Habitat for Humanity uses vehicle donations to fund homes
June 18, 2011
NEW — 6 a.m. June 18, 2011
Donating a car, truck, boat or recreational vehicle can help Habitat for Humanity build homes.
The nonprofit organization’s Cars for Homes national vehicle donation program is meant to specifically assist Habitat affiliates by generating funds from the sale of donated vehicles.
Funding is then distributed to affiliates based on the donor’s ZIP code. The local affiliate, Habitat for Humanity of East King County, has received $116,949.54 through the program.
The program started in Washington as a pilot program in November 2003. Habitat for Humanity International made the effort a national program in 2005.
“The contributions we have received through the Cars for Homes program have increased every year, allowing us to build more houses and serve more families in need of an affordable home,” Mary Martin, Habitat for Humanity of East King County resource development director, said in a news release. “This is a wonderful way to support Habitat’s work!”
The organization is building homes at Magnolia Village in the Issaquah Highlands and La Fortuna in Renton.
Call 877-277-4344 toll free or go the program’s website, www.carsforhomes.org, to donate a vehicle to Cars for Homes. In addition, donations may be eligible for a tax deduction.