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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.

Car Donation 101: How do I donate my car in Dayton?

We make donating your car in Dayton easy, and you can rest easy knowing that your donation supports a good cause. We accept cars, trucks, boats, motorcycles, RVs — pretty much anything with an engine. Even if the vehicle is no longer operable, you can still donate it. We'll even provide free same-day towing.

Not only will you be helping Volunteers of America in its mission with your donation, you might actually get more value out of your vehicle as a tax deduction for donating it to charity than you would if you sold it. And that's without all the hassle involved in selling a car.

It's simple and easy to get started. Just use our online car donation form or call 614-870-7511 anytime Monday through Friday before 5 p.m. and Saturday before 11 a.m. Or, if you happen to be passing through Columbus, you can stop by our main office and donate in person at 5640 W. Broad St. (Just make sure you have your clear title with you.)

The Power of Giving: How can my Dayton car donation help?

All proceeds from the sale of your car or truck benefit our programs. While the value of your vehicle donation will vary, here's what the average single car donation can do:

1. One Dayton car donation funds 10 days of housing and services for a homeless veteran.

It's a startling fact, but one in five homeless people is a veteran. Our program aims to assist homeless veterans in finding permanent housing — not just temporary shelter.

This also includes case management to make sure each veteran has the resources they need to make the transition back to society. We stay actively involved in making sure they have what they need.

2. One Dayton car donation funds employment services and work clothing for a homeless veteran.

In addition to assisting with getting a formerly homeless veteran into a permanent home, we offer employment services to help equip the veteran to re-enter the workplace.

This program includes job-readiness skill development, resume writing, help with job searching, placement and coaching, as well as needed work clothing and more. Your donation can be the needed boost for a veteran to find long-term employment and become self-sufficient again.

3. One Dayton car donation funds after-school services for a homeless child for 24 days.

While all homelessness is a tragic situation, the plight of homeless children is especially heartbreaking. There are more than 1.3 million homeless youth enrolled in schools, and after-school programs like those we support provide some sense of normalcy in this difficult situation.

Programs like our Youth Education Center give these children a safe space to go after school and during the summer, a space that is dedicated to their growth, from academics to social growth and development. For the youngest victims of homelessness, this can mean the world.

4. One Dayton car donation provides safe shelter for one family for 69 days.

While Volunteers of America of Greater Ohio provides advanced programs to help homeless veterans get back to a normal life, we also provide one of the most basic needs for families: shelter.

For families in need of immediate shelter, we have offerings across the state that provide a warm bed, a hot meal and clothing. We also help families through supportive services and connecting them to other needed community resources.

I'm Ready: How can I help today?

If you've read the many benefits of your car donation in Dayton and you're ready to donate, get the process rolling today with our online donation form. You can also bring the clear title to 5640 W. Broad St., Columbus, Ohio 43228. Or call us at (800) 862-6030 to donate your car in Ohio over the phone.

Your one-time donation can literally change lives.