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Extra Car? Donate It To The Sharing House


November 12, 2018

Sharing House’s Susan Matthews wondered aloud, “Without the people in our community who donate cars, where would our Wheels to Work Neighbors be? And if it weren’t for Chris Lewis, who volunteers his time to painstakingly go over each donated car to ensure they are in great running condition, where would our Wheels to Work people be? Lastly, what if we didn’t have this program at all? What would happen to our neighbors who are trying desperately to get ahead?”

Matthews heads Sharing House’s three programs aimed at helping its clients break out of poverty. Getting Ahead teaches how to recognize and marshal available resources that can be used to take action to end poverty. R-Rules is a similar program aimed at teens.

Wheels to Work is the third Sharing House empowerment program. It provides road-worthy cars to some of the clients who complete the 16-session Getting Ahead program.

“We might receive one or two cars a month,” Matthews said. “Through September, though, we had 105 Getting Ahead graduates, many of whom are hoping for a car from Wheels to Work.”

She explained that lack of transportation is an everyday issue for breaking out of poverty. A reliable car means on time to work, errands that don’t take all day, keeping appointments and other lifestyle challenges that handicap those who must walk to everything.

“When a door opens – such as a car that is affordable – then there is a glimmer of hope and life tends to look more promising,” Matthews said.

There’s a silver lining for folks who donate vehicles, too. Cars donated before Jan. 1, 2019 can be deducted on this year’s taxes as a charitable donation, up to the Blue Book value of your make and model. Ask your Income Tax Pro for details.

If you are willing to donate a car, call Susan Matthews at Sharing House at 884-2866, ext. 114. Help be a part of the change in our community.


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