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Have a used car donation? We’ll use it to help people in your community. Have something a bit more unusual to donate? We can use that too!

At Cars Helping People it should be no surprise that we concentrate on making it fast and easy for you to make a used car donation. After all, even a junk car that doesn’t run can provide food, shelter and valuable services to neighbors struggling with this difficult economy. But over the years, generous people have gone above and beyond to help people with some pretty offbeat donations.

Yes, someone really did donate a yellow submarine!

A few years ago an engineer working for one of the Big Three Automakers got the notion to build himself a working submarine and explore the Great Lakes. Over the course of many weekends this enterprising mariner built himself a fully functional 8000-pound submarine that could carry two people and dive to depths of 1000 feet. Then he painted it bright yellow, either because he was a Beatles fan, had a sense of humor…or both. It was fully pressurized, and even had a specially built trailer that could swing the sub over the lake and lower it gently down into the water.

Whether you want to donate junk cars or a yellow submarine, use the form to the right.
He used it to plumb the depths of Lake Superior for years before the engineer decided his days underneath the waves were over. His wife may have had something to do with it – the engineer cut costs by not installing a radio that could communicate with the surface, so when he went down his wife had no choice but to bite her fingernails and pray he came back up. The engineer was familiar with the shelters, emergency meal programs, senior housing and job training provided by Volunteers of America, and he knew we would accept a used car donation, so he called with the most unusual question we’ve ever heard…”Can I donate my yellow submarine?”

After we finished laughing we said, “Of course you can donate a submarine…” We picked it up just like we would a used car donation, and eventually were able to sell it for over $15,000 – enough to provide hot meals for over 20,000 needy people.

From airplanes to apartment buildings, 100% of your donation stays with Volunteers of America and helps people in Michigan

We might have to get creative, but you can call Volunteers of America Michigan toll free at 877-721-4862 and donate almost anything. Generous people have donated airplanes, boats, golf carts and even apartment buildings. Used car donation? Home or property donation? We get you the right IRS paperwork to claim the maximum allowable deduction from your taxes. And pick up is always fast and free…unless your charity donation is a building. Then we’ll probably leave it where it is. No matter what your donation is, it helps us fund important programs that help people in Michigan to get back on their feet, from programs that help homeless veterans to programs that feed and house vulnerable children or seniors.

Used car donation, stock donation or anything in between, we’ll use it to improve the lives of people through local Michigan-based programs.

Making a gift of stocks is a popular way to donate to charity, since stocks often offer you additional tax advantages. In addition to getting a nice income tax deduction for the full market value of the securities, you might also avoid capital gains on the appreciation of your stocks. On top of that, if your donated securities are used to fund a charitable trust or gift annuity there may be estate and gift tax advantages as well.

If you’re thinking about donating stocks to charity, don’t sell them to donate the proceeds. Selling the stocks yourself will jeopardize your tax benefits. Instead, notify your broker of your intention and contact Volunteers of America Michigan toll free at 877-721-4862. Have your broker’s name and telephone number handy, along with the name of the stock and number of shares you wish to contribute. We will then contact your broker. You will be notified of the contribution deduction based on the date of your securities transfer.

When we say the generosity of people who donate to Volunteers of America Michigan knows no bounds – we mean it!

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No matter where you live in Michigan, from Detroit to Kalamazoo, Flint, Lansing, Saginaw,
Bay City, Ann Arbor, Marquette or Grand Rapids, your donation helps us change lives.

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