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  • January 8, 2018

    New Year. New Reasons to make a Car Donation in Columbus.

    Maybe you got a new car as an incredible holiday gift. Or maybe you’re just thinking “new year, new car”. Either way, your pre-loved automobile is going to need a new home. Why not consider a Columbus car donation? It’s the perfect way to serve your community and clear out some space in the garage all at once! Check out 4 reasons you should spring for a new ride and donate your car in Columbus.

  • December 28, 2017

    Learn the 4 Ways Your 2018 New Year’s Resolution Can Better Your Community

    Now is the time to make your New Year’s resolutions. Need some inspiration? Look no further. Set a goal to be more charitable this year, and start by making a Columbus car donation. Here’s why!

  • December 21, 2017

    The Easy Way You Can Help Homeless Veterans in Ohio during the 2017 Winter Solstice

    Today is the Winter Solstice, meaning the days get shorter and the nights get longer. In these icy temps, homeless veterans are suffering more than you can imagine. A Cleveland car donation goes a long way to help those in need. Here’s how!

  • December 15, 2017

    ‘Tis the Season for Giving, But Do You Know What The Greatest Gift of All Is?

    It’s officially gifting season, and Volunteers of America of Greater Ohio has the gifting inspiration you need: donate your car in Columbus! Here are just a few reasons why your auto donation is the perfect gift for your community.

  • December 14, 2017

    Thrift Tips: 5 Ways to (Nail) Polish Up Your Thrift Finds

    Part of the fun of thrifting is finding items you can transform. Best of all, so many items can be, ahem, polished up, with a couple coats of nail polish. If you're looking for new ways to put that epic nail polish collection to good use, then you're in luck. Check out five of the top items you can use nail polish on to make your thrift finds even more beautiful.

  • December 13, 2017

    8 Thrift Store Hacks From a Professional Thrifter

    Capri, from Craftinista Girl, shares her tried and true thrifting tips that will help you save you time, money and find hidden gems within the thrift store aisles.

  • November 21, 2017

    Give Thanks. Give Back.

    Thanksgiving is around the corner, which translates to: spending time with friends and family, enjoying a huge meal, and sitting around the TV watching all the parades and football your eyeballs can handle.

  • November 17, 2017

    Holiday Road

    Holiday season is upon us, which means: holiday road trips! You may be trekking to visit family in some faraway places, and in some pretty iffy and unpredictable weather, too (this is Ohio, after all).

  • November 10, 2017

    The Best Way to Celebrate Veterans Day

    November 11 is a very important day in the United States; it’s a day to recognize and celebrate those who have served to protect our country. All veterans, old and young, whether they’ve served in the Navy, Army, Air Force, in Vietnam or in Afghanistan; deserve to be honored.

  • October 18, 2017

    Follow the Stars: Celebs Who Have Donated Cars

    A Cleveland car donation to Volunteers of America could get you celeb status! Follow the lead of mega stars who have contributed to causes they hold dear.

  • October 10, 2017

    World Mental Health Day

    So many could benefit from our help; a simple auto donation is an excellent way to support those in need on World Mental Health Day.​

  • September 22, 2017

    It’s the First Day of Fall!

    The start of fall calls for consistent driving to and from work and school. And because winter is next, now is the time to get ahead on those safety inspections and updates.

  • September 14, 2017

    Fall Decorations You Can Upcycle from your local Columbus Thrift Store

    Thrift stores in Columbus are full of so many things you can use to decorate with around the house. With a little upcycling you can give all your thrifted finds a new life. Learn how to transform everyday items into fall decorations that will wow all of the trick-or-treaters.

  • September 11, 2017

    Remembering 9/11

    Today we remember. Show your respect for post 9/11 veterans by giving back in the form of an auto donation. They fought for us then, they fight for us now.

  • August 25, 2017

    The Ultimate Thrift Guide

    Finding that perfect piece might take a little time and effort. Here are some pro-tips to help you maximize and navigate your experience.

  • August 22, 2017

    Back to School

    Back to school means new clothes, new supplies and... new car? Donate your car and ride back to school in style.

  • August 16, 2017

    Summer is Sailing Away

    There are plenty of reasons to donate your car. Did you know there are just as many reasons to donate your boat besides boating season coming to a close.

  • August 15, 2017

    Top 10 Thrift Store Shopping Tips

    Learn how to make the most of every shopping trip to your Ohio thrift store so you can score the best finds at the lowest prices.

  • August 10, 2017

    Next Stop: New Car

    You can always sell your car and get a new one, but donating it is much more rewarding. Here's why.

  • July 26, 2017

    One Major Reason to Ditch Your Car This Summer

    Here’s why you should find alternative transportation to the festivals this year and consider making an Ohio car donation for a party-worthy cause.

  • July 20, 2017

    No-Sew DIY T-Shirt Tote Bag

    With this easy do-it-yourself tote, you can skip the plastic bags next time you check-out at your local thrift store. This simple bag takes just 30 minutes to make, cost less than $5 and only requires scissors and a T-shirt. Whoa, does it get any easier?

  • July 17, 2017

    The Perfect Wedding Gift

    Maybe the bride and groom gave you a registry’s worth of ideas to go off of, and maybe they didn’t. Either way, we have the perfect wedding present in mind.

  • July 4, 2017


    There’s no better birthday party on earth! But what do you get the guest of honor? We recommend the gift that keeps on giving.

  • June 26, 2017

    Help Others. Help Yourself: The Benefits of Being Charitable.

    As it turns out, there are several health benefits that result from charitable acts. Give back, and start feeling great, today!

  • June 21, 2017

    Tips to be a Thrifty Camper this Summer

    Did you know June is National Camping Month? I love to go camping all across Ohio. There’s so many beautiful camp sites to choose from. Best of all, I’m able to find a lot of my camping supplies at Volunteers of America thrift stores.

  • June 19, 2017

    7 Reasons Donating to Thrift Stores is Better Than Hosting a Yard Sale

    Debbie is here to tell you how to save yourself the headache of a yard sale this summer by donating your old clothes and unwanted items to your local thrift store.

  • June 16, 2017

    Make Dad Happy

    Just help him clean the garage already (and donate the car, while you’re at it).

  • June 14, 2017

    Old Glory. New Car.

    Celebrating Flag Day should mean celebrating those who have fought to defend it. How can you contribute? Donating your car in Columbus helps veterans and their families in a number of ways.

  • May 29, 2017

    Honor Veterans this Memorial Day by Donating your Car

    Skip the cookout this year. Paying homage to our nation’s fallen soldiers is the best way to celebrate the holiday.

  • May 25, 2017

    Tips for snagging all the picnic gear from your Volunteers of America Thrift Store

    Volunteers of America thrift stores in Columbus, Ohio have what you need for the perfect spring picnic

  • May 19, 2017

    5 Reasons to Donate Your Car This Summer

    There are plenty of reasons why you should think about donating your car, boat, RV or motorcycle to Volunteers of America of Greater Ohio this summer. We put together a list of five, and saving money is one of them!

  • May 12, 2017

    Spend your Mother's Day Giving Back

    Your mother is the pinnacle of your world, so make Mom proud and spread the love. Give back to your community this Mother’s Day.

  • April 20, 2017

    Why Being Homeless in the Spring is Worse Than Any Other Season

    Being homeless doesn't get easier as the weather gets warmer. In fact, it gets harder. Donating your car to Volunteers of America gives us the chance to change that.

  • April 11, 2017

    Spring Cleaning? Donate these items instead of throwing them away.

    Instead of tossing items out, consider donating. It’s great for your peace of mind, and it helps the community.

  • March 31, 2017

    Selling Your Car is Better Than Donating It. April Fools!

    Donating your car is easy, tax deductible, healthy, and costs you nothing.

  • March 23, 2017

    It’s National Medal of Honor Day!

    National Medal of Honor Day is today. The Auto Auction of Columbus, Ohio is a major supporter of the programs that benefit veterans in need.

  • March 14, 2017

    Why Does Everyone Want Me to Donate My Car?

    Help provide essential support to organizations who rely on community donations

  • March 2, 2017

    Happy National Old Stuff Day!

    Learn why Cleveland car donations are a perfect way to celebrate.

  • February 10, 2017

    Random Acts of Kindness Start with a Car Donation

    By donating your car, you offer kindness to one of the communities most in need, the homeless.

  • February 10, 2017

    Love with a Mission: Meet the VOA’s Car Donation Fairy

    This Valentine's Day, give real love and make a difference in the life of a homeless person with the car donation fairy.

  • January 24, 2017

    Why a Car Donation is a Game Changer for the Homeless in Cleveland this Winter

    Learn below about some of the greatest challenges facing the homeless this winter and how your car donation can make a crucial difference.

  • January 13, 2017

    Help the Homeless by Donating Your Car in Cleveland This New Year

    Who would have thought donating your car had such positive impact on the homeless? Learn shocking facts about what it means to be homeless and how easy it is to help.

  • January 6, 2017

    ​New Year. New Car.

    If you're ready to make room in your garage for a new car, consider donating your old one. You may receive more in tax deductions than if you sold it privately. Here are three reasons you should upgrade and donate in 2017.

  • December 26, 2016

    ​Include Your Columbus Car Donation on Your 2016 Tax Deductions

    Your days are numbered to add some deductions to your tax filing for 2016. Meet the deadline with ease with VOAGO by donating your car with a same-day, free tow. All you have to do is make the decision to give. We handle the rest.

  • December 23, 2016

    Christmas Gifts Found at Thrift Shops in Cleveland

    We've put together a list of thrift gifts that they'll never suspect cost you so little.

  • November 20, 2017

    Affordable Christmas Gifts Found at the Thrift Store

    We've put together a list of thrift gifts that they'll never suspect cost you so little.

  • November 19, 2017

    Three Ways to Start a Tradition of Giving During the Holidays with Volunteers of America

    Make giving back to your community a part of your family holiday traditions with Volunteers of America of Greater Ohio.

  • April 5, 2017

    A Thrift Store Guide to Cleaning Your House and Declutter Your Home

    What exactly does "getting rid" and "tiding up" look like? Here's how to decide what to give and what to truly discard.

  • November 28, 2016

    5 Veterans That Are Thankful For Your Car Donation This Thanksgiving

    Before you probably had time to prepare for it, Thanksgiving fell upon us. While the whole country pauses for gratitude during this time of year, there are a few thankful hearts you may not have the opportunity to hear from.

  • November 18, 2016

    6 Things That Cleveland is Doing Right by Ohio

    Known for a long time as The Mistake on the Lake and the place quarterbacks go to get injured, Cleveland, Ohio has spent much of 2016 rewriting your opinion of her. Here are the six things all Ohioans are glad the CLE has been up to.

  • November 16, 2016

    5 Dramatic Thrift Store Transformations

    For the DIY champions out there, sometimes inspiration comes easiest after seeing what others have done. Simply seeing what’s possible can be enough to get your creative juices flowing and psych you up to take on a project that you’ll love for years to come. So if you’re ready to tackle a new project, check these projects out before you head out to one of our Columbus, Ohio thrift stores and be inspired and get working!

  • November 11, 2016

    Donate Your Car to Honor Veterans

    Today we honor America today by recognizing the men and women who serve to protect the freedoms we have today. This is a day where the nation stands collectively to say, “thank you for your service.” One practical way to show your support for our nation’s veterans this year is to donate your car, truck, van or automobile.

  • November 4, 2016

    Thrift Store Questions Answered

    So you’re ready to head to a thrift shop in Columbus, Ohio and you’ve got some questions? Here’s real answers from the thrift community. Here are the best questions and most helpful answers from the thrift community of shoppers from across the whole country.

  • October 26, 2016

    How auto donations in Columbus are bringing help for the homeless

    The percentage of families in homeless shelters has dropped 15% nationwide, but has risen 7% in Columbus. Many factors contribute to homelessness, including the cost of housing, insufficient pay wages, and a lack of resources within the community to sustain already full shelters. But there are other contributing factors to homelessness that you may not have considered. See how donating your vehicle can help the homeless in Columbus.

  • October 11, 2016

    The Columbus Auto Auction’s Top 5 Listings for October 2016

    Every vehicle donated to Volunteers of America goes to the Columbus Auto Auction to be sold. After a vehicle is bought, the funds from that sale support the worthwhile programs that help homeless veterans and young offenders on their way to becoming productive members of society once again. The following vehicles will be found at the auction this Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 5640 W. Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio, 43228.

  • April 13, 2017

    The most profitable thrift store shopping trips ever

    Thrift store shopping is often considered a modern-day treasure hunt. Every piece uncovered is a one of a kind find that you can take home for an affordable price. For the lucky patrons we’ll meet below, a trip to the thrift store turned into a major profit. See what they uncovered and why you should keep an eye out at your next trip to Volunteers of America.

  • October 4, 2016

    How car donations can make Cleveland great again

    Cleveland’s proud citizens are doing their part to put a hard strike through the cursed reputation it used to carry. How? Simple: car donations. Let’s take a look at how you can be a LeBron and do your part to bring honor back to Cleveland, Ohio simply by donating your car.

  • September 23, 2016

    5 Car Donation Stories to Restore Your Faith in Humanity

    Volunteers of America has always been committed to a mission of encouragement and optimism in Toledo and all of Greater Ohio. Check out these stories of communities rallying around their citizens through car donations, and how you can join the movement.

  • September 21, 2016

    14 Major Thrift Shop Wins From Volunteers of America Thrift Stores Around Ohio

    One of the best tips for heading into a thrift shop is to keep an open mind and your eyes peeled for unique items because you never know what will turn up. The following 14 items were found at Volunteers of America thrift stores all over Ohio and we are so glad these shoppers documented their finds on Instagram for all of us to see. Check out the hilarious, bizarre and share-worthy items that these thrift shoppers found!

  • September 14, 2016

    Top 5 Cars at the Columbus Auto Auction for September 2016

    End of the summer auto auction! When you donate a vehicle to Volunteers of America, the car goes to the Columbus Auto Auction to be sold. When it sells, those funds go to support programs that help homeless veterans and young offenders on their way to becoming productive members of society once again. The following vehicles will be sold at the auction Saturday, September 17, 2016 at 5640 W. Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio, 43228.

  • August 31, 2016

    Does It Make Financial Sense To Donate Your Car in Toledo Ohio?

    So you want to get rid of your vehicle. And of course, you want to make a decision that is the best for your wallet. Let us walk you through the option to donate your car in Toledo, Ohio, and why it’s a smart financial decision—as well as a philanthropic one.

  • August 6, 2017

    How to Shop the Thrift Store and Dress your Best for Any Occasion

    For any occasion, thrift stores in Columbus, Ohio have what you need to dress your best. We all like to look our best—but we can’t always afford the pieces we want with the budget we have. The thrift store is an affordable alternative to get quality items for your wardrobe like unique statement pieces or reliable staples. We want to help all of Columbus, Ohio and beyond find what you need for any life event.

  • March 1, 2017

    Furnish Your Dorm or Apartment for Under $100 at Columbus Thrift Stores

    Thrift stores in Columbus neighborhoods can save the day—and your budget (while helping you maintain your style, too!). Outside of the excitement, moving into a dorm or apartment can be a hectic moment in time, not to mention an expensive one. For $100, you can purchase several items you need at your local thrift store; spending $100 at a department store would cover just a portion of your needs.

  • August 22, 2016

    The truth about homelessness: How your car donation is changing lives in Cincinnati

    Your car donation contributes to programs in Cincinnati and other areas in Ohio that support people who need shelter and resources. When donating your car to the Volunteers of America, you help the homeless. That’s why we’d like to clear up any misconceptions you might have about homelessness—we want you to know your contribution supports a meaningful cause and people in need, in Cincinnati and beyond.

  • August 5, 2016

    Behind the Scenes of the Car Donation Fairy Campaign

    Who will help Volunteers of America of Greater Ohio get people to donate a car? The Car Donation Fairy. This summer, we started to think outside the box about how to increase awareness about our auto donation program and how to get people to remember Volunteers of America of Greater Ohio when the time is right to donate.

  • August 4, 2016

    5 Reasons Why Selling Your Car is Good, but Donating Your Car is Better

    Confused about what do do with your old car? We think donating your car is the best option for your vehicle, not selling it. If you’re in this predicament, we’re hoping to make the process easier by providing a rundown of options for selling your car and then share with you why donating is actually your best option.

  • October 20, 2017

    The Best Repurposed Thrift Store Art Ever

    The following artists have all found inspiration in their local thrift shops. By adding their own unique touches to the art found in thrift stores, they transform mundane scenes into sensational landscapes that are as entertaining as they are inspiring.

  • July 28, 2016

    Infographic - Where does the money go when you donate a car in Ohio?

    Check out our infographic illustrating how the money from each donated car gets used to impact the lives of those in your community. See where the funds go after you donate your vehicle to Volunteers of America now!

  • July 25, 2016

    10 Best Automotive Podcasts

    Finding information about cars just got so much easier—and a lot more fun. Maybe you love anything with an engine. Maybe you are looking for a new ride. Maybe you want to donate your car. Whatever the situation, this list of the top ten automotive podcasts will entertain, inform, and probably make you laugh out loud.

  • July 22, 2016

    Our Favorite Ohio Thrift Store Bloggers

    We love thrift store bloggers and we love Ohio. Following their discoveries is almost as fun as thrifting itself. After rummaging through Ohio thrift stores, these bloggers describe their treasures and what they plan to do with them. Read on to see how these Ohio thrift bloggers do it!

  • June 16, 2016

    Top 5 Vehicles for a Summer Road Trip in Ohio

    Donate your car and upgrade your family vehicle to one of these new beauties. School is out and families are gearing up for summer vacation. Whether you’re packing up the car to head down to grandma’s house in Southern Ohio or preparing for a cross country trip to Wally World, you and your family need a trusty vehicle to get you there safely and affordably.

  • May 31, 2016

    Demolition Derby: The Definitive Guide to 2016 Demolition Derbies in Ohio

    It’s demolition derby season in Ohio. This comprehensive list of 2016 derbies has all the details you need to catch the demolition derby games you crave. Summers are for county fairs, festivals and good ol’ fashioned fun. Plan your derby season now.

  • May 26, 2016

    Some good news: Unemployment rates for veterans at all-time low

    Those who have served in our armed forces often face undue economic hardship after they return. For example, one in five homeless people is a veteran. Support our efforts to help veterans through a Dayton car donation.

  • May 20, 2016

    ‘The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up’ offers advice to end the clutter

    Find out how your Cincinnati car donation fits in with the KonMari method of decluttering. When Marie Kondo wrote “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing,” first released in 2014, few could have predicted what a phenomenon it would become. Get the basics here now.

  • May 10, 2016

    Donate your car in Cincinnati and help homeless veterans

    Cincinnati is among the highest in the state for homeless veterans. It’s a shameful fact, but veterans are more likely than the average person to end up homeless on the streets of the country they served. But, believe it or not, you can help if you donate your car in Cincinnati.

  • May 4, 2016

    How your Cleveland car donation can help juvenile offenders on the road to employment

    Some mistakes early in life can make it more difficult to be successful as an adult. Our Cleveland car donation program supports the Face Forward 2 Program and aims to help young offenders on the road to steady employment.

  • April 29, 2016

    Spring cleaning, Cincinnati? Consider a car donation

    If you’ve got an unused car out there, consider donating it to Volunteers of America. You not only get a huge jump on your spring cleaning and free up some needed storage space, your Cincinnati car donation helps your community.

  • April 25, 2016

    How your Columbus car donation can benefit you next Tax Day

    As another tax season has passed, it’s a good time to start thinking about next year’s taxes. Whether you’re an early filer or the sort who is burning the midnight oil right up until the deadline, you can start planning now for ways to get the most out of your return next year. Your Columbus car donation doesn’t just fuel our programs to help change lives. It can make financial sense for you next tax season.

  • April 21, 2016

    Five vehicles you can find at a Volunteers of America Auto Auction in Columbus

    Your donated vehicle funds our programs via our auto auctions that take place every other Saturday in Columbus at 5640 W. Broad St. If you’ve ever wondered what sort of vehicles you can find at our auction, here are five examples from a recent auction.

  • April 18, 2016

    Help homeless children with your Columbus car donation

    In our own backyard, more than 47,500 children in Ohio experience homelessness. We have a long way to go in this state to end this problem. No child should ever live on the streets, and one effective way to help is by donating your car in Columbus to Volunteers of America.

  • April 8, 2016

    Four amazing ways your car donation can help Dayton

    If you have a car you don’t want or need any more, there are many different ways to get rid of it, but perhaps none will more directly help your community than donating it to Volunteers of America of Greater Ohio. That’s because, to put it simply, your Dayton car donation funds many important programs at the Volunteers of America.

  • April 4, 2016

    Donate your car and help rehabilitate ex-offenders in Ohio

    If you have an unused or unwanted car, your decision to donate your car to Volunteers of America of Greater Ohio can go a long way to support our ex-offender rehabilitation programs. Even if your car doesn’t run any more, it can still help make Ohio a better place.

  • March 30, 2016

    So you want to donate your car in Cincinnati?

    So you’ve decided you want to donate your car in Cincinnati. That’s great news. Your simple car donation can positively affect a lot of people in Cincinnati through the programs of Volunteers of America.

  • March 24, 2016

    Donate your car in Cleveland to help young homeless men

    As winter loosens its grip on Cleveland and the weather gets warmer, it’s easy to forget about the pervasive problem of homelessness, but it’s a plight that requires year-round attention. Believe it or not, your Cleveland car donation can help fight the problem of homelessness in your community. (And it is very much a problem.)

  • March 16, 2016

    Who should I donate my car to in Cincinnati?

    It’s 2016, and you’ve made a big decision: You’re finally going to clean out your garage and make it a practice space for your new cover band! One quick and easy way to clean out your garage is to donate any underused, dust-gathering vehicles in it to charity. When it comes to selecting which charity to donate your car to, however, the options can be overwhelming. That’s where we come in.

  • March 11, 2016

    Helping homeless youth by donating your car

    Homelessness can become a reality for anyone, but did you know, according to a 2012 study conducted by the Williams Institute, LGBT youth make up only 10 percent of the general population, while making up 40 percent of the homeless population.

  • March 8, 2016

    Why Ohio lawmakers are meeting to help homeless veterans

    In January, The Columbus Dispatch reported that state lawmakers are meeting to ensure that military veterans who received a less than honorable discharge will not face extra hardships when they return home.

  • March 3, 2016

    How to donate your car and impact your community

    Time is a valuable resource that is in short supply for many of us. Though most people want to help their community, it often feels impossible to carve out the time necessary to make an impact. Volunteers of America of Greater Ohio makes it simple to donate your vehicle and support on-going programs like youth education, food pantries, veteran housing and more.

  • February 24, 2016

    When winter storms strike, homeless men, women and children are the hardest hit

    With record-breaking snowstorms sweeping across much of the country, keeping homeless men, women and children safe and warm is easier said than done. When snow, ice and frigid temperatures make life on the streets uncomfortable and unsafe, many homeless Ohioans seek refuge in their local shelter systems.

  • February 17, 2016

    Donating your vehicle to Volunteers of America of Greater Ohio creates better communities

    Meet the people your Cleveland car donation is helping. Donating your unused or unwanted vehicle to Volunteers of America of Greater Ohio doesn’t just clear space in your garage, it also changes lives. Volunteers of America of Greater Ohio offers social service programs, including youth education, food pantries, veteran housing and more.

  • February 12, 2016

    Helping a hero is as easy as donating your car

    Our country’s veterans have selflessly served to protect and defend, but these brave men and women are twice as likely to experience chronic homelessness than the average citizen. Volunteers of America of Greater Ohio aims to end homelessness among veterans, and you can help.

  • February 9, 2016

    Your donation could change an entire life

    Thinking about de-cluttering your life by donating unwanted items or a vehicle? What if your donation could change a life? Donating to Volunteers of America of Greater Ohio doesn’t just clear out closet space, it actively improves your community.

  • February 2, 2016

    Resolving to help kids succeed

    Help children in your community by supporting Volunteers of America’s after-school programs for homeless and at-risk youth. Ohio is home to more than 47,500 homeless children, and according to a study by the National Center on Family Homelessness, the Buckeye State ranks 27th in its handling of the problem of child homelessness.

  • February 1, 2016

    How an auto auction in Columbus, Ohio fulfills Volunteers of America’s founding pledge to help

    Ballington and Maud Booth founded Volunteers Of America in 1896 with a mission to "go wherever we are needed and do whatever comes to hand," as well to “reach and uplift” the American people. Now, more than a century later, their words still define the organization.

  • January 29, 2016

    Donate your car in Cincinnati and make a real difference

    Cincinnati is no stranger to thrift stores. Are you looking to donate something a little bigger, like a car? Volunteers of America’s Donate My Car program funds many of our services. When you donate your vehicle (we also take RVs, tractors, motorcycles, boats, and pretty much anything with a motor), you are helping support these crucial programs in your community.

  • January 26, 2016

    How your Dayton car donation can help the homeless this winter

    So far this winter, the weather has been the highest ever recorded, with only little hints of snowflakes yet to come. However, the snow and cold will come eventually, and when they do, they will hit Ohio’s homeless population especially hard.

  • January 25, 2016

    Six ways Volunteers of America relies on Donate My Car programs to fund its services

    Volunteers of America’s Donate My Car program funds many of our most-used and popular services. When you donate your vehicle (we also take RVs, tractors, motorcycles, boats, and pretty much anything with a motor) to Volunteers of America, you are helping to support these six (and many other) crucial programs in your community.

  • January 21, 2016

    Donating your car is the easiest way to give back in 2016

    Get a jump-start on your resolution to help others with Volunteers of America of Greater Ohio by donating your car in 2016.

  • January 18, 2016

    Want to see how your Cincinnati car donation helps others? Take a tour.

    Want to see how your Cincinnati car donation helps others? Take a tour and and first-hand how your support and engagement helps individuals and families work toward independent lives.

  • January 11, 2016

    I've decided to donate my car. What's next?

    When you donate an old or unused vehicle to Volunteers of America of Greater Ohio, you help create a ripple effect of positive change in the lives of individuals and communities we serve, including the homeless, jobless, youth, veterans and more.

  • January 4, 2016

    ​All the reasons you should consider donating to VOAGO thrift stores in Cleveland

    You never know quite what you are going to find when you step into your local VOAGO thrift store. But chances are you will find something you value. And, more importantly, your purchase will be of value to the greater Cleveland community.

  • December 28, 2015

    Your Dayton car donation helps homeless veterans stay warm this winter

    One in five homeless adults is a veteran, and in the U.S., the number of homeless Vietnam-era veterans is higher than the number of service persons who died during the Vietnam War. Learn how donating your car can help those in need.

  • December 21, 2015

    Your Dayton car donation helps homeless veterans stay warm this winter

    As the days grow significantly colder and shorter, many homeless veterans migrate from the streets to their local shelter systems to escape the harsh weather. Unfortunately, however, the demand for shelter is often much greater than the supply. Learn how you can help.

  • December 14, 2015

    Dayton car donation helps after-school programs

    Schools and after-school programs provide comfort, safety and stability to children whose daily lives are anything but predictable. We are committed to helping homeless children receive educational opportunities that will help them escape the cycle of poverty.

  • December 7, 2015

    Cincinnati car donation helps homeless veterans during the holidays

    Hundreds of homeless veterans spend their holidays on the streets, with no shelter, family or meals in sight. Learn how you can help.

  • November 30, 2015

    Why you should volunteer with your kids

    You might've heard volunteering is good for you, but did you know your kids can benefit as well? Yep, and there's some actual science to back that up too.

  • November 20, 2015

    Ohioans are hungry: Here's how you can help

    Despite stereotypes to the contrary, half of all Ohio households that sought help at a food bank were employed in the last year. Learn how you can help the homeless today.

  • November 13, 2015

    Donate your car to help victims of domestic violence

    National Domestic Violence Awareness Month might have come and gone with the passing of October, but helping victims of domestic violence doesn't stop there. There are many ways to help. From donating to a charity, to wearing purple, to volunteering at a local domestic violence shelter.

  • October 29, 2015

    Top Five Things You Didn’t Know About Today’s Veterans

    There are currently more than 22 million veterans in the United States. About nine percent of them are or will be homeless at some point during any given year. Read on to learn 5 things you may not have known about our veterans.

  • October 29, 2015

    Returning home: What it’s like for U.S. veterans

    Learn about what it's like for soldiers to walk on American soil again after fighting abroad, how they handle the transition, and how pains are eased through support, programs and your donations.

  • October 29, 2015

    Donate your car to support homeless veterans this fall

    Veterans are twice as likely to experience chronic homelessness in their lifetime than the average American civilian. Learn how you can help today by giving a personal care kit, donating your car, or participating in the You Are My Hero campaign.

  • October 6, 2015

    Help Volunteers of America provide nutrition education

    As childhood obesity continues to affect children and adolescents in our country, donate your car to Volunteers of America to support services and programs, such as nutrition education for area kids.

  • October 1, 2015

    Donate your car or give back in a way that’s as creative as you

    Donations come in all shapes and sizes at Volunteers of America of Greater Ohio. That means that you have lots of options to help make a difference in someone’s life.

  • September 28, 2015

    Giving back can be good for your health. So now you’re asking, “How Do I Donate My Car?”

    Studies have found that giving back boosts self-esteem, lowers your stress level, lowers chances of depression, increases overall happiness, and lengthens your lifespan.

  • September 24, 2015

    The financial benefits of Dayton car donation

    As the scrap metal prices hit an all time low, how do you get anything in return for your broken down vehicle? Through Dayton car donation you could get more than you would selling it for parts.

  • September 15, 2015

    Cincinnati car donation helps to rehabilitate ex-offenders

    Our residential reentry program helps ex-offenders transition home. By donating your vehicle to Volunteers of America of Greater Ohio, you can help these men and women become productive members of society.

  • September 9, 2015

    Cleveland car donation provides art therapy to veterans in need

    Through contributions such as Cleveland car donation we are able to support veterans struggling with mental illnesses using art therapy and other resources.

  • August 25, 2015

    Ohio car shows that will motivate you to search “donate my car”

    After cruising into this summer's Ohio car shows, you'll be motivated to search "donate my car." By donating your vehicle to Volunteers of America you're helping those in need.

  • August 18, 2015

    Donate Your Car in Ohio and Help Kids Returning to School

    Donate your car in Ohio to help at-risk children returning to school in your community. When Volunteers of America of Greater Ohio sells your car at auction, the proceeds go to after-school programs that support and educate kids in our housing programs.

  • August 2, 2017

    Consider Ohio car donation on National Thrift Shopping Day

    August 17 is National Thrift Shopping Day! Here’s a look at some things you may come across when you shop at one of our thrift stores.

  • July 30, 2015

    Questions answered: Things you should donate this summer, including your vehicle

    I’ll be answering your questions on what to donate and what not to this summer. Did you know you could receive a greater value for your vehicle on your tax return as a charitable contribution to the VOAGO? It beats having to worry about having to sell your vehicle!

  • July 24, 2015

    Cincinnati Car Donation Provides Hope for Ohio’s Female Veterans

    Find out how the Veteran Affairs department and other government agencies are not doing enough to support women who have served our country, and how your Cincinnati car donation can help female veterans.

  • June 25, 2015

    Can I Donate My Car to Feed Hungry Kids?

    For children who rely on free and reduced-price school meals, summer means little access to nutritious food. It means stretched budgets and empty bellies. How can you help?

  • July 12, 2017

    Six Ways the Whole Family Can Help the Homeless This Summer

    From dehydration and heat stroke, to general exhaustion and athlete’s foot, the risks of exposure to the sun and scorching temperatures of summer pose an enormous threat to thousands. This is the reality of Ohio’s homeless population.

  • June 11, 2015

    Celebrating Flag Day 2015 in Ohio

    Find out how clicking “donate my car” can help Volunteers of America of Greater Ohio continue to support those who have so bravely fought for our flag.

  • May 28, 2015

    Who Am I Helping If I Donate My Car?

    Think of five people in your life, including yourself. At least one of the five is struggling with a mental health condition. Yet, often, deep-rooted fear keeps them from seeking help.

  • May 26, 2015

    How Your Dayton Car Donation Gives A Single Mom Hope

    Darla's family lives in Volunteers of America of Greater Ohio’s permanent supportive housing. And your car donation helped them establish their new normalcy.

  • May 22, 2015

    Celebrate Ohio’s veterans in your community

    There’s an activity for every family, from memorial races to donating your car. Check out these events happening around Ohio this weekend.

  • May 19, 2015

    Dayton Car Donation Puts Homeless Into Houses

    A study published in March by University of North Carolina Charlotte (UNCC) further cements VOAGO's efforts.

  • May 15, 2015

    Your Cincinnati Car Donation Benefits Mental Health Awareness

    Help end stigma during May’s Mental Health Month

  • May 12, 2015

    Your Summer To-Do List, Cincinnati: Car Donation and Garage Sale

    Now’s your time. With sunnier Saturdays and Sundays come the savvy sale shoppers, rummaging for treasure. From selling your old love seat to making a car donation, it's time to clean house.

  • April 28, 2015

    Your Cleveland Car Donation Rehabilitates Youth Offenders

    Think back to every job application you’ve completed. A question that could slip under your radar as just another mindless probe can mean the difference between enough money for rent and another night on the street

  • April 13, 2017

    A thrifted wedding means married with money to spare

    Planning a wedding can seem daunting, but with my help, you’ll see how easy – and fun – it can really be.

  • April 21, 2015

    How to declutter your house and garage

    After this clean sweep, you’ll feel rejuvenated after you’ve tackled sorting, organizing and donating. Let’s shake off the winter to give summer your all.

  • April 10, 2015

    Thank You to Our Volunteers

    Volunteers of America was founded in the name of volunteerism. Literally. Advocates Ballington and Maud Booth envisioned a social reformation movement dedicated to “reaching and uplifting” every single American, pledging in 1896 to “go wherever we are needed, and do whatever comes to hand.”

  • April 7, 2015

    The Lives Behind PTSD

    Imagine leaving with the distinguished mission to serve your country, only to come back to find everything changed: your friends, your family, your hometown. For some veterans, that’s reality, and the jarring switch from military to civilian life can often create the perfect storm for post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

  • April 1, 2015

    What your Columbus car donation and International Children’s Book Day have in common

    International Children's Book Day (ICBD) is celebrated annually on April 2 to inspire a love of reading and to call attention to children's books, but not every child is granted the opportunity to own books they can cherish.

  • March 30, 2015

    2014 Annual Report: All in a year’s work

    Another year down, more lives changed because of your generosity. We all have a story, and you played a role in someone else’s story. Whether we realize it or not, we have the opportunity to make a positive impact in someone’s life.

  • March 29, 2015

    Join the effort to bring a home to every Columbus family

    If you’re paying attention to national news, our country’s economic climate seems as if it’s traversing the upswing—more jobs created, more employed and more families with children in homes. But, carefully remove your rose-colored glasses when looking through your back door.

  • March 26, 2015

    Rethink Homeless: The Working Poor

    “Why don’t they just get a job?” A question you hear, or perhaps might have even thought, while passing an individual asking for spare change, stooped against a downtown building, surrounded by his few belongings. But, despite long-standing belief, many of the 2,500 individuals and families who reside in our shelters and housing facilities work, or regularly go out in search of employment.

  • March 23, 2015

    Help us continue our work by making an Ohio car donation

    Welcome to the new and improved Volunteers of America of Greater Ohio website. This updated iteration of our website is faster, more intuitive and has a fresh, modern look.

  • March 20, 2015

    Your donation will help fund programs that assist female veterans

    Women have undoubtedly help shape the world we know today. From Florence Nightingale, to Rosa Parks, to Mother Teresa, women have always played an vital role in history.

  • February 26, 2015

    How Your Cincinnati Car Donation Can Help The Homeless Through A Frigid Winter

    Driving through hazardous weather to work, shoveling snow and skyrocketing gas bills are just a few of the everyday annoyances we have to put up with when living in the midwest.

  • February 24, 2015

    Our New Ohio Auto Auction Website

    One of the most critical methods Volunteers of America of Greater Ohio uses to fund our services for the homeless, veterans, and families in need is our car donation and auction programs located in Cleveland, Cincinnati, Dayton and Columbus.

  • February 20, 2015

    New Veterans and Families First Programs Open in Cleveland and Dayton

    In 2010, President Obama and the Department of Veteran’s Affairs announced an effort to eliminate veteran homelessness by 2015 known as the Ending Veteran Homelessness initiative.

  • February 11, 2015

    Could your Ohio car donation help end veteran homelessness in 2015?

    In November of 2009, President Obama and Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki announced an ambitious five-year program that would aim to end veteran homelessness in the year 2015.

  • February 6, 2015

    Random Acts of Kindness Week: Help make the world a better place

    This Feb. 9-15 marks the annual international Random Acts of Kindness Week. This week-long celebration is designed to encourage people to make the world a better place through unsolicited acts of selflessness and generosity.

  • February 2, 2015

    Cleveland Car Donation Can Help Homeless College Students

    Every winter and spring break, many of America’s 21 million college students leave campus and return to their parents or relatives’ homes to take a short rest from studying - but not every student has that luxury.

  • January 30, 2015

    Your Cincinnati Car Donation Can Help Veterans Return to Civilian Life

    Today alone, approximately 550 men and women of the armed forces will return home to their families and civilian lives. And, while that number may sound quite high, over the next half-decade it will remain the norm.

  • January 26, 2015

    Ohio Car Donation Can Help America’s Fastest Growing Homeless Population

    Is our government’s current definition of ‘homeless’ accurate? There exists a major discrepancy in how homeless children in America are counted.

  • January 20, 2015

    5 Reasons The Poor Stay Poor

    Everyone likes a good rags to riches story, whether it be a fairytale like Aladdin, or real accounts of celebrities who used to be poor, or even homeless.

  • January 16, 2015

    As Homelessness Declines, Housing Insecurity Rises

    As we look forward to 2015, a recent report has given us some hopeful news for the new year. According to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, (HUD) the total number of homelessness individuals sleeping in homeless shelters or in the street has decreased by 11 percent since 2010.

  • January 12, 2015

    First Volunteers of America Donation Drop-Off Center Opens in Pickerington

    On Nov. 24, Volunteers of America of Greater Ohio held a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of its first-ever donation drop-off center in Ohio. The drop off center, located in Pickerington, is designed to allow members of the community to easily donate gently used items and help homeless veterans, families and individuals with disabilities get back on their feet.

  • January 7, 2015

    You can change the statistics of child homelessness

    While the federal government is making progress when it comes to reducing homelessness among veterans and adults, a new report issued by the American Institutes for Research, titled “America’s Youngest Outcasts,” has brought some shocking numbers to light concerning childhood homelessness.

  • January 2, 2015

    From Cincinnati Car Donation to Buying Bus Fare: 5 Ways You Can Help the Homeless This Winter

    As winter begins to tighten its chilly grasp on most of the US, it’s more important than ever that the homeless population is given the resources they need to survive. Unfortunately, in some cities, assisting the homeless is becoming a crime.

  • December 10, 2017

    Getting and Giving: How The Items You Replace This Christmas Can Help Others

    In the Christmas season, you may find yourself on the receiving end of some brand new stuff (if you’ve been good). Every year, many of us happily accept new clothes, gadgets, and household items as gifts from our friends and relatives. But what happens to all of the old items that your new goodies are replacing?

  • December 23, 2014

    Get Your Tax Deductible Donations in Before the End of the Year

    Put that old clunker to good use - help others and get tax deductions.

  • December 19, 2014

    How Do You Define Homelessness?

    When she was a seventh grader growing up in California, Shahera Hyatt’s family lost their apartment for the first time. They were able to put together the $40 to pay for hotels and motels—but living in poverty made it impossible to save enough money for first and last month’s rent and a deposit.

  • November 18, 2017

    7 Ways You Can Give Back this Christmas Season

    The Christmas shopping season is upon us, and while many of us are frantically looking for gifts to give to our loved ones, or writing up wish lists of our own, it’s important to take a minute to remember those who are less fortunate.

  • December 8, 2014

    Hunger in America: Why people in the wealthiest nation are still going hungry

    Access to food is a luxury that millions take for granted. Hungry? Just reach into the fridge or drive to the local supermarket. However, for more and more Americans, the prospect of having food on the table every night isn’t a certainty.

  • December 3, 2014

    Help End Veteran Homelessness in Ohio

    Proud. Honorable. Brave. All accurate descriptions of our nation’s veterans, those who risked their lives in order to protect our freedoms and way of life. Unfortunately, for far too many veterans, there is another tragic description that can be used to depict them: Homeless.

  • November 28, 2014

    Help End Homeless Veteran Suicide in Ohio

    To transition from proudly serving under your nation’s flag to living on the streets is something very few of us can even begin to fathom, and tragically, this leads to many veterans taking their own lives. For some United States veterans, the absence of familiar structure, distance from squadmates, and memories of combat make readjusting to civilian life extremely difficult.

  • November 24, 2014

    Paying it Forward: How the Formerly Homeless are Lending a Hand

    Find out how one simple act of kindness sparked an 11-hour chain of paying it forward at a Florida Starbucks.

  • November 21, 2014

    Thank You to Our Veteran Heroes

    All of our programs across the state honored the many homeless veterans served by Volunteers of America a little differently - but we were all joined together in spirit by the continuous support given to those who served our country.

  • November 18, 2014

    Chronic Homelessness: Causes and Solutions

    Every day, homeless individuals try to find a way off of the streets. They’ll locate a shelter, receive treatment and begin to rebuild their life.

  • November 3, 2014

    Seniors and Poverty: What You Might Not Know

    Debates over how to fix Social Security, Medicare, and other programs benefitting seniors are nothing new. These arguments serve as a perennial sticking point that Republicans and Democrats squabble over in an attempt to convince the general public that their side has all the answers. uf

  • October 31, 2014

    Child Homelessness is on the Rise

    America’s public education system is designed to give our children the skills they need to build the foundation for a successful future. While this system is intended to give every child an equal opportunity to learn, children who live in unstable or unfit living conditions face.

  • October 24, 2017

    What to Expect From an Auto Auction

    An auto auction is an entertaining and even exhilarating experience in which everyday people have the chance to buy vehicles for amazingly low prices. However, it’s not always as simple as showing up.

  • October 22, 2014

    New Mobile App Helping Veterans

    It can be a difficult struggle for veterans who return home after years of serving in the military to readjust to everyday society. Socializing, looking for work and dealing with memories of war aren’t minor inconveniences.

  • October 20, 2014

    Statistics show the eye-opening aftermath of domestic violence against women

    Twenty-five percent. That’s the number of US women who will experience domestic violence during their lifetime. And every year, one in three women who is a victim of homicide is murdered by her current or former partner.

  • October 9, 2014

    Number of Homeless Vets Decreasing, According to New Data

    Last month, we reported that First Lady Michelle Obama, along with mayors, governors, and local leaders had joined up for the Mayors Challenge to End Veterans Homelessness.

  • October 7, 2014

    The challenges of treating mental disorders in the homeless community

    Daily life in the homeless community means there is no normal. It means depending on the kindness of strangers, trying to scrape together enough change to buy food and looking for somewhere to sleep each and every night.

  • September 19, 2014

    First Lady Michelle Obama and Mayor Coleman pledge to end veteran homelessness

    When walking around downtown Columbus, you might pass a homeless person and think nothing of it. After all, when you see homelessness week after week, the human condition is to just ignore it and go about your day.

  • September 17, 2014

    The new bill that could make assistance for homeless children a reality

    Have you ever had an issue at the DMV? Most of us have at one time or another, and we can all probably agree that it’s pretty inconvenient.

  • September 5, 2014

    Three reasons why helping children can fix the economy

    Ever since the recession began in 2007, Americans have done their part to help the economy rebound.

  • September 3, 2014

    Making v