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Child Homelessness is on the Rise

How your Dayton car donation can help fund educational programs

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 a major disadvantage. Constantly moving between living situations can make it difficult to attend school on a regular basis, study for tests, and concentrate on homework.

The troubling thing is, the population of homeless children is only growing.

The problem is getting worse

Despite the fact that the United States in one of the richest nations in the world, our country has the second-highest population of poor children among first-world countries.

According to a report released by The Department of Education, the number of homeless kids rose by 8 percent between the 2011-12 and 2012-13 school years. That’s 1.3 million homeless children that are enrolled at our schools.

Children across the country are living in hotels, motels or doubling up with other family members, hoping that a permanent living situation will come along.

What’s more, these statistics don’t include homeless infants, toddlers, kids who haven’t enrolled in school and runaways. That means that as devastating as these numbers are, the hard truth is that they’re probably much worse.

Donate a car in Dayton to help

We need your help to assist these children. The Homeless Children and Youth Act, along with our affordable housing programs are a great first step. But, in order to fund and support more programs like this, we depend on your donations.

That’s why Volunteers of America of Greater Ohio is taking vehicle donations in Dayton, Ohio. We’ll accept almost any vehicle, from cars and motorcycles to tractors and ATVs. We can arrange free same-day towing, and we’ll take your vehicle it’s not running. You might even end up getting more for your vehicle as a tax-deductible donation than you would selling it yourself.

So if you have an unused car that’s just rusting away in your driveway, an old golf cart that’s cluttering up your garage, or any vehicle that you’re trying to get rid of on Craigslist, donate it to Volunteers of America in Dayton, so we can help homeless children in all of the Ohio communities we serve.

Contact the Car Donation & Auction Office at 614-870-7511 if you have any questions, or fill out a car donation form.