Old wheels, new houses — Habitat for Humanity, Int’l

Old wheels, new houses

By Marcia Rundle, Habitat for Humanity International’s director of Cars for Homes™

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A decade ago, I never could have imagined I would be helping Habitat for Humanity by acquiring and selling used cars. But when we established the national Cars for Homes program in the United States, we created a way for people to donate their used cars, trucks, boats, RVs and other vehicles to help build homes and improve neighborhoods right in their local communities.

When a vehicle donation is made to Cars for Homes, the local Habitat for Humanity organization in the donor’s zip code receives the funds generated from the resale or recycling of the vehicle. This has resulted in more than $10 million in local funding in the United States. Vehicle donors also have helped to support Habitat’s work in countries such as Armenia, Egypt and El Salvador when funds generated from the program are designated for use outside the United States. Habitat receives more than 80 percent from the sale of donated vehicles after all fees are paid.

Our personal vehicles play such a big role in our daily lives. When it comes time to part with them, a donation to Cars for Homes gives them a second life that also helps families live in decent homes.