of reconciliation that reduces youth violence by creating over 500 new IMPACT Centers in our most "at-risk" communities across the United States.

Do you have a vehicle - especially a window van that is in good working condition that you no longer need or any property that you would like to leave to a charity? Contact Mrs.Willie Cartwright by E-mail or call Toll Free: (888) 242-2778 at Project IMPACT USA to discuss your donation.


Project Mexico
Project Mexico
Since 1988, Project Mexico has been involving young people in the alleviation of suffering by building homes for Mexico's poor. In 1996 our outreach expanded through the opening of St. Innocent Orthodox Orphanage in Tijuana which provides a home for teenage boys who live on the streets or who have been put out of other orphanages and would otherwise be left to fend for themselves. In operation only six years, it was named one of the top three institutions in the state for 2001. St. Innocent Orphanage is the only facility dedicated to teenage boys in Tijuana and one of only four in the entire country of Mexico.

This charitable outreach is unique because our very own people do the work. In the process, their lives are changed. This proven, powerful vehicle of change has provided a fertile environment for thousands of youth to grow in Christ and give of themselves by doing works of mercy for a needy world. Volunteers from 43 of 50 states and eleven foreign countries have participated. Additionally, we hope to continue strengthening the ties between the people of the U.S. and Mexico and be an example of how we can help each other when we work together.

Thank you for thinking of us and the children and families whom we help. Our program relies on the generosity of individuals. When you donate, you allow us to provide hope to more families without homes and more children without families. Vehicle donations are turned into funds to build more homes for families and take more boys off the streets. The average non-profit has administrative costs from 20% - 50%. Our administrative costs for last year were 17%. This means that eighty-three cents of every dollar goes directly to programs and services.

Donating your vehicle also gives you a great tax break and frees you of the hassle of selling a car - advertisements, strangers visiting your home, phone calls, haggling, etc.


Project Open Hand
Project Open Hand
In 1985 in San Francisco, Ruth Brinker, a retired grandmother, watched a dear friend die of AIDS. She realized that for many people with HIV/AIDS, malnutrition was causing death as much as the illness itself. At that time, no social service agency was providing meals to those too weak from AIDS or too impoverished to feed themselves. Using her experience as a manager with another food program, Ruth enlisted the help of her friends, secured a basement kitchen at a local church and began to serve meals to seven clients, Project Open Hand was born.

As more people heard about Ruth's "project" more requests started coming in for home-delivered meals and Ruth put out a call for volunteers. Project Open Hand has not stopped growing since.

Donate a car, van, truck, RV, boat, or even plane to Project Open Hand and help yourself to a fair-market-value tax deduction. You will also save yourself the time and expense of selling it. There are two organizations that handle this. Either visit the Vehicle Donation Processing Center website to donate a car or call them at (800) 553-3018, or call Charity Connection at (800) 772-4274 and mention that you would like to donate your vehicle on behalf of Project Open Hand. Both organizations will pick up the vehicle, handle the necessary paperwork, sell it and give the proceeds to Project Open Hand.


Ragazzi Boys Chorus
Ragazzi Boys Chorus
Hailed by critics as “one of the Peninsula’s finest treasures,” Ragazzi Boys Chorus is one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s premier arts organizations.

Founded in 1987, the organization is a regional center for music education and performance for boys and young men, ages 7–18. More than 130 singers from 86 schools in 26 Bay Area communities including San Mateo, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties participate in this internationally recognized program.

Donate Your Car to Ragazzi… The Vehicle Donation Processing Center makes donating cars to Ragazzi a snap. Simply call 800-390-4790 and tell them you have a car to donate, with the proceeds going to Ragazzi. They will walk you through the process, pick up the car, and take care of the sale. A tax-deductible donation for you and cash for Ragazzi!


Redwood Empire Food Bank
Redwood Empire Food Bank
The mission of the Redwood Empire Food Bank (REFB) is to build partnerships to end hunger. Founded in 1987, REFB is Sonoma County's largest hunger-relief organization. We acquire food and distribute it through a network of charitable agencies and our own food assistance programs, and also provide food to Lake, Mendocino, Humboldt, and Del Norte Counties through five smaller food banks. In addition, the REFB advocates for effective legislation that will provide long-term solutions to hunger in our community.

Thank you for your interest in donating a vehicle to the Redwood Empire Food Bank. We're happy to say that we have bolstered vital programs through funding obtained by this vehicle donation program. Your donation helps us increase contributions to the public good! Thank you for your donation.


San Francisco Boys Chorus
San Francisco Boys Chorus
The San Francisco Boys Chorus exists to discover, develop and encourage boys with unchanged voices through its music programs. Its heritage of more than fifty years of training young performers for the opera and other major musical institutions has established the highest standards of excellence with which our boys are trained for today and prepared for tomorrow.

We believe that the lives of all people are enriched and strengthened by a love of music. The quality of life in our communities is enhanced when there is a wide variety of opportunities for participation in musical activities and other artistic pursuits. Beyond its deep commitment to quality music education, the Chorus experience builds a boy’s character as well as his talent. All of our programs reflect an instructional approach designed to nurture self-esteem, leadership, independence, discipline, and responsibility, as well as a life-long love of music.

Support San Francisco's "Singing Ambassadors to the World" through your car donations. All types of vehicles, trucks, cars, vans, RVs, boats, and planes can be donated to help SFBC discover, develop and encourage boys with unchanged voices through its music programs. Donating any vehicle is quick and convenient.


Anchor Education Foundatio
Anchor Education Foundatio
Anchor Education Foundation is a nonprofit organization that begun working on behalf of children and young adults in the United States on May 23, 2002. The foundation is registered as a California nonprofit corporation and is designated as a 501 (c) (3) organization by the IRS. Anchor's objective is to help our society do a better job reaching and educating at-risk children and young adults --- especially through the arts and cultural access. Because young people are at their greatest danger when out of school, Anchor Education Foundation's job to bring support and build exciting arts-oriented extracurricular programs.
Kars 4 Kids - Joy for Our Youth
Kars 4 Kids - Joy for Our Youth
Kars 4 Kids handles car donations for the charity "Joy for Our Youth" (J.O.Y.). They will come pick up your vehicle within 48 hours. Their web site is one of the best we have seen and includes a "dummies guide" to car donations. They also offer a free vacation. You can visit the JOY charity's site here.

We have experienced, trained operators ready and willing to help and guide you through the car donation process. To donate a car, call Kars 4 Kids between 8 AM and 11 PM, Sunday through Friday.

Kars for Kids will provide hassle free pick-up when you donate a car. Simply fill out the car donations form. The average pickup time for your car is usually between 24-48 hours. There is absolutely no charge when you donate a car!

Auto Donations to Cars for Kids will benefit Joy for Our Youth, an IRS registered tax-exempt 501(c)(3)


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