Have You Heard About Our Vehicle Donation Option?

Donating cash is well known, but did you know you can donate a car? In fact, you can donate almost any vehicle. If it has wheels, you can probably donate it!

The process is convenient and takes the burden off of you. Once you donate the car, it’s fixed up and sold. Whatever the vehicle sells for is your official contribution. It’s an easy process that helps you get rid of old vehicles. Plus, your contribution goes directly to helping people in your community.   

The Transformative Power of Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels is an organization that provides balanced and nutritious meals to homebound seniors. Volunteer drivers deliver meals right to the doorstep of these seniors. However, the organization does more than provide food. These seniors can maintain their independence by providing food, support, and a sense of community.

However, providing food to so many seniors costs money, and federal funding often falls short. That’s where Meals on Wheels of Contra comes in with fundraising support. 

Without donations and fundraising, many seniors would end up on a waitlist. The more money Meals on Wheels can raise, the more meals they can purchase, and the more seniors can start receiving meals.

Benefits of Donating Your Car

The benefits of donating a car, or any vehicle you have sitting around, are enormous. Your contribution not only benefits you but also allows Meals on Wheels of Contra Costa to continue to help provide essential meals to seniors in need.

How does the donation benefit you? Well, when you help others, it helps you! Donating to a great cause can positively impact your mental and physical health. Studies show that helping others can help lower stress and raise self-esteem. They also show that donating money activates the parts of their brain that create dopamine and serotonin. Donating your car can give you a significant mood boost!

Not only that, but you get the immediate benefit of space! Getting an old vehicle out of your driveway or garage opens up space in your life. You could finally clean up your garage or move the car you use in your day-to-day life into the space. And you can get rid of the mental and financial burden as well. You no longer have to worry about the car and what you will do with it. You can stop worrying about spending money on repairs or trying to sell it. A tow truck will come and get the vehicle from you, and it won’t be your problem anymore.

But this donation doesn’t just benefit you! When you donate your vehicle, you’re contributing directly to the Meals on Wheels mission. The money donated from the sale of your vehicle will go to buy meals for those in need and help expand services to more seniors. In the short term, extra money means that more seniors can get meals immediately rather than sitting on a waiting list. In the long term, regularly receiving nutritious meals helps seniors stay healthy and independent.

Both individuals and businesses can donate vehicles or help spread awareness. Word of mouth and business promotions can help spread the word about this fantastic program. Most people don’t know that donating a vehicle to Meals on Wheels is an option, so even talking about it to friends and family is helpful. 

You engage in your community when you try to help those around you, whether by donating or spreading awareness. And engagement enables you to feel a sense of pride and shared responsibility in that community.

Step-by-Step Guide to Donating Your Car

Meals on Wheels of Contra Costa’s partner for vehicle donation is Car Donation Services, Inc. This is a reputable company that helps process and fix up the donated vehicles, as well as helps us handle the donation. Your donated car is handled by the experts, which means less hassle for you! 

The first step is to fill out their online donation form. They will ask for general information about you and your vehicle. It’s helpful at this point to have your vehicle registration and title to help fill this out. 

The next fields will ask about the mechanical issues and descriptions of the body, paint, and interior. Filling these fields out as completely as possible helps Car Donation Services assess your vehicle easier when they receive it. But don’t worry if you aren’t detailed, Car Donation Services will do a complete assessment of the vehicle. 

The most important field to fill out is “Which Charity Would You Like to Donate Your Vehicle.” Make sure to choose Meals on Wheels of Contra Costa, as there are several Meals on Wheels organizations listed! 

Once you have filled out this form and it’s processed, Car Donation Services will then send you the handy Donation Packet, which has all of the forms necessary to complete the vehicle transfer. This can include: 

  • Department of Motor Vehicle Seller forms
  • Donation receipt 

Car Donation Services will contact their preferred towing company to come pick up your vehicle! 

Doesn’t that sound easy? To get started donating your vehicle, fill out their donation form and choose Meals on Wheels of Contra Costa as your nonprofit of choice! 

Helping Meals on Wheels of Contra Costa

Donating a vehicle to Meals on Wheels of Contra Costa can help transform your community. The money from the vehicle sale goes directly to buying nutritious meals for homebound seniors. These meals do more than reduce hunger, though. They provide seniors with independence and dignity. The Meals on Wheels program supports seniors by providing them with food, support, and a sense of community.

If you or someone you know has an unused vehicle sitting around, consider donating it to Meals on Wheels. Remember, a car that’s just a nuisance for you can be a resource for someone else! If you don’t have a vehicle to donate, consider the other ways to donate or help those in your community. 

And from everyone at the Meals on Wheels community: Thank you! We couldn’t do what we do without the help of people like you. The outpouring of support we receive from our community has a lasting impact on the lives of homebound seniors. You only need to look at the faces of the seniors in your community to see how much good you can do in the world.