Blog : 2014


After Auto Donation: Where Does A Car Go?

Tuesday, December 30, 2014 4:21 PM

Auto DonationAuto donation to Vehicles for Change sets in motion the process that moves unwanted and unneeded automobiles from the garage to a family in need.

Donors across the United States use charities to get rid of their unwanted vehicles, not knowing how their vehicle will be used or what happens in between donating the vehicle and a family receiving the vehicle.

At Vehicles for Change, there are several ways a donated vehicle can be used.

First, the care is inspected

Immediately after donation, the donated vehicle is inspected to determine the mechanical condition of the car. Donated vehicles that are awarded to low-income families must meet Vehicles for Change’s strict reliability standards.

Depending on the car’s type and condition, donated cars may also be sold to the public through Freedom Wheels, VFC’s used car lot.

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Donate a Vehicle: 5 Feel-Good Reasons

Wednesday, December 24, 2014 6:41 PM

Donate VehicleSometimes you can get more out of your used care by donating it than by selling it outright or trading it in!

Did you know that?

When you donate your car, you not only help a family in need – but there are beneficial tax implications to help you, the donor.

Value is Less than $500

Donating a vehicle is a great way to get rid of an unreliable or unwanted car and still get money back. When a vehicle is donated to charity, the donor is able to claim a minimum deduction of $500. Vehicles that don’t run, or only serve to take up garage space, are frequently donated for this reason. Charities that take car donations should provide a tax receipt letting the donor know the amount that can be deducted from their taxes. Check the IRS publication for car donorship or call Vehicles for Change to get more information.

Avoid the Hassle of Selling

Selling a vehicle can be a frustrating process. The...

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Donate a Vehicle: 5 Feel-Good Reasons

Wednesday, December 24, 2014 6:41 PM

holidaywebsite2-01.png (1)There are financial advantages to trading in a car over donating. But when deciding whether to donate a vehicle or trade, there are still many good reasons to donate. Donating a vehicle may be the best way to get rid of a car if it is valued at less than $500 and selling is too difficult, or you are looking to fund charity causes, help those in need, and find a tax write-off.

Value is Less than $500

Donating a vehicle is a great way to get rid of an unreliable or unwanted car and still get money back. When a vehicle is donated to charity, the donor is able to claim a minimum deduction of $500. . Vehicles that don’t run or take up unwanted garage space are frequently donated for this reason.  Charities that take car donations should provide a tax receipt letting the donor know the amount that can be deducted from their taxes.

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Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts Help Make Holidays Special

Wednesday, December 24, 2014 4:28 PM

Both Boy Scout and Girl Scout organizations work hard to in a still a strong sense of community service in their members. Vehicles for Change was recently fortunate enough to have had members of both organizations help our families – all within one week!

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As his Eagle Scout service project, Virginia resident David Manzella helped a family in need solve its transportation challenges. David planned, developed and led the project from start to finish, securing a donated vehicle, raising the funds to repair the vehicle, and leading a team of eight Boy Scouts and friends in making the repairs themselves. On Tuesday, December 16th, David handed over the car keys to David and Ashley Meachum, who have four young children. The Meachums live in Mount Airy, Maryland – their access to employment and doctor’s appointments was very limited without a vehicle. Watch WMAR ABC2’s coverage of the award...

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Boy Scouts & Girl Scouts Make Holidays Special for VFC Family

Wednesday, December 24, 2014 4:27 PM

Both Boy Scout and Girl Scout organizations work hard to in a still a strong sense of community service in their members. Vehicles for Change was recently fortunate enough to have had members of both organizations help our families – all within one week!

As his Eagle Scout service project, Virginia resident David Manzella helped a family in need solve its transportation challenges. David planned, developed and led the project from start to finish, securing a donated vehicle, raising the funds to repair the vehicle, and leading a team of eight Boy Scouts and friends in making the repairs themselves. On Tuesday, December 16th, David handed over the car keys to David and Ashley Meachum, who have four young children. The Meachums live in Mount Airy, Maryland – their access to employment and doctor’s appointments was very limited without a vehicle. Watch WMAR ABC2’s coverage of the award...

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How to Find the Best Car Donation Program

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 6:38 PM

Car Donation ProgramsDonors normally want as much of the value of their donation as possible to go directly to helping people.

Unfortunately, that is not always the case. Car donations, for instance, are accepted by most charities ... but they don't handle the transaction directly.

They use a "middleman" and that can often cut the value of the donation (the amount received by those in need) significantly.

Cut the charity middleman

Avoiding a middleman is possible. Donors can find out whether a charity is operating independently or not by calling and asking how much of a charity’s donations are used to help people in need.

 

Tax benefits of donations

When tax benefits are important, donors must find a charity that qualifies for tax exempt status. This means the charity has been approved by the IRS as a 501 (c) (3) organization.

Donors should always verify a charity’s tax-exempt status before committing to...

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Tax Tips for Vehicle Donation

Thursday, December 18, 2014 6:26 PM

Vehicle DonationThe benefits of tax incentives are an excellent reason to donate an older vehicle. The type of charity a car is donated to affects how much a donor can deduct from his or her taxes; therefore, it is important to give to the right charity. Donating a vehicle is a personal decision and should be weighed carefully to determine if it is the right choice for the car owner. If it is, there are several measures the owner should take to protect himself or herself from scams or IRS audits.

Best Types of Charity to Donate To

Charities are designed to help people, but vehicle donation charities are not all the same. Donators often intend for the vehicle to be given to a family in need. This means the donor needs to look for a charity that fixes and donates cars to low income families instead of auctioning the car for charity money.

The best type of charity to donate to is one that accepts vehicle...

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How Donating a Car to Charity Helps Others

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 5:34 PM

Donate A Car To CharityMobility is an important part of being productive, but low-income families often cannot afford their own vehicles and rely on public transportation.

Automobiles help families in need  better their lives in many ways: better employment opportunities, access to healthcare, and maintaining family relationships.

Aiding in Employment

Automobiles and employment go hand-in-hand.

Access to a personal vehicle, according to researchers, is a determining factor in employment outcomes and pulling out of poverty.

After donating a car to charity, low-income families are given access to a faster and more flexible form of transportation. While public transportation provides mobility, it is not a substitute for the autonomy of owning a personal vehicle. Additionally, certain occupations require reliable transportation, and that limits potential candidates who don't own a car.

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Why do People Donate Cars?

Thursday, December 11, 2014 7:53 PM

loyala.jpgThough a person will often make more money by selling their cars, some people choose to donate instead, opting for the tax breaks and the satisfaction of giving to less fortunate individuals. There are a number of reasons people choose to donate their cars, including:

 

  • Tax breaks. Financial incentives remain an important reason why people give to charity instead of throwing their old possessions away. The knowledge that a tax break will be coming is enough to convince many people to donate clothes, toys, books, bicycles, and even their cars.

 

Tax deductions for car donations are determined in part by the value of the car, and in part by how the car was used by the car donation charity that received it.

 

  •  Avoiding hassle. Selling a used car is difficult. Generally the seller needs to have the car fully serviced, handle all problems with scratches and dents and rust, and...
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Saved from Storage: Why I Should Donate My Car

Thursday, December 4, 2014 4:58 PM

woman-child-trunk.jpgMany people get attached to their old cars and end up keeping them indefinitely. If you no longer need the vehicle, you can chose to support a charity by donating your vehicle.

Who benefits if I donate my car? By making a car donation to a trusted and effective charity like Vehicles for Change, which awards donated cars to low-income families, you are helping a family in need. The recipient of your donated car will now have opportunities only afforded to those with independent means of transportation, such as greater job mobility. Children who rely on the school bus are unable to get rides home from after normal hours, meaning they are unable to stay for sports practice, clubs, or other extracurricular activities. Donating your car can provide a family with the means to escape poverty and experience a better life.

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Your Unused Car Can Help Someone Escape Poverty

Thursday, December 4, 2014 4:57 PM

Donate My CarWhat do do with that extra car? It's taking up space in the garage or on the property; you hate to see it going to waste, and you suspect it would be better to get rid of it than to let it sit.

Have you considered donating that car to charity? Not only would you benefit a deserving person in the community and maybe even be instrumental in helping a family escape poverty, but you could get a better return in tax benefits than you could realize by selling the vehicle.

Who benefits if I donate my car?

By making a car donation to a trusted and effective charity like Vehicles for Change, which awards donated cars to low-income families, you are helping a family in need.

The recipient of your donated car will now have opportunities only afforded to those with independent means of transportation, such as greater job mobility. Children who rely on the school bus are unable to get rides home...

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Car Donations Change Lives

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 5:20 PM

Car DonationsThere is much more benefit to donating a car to charity than just getting a tax write-off at the end of the year. The impact donating a car can have for an impoverished family is immeasurable.

It is certainly admirable to donate food, clothing, or toys, to the poor ... but providing those in need with a means of transportation can help them to get out of poverty for good.

How car donations can help those in need

Here are some of the impacts of car donations:

Car donations benefit a variety of people who are experiencing hardships of all kinds. Low-income families confined to poverty because of low paying jobs are often in greatest need.

Veterans are also in need, as they often suffer from disorders and disabilities that make it difficult for them to raise the money for a car. They can become trapped in a cycle of poverty. All those caught in poverty for any reason are unable to improve...

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Monday, December 1, 2014 7:12 PM

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Best Practices when You Donate a Car to Charity

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 5:12 PM

Donate Car To CharityWhen choosing a charity for your car donation, there are a couple of important things to keep in mind: You want to make sure your donation does the most good for those in need in your community, and also that you benefit as much as possible from the donation.

Let's talk about steps to follow to ensure that when you donate a car to charity, you make the biggest impact for everyone involved. 

Do your research. Car donation charities work in different ways. Some simply sell the cars to the highest bidder and use the money to benefit those in need. Others give the cars to people who cannot afford them, and others repair the cars and sell them to people in poverty for a much reduced price. 

Learn about all of the different options available to you, and make your decision based on which methods you think will most benefit the financially struggling people in your community. Contact the...

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Testimonial: A Working Mom Gets a Car

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 3:34 PM

"A friend told me that families like ours would benefit from the vehicle donation. I am a working single mother, and it's essential that I have reliable transportation. I support the mission and their organization's focus on helping local families." - Yaa

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Two Cars Donated to Charity

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 3:30 PM

"This is the second car we have donated to VFC. The process is very easy to follow and it was important to us that the cars, when at all possible, go to a needy family." - Patricia

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How to Decide Whether or Not to Donate Your Car to Charity

Thursday, November 20, 2014 2:56 PM

Donate A CarYou have a car you want to get rid of – could donating it to charity be a good idea?

There are many sides to the discussion of car donations, with some thinking you should get as much money as possible out of your old car while others believe you should help those in need.

Fortunately, it’s not such a stark compromise. There are a few organizations that allow you to maximize your tax deduction, while helping others in need. That makes for a win-win situation

Here are a few of the factors you should consider before deciding what to do with your old car. 

Determine the value of your car. Even if the car is in poor condition, the brand name and model might give it a higher value than you might expect. You can also expect higher tax deductions if you choose to donate the car, and your donation will greatly benefit both the charity and the family that receives your donation. 

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Partnership Help for Those Who Need a Car

Friday, November 14, 2014 3:27 PM

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For Colm Walker, service goes beyond the classroom. Today, students from the Loyola University MBA program arrived at Vehicles for Change with several packages of tools from Apex Tool Group.

The tools are to be used as part of Vehicles for Change's Center for Automotive Careers Technician Training Program that will launch their first cohort in spring 2015.

“Our capstone class has a Jesuit and Service based component,” said Walker, this was the perfect opportunity to utilize practical learning and leverage it into making a difference.”

This generous act was all made part by Jill McKinney, Apex Tool Group and the rest of the MBA students from Loyola. They believe that receiving exposure has helped make service a component in their everyday lives.

“This has been an eye opening experience,” said Walker, it has increased my awareness on how you can get involved and interact.”

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Tips for Donating Your Car to Vehicles for Change

Thursday, November 13, 2014 1:20 PM

Donate A CarA car is a big ticket item. When you donate a car, you want the proper tax benefits. To do this successfully, you need to give the car to a charity recognized by the IRS as tax exempt.

There are a number of factors that play into determining the worth of your car, and therefore your tax deductions. Your tax deduction is determined by how the tax-exempt charity uses your donation.

The following are a few tips on understanding the value of your car and factors that might affect your car's worth.

  •          Use a reputable online source. A website like Kelley Blue Book can provide a free estimation of any car's value given its age, mileage, and condition.
  •          Go to a dealer. A used car dealer is an expert in pricing used and old cars and can give you an accurate value. Be sure to visit a few different dealers to guarantee you have a variety of opinions before you donate a car.
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How Do I Get an Accurate Estimate When I Donate a Car?

Thursday, November 13, 2014 1:19 PM

A car is a big ticket item. When you donate a car, you want the proper tax benefits. To do this successfully, you need to donate the car to a charity recognized by the IRS as tax exempt. There are a number of factors that play into determining the worth of your car, and therefore your tax deductions. Your tax deduction is determined by how the tax- exempt charity uses your donation. The following are a few tips on understanding the value of your car and factors that might affect your car's worth.

  •          Use a reputable online source. A website like Kelley Blue Book can provide a free estimation of any car's value given its age, mileage, and condition.
  •          Go to a dealer. A used car dealer is an expert in pricing used and old cars and can give you an accurate value. Be sure to visit a few different dealers to guarantee you have a variety of opinions before you donate a car.
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The Benefits of Car Donation

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 6:29 PM

VFC | Car DonationThere are a number of ways to help the less fortunate in your community. From serving food at a local soup kitchen to donating your old books to a homeless shelter, options are plentiful.

Giving of your time and money are also very important for the success of non-profits, food pantries, and shelters in your community.

One huge way to help others, though, is often missed by those who want to help others: You can donate your old automobile.

Car donations are an excellent way to help provide for a family in need. Moreover, it gives that family a shot at upward mobility.

Here are a few of the benefits of car donation.

Car donation is fast and simple: Donating your car is a simple way of taking it off your hands, saving you from the hassle or stress of having to sell it online or  trading it in to a used car dealer. Getting rid of an old car can take months if you try to sell it yourself. 

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A Car and a Job From Vehicles for Change

Monday, November 3, 2014 6:40 PM

Vehicles for Change has a life-altering impact on the futures of families. Stephany Willis was traveling over six hours a day just to make it to work and support her young son, Ja-Leal.

She came to VFC with her family on September 24th to accept a 1998 Honda Civic LX. Her boyfriend, Paul Hunt, just happened to ask about what other opportunities were available through VFC and learned about our Center for Automotive Career detailing program.

The couple can now expound on their potential and have become self-sufficient. Hunt has encouraged his mother and father to enroll in our trainee program as well, in hopes of opening an auto detailing business with his family.

Paul graduated from the CAC on Monday, October 13th with Stephany and his son there to support him. “This program helped me and my family to build a foundation,” says Stephany.

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VFC and CAC Family

Monday, November 3, 2014 6:39 PM

Vehicles for Change has a life-altering impact on the futures of families. Stephany Willis was traveling over six hours a day just to make it to work and support her young son, Ja-Leal. She came to VFC with her family on September 24th to accept a 1998 Honda Civic LX. Her boyfriend, Paul Hunt, just happened to ask about what other opportunities were available through VFC and learned about our Center for Automotive Career detailing program.

The couple can now expound on their potential and have become self-sufficient. Hunt has encouraged his mother and father to enroll in our trainee program as well, in hopes of opening an auto detailing business with his family.

Paul graduated from the CAC on Monday, October 13th with Stephany and his son there to support him. “This program helped me and my family to build a foundation,” says Stephany.

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How This Mom Finally Got a Car for Her Family

Monday, November 3, 2014 6:29 PM

Robin Reeves believes it is important to keep all of her children active. “I have to find something positive to keep them captivated and out of trouble.”

This is quite a feat for Robin, who has ten children, including 14-year-old football player Christian, 16-year-old Tenyia and 11-year-old Daiquoia, both of whom are liturgical dancers.

Practice, rehearsals, games and performances are often held in Baltimore City, which is quite a trek from Robin’s home in Montgomery County, where the nearest bus stop is over a mile away from their home. It takes Robin at least two and a half hours to travel 40 miles from Montgomery County to Baltimore.

Not having a car has impacted Robin’s family in many ways – her son Rico has frequent hospital visits due to sickle cell anemia. Robin often had trouble bringing him to the hospital or visiting him there. 

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VFC will definitely be our first thought for future auto donations

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 1:24 PM

"J.D. very quickly and efficiently hooked up our 2003 Hyundai Elantra sedan to his flatbed and showed me exactly where to sign on the title. This whole exercise went so wonderfully smoothly. Vehicles for Change will definitely be our first thought for future auto donations." - Mark

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How Maritha Helped Robin Get a Car

Friday, October 17, 2014 1:31 PM

maritha-Gay-Headshot.jpgMaritha Gay was extremely excited to know that her car donation went to a family in-need. After all, the Mercury Sable had been sitting in her driveway for a significant period of time and her heart’s desire was to be able to help someone else by making the donation. It just makes sense that Gay would want to help people— it’s somewhat of an occupational hazard, especially when your field is healthcare.

As Executive Director of Community Benefits at Kaiser Permanente in Rockville, Maryland, Gay’s job deals directly with the community in order to improve the overall health of disadvantaged people. Gay sees firsthand how people living on fixed budgets, without transportation, are not able to get to the doctor’s office or to make it to their follow-up appointments.  It’s a heartbreaking scenario that she witnesses constantly.

Being familiar with VFC’s mission through Kaiser Permanente’s...

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Stacy Got a Car and You Can Too!

Friday, October 10, 2014 3:50 PM

Stacy Booth patiently reviewed every sheet of paperwork while finishing the process of taking the next step to better her future.

Stacy works six days a week and lives less than five miles from her job, but it was costing her almost $200 a week for transportation. “Just to find people to get you to where you need to go was getting expensive.” There isn’t much public transportation coverage in her neighborhood.

After being introduced to Vehicles for Change in August, Stacy, the mother of two and grandmother of an 18 month old, was awarded a 2004 Ford Focus. She stated, “Vehicles for Change is seriously trying to help.” She expressed that having a car would alleviate some of the struggles of handling and traveling to all of her family’s activities along with her granddaughter.

Stacy and her granddaughter will be able to travel in safety and comfort in the oncoming winter months.

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How Angela Got a Car and Helped Her Family

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 6:03 PM

Problem after problem plagued her, but Vehicles for Change provided the light at the end of the tunnel for Angela Henson and her family.

After losing her job of six years in March 2013, Henson was forced to file for unemployment. However, unemployment was not enough for Henson to provide for herself and her two daughters. She walked out one morning to find that her car had been repossessed.

Henson found employment after nine months, but struggled to find proper transportation. She paid $6 each day to use a local taxi service. The service was late several times increasing the potential for Henson to lose her job.

Henson’s problems didn’t end once she found employment. Several weeks into working at her new job, Henson was found unconscious by a coworker. Due to a lack of oxygen to her brain, she passed out.

After having surgery due to complications, Henson's feet swelled and she was...

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Antoinette Got a Car and Made Her Daughter Happy

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 5:59 PM

Antoinette Farmer's morning commute to work normally consists of six buses and a ride on the light rail. After walking a mile to the bus stop each morning with her three-year-old daughter, Farmer would board the bus for four hours each morning.

She remembers hearing the cries of her daughter, age 4, each morning on their way to the bus stop. Her daughter pleaded, "Mommy when can we get a car? Mommy why don't we have a car?"

After becoming homeless, Farmer recalls fighting for her and her daughter's survival. She was forced to move in with her father, making their commute to work and school even longer.

"VFC has already changed my life," she said. Farmer received a 2004 Chevrolet Impala with 107,804 miles on September 26, 2014.

With a car, Farmer will be able to work multiple jobs and re-enroll into school. She is pursuing her degree in massage therapy.

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"VFC Has Already Changed My Life": Recipeint Story

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 5:55 PM

Antoinette Farmer's morning commute to work normally consists of six buses and a ride on the light rail. After walking a mile to the bus stop each morning with her three-year-old daughter, Antoinette would board the bus for four hours each morning.


Farmer remembers hearing the cries of her daughter, age 4, each morning on their way to the bus stop. Her daughter pleaded, "Mommy when can we get a car? Mommy why don't we have a car?"


After becoming homeless, Farmer recalls fighting for her and her daughter's survival. She was forced to move in with her father, making their commute to work and school even longer.


"VFC has already changed my life," she said. Farmer received a 2004 Chevrolet Impala with 107,804 miles on September 26, 2014.


With a car, Farmer will be able to work multiple jobs and re-enroll into school. She is pursuing her degree in massage therapy.


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Help Getting a Car - Almost Too Good to Be True

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 3:41 PM

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"I haven't heard that sound in so long," Lynette Walston said as she revved up the engine of her new car. Lynette received her car from Vehicles for Change through the Donor Award program.

She picked up her donated 2003 Honda Accord from VFC on September 26, 2014.

Walston first heard about Vehicles for Change by reading success stories about others who have participated in a VFC program. She was skeptical, though; she did not think that VFC could be a real organization. It sounded too good to be true.

"Whoever sponsored this program, I honestly and truthfully thank them," said Walston. She remembers crying and screaming when she heard the news that she would be receiving a vehicle.

Each morning Walston commuted four hours to work, often by taxi. That took way too much money from her paycheck. Several times, cab delays caused Walston to be late to work.

When she found out about VFC,...

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Testimonial: The Process Was Easy and Smooth

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 6:14 PM

"The process was very easy and smooth" -Keith

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Testimonial: Very Happy

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 6:11 PM

"We were very happy with the whole process" - Philip

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"Very Happy"

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 6:10 PM

"We were very happy with the whole process" - Philip Barger

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Testimonial: Thank you is not enough

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 3:12 PM

"Your generosity has helped me more than you can imagine. You've given me a chance to improve my life as well as the lives of my 2 children. Thank you is not enough, but it's all I can say." - Heather

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CAC Trainees Graduate and Gain Self-Confidence

Friday, September 5, 2014 2:27 PM

Tyrond Manning, Chad Zemanski, Mark Countee, and Delvin Pringle will be graduating from VFC’s Center for Automotive Careers (CAC) program Monday, Sept. 8th.

CAC offers to train unemployed and underemployed individuals automotive services, concentrating on detailing. After two weeks of learning all about detailing cars and training on cars that will be sold or awarded, these men are ready to dedicate themselves to a job.

Most of them have car experience but as Mark expressed, “You learn new concepts, a new way to do things.” They all hope to get a job with a car dealership.

Delvin hopes to own his own detailing business in the future, once he has attained more experience. Mark, a chef, plans on continuing working with cars based off what he has learned from this program. He said he enjoys this work. “I’ve always liked hospitality,” he said.

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"No One Is Alone In This World": Donor Story

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 7:45 PM

Heidi-rose Creuziger donated her 2000 Buick to Vehicles for Change in April 2014. A trusted friend recommended VFC and Ms. Creuziger was impressed by VFC’s goal and mission:

“I was most impressed with VFC’s goal of helping families and providing work training to people getting out of prison,” Ms. Creuziger said.

“The experience was smooth and easy,” she added, “I was impressed with how easy it was to fill out the donation form online.  When the tow truck driver arrived he was polite and handled it with care. There was road work going on in front of my house when he came to get the car and he maneuvered that well! The best part was getting a letter saying my car was being given to a family!”

Ms. Creuziger admits being reluctant to donate her car, one full of cherished memories. “The first memory that comes to mind is when we brought my first child home from being born. I remember my...

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"No One Is Alone In This World": Donor Story

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 7:44 PM

Heidi-rose Creuziger donated her 2000 Buick to Vehicles for Change in April 2014. A trusted friend recommended VFC and Ms. Creuziger was impressed by VFC’s goal and mission:

“I was most impressed with VFC’s goal of helping families and providing work training to people getting out of prison,” Ms. Creuziger said.

“The experience was smooth and easy,” she added, “I was impressed with how easy it was to fill out the donation form online.  When the tow truck driver arrived he was polite and handled it with care.  There was road work going on in front of my house when he came to get the car and he maneuvered that well!  The best part was getting a letter saying my car was being given to a family!”

Ms. Creuziger admits being reluctant to donate her car, one full of cherished memories. “The first memory that comes to mind is when we brought my first child home from being born. I remember my...

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A Vehicle for a Special Veteran

Thursday, July 3, 2014 2:57 PM

This Fourth of July holiday will be like no other for Alton Byrd and his family: the Army veteran was awarded his 1995 Honda Civic from Vehicles for Change on Thursday, July 3, and his daughter danced around VFC’s garage with joy as her dad received the keys. Alton and his daughter arrived at the bus stop at 7:30 a.m. the morning of his orientation class, scheduled for 11 a.m. What should have been a 20 minute drive to VFC’s office was more than a three-hour trip by bus, a reflection of how much longer errands take by public transit. Needless to say, he was ecstatic to be receiving a car from Vehicles for Change.

Alton discovered the Vehicles for Change program through an acquaintance that had previously gone through the program with Gaudenzia Treatment Facility. As an Army veteran, he went through the program with Veteran’s Affairs, and about 6 weeks after applying he is leaving with...

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Transforming Cars and Lives

Thursday, July 10, 2014 2:15 PM

Transforming Cars and Lives The Baltimore Sun

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Cars are Key to Reducing Poverty

Thursday, June 12, 2014 1:39 PM

Cars are Key to Reducing Poverty Planetizen

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Donated Vehicles Help Change Lives

Thursday, June 12, 2014 1:40 PM

Donated Vehicles Help Change Lives The Baltimore Times

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Vehicles for Change Hires New Director of Detailing for the Center for Automotive Careers Program

Wednesday, June 25, 2014 7:18 AM

Vehicles for Change Hires New Director of Detailing for the Center for Automotive Careers Program

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Vehicles for Change Hires New Director of Detailing for the Center for Automotive Careers Program

Wednesday, June 25, 2014 7:24 AM

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VFC Recipient is a true provider!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014 9:42 AM

A single mother of four, LaToyia Newman-Gross struggled to provide for her children without a vehicle. Of her four children, two have medical concerns and always have numerous appointments. Without a car, Newman relied on cabs or rides from other people. This resulted in spending a lot of money on transportation and babysitters because all of the children could not go at the same time. Newman had to “pick and choose” which kids would come along on different outings.

“You feel inadequate as a mom. You can’t provide for your kids.” newman gross

On April 1st, Newman’s life became significantly easier when she was awarded a 2002 Mazda MPV at Vehicles for Change’s 15 year anniversary luncheon on April 1st. She no longer feels insufficient as a parent.

“Full of appointments!” This was Newman’s response when asked how she spent her first month as a vehicle owner. She caught up on a lot of doctor’s...

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Local Families Receive 'Vehicles for Change' In Their Lives

Tuesday, June 3, 2014 11:51 AM

Local Families Receive 'Vehicle for Change' In Their Lives  Baltimore Fishbowl

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Vehicles for Change and CC&A Collaborate to Provide Vehicles to Families

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 3:02 PM

Vehicles for Change and CC&A Collaborate to Provide Vehicles to Families WMAR

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Vehicles for Change and LifeSpan Team Up to Create Circle of Giving

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:51 PM

Vehicles for Change and LifeSpan Team Up to Create Circle of Giving The Baltimore Sun

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"Extremely Accomodating"

Friday, May 2, 2014 8:27 AM

 

"VFC and the towing company were extremely accommodating due to the severe winter weather that kept occurring during the pick-up times" - Geoffrey

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A VFC Recipient looks forward to greater days

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 11:46 AM

matthewsLatoya Matthews, a Baltimore City resident, was awarded a 1997 Honda Accord Lx on April 1st at Vehicles for Change’s 15 year anniversary luncheon.

Prior to receiving her car, Matthews explains that her life was getting better. She just received a promotion at work and also enrolled her 2 year old daughter into school. However, her job was on the other side of the town which made it difficult to accept more hours and longer shifts. As a new manager, Matthews would have to close the building and would not get off until 4:30, but the buses don’t run until 5:30. Therefore, she was not receiving the full benefit of her new position.

In the month that she has had a car, Latoya is now able to work longer hours and her commute has been shortened form 2 hours to 30 minutes. She is also able to participate in more activities such as the PTA, Parent Teachers Association, at her daughter’s school....

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"Would Highly Recommend"

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 8:18 AM


"Very simple process and for a great cause. Would highly recommend"- Ryan

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Vehicles for Change

Thursday, May 29, 2014 3:35 PM

Vehicles for Change WYPR

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VFC Featured in New Report that Drives Home the Need to Create and Improve Car Ownership Programs

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 9:37 AM

Vehicles for Change Featured in New Report that Drives Home the Need to Create and Improve Car Ownership Programs for Low-income Families

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Vehicles for Change Featured in New Report that Drives Homes the Need to Create and Improve Car Ownership Programs for Low-income Families

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:51 PM

Vehicles for Change Featured in New Report that Drives Homes the Need to Create and Improve Car Ownership Programs for Low-income Families Georgetown Patch

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Diamond Detail provides jobs for CAC graduates

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:51 PM

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Vehicles for Change and the Center for Automotive Careers (CAC) work hard to give people a second chance. The CAC students spend 4 weeks learning to detail cars and spend another 4 weeks in a paid apprenticeship program detailing cars for VFC under the supervision of the detailer instructor. The goal at the end of the 8 weeks is to place the graduates in jobs.

Our community partners play a large part in helping place CAC graduates into jobs in the detailing business.  One of these partners is Diamond Detail in Cockeysville, Maryland. Kevin Gorsuch is the Vice President of Human Resources at Diamond Detail and he explains why he has hired a few graduates.  Gorsuch states, “The training that they get here (CAC) is similar to how we train our people”. At Diamond Detail, the employees are not required to have any experience in detailing. The company hires them and then they receive...

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"I Can't Think of a Way to Improve It"

Friday, May 2, 2014 8:26 AM

 

"I can't think of a way to improve it: your website is great, everyone I spoke to was helpful and courteous, and the tow truck driver was friendly and on time. Thanks!" - Carrie

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Car Talk: Vehicles for Change Celebrates 15 Years

Monday, April 7, 2014 10:40 AM

Car Talk: Vehicles for Change Celebrates 15 Years The Washington Post

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Vehicles for Change's 15th Anniversary Celebration Attracts Leaders Across the State of Maryland

Sunday, April 6, 2014 10:41 AM

Vehicles for Change's 15th Anniversary Celebration Attracts Leaders Across the State of Maryland BelAir Patch

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Local Man's Second Chance Dashed by Tragedy

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 12:07 PM

Local Man's Second Chance Dashed by Tragedy WYPR News

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April 2014

Friday, April 18, 2014 9:23 AM

April 2014

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'Vehicles for Change' Definitely On A Roll

Friday, March 28, 2014 7:04 AM

'Vehicles for Change' Definitely On A Roll WYPR

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Vehicles For Change Marks 15 Years of Giving

Thursday, April 3, 2014 4:56 PM

Vehicles For Change Marks 15 Years of Giving WMAR Channel 2

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How Access to Cars Could Help the Poor

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 4:57 PM

How Access to Cars Could Help the Poor The Atlantic Cities

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Martin Schwartz, People on the Move

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 8:29 AM

Martin Schwartz, People on the Move Baltimore Business Journal

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Vehicles for Change Celebrates 15 Year Anniversary

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 8:32 AM

Vehicles for Change Celebrates 15 Years of Providing Low-Income Families with Personal Transportation and Vehicle Ownership

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Leadership Maryland Selects Martin Schwartz for Its Class of 2014

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:51 PM

Leadership Maryland Selects Martin Schwartz for Its Class of 2014

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Out and About with Hamilton Bank and Vehicles for Change

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:51 PM

Out and About with Hamilton Bank and Vehicles for Change Baltimore Business Journal

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A VFC recipient has a memorable Valentine’s Day

Friday, March 7, 2014 11:24 AM

Krystal Parker and her children received a Valentine’s Day present they may never forget. Krystal Parker, a resident of Brooklyn Maryland, was extremely happy to drive her 2004 Ford Focus station wagon off of the Vehicles for Change lot on February 14, 2014!

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Prior to receiving this car, Parker and her two children, ages 10 and 6, were not returning home at night until 2 or 3 a.m. Parker works until 11 p.m. and would have to take the bus to go pick her children up after work. Regardless of the weather, Parker’s only option was the bus.

“In the snow, we were on the bus stop”, she states.

Parker and her children’s lives have been changed drastically- their commute has been shortened to only an hour and they no longer have to stand on the bus stop in wintry weather. Parker states that her children are excited and happy about their new vehicle!

Parker is truly appreciative of Vehicles for...

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CAC Graduate is Headed Straight to the Top

Thursday, March 13, 2014 9:48 AM

John Adams, a 34 year old Baltimore Native, graduated from Vehicles for Change’s Center for Automotive Careers (CAC) on Friday March 7, 2014.
Prior to joining this program, Adams had not had an easy life. “Rough, struggling, trying to make it in society.” This is how Adams describes his life before coming to VFC. Adams was incarcerated for 13 and a half years. After being released from prison, he learned about the training center johnadamsfrom Mr. Gerald Grimes at the Re-entry Center in Mondawmin Mall.

Grimes told him it would be a wonderful experience and Adams came to Vehicles for Change for “The opportunity to learn a new trade and learn something new to start my own business.”

Phil Homes, the director of the CAC, has only wonderful things to say about Adams: “He gets it! He graduates from the program today. The question now is “how do I get where I want to go? Who can help me along the way?” ...

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OneMain Financial Helps VFC Maximize Your Donation!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 12:00 PM

In celebration of Vehicles for Change's 15 year anniversary in April, OneMain Financial is donating $150 per car to VFC for the first 100 cars that are donated to VFC in March!

OneMain Financial has been providing personal loan solutions in the communities surrounding their branches since 1912. OneMain Financial prides itself on the work they do within the community by offering personalized loan options to organizing outreach programs for local causes.
 
OneMain Financial has been a strong partner of Vehicles for Change for many years. Pia Sterling, Vice President/Marketing Director of OneMain Financial serves on the board of Vehicles for Change. In addition, OneMain Financial annually includes Vehicles for Change in their "Jeans Day" fundraiser -  the last fundraiser raised nearly $1,800 for VFC!

VFC thanks OneMain Financial for their generosity!

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Detroiters Without Cars Seek Jobs in Vain Amid Depopulated City

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 2:42 PM

Detroiters Without Cars Seek Jobs in Vain Amid Depopulated City Crain's Detroit Business

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Auto Ownership Drives Out of Reach for Many

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 10:57 AM

Auto Ownership Drives Out of Reach for Many NBC News

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Hamilton Bank and Vehicles for Change Partner to Enable Greater Job Access to Families with Financial Challenges

Thursday, February 20, 2014 4:23 PM

Hamilton Bank and Vehicles for Change Partner to Enable Greater Job Access to Families with Financial Challenges Bank News

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Protecting Your Vehicle This Winter and Into Spring

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:51 PM

Guest author Curtis Stutler is an avid car enthusiast with over 20 years of automotive industry experience. He became an expert in exterior vehicle protection after spending nearly 10 years working for Covercraft Industries. He enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife and 2 dogs, working on his '69 Ford Mustang, and he's always on the lookout for his next restoration project. He currently operates carcoverguide.com and has provided a few tips for protecting your vehicle this winter and into the spring.

With everyone’s favorite groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, predicting six more weeks of winter, it’s important to make sure your vehicle is being properly cared for. As a 20-year automotive industry veteran, people often ask me for tips and tricks to keep their cars healthy through the cold winter months. In addition to the more common tips like changing your oil, checking your battery,...

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A VFC Recipient Floats on Cloud 9

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:51 PM

RebeccaHockingImagine walking a mile at 5:30 in the morning. Now imagine making this voyage five days a week with two young girls, a 3 year old and an 8 year old. For many, this is unimaginable. However, for Rebecca Hocking, a resident of Salisbury, MD, this was reality. Every day she made this voyage to the bus stop in order to take her daughters to school. When Hocking lost her car, she relied on public transportation and her family to help transport herself and her girls.

“It was a burden on everyone, especially for a 3 year old. And you just feel guilty, you know?” stated Hocking.

 Fortunately, Hocking no longer has a reason to feel guilty. She was rewarded a 2003 Toyota Avalon in January 2014 by Vehicles for Change. Rebecca’s life has been completely transformed.

“If not for VFC I can honestly say I don’t know where I’d be” stated Hocking.

Instead of walking a mile to the bus in the morning, her ...

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Affordable Car Loans to Help Families

Monday, February 24, 2014 3:48 PM

Affordable Car Loans to Help Families The Daily Record

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VFC's Center for Automotive Career Graduate is Navigating His Way to Success

Friday, January 24, 2014 1:33 PM

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“Oh what a feeling!” was the slogan for Toyota many years ago, and in the commercials you would see the owner of the Toyota jumping high up in the air with abundant joy. That same kind of joy was obvious when Terrell Ervin, one of the first graduates from Vehicles for Change’s Center for Automotive Careers (CAC), was awarded a car through VFC’s recipient program.

 Ervin was awarded a gold 2004 Nisan Altima. His smile was from ear to ear as he went around hugging everyone who would let him. There is no doubt that life has changed quite a bit for Ervin since he walked into VFC to learn auto detailing in late September 2013. The experience would...

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Used Car Sales Give A Lift To Halethorpe Nonprofit's Donated Vehicles Program

Wednesday, January 29, 2014 9:29 AM


Used Car Sales Give A Lift to Halethorpe Nonprofit's Donated Vehicles Program The Baltimore Sun

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Baltimore Nonprofits Partner to Transition Homeless from Unemployment to Employment

Friday, January 31, 2014 1:01 PM

Baltimore Nonprofits Partner to Transition Homeless from Unemployment to Employment

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CAC Trainee Steve Fowler is Thankful for his Time at Detailing Academy

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:51 PM

In 2010, reality showed up on Steve Fowler's doorstep and ran its course with full force.

Fowler had been living with his mom until Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease took her life and suddenly left Fowler with no home.

Fowler spent the next few months jumping from job to job but was struggling with stability.

“I found myself living on the streets and nowhere to go,” said Fowler, “It was definitely a reality check.”

Fowler was able to get in touch with Paul’s Place, located in Baltimore, which directed him to Christopher’s Place.

“I talked to them, got an interview, got into the program and everything else kind of just happened,” said Fowler.

Fowler’s time at Christopher’s Place has helped him learn from his mistakes and move on from negative situations. It has allowed him to rise above and learn the sole principle of humility. It has also opened up opportunities of service and...

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A Sign of Hope through Detailing

Friday, January 10, 2014 1:50 PM

Forty-nine-year-old Lamont Jones-Bey is choosing to enhance his life through a creative way of thinking, he calls “stinkiGosmsPhoto1387571622345n thinkin.”

“VFC enhanced my life and helped me collect my thoughts,” said Bey, “Stinkin thinkin is just a way of thinking to help me get by.”

It might sound funny, but for Bey, positivity and motivation is the way he tackles life every day.

Bey is part of the third cohort of the Academy of Automotive Career’s (AAC) and was referred to the program through Catholic Charities of Baltimore. Since he joined the program, he has been able to reflect upon himself and his personal goals and achievements. He has been able to commit himself and work towards a goal that means something to him.

Detailing has offered hope for Bey and in a sense has given him a chance to give back. He believes that since this opportunity has become possible, he would open this experience with open...

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"Very Donor-Friendly Process"

Monday, January 20, 2014 2:01 PM

 

“This was a very donor-friendly process in which I feel I knew what would happen at every step along the way. VFC staff were prompt with their communication and very professional. Tow truck driver was friendly and we had a good chat. I'm very satisfied!!!” - Anthony B.

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Nearly One-Third of Baltimore Residents Don't Own Cars

Thursday, January 23, 2014 9:33 AM

Nearly One-Third of Baltimore Residents Don't Own Cars The Baltimore Sun

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Hard Work Pays Off for CAC Trainee James Davis

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:51 PM

James Davis believes that there is always room for improvement when it comes to living his life.
Faced with numerous challenges, including incarceration, he realized that although these cards had been dealt to him, it didn’t mean he had to choose to live with this hand.
“If you stay with something for the long term, it’s bound to pay off,” said Davis.
When Davis left prison and reentered society he faced setbacks that essentially took a toll on his positive outlook. Simple tasks such as using the computer and a cellphone became challenging for him.
Recently, Davis has been spending his time finding ways to improve himself and make a difference in society. He believes that you should treat others the way you would want to be treated at all times.
“I like helping people and giving back,” said Davis, “It’s something that we should all do these days.”
This mantra fits nicely with Davis’ work at ...

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How to Get Your Nonprofit Board on Board with Your For-Profit Venture

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:51 PM

How to Get Your Nonprofit Board on Board with Your For-Profit Venture The Able Altruist

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Vehicles for Change Provides Advice on How Nonprofits Can Create a Sustainable Business Model

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:51 PM

We at Vehicles for Change are humbled and proud of the impact our programs have made over the years. Since 1999, we’ve helped change the lives of more than 14,000 people in Maryland-Virginia-Washington D.C. region. Creating an organization that is sustainable so that our programs are there for the people who need it in the years to come has been a top priority of our organization’s leadership.
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Janna Finch of Software Advice recently interviewed our founder, Martin Schwartz, for an article about convincing a nonprofit’s board of directors to open a for-profit business where the profits are used to support nonprofit programs. Schwartz explains how the idea for Freedom Wheels was approved by the Vehicles for Change board of directors, and how that decision laid a solid foundation to continue to support and grow our cause.

Schwartz says: “It’s important that your venture ties as closely as...

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Time to Fly

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:51 PM

Twenty-eight-year-old Terrell Ervin has had a lot of experience cleaning cars - he's been honing his craft since he was twelve years old.

"Every Saturday my grandmother would make my brother and me wash her car, so it would look nice when she went to church," said Ervin, "She was very meticulous. She would make us go over the car again if she didn't like what she saw. It was second nature to me."

Ervin joined the Center for Automotive Career's (CAC) detailing program four weeks ago, and will be graduating from the program, along with two of his peers, today. Ervin is part of the CAC's first cohort, which was referred to the AAC by the Center for Urban Families/STRIVE.

Before STRIVE, Ervin had always identified as the class clown. STRIVE taught him to be serious about himself and his work.

"I would go through life thinking I'm a good person - I don't get in trouble, I don't break the law ...

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Why Will A Car Improve Your Life?

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:51 PM

How will a car allow you to become/remain self-sufficient and improve your life?

In 2009 I was pregnant with a son who was diagnosed in utero with an arachnoid cyst in his brain which backed up the flow of cerebral spinal fluid in his brain causing hydrocephalus. Two months later during a routine ultrasound another problem was found and my son was later diagnosed at birth as having a frontalnasalencephalocele which in short means my newborn baby’s frontal lobe was sitting outside his skull directly between his eyes and he also had a tumor in a separate sac beside the brain.

When my son Josiah was 4 days of age the surgery to remove the cyst in his brain was performed and 1 week later we were released from the hospital and the subsequent surgeries and doctor appointments continued for the next 3 years. Due to the severity of his case, I had no downtime to heal from the delivery but...

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"After researching over 20 options for donating my vehicle, VFC was the right choice”

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:51 PM

“You made the process very easy, and certainly for a worthy cause. It's great seeing how dedicated VFC staff were to the goal of helping families, and after researching over 20 options for donating my vehicle, VFC was the right choice.” - Thomas P. Continue Reading

Improving Your Gas Mileage

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:51 PM

It’s not any secret that gas prices have been on the rise for quite a long time. Follow these helpful tips that can assist in preserving your gas mileage:

Be Sensible: When operating your vehicle, it’s not a good idea to practice aggressive driving. Speeding, acceleration and sudden braking can lower your gas mileage up to 35 percent. Driving cautiously and being smart on the road will not only improve your gas mileage, but it will also save you money and save lives.

Keep Your Car in Shape: If a problem arises with your vehicle or your vehicle fails an emissions test, take the initiative to make the necessary improvements needed. Making improvements can improve gas mileage up to 5 percent.

Consolidate Trips: When running errands, take into account the distances that you are traveling. Multiple trips can use more fuel than one significant trip. Planning trips can ensure travel efficiency ...

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August Newsletter

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:51 PM

August 2013

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"Easy and Convenient"

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:51 PM

 

“Vehicles for Change made it so easy and convenient to help a needy family!” – Jennifer S.

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"What a positive, helpful experience"

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:51 PM

 

“I cannot express what a positive, helpful experience I had donation our minivan. The car was at our second home in Delaware, and the staff went out of its way to arrange inspection and pickup. The whole process was as positive as one could imagine” – Sander B.   

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Nothing Short Of A Miracle

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:51 PM

 

For Robin Boyd, a dedicated mother from Federalsburg, MD, owning a car is nothing short of a miracle.

Now, she won’t have to spend $100 per week on transportation. When she wants to go to church, she won’t have to rely on the church van. And she won’t have to rely on other people to take her to the grocery store, because she can now complete this simple task with her own car. 

“Since I've purchased my car, I've been able to visit my family in Baltimore,” Boyd said. “I can go wherever I want to without feeling the pressure of being a burden to other people.”

In April 2013, Boyd was awarded a 2001 Intrigue Oldsmobile, which became a blessing to the entire family. Boyd remembers one night when it became evident that living without transportation was affecting other loved ones within her family.

“I recall getting my girls ready for their high school homecoming dance,” Boyd said....

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Car Donations and Tax Deductions

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:51 PM

Many people donate their used vehicle to a nonprofit because of the tax deduction.

A few years ago, anyone who donated their vehicle to a charity such as Vehicles for Change could deduct the fair market value of the car from their taxes.

But on January 1, 2005, the tax law changed: now, when a taxpayer donates a car to a nonprofit, the amount they can deduct from their taxes depends on how the charity uses the vehicle.

Most nonprofits send donated cars directly to auction. Vehicles for Change stands out because - while a portion of our vehicles are sent to auction due to their age or mileage - we also resell donated cars on our retail lot or award cars to low-income families. That's why so many car donors chose Vehicles for Change - we are one of the few nonprofits in the country that can offer the fair market value tax deduction to our donors!

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Happy Anniversary VFC!

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:51 PM

 

It seems like we have been in this building our entire life. That is how the VFC team feels when we look back at the past year in our new digs. In August 2012, we were extremely lucky to find what we still think is the perfect location for the VFC program. Our new space houses the car awards program, the used car business and will house the new Academy for Automotive Careers, the VFC automotive training program.

The building was purchased with the assistance of the Harry and Janette Weinberg, The Abell and The France-Merrick Foundations. Owning our own building provides a safe feeling that VFC will be here for years to come, providing transportation to worthy families in the region. But it is also more than that!!

Our first upgrade was building our own garage to repair the donated vehicles that were slated for our worthy families and for our retail lot, Freedom Wheels. This...

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Meet The Shaws

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:51 PM

shaw familyThis week, VFC will be awarding a car to a very special family! Meet the Shaws – a lovely family of 6 who hails from the picturesque town of Frederick, MD. Despite living within walking distance of Frederick’s downtown historical district, the Shaw’s proximity doesn’t help them accomplish their day-to-day tasks, such as traveling to work, school and the grocery store.

The nearest – and most affordable – grocery store is 4 miles away, which means that the Shaws must pay $30 in cab fare each time they shop. Life without a car proved especially difficult when Casey Shaw was pregnant with her younger two children. While the Shaws receive medical assistance from the state, no local physicians are covered through their state insurance. For her weekly prenatal visits, Casey had to travel as far as Westminster, which is 30 miles away and unreachable by public transit.

While Kyle Shaw has been...

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"I Thank God For You Being A Blessing"

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:51 PM

 

"Thank you. I pray that you get triple of your hearts desire. I thank God for you being a blessing to and my family. I am a single mom of 6 children. This helps me a whole lot. I am very grateful for you and your heart. I pray all is well with you and your family. May you be blessed in all areas of your life. Thanks again. God Bless." - Janice

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"I Wish To Thank God and You"

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:51 PM

"I wish to thank God and you for this opportunity to have this car. I am a divorced mother of two boys. And  until recently because of you blessing me with this car, I don't have to walk from work at 11:30 p.m. for 8 blocks. God bless you." - Lisa and family

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How To Prepare You Car For A Summer Road Trip

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:51 PM

 

Taking summer road trips is something that we all look forward to during the slow winter months. Although our first instinct is to jump in our cars and begin our trip, sometimes this decision may not benefit us as well as we may think. Before packing up and heading out to your destination, follow these important precautions to prepare your car for a successful summer road trip:

Fluids- Start your inspection by checking the level of vital fluids within your vehicles. Some of the fluids you should look out for include, engine oil, transmission fluid and brake fluid. Most importantly check the level of coolant within your vehicle. Make sure your coolant level is filled so that there aren’t any surprises with your air conditioning while you’re sitting in that long line of traffic.


Brakes- When it comes to being safe, brakes are an important item that should be working properly. Check ...

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"Vehicles For Change Is Wonderful"

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:51 PM

 

“Vehicles for Change is wonderful! Based on my research, they are the best way to maximize my donation in the DC metro area. AND THEY ARE FANTASTIC TO DEAL WITH!!! The process was sooooo easy!!!!!!!!” – Haven 

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"I Want To Send My Love and Prayers"

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:51 PM

 

"Thank you very much Ms. Andrews and Vehicles For Change for going way above for me and other participants. Your act of love and caring is noticed as well as your passion for helping families and individuals who work. It's great to know that there are still organizations that do still care about their customers. I want to send my love and prayers to this whole organization and say continue to stay blessed. God Bless and Much Love." - Shanell

 

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"Thank You For Helping Me and My Family"

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:51 PM

 

"I would like to take this time to thank you for helping me and my family. Because of your generosity we are now able to live a better life and look to more growth in our future. I can now spend more time with my daughter before and after work instead of being stuck waiting for a ride. Because of you, I can now follow my dream of completing my education. You will never truly know how much you have blessed my family. On behalf of my family I wish you and yours all the best. Thank you." - Laura

 

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"I'm Very Grateful For This"

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:51 PM

 

"I want to thank you for caring enough to donate your vehicle. Your donation helped me and my family out a lot. I'm very grateful for this. I hope you continue caring and helping people because you will be blessed for it. Again thanks and God bless you." - Lauretta

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"Thanks A Million Times"

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:51 PM

 

"Thanks, a million times. Thank you :-D! Not only have you helped my family and I, you have given me the opportunity to pay it forward to be able to help someone else." - Sharria

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Join Us: Fundraiser at Mad River

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:51 PM

Join the VFC family for a fundraiser at Mad River, and help us put a local family on the road to success!

There will be a $10 cover at the bar - 100% of funds raise go back to VFC and will be used to fund the cost of a car for a local family.

In exchange for cover, guests receive:
1 Free Drink
1/2 off all remaining drinks until 9 pm
1/2 priced appetizers until 9 pm
The opportunity to see VFC's Marty Schwartz serve as guest bartender!

Where
Mad River Bar Baltimore
1110 S.Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21230

When
Thursday, June 6th, 5:30-9 pm

Parking/Public Transit
Metered street parking is available on Charles and Light Street
Charm City Circulator Stop: Purple Route, Cross Street Market Stop at Light St. & E. Cross St.
 

Please RSVP using this Facebook event or email Jen Harrington at jharrington@vehiclesforchange.org, Please respond by May 31st.

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Vehicles for Change Holds Event to Fund Car for Baltimore Family

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:51 PM

Vehicles for Change Holds Event to Fund Car for Baltimore Family

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" I Am So Happy"

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:51 PM

 

“The process was painless and I am so happy that the car was able to be repaired and sold to a family who really needed it.” - Ann

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"I'd Like To Thank You"

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:51 PM

 

"I'd like to thank you for blessing me with your vehicle. I've had major health issues that has taken me here and there for the last year while trying to keep my job. Now, I can go to appointments, school and work!! P.S. my daughter thanks you too! God bless you." -Lekesha

 

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"Things Have Already Began To Look Brighter"

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:51 PM

 

"I would like to take this moment to simply thank God for pressing it upon your heart to donate your vehicle to me through Vehicles For Change! It is people like you that helps families in need better their lives. I've had a difficult time getting to and from work and church, but thanks to you and this program, things have already began to look brighter for my daughters and I. Again, many thanks from my girls and I." - Robin

 

 

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"You All Are Granting Wishes"

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:51 PM

Brandi Scott couldn't stop smiling - on Tuesday, March 19, 2013, the Charles County mother of three received a Subaru Forester from Vehicles for Change.

"You all are granting wishes, giving miracles to each person who comes through here," Scott said, beaming and wiping away tears.

Scott, who works for the Family Investment Program at St. Mary's Department of Social Services, had to take 4 buses to get to work each day. She recently had to turn down a supervisor position at her work because she did not have car.

"When I heard that I was getting a car, the first thing I thought is that I don't have to stand in the cold or rain for hours, waiting for the bus anymore," said Scott, "I don't have to pick up the kids after 7 pm....I can't begin to say, this is truly a blessing."  

Scott found the VFC car award program through her own online research. After calling VFC, she learned that she...

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Thank You

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"I know this formal "THANK YOU" is way, way, over due.  But here it is...Being able to take my son to his Boy Scout meetings and his outings(camping, hiking, and other activities) has been so exciting and fulfilling. I've even been able to transport some of the other scouts to the Boy Scout Weekends, and  I've even taken my elderly Aunt to the store a few times, when time allows.  Not to mention that it only takes me 20 minutes to get to work, instead of that 1 .5 hour bus ride I had to suffer through in the past. Thank you again, and I hope to be able to stop over and just say 'Hello', real soon."- Belinda
 

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Getting Creative to Fight Poverty

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:51 PM

Getting Creative to Fight Poverty The Baltimore Sun

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"Changed Our Lives for the Better"

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:51 PM

 

"Just wanted to say thank you again. Getting this car has totally changed our lives for the better. Now my children and I can just get in and go. We have spent many evenings at the park. And been able to go and visit family in Virginia. This is the best program and I have been spreading the word. My family and I are truly blessed!" - Maria

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Weinberg Foundation Grants $500K to Vehicles for Change

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:51 PM

Weinberg Foundation Grants $500K to Vehicles for Change Catonsville Patch

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The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation Grants $500,000 to Vehicles for Change

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:51 PM

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation Grants $500,000 to Vehicles for Change

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Vehicles for Change Core Values

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:51 PM

VFC's Core Values

The core values that guide Vehicles for Change:

  • Integrity: Being ethically unyielding, honest, inspiring trust by saying what we mean, matching our behaviors to our words and taking responsibility for our actions.
  • Mission Driven: There is no better job in the world than one that provides a valuable service for our fellow man. Everything we do, each and every day is driven by the mission of VFC. 
  • Family: VFC has been and will continue to be incredibly successful because we work together, meeting the needs of our colleagues. VFC will strive to continue to meet the needs of the team as the team strives to meet the needs of each other. As a family, we look out for each other, have each other’s back, never criticize in a negative way and push each other to be the best! We are compassionate towards everyone we encounter, inside and outside of the office. 
  • Pride: It is our...
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Vehicle Gives Single Mom Time, Opportunities

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:51 PM

For Varee Dyson, a single mother of 4 who lives in Alexandria, VA, car ownership represents an entire new way of thinking.

Now, when she's looking for a job she won't have to ask if the business is off of a bus line. She won't have to schedule her shift so that it corresponds with the schedule of the local bus route. And she won't have to take each of her 4 children with her every time she visits the laundromat, because they can now carry all of their laundry in their car.
 
"The first thing we did when we got our car was go to the laundromat," Dyson said with a laugh, "We didn't have to worry about taking a cab or bus!"

In February 2013, Dyson was awarded a 2001 Toyota Avalon - the perfect vehicle to fit her active family.

For the past few years, Dyson has been working at Reagan National Airport, because the airport is easily accessible by public transit. While she's trained and has...

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"This Is A Great Company"

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:51 PM

 

"This is a great company; I didn't think I could do anything with my car but I got to donate it to someone who could use it for something" - Lakenya

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"VFC Was An Easy Process"

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:51 PM

 

"VFC was an easy process from start to finish. Love the fact our car was used for a family!" - Stephen

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"I Would Highly Recommend It"

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:51 PM

 

"The Vehicles for Change donation process was smooth and easy. You get to help a family in need and get the maximum tax benefit possible. I would highly recommend [it] to anyone who has a car to donate." - Gary

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The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation Grants $500,000 to Vehicles for Change

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:51 PM

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation has awarded a $500,000 capital grant to Baltimore-based nonprofit Vehicles for Change (VFC). The funding will be used towards the purchase and renovations of VFC’s new headquarters in Halethorpe, MD. Vehicles for Change accepts donated cars from the public and provides these vehicles to low-income families in Maryland, Virginia and Washington D.C. for employment purposes.

“Vehicles for Change is so proud to receive such a wonderful investment from The Harry and Jeannette Weinberg Foundation,” said Martin Schwartz, president of Vehicles for Change, “It is inspiring to have such a powerful endorsement of the work that we are doing at Vehicles for Change.” 

In July 2012, Vehicles for Change purchased a 33,000-square foot warehouse on 2.4 acres in Halethorpe, MD. The space is needed to expand the nonprofit’s services to low-income families and...

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February 2013

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February 2013

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"The Next Time...I will Definitely Call VFC"

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:51 PM

"I felt the entire process went very smoothly. I had some initial e-mail interaction prior to making the donation that was incredibly helpful. The next time I need to donate a car I will definitely call VFC" - Glenn

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Safety Line

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:51 PM

Safety Line Fundraising Success

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Business Planning in Action: Academy for Automotive Careers

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:51 PM

Business Planning in Action: Academy for Automotive Careers TU Innovates

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A Second Chance at Life

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:50 PM

Bobby Semmont knows what it is like to get a second chance at life. In November 2011, he fell asleep at the wheel of his vehicle and hit a tree. After being medevaced to Maryland Shock Trauma, he spent more than 37 hours in surgery as doctors rushed to repair his life-threatening injuries. More than a year later, Semmont still suffers from leg problems as a result of the accident, but knows he's lucky to be alive.

"God has a purpose for me here," Semmont said, "I'm just going to keep going until I figure out what it is."

For now, Semmont will have a much easier time getting to doctor's appointments and work, thanks to the 1994 Honda Accord he received from Vehicles for Change in February.

"This car is going to make a world of a difference in my life," said Semmont.

Semmont, who lives in Anne Arundel County but works as a salesman for a furniture store in Delaware, was facing...

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"I Want To Be An Inspiration"

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:50 PM

In May 2011, Beth Wiggins-Chambers knew she needed to face the realization that her life had hit rock-bottom. She had spent the past twenty years abusing drugs - and stealing to support her habit - and her body was worn out. However, it wasn't until her six-week old daughter, Lilyana, was taken away and placed in foster care that Wiggins-Chambers recognized her life needed a big change.

"That was rock-bottom," Wiggins-Chambers said, "I knew I needed to get my life together for my daughter."

To start, Wiggins-Chambers realized she needed to move out of Cecil County, away from many temptations and bad influences. She relocated to Caroline County and began living at St. Martin's House, a transitional residence for women and children. She went through rehab and began working for the Humane Society in Caroline County, a job she loves. In August 2012, nearly a year and a half after losing...

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Vehicles for Change, Wheels for Work Provide Vehicle to Harford County Family

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:50 PM

 Vehicles for Change, Wheels for Work Provide Vehicle to Harford County Family The Baltimore Sun

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Now Hiring: Donations Coordinator/Marketing Assistant

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:50 PM

A leading non-profit organization, Vehicles for Change, with an office close to BWI Airport, is seeking a full-time person for the position of Donations Coordinator, who will also have some marketing responsibilities. This fast-paced, highly respected organization is looking for an individual to handle all aspects of processing car donation. This includes:

  1.  Taking car donations from individual donors via phone and email.
  2.  Determining the initial disposition of the car
  3. Inputting the donation information into the Salesforce database
  4. Communicating the donations information to the tow company for pickup.
  5. Assuring all cars are picked up. 
  6. Preparing  IRS/Thank you letters for donors
  7. Assisting with phones when necessary

Marketing responsibilities include:

  1. Managing VFC’s partnerships with repair garages
  2. Maintaining database of contact information (SalesForce) for Freedom Wheels, VFC’s used...
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"I Am So Happy that Another Single Mother Can Utilize the SUV"

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:50 PM


"I just wanted to say how fortunate I feel that number one I was able to donate my car to such a worthy cause. It warms my heart to know that the car that brought me and my five kids so much joy and wonderful memories will be able to do the same for another." - Debra Y.

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A Day in the Life at VFC

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:50 PM

Clinton Adams, a junior at Patterson High School, joined two other students in shadowing VFC staff members for the day, to learn about business. Here, Clinton talks about his experience:

"My experience with VFC is one that I would recommend to anyone else interested in taking a look at what business does and how it is run. I learned that in order to get new ideas or other things to help out your business, you go to events and other special occasions to meet with other business people.

I also learned that, every so often, a business should have a staff meeting to have a conversation about where they stand as a business, and if there are any concerns they may have. VFC has also showed me that if you are going to work somewhere, you should try to make it a place where it doesn't feel like work. Something that you are passionate about, like how they give cars to people in need at a price...

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"The Memory & Experience of Being Helped...Will Last With Me Forever"

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:50 PM


"Thank you, this has been one of the best things that has ever happened to me. You can't imagine the stress and anxiety I have been experiencing, due to uncertain and unreliable transportation. This car is a two-fold blessing to me because...I do need a car...but this car, like most material things has an end date/expiration date...but the memory and experience of being helped when in a vulnerable position (military-to-civilian transition), will last with me forever.

I am also a helpful person and this whole thing reaffirms my commitment to help others, because I feel like it pays off.

Thanks Bro,"

Marvin

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"Without Your Help, I Would Be Struggling to get by for a Long Time to Come"

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:50 PM

"I want to start by thanking all of you for helping me to get this wonderful gift of a new car and a new chapter in my life. I would also like to give each one of you my sincerest thanks for the amazing work you do. I am truly grateful to your organization and those like it. Without your help, I would be struggling to get by for a long time to come. I live in Aberdeen, my daycare is in Street, and I work in Fallston. It has been so hard trying to get back and forth to work everyday. I have had to pay $36 one way to take a cab, as much as $50 a day for rides to and from work.

My credit is not good and I bring home very little money to support my family. I would have never been able to buy a car on my won. However, because of your wonderful and amazing program, I am able to have a car of my own. I will no longer have to pay friends or coworkers, or pay to take a cab to get me to work. I...

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Winter Car Care Tips

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:50 PM

We are almost halfway through February, which means there are only have a few more weeks until spring arrives! Make sure to follow these car care tips to keep your vehicle in top shape for the rest of winter:

  • Check your tire pressure. Air pressure drops in cold temperatures. Under-inflated tires could cause an accident and waste gas. Make sure to check your tire pressure once a month.

 

  • Replace your carpeted floor mats with rubber mats - this will keep salt and dirt from staining your car!

 

  • Check your battery. If you didn't check your battery strength at the beginning of winter, now is a great time to do so. Cold weather can drain the battery, making it difficult for your car to start.
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One Benefit of Car Donation: Helping Another Family

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:50 PM

One huge benefit of donating your car to Vehicles for Change (VFC) is that your donated vehicle will always have an impact on a low-income family, regardless of the car's condition.

Donated vehicles that can provide another two years/24,000 miles of service are awarded to low-income families.

Luxury vehicles and vehicles that need a major repair (such as a new transmission), but are otherwise in good condition, are sold on VFC's retail lot, Freedom Wheels. Proceeds allow us to prepare suitable vehicles for more families.

A donated car that doesn't meet our reliablity standards and wouldn't be cost-effective to improve is sent to auction. After being reviewed by a Vehicles for Change staff member, this car is spruced up and may receive minor repairs, if necessary, to maximize its value. One of several auction partners is selected to achieve the greatest selling price; in many cases we...

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Now Hiring: Part-Time Car Salesman

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:50 PM

Vehicles for Change is looking for a part-time car salesman to work 15-20 hours a week. Flexible schedule, may include Saturday hours. Contact HR Coordinator at news@vehiclesforchange.org for further details and compensation information.

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"Thank You for a New Start on My Future"

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:50 PM

 

"Thank you so much! This vehicle would and will most definitely benefit myself and my two children, It will get me back on my feet to start my college to get my career started. I always wanted to be a better mother for my kids and set a good example and this program has gave me the boost.

Thank you for a new start on my future!" - Tiffany

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VFC Phone Lines Still Down

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:50 PM

Vehicles for Change office was closed on Wednesday, January 30th, so that some renovations could be made to the building.Unfortunately, as of 10:45 am on Thursday, January 31st, our phone lines are still down. If you need to reach a staff member, send an email to info@vehiclesforchange.org.

Thanks for your patience!

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Vehicles For Change Does It Once More!

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:50 PM

Guest Author: Bill Wurzell, Sales/Internet Manager (Retired)

Over the years, Vehicles for Change has had many valuable and unique vehicles donated by very generous people from everywhere in our service area. Perhaps none so unique as this recent arrival from a good friend of VFC, Mr. Jim Oliver. Mr. Oliver donated this absolutely gorgeous and nearly pristine 1964 Rambler Ambassador 990 sedan, with only 37,709 ORIGINAL miles on the odometer!

What makes this vehicle so unique and desirable is its ORIGINALITY. The Antique car hobby is constantly changing. A few years ago, 1960s and 70s muscle cars were widely popular and brought huge dollar amounts when sold. Today, however, ORIGINALITY is what most people are interested. This 1964 Rambler Ambassador is a rolling time capsule, you almost have to see it to believe. Being a long time antique car hobbyist and proud owner of a 1954 DeSoto...

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"I Am Able to Support My Family"

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:50 PM

"I received my car last May and it changed everything for my 4 children and me! I live in Bedford VA and after being in such a dark place personally and financially following a nasty divorce, no monetary means and couldn't take a real job since I had no transportation. I am so happy to say we are on the best upswing ever!!  Never say Never!!  I got my van in time to begin a new job as a bookkeeper and back up clinic nurse for an elementary school in Forest, VA where my little Sam, 1st grade, goes to school. He says I am his hero!

I am able to support my family and they are so proud of the many steps that mom has taken to better our lives!!  It has not been, nor will it continue, I'm sure, without struggles but it is good now and having such an incredibly unselfish and loving group of people that have stepped in to help us in our desperation for "change".  I look forward to the day when...

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December 2012 Newsletter

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:50 PM

December 2012

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"I Can Go Back to College"

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:50 PM

"Thanks to you, I can get to work and go back to college" - Victoria C.

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"Vehicles for Change was the BEST we experienced"

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:50 PM

"We have donated cars previously to other non-profits, but Vehicles for Change was the BEST we experienced" - Elizabeth B.

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"Your Generosity Will Always Be Appreciated"

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"Your generosity will always be appreciated. Your willingness to be a blessing to a desperate family in need is what the world should strive to look like. I will go on to be a better mother, employee, church member and friend because of you. Thanks" - Shaval

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"I'm Just Glad That We Both Won't Have to Walk Anymore"

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:50 PM

"Thank you for the car, it means something special to me. I'm truly happy that there are people out  here who are willing to do such nice things for someone or others that are out here struggling without a car. I can just saw how lucky I am for this help. I'm a single mother with one child. I'm just glad that we both won't have to walk anymore, it will be much easier for us to be able and go out for groceries or to the store without worrying if we have a way back home. But because we have a car now, we will be able to do these things. Thank you so much." -Emily

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"You Have Given Us the Means to Be More Productive"

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:50 PM

"My family and I would like to extend to you a very sincere thank you. Our car is truly a blessing. You have given us the means to be more productive in our own lives and I cannot thank you enough for that" - Cuma

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VFC Holiday Hours

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:50 PM

Happy Holidays from Vehicles for Change! Make this a great holiday season for yourself and a local family. Contact Vehicles for Change by 11:59 pm on December 31st to make your donation count for the 2012 Tax Year.  

VFC will be taking car donations for 2012 tax year online and over the phone up until midnight on December 31st.

Here's our holiday schedule:

Monday, December 24th: Closed
Tuesday, December 25th: Closed

Saturday, December 29th: Open
Sunday, December 30th: Open

Tuesday, January 1st: Closed

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Happy Holidays

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:50 PM

Happy Holidays, from the elves at Vehicles for Change!

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Local Mom Benefits from Vehicles for Change

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:50 PM

Local Mom Benefits from Vehicles for Change Fredericksburg Patch

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Calvert Hall, Vehicles for Change Are Driving Forces for Helping Others

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:50 PM

Calvert Hall, Vehicles for Change Are Driving Forces for Helping Others The Baltimore Sun

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Nonprofit and Local Businesses Collaborate to Award Vehicle to Fredericksburg Family

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:50 PM

Nonprofit and Local Businesses Collaborate to Award Vehicle to Fredericksburg Family

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Bringing the Holidays Home for a Fredericksburg Family

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:50 PM

On Thursday, December 20th Vehicles for Change was thrilled to be able to award a vehicle to DeAnna Hamn, in collaboration with Telemedia Broadcasting and Melendez Motors.

“We’re excited to partner with Telemedia and Melendez Motors to provide a car to a family who otherwise would not be able to obtain a vehicle,” said Martin Schwartz, president of Vehicles for Change, “When local businesses and nonprofits combine their efforts, the impact is magnified exponentially. This vehicle will help the winning family travel to work and take their children to sports and extracurricular activities.”

Early in October, Alvin Melendez, owner of Melendez Motors, contacted Telemedia Broadcasting and Vehicles for Change, suggesting that the organizations work together to provide a car to a family in need during the holiday season.

Melendez Motors donated the car, a 2000 Ford Windstar Van, to Vehicles...

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Good News Round-Up

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:50 PM

Vehicles for Change brings you good news from this week:

High School Student Protects Bullied Special Needs Student - Football star protects special needs student

Random Acts of Kindness - A group in Kentucky pulls together to raise Christmas funds for a family

Layaway Secret Santas - Pay off Christmas gifts for strangers

 

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Vehicles for Change Welcomes New Board Member

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:50 PM

Vehicles for Change Welcomes New Board Member Reuters

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Calvert Hall and Vehicles for Change Collaborate to Award Car to Low-Income Family

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:50 PM

Calvert Hall and Vehicles for Change Collaborate to Award Car to Low-Income Family

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Vehicles for Change Welcomes New Board Member

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:50 PM

Vehicles for Change Welcomes New Board Member, Lauren Lawson-Zilai

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This Week's Good News Round-Up

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:50 PM

Today, we are happy to bring you some great stories! This week, in VFC's Good News Round-Up:

Students Set Up Facebook Account to Compliment Others - Students put social media to good use, setting up Facebook accounts to post compliments for other students

8-Year-Old Boy Donates 500 Birthday Gifts to Charity - Boy donates birthday gifts to Toys for Tots

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Vehicles for Change Adds New Board Member

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:50 PM

Lauren Lawson-Zilai, People on the Move Baltimore Business Journal

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What Happens to a Donated Vehicle that is Sold at Auction?

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:50 PM

Donated vehicles that have high mileage or need extensive repairs are sold at auction. Vehicles for Change will clean up the car and select an auction partner where the selling price will be maximized. We assign a minimum bid value to assure it isn’t sold for less than a fair price. Proceeds allow us to prepare more cars for low-income families.

Donors whose cars are sold at auction can deduct the vehicle's selling price from their taxes, up to the fair market value of the vehicle.

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"Great Experience"

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:50 PM

 

"Great experience. Super easy, car went to a family in need, and an excellent tax deduction - perfect!"- John White

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Introducing: VFC's Good News Round-Up

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:50 PM

We at Vehicles for Change believe there are too many negative stories in the news, so each week we plan on bringing you a collection of heartwarming stories!

Here are some that caught our eye this week:

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There's Still Time to Earn a 2012 Tax Deduction!

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:50 PM

While 2012 may be winding down, there's still time to earn a deduction on your 2012 taxes.

Vehicles for Change will take car donations up until midnight on December 31, 2012. As long as you contact Vehicles for Change by 11:59 pm on December 31, 2012, you will earn a deduction on your 2012 taxes!

Vehicles for Change will be open later than normal to ensure that your donations are taken in the 2012 year! Give us a call at 410-242-9674 to donate.

Friday, December 28th: Open until 10 pm
Saturday, December 29th: Open from 9 am- 10 pm
Sunday, December 30th: Open from 9 am- 5 pm
Monday, December 31: Open from 8am -11:59 pm

Remember, donate your car to Vehicles for Change to maximize your tax deduction

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Tax Deduction Paperwork After A Car Donation

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:50 PM

After you donate your car to Vehicles for Change, you receive a donation letter, which describes how your car was used by Vehicles for Change and what tax deductions you have earned. Tax receipts are sent according to IRS car donation guidelines:

If a donated car is awarded to a family, the donor will receive a mailed receipt within 30 days of the car’s pick-up date.

If the donated car is sent to auction or sold on the Vehicles for Change retail lot, the donor will receive a mailed tax receipt within 30 days of the date of auction or sale.

If your donation is valued over $500, you will receive a 1098c along with your donation letter. The form will be filled in with the information that Vehicles for Change is responsible for completing.

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VFC Welcomes New Board Member

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:50 PM

VFC welcomes Douglas Larkin, founder and chief executive officer of Larkin Communications, to its board of directors this week. In his new role, Larkin will help steer the organization in its mission to provide affordable vehicles to low-income families. Vehicles for Change relies on cars donations from the public.

“We are very excited to have Doug join our board,” said Martin Schwartz, president of Vehicles for Change. “His business and communications experience will help guide VFC to the next level.”


In his current role, Larkin  directs communication programs for numerous technology start-ups and other smart growth companies. Prior to founding Larkin Communications, he served as executive director for both the High-Tech Encryption Coalition and Foreign Sales Corporation Coalition. Larkin is also the co-founder of Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), which works to provide a ...

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VFC Grand Opening

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:50 PM

Vehicles for Change held a grand opening at our new location on Thursday, November 15th. More than 50 friends and supporters of VFC came out to see the new space and hear about VFC's future plans. WMAR ABC2 also filmed the opening, watch the news segment here:

 

Check out our Facebook Album from the event

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Car Donations and Tax Receipts

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:50 PM

Wondering when you will receive a tax receipt for your donated car?

At Vehicles for Change, donation letters, which describe how your car was used by Vehicles for Change and what you can deduct from your taxes, serves as a tax receipt and is sent according to IRS car donation guidelines.

If a donated car is awarded to a family, the donor will receive a mailed receipt within 30 days of the car's pick-up date.

If the donated car is sent to auction or sold on the Vehicles for Change retail lot, the donor will receive a mailed tax receipt within 30 days of the date of auction or sale.

Donate your car to Vehicles for Change and maximize your tax deduction

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VFC Recipient Victoria Smothers: "I love my 'baby girl'"

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:50 PM

Dressed in a holiday sweater, Victoria Smothers walked into the VFC office on November 21, 2012 with a big smile plastered across her face. Smothers wasn’t smiling because she was about to receive a car from Vehicles for Change – she received a car from VFC in January – she was grinning because she couldn’t wait to talk about how much she loved her car.

“I love my ‘Baby Girl,’” said Smothers, beaming from ear to ear, “I take care of her and she takes care of me.”

At the beginning of 2012, Smothers had received a job offer from the Maryland Transit Authority to be a bus driver. It was an offer that required her to own a vehicle, so Metropolitan Baltimore Quadel (MBQ), referred Smothers to VFC. Within a few weeks, she drove away with a 1997 Honda Accord.

Not only did the vehicle allow Smothers to secure a new job, but it also assisted her in everyday tasks such as grocery shopping and...

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Vehicles for Change Honored for Outstanding Tagline

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:50 PM

Vehicles for Change Honored for Outstanding Tagline

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November 2012 Newsletter

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:50 PM

November 2012

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Used Car Buyers Beware: Flooded Cars May Be Sold Without Disclosure

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:50 PM

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, VFC urges all used-car buyers to be aware that not all sellers are required to disclose that a vehicle has been flooded. External flooding damage can be easily concealed with a few coats of paint, concealing damage to crucial systems such as the brakes and airbags. To protect yourself, have a trained mechanic take a thorough look at the vehicle before you purchase.

For more information, visit: Experts Say Thousands of Cars Could be Sold Without Disclosure.

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Vehicles for Change Welcomes New Board Member Doug Larkin

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:50 PM

Vehicles for Change Welcomes New Board Member Doug Larkin

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Vehicles for Change Grand Opening

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:50 PM

Vehicles for Change Grand Opening WMAR ABC2

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How To: Keep Your Car Safe During A Hurricane

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:50 PM

With Hurricane Sandy rapidly approaching, Vehicles for Change put together these suggestions for keeping your car secure during storms:

  • If you live in a flood-inclined area, move your car to higher grounds. If possible, park in a parking garage that is a few stories high.
  • Protect your car from falling debris by parking inside, if possible. If you do not have a garage, keep your car parked far away from trees or telephone poles.
  • Check your insurance coverage. To file a claim for storm damage, you need to have "comprehensive" coverage on your policy.

Stay safe! Remember to have an emergency kit of water, food and flashlights in your home during any storm.

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Important: VFC Office Closure

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:50 PM

Due to Hurricane Sandy, Vehicles for Change office will close at 12 pm on Monday, October 29th. Our office will also be closed on Tuesday, October 30th.

If you need to reach VFC staff, please use the following email addresses:

General Inquiries: info@vehiclesforchange.org

Donations: seccleston@vehiclesforchange.org

Vehicle Application: applicant@vehiclesforchange.org

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VFC Grand Opening - November 15th

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:50 PM

VFC's Grand Opening is on Thursday, November 15th.

Our Address: 4111 Washington Boulevard Halethorpe, MD 21227
When: 8:30- 10:30 a.m.

When traveling to VFC office, please use the entrance at the back of our building. To get to this entrance: Turn onto Old Washington Boulevard from Route 1. The VFC office is on the right-hand side, approximately .25 miles up the road.

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VFC Honored for Outstanding Tagline

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:50 PM

Vehicles for Change is thrilled to announce that “Help Drive Change,” the tagline for our social media campaign, was voted best advocacy tagline by over 3,300 voters (nonprofit professionals and others) as part of the 2012 Getting Attention Tagline Awards.

It was lauded for being a satisfying and motivational play on words while exemplifying the organization’s mission.

The 18 winners were selected from 63 finalists drawn from 1,400 nonprofit taglines submitted for the 2012 program.  

“The winning taglines in the 2012 Getting Attention Nonprofit Tagline Awards showcase how powerfully taglines can work as a first step in organization or program branding, or as a highly-effective tool to lead a fundraising campaign, develop excitement around a special event, freshen up a nonprofit’s messaging, emphasize its commitment to its work and/or revive tired positioning,” says Nancy Schwartz,...

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October 2012

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 October 2012

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"Thanks for Making A Difference"

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"I am a single mother of 3 that was trying to do everything alone without transportation. Because of your kindness and generosity, I don't have to struggle as much.This is a huge, huge help to me and my kids. I just want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. I truly appreciate this.

Thanks for making a difference,"

LaFaythia W.

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Vehicles for Change Partners with Harford County Wheels for Work to Provide Vehicles to Homeless

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:50 PM

Vehicles for Change loves to partner with city, county, and state resources providers to help get cars to those who need them. This news story tells about a partnership that is helping poor people get transportation.

Here is an excerpt:

Wheels for Work, a new program that was made possible through a grant from the Dresher Foundation, will provide cars and bus transportation to clients of Anna’s House, Harford Family House, SARC and the Homecoming Project. The grant will cover part of the cost of the vehicle and will enable the partner program clients to participate in financial literacy training and a savings plan, to prepare them for the cost of car ownership. Like all Vehicles for Change car recipients, Wheels for Work clients need to be working at least 30 hours a week or have a verifiable job offer before they are eligible to receive a vehicle.

And here is the link to the story: VFC ...

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Vehicles for Change Partners with Harford County Wheels for Work to Provide Vehicles to Homeless

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:50 PM

Vehicles for Change, a Baltimore-based nonprofit, and Harford County’s Wheels for Work have joined forces to provide automobiles to participants of residential programs for people in crisis in Harford County beginning in November 2012. The organizations intend to provide twelve to fifteen vehicles to worthy families and individuals within in the next twelve months for employment purposes.

VFC accepts donated cars from the public and provides these vehicles to low-income families in Maryland, Virginia and Washington D.C.  The nonprofit is also working with the Department of Human Resources to provide vehicles to low-income residents of Harford County through the Maryland Transportation Assistance Program.

"Vehicles for Change is excited to partner with Harford County Wheels for Work,” said Steve Sullivan, assistant director of Vehicles for Change, “We look forward to assisting homeless...

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Walking the Line: The New Face of Poverty

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:50 PM

In America, over 46 million people - 15% of the population - currently live in poverty. There's a common misconception that these people are impoverished because they don't want to work. At VFC, we see every day that this couldn't be further from the truth.

Over the past 13 years, Vehicles for Change has awarded 4,000 cars to low-income families. The majority of these families are single mothers with 2-3 children, who travel by bus, train and foot 3-4 hours each day in order to keep an $8.50/hour job, just so they can feed their children. Personally, we at VFC know that we could not walk in their shoes for a week, let alone endure this grueling schedule they maintain for years.

Being a single parent is, at best, a difficult life. These parents work an 8-hour job, come home and make dinner, get homework, baths, food shopping, and lunches complete. Pretty grueling, right? Now add to that...

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"This Blessing Will Be Forever Imprinted In Our Hearts"

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"I thank you for this opportunity from the bottom of my heart. I'm married and separated with three daughters, one in college. This blessing will be forever imprinted in our hearts. I pray you are blessed in all that you do."

- Chandra S. 

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"I Really Admired the Purpose of VFC"

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"I heard about Vehicles for Change on the radio and from a friend. I researched the various organizations that accept donations of cars and I really admired the purpose of VFC and in talking to its staff, I admired their courteous, helpful manner and individual attention.  

We hope that our donation helps people who are trying to live their lives in their own quiet dignity and in their own way.  My husband and I began our life after college with not much income and we always managed.  I pray that others can do the same."- Lynne Haslbeck  

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"Really Appreciate Your Efficient Process in Handling my Donation"

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"Thanks for the good news, Steve! Really appreciate your efficient process in handling my donation. Look forward to receiving the final paperwork." - Ron H., whose donated vehicle was awarded to a family.

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"People in Difficult Situations Need an Opportunity to be Successful"

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"People in difficult situations need an opportunity to be successful; or as your name promotes, make a positive change in their life.  We can give people fish, but as the story goes, it is far better to give him a rod and reel and teach him to fish.  That is what Vehicles for Change does.  I am glad that I can be a small part of helping.  Thanks for what you do." - John B.

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August 14th: VFC Phone Lines are Down

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:50 PM

Trying to contact VFC today? VFC is moving offices today and unfortunately, VFC phone lines are temporarily down. We hope that they will be back up this afternoon! If you need to reach VFC, use these email addresses:

Thanks for your patience!

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We've Moved! New Address for Vehicles for Change

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:50 PM

On Tuesday, August 14th, VFC moved into a new office location! We relocated 2 miles up the road, still on Route 1. Our new address is:

4111 Washington Boulevard
Halethorpe, MD 21227

As you can see, we are still undergoing some renovations, but we are making progress! On the left is a picture of what our reception area looked like a few weeks ago. The picture on the right is what it looks like today! As you can see, our receptionist Jane has already settled in, and is hard at work answering everyone's questions!

 

Stop by and visit us in our new space!

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Unemployment Problem Complicated by Public Transit

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:50 PM

The Huffington Post recently published an article titled "Unemployment Problem Includes Public Transportation That Separates Poor from Jobs." The article follows the stories of three individuals in Chattanooga, Tennessee, who, without a car, face great obstacles in gaining and keeping employment.

As the author, Peter Goodman, shares, Chattanooga residents quickly learn that "The jobs are in one place, he is in another, and the bus does not bridge the divide."

This situation is not unique to Chattanooga, or even to Tennessee. Despite living in the D.C. Metro Area, an area that has considerably expansive public transit compared to other areas of the United States, residents in our region regularly struggle with transportation limitations.  

Unfortunately, unreliable transportation is a huge barrier to employment - and one that contibutes to the country's unemployment problem....

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Unemployment Problem Includes Public Transportation that Separates Poor from Jobs

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Unemployment Problem Includes Public Transportation that Separates Poor from Jobs The Huffington Post

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"The Best Tasting Ice Cream We Ever Had"

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"I just wanted to tell you what a difference this [car] has made in my life and in my kids' lives. For the first few days after coming home, my daughter had said, "I wish I had some ice cream," well we all looked at each other in amazement because we forgot for a few minutes that we had a car. I believe that was the best tasting ice cream we ever had...it was on sale at Giant.... Breyers - 2 for $5."
 
"This past month I was able to step in and do overtime when we had a teacher's shortage. We named the car 'Mike'. Mike is getting some new mats! Now that I am back to my normal schedule I can take the time out to do some things. Again I thank you for what you do and I appreciate your kindness. I will stay in touch."
 
Have a blessed day,

M.W.

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Poverty in America

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Poverty in America NPR

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February 2012 Newsletter

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February 2012

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Car Donations: The Big Picture

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:50 PM

You’ve heard us speak before about the impact a car donation can have on one family: individuals who previously had a 2 to 3 hour commute – each way – on public transportation are able to significantly reduce their commute with a car. For parents, this means they are able to spend more time with their children; take their children to school, daycare, and doctor’s appointments; and run every day errands, such as grocery shopping, with ease. You’ve probably also heard us say that 75% of our recipients are able to secure a better-paying job or earn a raise after purchasing a VFC vehicle, and that these recipients are able to increase their income by an average of $7,000 a year. But are you aware of the impact that car donations can have on our state’s resources, as well as on the economy? Consider this: in Maryland, it costs approximately $9,000 for the state to provide for a low-income ... Continue Reading

How Are Cars Awarded?

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:50 PM

Recipients are referred to us through a sponsoring agency. Most of our recipients are single mothers, but some of the programs we work eith are designed to work with men or displaced fathers. To qualify for a car through Vehicles For Change, individuals must:
  • Have a job or a job offer
  • Be insurable. No DWIs or DUIs
  • Be drug free
  • Be able to pay for insurance and fees for taxes, tags and titles
When VFC receives a referral from one of our sponsoring agency, the application is reviewed by Teresa McFadden, our Awards Coordinator. If accepted, Teresa starts the process of matching the recipient family with one of our available vehicles. Afterwards, the family comes in to the Vehicles For Change office to attend a car-owner orientation session and pick up their car. The entire process takes about a month, from start to finish. Cars are awarded to families residing in Maryland, Virginia... Continue Reading

The Big Kick-Off!

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:50 PM

Alright – so Wednesday’s photo shoot went well, let’s see if tomorrow’s kick-off event over at PNC goes just as well. It’s the inaugural van event, and we’re going to be down at Hopkins Plaza just outside of the PNC.

 

UPDATE-

The kick-off  went off without a hitch. WMAR Channel 2 came out and I met a reporter (Jessica Cottrell from the Baltimore Brew) who took some great pictures of the Art Van Team (Marcus, Cameron and I) in front of the van, along with some of the van being painted. Take a look:

The PNC employees were really enthusiastic and excited to paint the van, and that enthusiasm was catching! It got all of us even more pumped to get started with events. They also gave us a great dry run to see how things would fit together and how many people we would need to take along. Just like PNC was instrumental in making the Art Van happen, its employees were just as...

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Photo Shoot!

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:50 PM

So, the van is THIS close to being done. Only a few touch ups left, but we’re saving them until tonight. The Baltimore Sun is sending out a reporter to shoot a video of the artists finishing the van and learn more about the Art Van project. While we get all of the details hammered out, we’re also waiting for the van to get through a tune up in the shop. I guess we’ll see if all of the pieces come together!

 

UPDATE –

So, the photo shoot was fantastic! All of the artists turned out, Robin and Danny did a GREAT job of promoting the project and VFC, and I even got to be on camera for a few seconds. Check out the footage here: Using Art to Help Change Lives

And here's your humble writer with the finished van!

[caption id="attachment_10" align="aligncenter" width="225" caption="So colorful!!"]Check out my Vanna White impersonation![/caption]

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Vehicles for Change on the Move: A Letter from the President

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:50 PM

VFC will be relocating, a few miles down the road from our current location, to 4111 Washington Blvd in Halethorpe, Maryland. We have purchased a 33,000 square foot building; this includes 4,000 square feet of office space, and the remainder is warehouse.  It also includes 1.5 acres of paved parking.

The VFC program has grown consistently in the past 6 years. In 2012 we will award 480 cars to worthy families, which is the second highest year of car awards in our history. Our current location gave us the opportunity to build our used car business, Freedom Wheels, which has allowed the VFC program to become financially stable. This stability has spurred additional growth and we have outgrown our current home.  

Our new location will house the VFC office staff, a new eight-bay repair center and a storage facility for the donated automobiles. In addition, the new building will provide the...

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Save Money and Help the Environment

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:50 PM

British American Auto Care

Guest Author: Brian England, Founder of British American Auto Care

In the past we all drove our cars without a second thought to gas costs or the environment. Today, it’s a different story.  Gas prices make us think twice, as should the harm we are causing to the environment by producing green house gases.

How much are your driving habits affecting the environment?

Daily we hear and often respond to TV commercials that encourage us to “change our oil every 3,000 miles.” But, with today’s modern vehicles and current environmental awareness, is that still the best policy?

Well, saving oil, money and reducing your effect on the environment, by extending the time between oil changes - while still maintaining the safety and reliability of your vehicle - sounds like the perfect goal.  But, is it possible? Yes!

Today, many manufacturers recommend changing their vehicles’ engine oil every...

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A Car to get Them off Welfare and Improve Their Lives in Baltimore

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:50 PM

A Car to get Them off Welfare and Improve Their Lives in Baltimore Toll Road News

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While Most Nonprofits Are Struggling, Vehicles For Change is doing Better than Ever

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:50 PM

While Most Nonprofits Are Struggling, Vehicles For Change is doing Better than Ever Philip Merrill College of Journalism

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Brake the right way

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:50 PM

Your car uses the most amount of gas when it accelerates, so the key to saving money on gasoline is to have a consistent drive. If you pay attention to the cars in front of you, you can anticipate when traffic will slow and can ease off the gas instead of hitting the breaks. When you follow this method, you can keep your speed without having to accelerate and use more gas. Following this method can earn you 10-20 percent better gas mileage.

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Affordable Cars are Key to Getting Off Public Aid, Study Finds

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:50 PM

Affordable Cars are Key to Getting Off Public Aid, Study Finds L.A. Times

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Former VFC Recipient Purchases Car From Freedom Wheels

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:50 PM

When Deedri White’s Dodge Durango broke down during the muggy summer of 2010, she knew exactly where to turn to purchase a car: Freedom Wheels, a subsidiary of Vehicles For Change that sells used cars to the general public.

Back in 2007, White found herself without a vehicle or the funds to buy one. A coworker referred her to Vehicles For Change, where she leaned she needed a sponsor. White reached out to Anne Arundel County’s Community Action Council, and shortly thereafter was awarded a beige 1994 Nissan Sentra by Vehicles For Change.

“From start to finish, I only went about two weeks without a car,” said White. “The whole process was easy. The Nissan was great.”

White drove the car for three years, before it was totaled in an accident in 2008. Her next car was a Durango, which broke down in 2010 while White was without a job. Relying on unemployment to cover her expenses and on...

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Get Regular Tune-Ups

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:50 PM

Maintain your car with regular oil changes. Check your owner’s manual to find out how often you should change the oil in your vehicle and what type of oil should be used.

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Maintain a Car Log

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Keep a notepad and pen in the glove compartment, so you can keep track of gas fill-ups and mileage, as well as any service work done for your car. An accurate record of car repairs is necessary for proper car maintenance. For example, if your car’s timing belt needs to be replaced every 60,000 miles, keeping track of when it was first replaced will help you gauge when it will need to be replaced again.

Keeping service receipts can also help increase your car’s trade-in value, because it proves your vehicle was well-maintained.

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Change Your Driving Patterns

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A shift in your driving patterns will help you increase your fuel economy.

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Use Alternate Forms of Transportation

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Walk, bike or take the train and bus when possible. Even carpooling cuts down on the amount of greenhouse gases emitted.

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VFC Begins 2012 on a High

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:50 PM

December was a record-setter at VFC. The organization received 432 vehicle donations, the most ever in a single month. VFC's Marty Schwartz took the year's final donation by phone at 11:47 p.m. on New Year's Eve.

"What a terrific way to start 2012.  We can't thank our donors enough," said Schwartz. "The more cars we receive, the more people we can help. We hope to make this a very good year for many struggling families."

Any month is a good month to donate a car! Please tell your families and friends

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"You Each Have My Undying Gratitude"

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:50 PM

“I want to thank everyone, from the bottom of my heart, for making it possible for me to acquire the Buick Le Sabre.  From the person who donated a car in Maryland, to the people at Vehicles For Change who made it possible, you each have my undying gratitude.

Circumstances recently required that I change jobs.  An abusive situation at home forced my eight-year old son and me to suddenly have to move into a friend’s basement.  I had been working part-time for the past five years at the Washington Hospital Center, but I had to seek full-time employment immediately.  Unfortunately, this took four months and put me in a serious financial bind.  Happily, I have now found a full-time position at the same hospital where I had already been employed.  However, I have to be at work at 5:30 am, and public transportation simply does not run early enough from where I am living to be able to get...

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Auto Insurers Charge High And Variable Rates For Minimum Coverage To Good Drivers From Moderate-Income Areas

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:36 PM

Auto Insurers Charge High And Variable Rates For Minimum Coverage To Good Drivers From Moderate-Income Areas - The Paramus Post

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VFC Provides a Safer Set of Wheels

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:36 PM

For much of Dave Mosley's life, getting from one place to another has been a challenge. The Glen Burnie resident, who has muscular dystrophy, relies heavily on his motorized wheelchair. Now, with a handicapped-equipped Ford Windstar from VFC, he's able to go more places, more easily than ever.

While friends and family will be driving the Ford Windstar, the van will help Dave move quickly and safely to and from work and appointments. Dave works at Home Depot, which is two miles away from his home, and previously relied on buses to get around. He often had to leave for work several hours early, since not all buses on this route were able to correctly accommodate his wheelchair. He learned to cancel appointments when it rained, because his wheelchair got stuck in mud.

Dave, in his own words, is a man who "does not take no for an answer." He recently won a national Home Depot award for...

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A Walk In Their Shoes: Leaders Shadow Residents with Painful Commutes

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A Walk In Their Shoes: Leaders Shadow Residents with Painful Commutes - WAMU 88.5

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VFC at WMZQfest

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Vehicles for Change will have a booth at WMZQfest this year!

Stop by our booth at Jiffy Lube Live on June 3rd or fill out the form below* to enter to win a big-screen TV!

WMZQ

 

Donate your car between May 27th and June 3rd and mention WMZQ and you will receive 5 entries for the TV drawing!

The drawing will be held on Monday June 4th and the winner will be announced on Facebook. 

 

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*By filling out this form you are giving Vehicles for Change permission to send promotional materials to your account. You may unsubscribe at any time.

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Spending Too Much on Gas? Increase Your Fuel Economy

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:36 PM

Gas-Saving Tips from British American Auto Care:

  1. Hybrid Vehicles: If you are looking to buy a new vehicle, consider a hybrid vehicle, which uses alternate fuels to help power the vehicle. Hybrid vehicles may cost a little more, but the savings in fuel will easily cover the additional cost. Plus, you will be driving a "green" vehicle, which helps the environment.  Today, a hybrid vehicle performs as well as any gas-powered vehicle, and better if the majority of your driving is in town.
  2. Smaller Vehicle: If you are not ready to buy a hybrid vehicle, consider buying a smaller vehicle. Avoid buying a SUV or a van, as they are the most inefficient vehicles on the road. Their “boxy” shape is less aerodynamic and they are heavier, thereby using far more gas. Visit www.fueleconomy.gov to check out different vehicle gas-mileage ratings.  Make sure to check what grade of fuel the new car will...
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Want to Improve Your Gas Mileage? Change Your Driving Habits

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:36 PM

Improve your gas mileage with these tips from British American Auto Care:

  1. Lower Speeds: Lowering your speed on the highway will save a lot of gas. Today’s cars are manufactured to be most fuel efficient when driven at 55 mph.  Drive at 70 mph, and you will be getting at least 5 percent less, miles-per-gallon, than if you drive at 55 mph.  High speeds use more fuel.
  2. “Light Right”: Control your right foot!  Gentle acceleration and gentle braking can save you up to 10 percent of your gas used. At today’s prices this converts to over 40 cents a gallon. Vehicles are most inefficient when accelerating quickly away from rest. So, take it slowly and save gas. Judge your stopping distance and slow down early when approaching red stop lights; if you don’t have to come to a stop, you will save gas and money.
  3. Air-Conditioner: Using the air conditioner does burn more gas. However, at highway...
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Save Money and Help the Environment

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:36 PM

British American Auto Care

Guest Author: Brian England, Founder of British American Auto Care

In the past we all drove our cars without a second thought to gas costs or the environment. Today, it’s a different story.  Gas prices make us think twice, as should the harm we are causing to the environment by producing green house gases.

How much are your driving habits affecting the environment?

Daily we hear and often respond to TV commercials that encourage us to “change our oil every 3,000 miles.” But, with today’s modern vehicles and current environmental awareness, is that still the best policy?

Well, saving oil, money and reducing your effect on the environment, by extending the time between oil changes - while still maintaining the safety and reliability of your vehicle - sounds like the perfect goal.  But, is it possible? Yes!

Today, many manufacturers recommend changing their vehicles’ engine oil every...

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"I Am All Smiles"

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:36 PM

"I did not want to miss the chance to share what being a part of the Family Self-Sufficiency Program/Vehicles for Change program has meant to me. It's been quite a journey thus far, and I am becoming a better woman for it.

 I have printed out a map, with directions, and the time it took to travel to the daycare in the mornings with my four children. It's strange; I took the journey every morning and evening, and haven't really given it a thought as to the effort that was put into it, morning after morning, and evening after evening. Now that I look back it was only the Strength of God that got me through.

Nicole M.'s route before owning a car

My mornings began promptly at 5:30 am, and if the “snooze” button was being attacked by my fumbling fingers, I’d sleep until 5:45 am. My daughter, Michaela, she’s 10 years old, is very SELF-SUFFICIENT, how ironic. She loves school, and it was never a problem getting her up and ready...

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Vehicles For Change Expects Almost 1,900 Donated Cars by Year’s End

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:36 PM

Vehicles For Change Expects Almost 1,900 Donated Cars by Year’s End

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Precision Tune Auto Care Joins Forces with Vehicles For Change

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:36 PM

Precision Tune Auto Care Joins Forces with Vehicles For Change

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Vehicles For Change Program Offers Discount Car Repairs

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:36 PM

Vehicles For Change Program Offers Discount Car Repairs The Prince George’s County Sentinel

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While Most Nonprofits Are Struggling, Vehicles For Change is doing Better than Ever

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:36 PM

While Most Nonprofits Are Struggling, Vehicles For Change is doing Better than Ever Philip Merrill College of Journalism

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Sour Economy Good For Vehicles For Change

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Sour Economy Good For Vehicles For Change WTOP

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Art Car Promotes Vehicles For Change, which Helps Baltimore-Area Workers who Need Wheels

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:36 PM

Art Car Promotes Vehicles For Change, which Helps Baltimore-Area Workers who Need Wheels Baltimore Brew

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Vehicles for Change Strives to Make Lives Better

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Vehicles for Change Strives to Make Lives Better ABC 2 News

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Steering Low-Income Families on the Road to Recovery

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Steering Low-Income Families on the Road to Recovery The College Park Gazette

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New Wheels Provide Relief For Single Bethesda Mom

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:35 PM

New Wheels Provide Relief For Single Bethesda Mom NBC Washington

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Affordable Cars are Key to Getting Off Public Aid, Study Finds

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:35 PM

Affordable Cars are Key to Getting Off Public Aid, Study Finds L.A. Times

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Vehicles For Change Appoints Suzanne Fischer-Huettner to Board

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:35 PM

Vehicles For Change Appoints Suzanne Fischer-Huettner to Board City Biz List Baltimore

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Shanita Godfrey of Bethesda, Md., Gets New Car Via Vehicles For Change

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:35 PM

Shanita Godfrey of Bethesda, Md., Gets New Car Via Vehicles For Change WUSA-9

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