Cars for Homes

96ded8a061cd32facfeee6225bf226acYour vehicle donation will help Habitat for Humanity build homes in partnership with families in your community.

Car donations are another way to support the mission of Habitat for Humanity.
When you donate a car to Cars for Homes, you will help your local Habitat for Humanity build and rehabilitate houses with families in need of affordable shelter.

The car donation process is quick and easy. It can be accomplished online or with a toll-free phone call to 1-877-277-4344. If you donate an automobile or other vehicle, you may be eligible for a tax deduction.

What Can You Donate?

  • RV
  • Car
  • Truck
  • Boat
  • Motorcycle
  • Construction or farm equipment
  • Any other vehicle ― running or not!

Why donate?

  • Proceeds from the sale of your car help your local Habitat for Humanity build and renovate houses with families in need.
  • You may receive a tax deduction if you itemize.
  • Recycling your car saves energy and natural resources.

How do I start the vehicle donation process?

  • Call Cars for Homes toll-free at 1-877-277-4344 or make your boat, truck, RV or car donation online.
  • You will be asked to provide information about the vehicle you wish to donate, including the make, model, vehicle identification number (VIN) and current mileage.
  • Most vehicles with proper title information are accepted, unless the costs of processing and towing fees exceed the auction value of the vehicle.

What happens after my vehicle is accepted?

  • You will be given instructions for processing the vehicle’s title. If the title cannot be located, assistance is available.
  • Your donated car is then assigned for pickup and sale.
  • Arrangements are then made to have the title processed.
  • You will be contacted to coordinate the vehicle and key pickup by a licensed and insured member of the national network of contractors who work for Advanced Remarketing Services, Habitat for Humanity’s authorized agent.

What happens after my vehicle is picked up?

  • Your vehicle will be sold through a national network of diverse venues on behalf of Habitat for Humanity.
  • After the car has been sold, you will receive an acknowledgement letter thanking you for your support and providing the vehicle sale information. This letter may be used as a receipt for tax deduction purposes; additional tax documents will be provided when required by IRS regulations as a result of the sale value of the vehicle.


Cars for Homes: Tax benefits of your car donation

Can I claim my car donation as a tax deduction?
Yes. Habitat for Humanity is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Contributions, including vehicle donations, may be claimed as deductions on your federal tax return if you itemize on Schedule A of Form 1040.

How much can I deduct?

  • Once Cars for Homes sells your vehicle, the selling price becomes the amount of your donation.
  • If your vehicle sells for more than $500, you may deduct the full selling price.
  • If your vehicle sells for $500 or less, you can deduct the “fair market value” of your vehicle, up to $500.

How do I figure out the “fair market value” of my car?
The following websites can provide this information:

What documentation will I receive for my tax return?
Within 30 days of the sale of your vehicle, Habitat will send you a written acknowledgement/receipt. This receipt will include:

  • The gross selling price of the vehicle (if it sold for greater than $500).
  • Year, make, model and vehicle identification number information.
  • A statement that the vehicle was sold at arms-length between two unrelated parties.
  • A statement that no goods or services were received in return for your contribution.

Cars for Homes: Frequently asked questions

What is Cars for Homes?

  • Habitat for Humanity’s national car donation program.
  • The program is staffed by full-time Habitat for Humanity employees who monitor and manage all activities undertaken by Advanced Remarketing Services, Inc.
  • Proceeds from all sales through Cars for Homes go to your local Habitat for Humanity affiliate.

Who is Advanced Remarketing Services, Inc.?

  • Habitat’s authorized national agent that processes all vehicle donations to Habitat for Humanity.
  • ARS handles title transfer, towing and reporting of all vehicle donations.
  • ARS accepts vehicle donations online through and via their call center at 1-877-277-4344.

How does the Cars for Homes vehicle donation process work?

What kinds of vehicles can be donated?

  • Cars
  • Trucks
  • Motorcycles
  • Recreational vehicles
  • Snowmobiles
  • Farm equipment
  • Construction equipment
  • Boats
  • Airplanes

What if the vehicle is not running?

  • Cars for Homes accepts any vehicle as long as it is whole and has four inflated tires (so it can be moved by our towing operators).
  • In rare cases, Cars for Homes may be unable to accept a vehicle if the cost of transport and processing fees would exceed the auction value of the vehicle.

How long will it take to have my vehicle picked up?

  • Donated vehicles are typically picked up within two or three days after the title is received by our processing center.
  • You can speed up the donation process by providing information and downloading documents online.
  • Special arrangements can be made whenever car donations must be made more quickly.

What documents do I need to donate a car?

  • Most states require a clear title to the vehicle, and some states also require a notarized signature or additional forms to complete a vehicle donation.
  • If you cannot locate or have lost the certificate of title, we can help you obtain the proper documentation and forms.

What if the vehicle is not registered in my name?

  • The vehicle does not need to be registered in your name.
  • The name on the title may often differ from the name on the registration documents.
  • Call Cars for Homes at 877-277-4344 for more information.

How do I know my vehicle is in good hands once it’s been picked up?

  • Habitat for Humanity uses a licensed and insured national transportation network and complies with all federal and state regulations.
  • By signing the title directly to Advanced Remarketing Services, you are legally transferring ownership of your vehicle to Habitat for Humanity.
  • When your title is received and your vehicle is picked up, you are no longer responsible for the vehicle.

How much of the money generated by the sale of my car donation goes to Habitat for Humanity?

  • On a monthly basis, Advanced Remarketing Services returns over 80 percent of the gross revenue generated from vehicle sales to Cars for Homes. This percentage is more than any other vehicle processing entity.

What are the tax benefits of donating my car to Habitat for Humanity?

What if I have more questions?

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Mary & Casey Thran: Our Newest Partner Family


Zoey, Mary, Casey and Jade Thran. Itasca County Habitat for Humanity’s newest partner family.

We’re the Thran family. We have two little girls, Zoey, 4, and Jade, 2.

For a long time, we thought we would rent until we were gray and that wasn’t something we wanted for our girls.

Casey and I met in 2008. After almost 6 ½ years together and two beautiful girls, we were in a rut. We didn’t want to rent forever. Our current apartment has accessibility issues that make it hard for my Cerebral Palsy. We felt, when and if we could afford to move, we would. Once Jade was born in 2011, that just wasn’t an option any more. We were stuck. I had stopped working to take care of Zoey and Jade fulltime.

One night, Casey’s mother called and told us about Habitat for Humanity. She told us we had to apply. It was a huge opportunity. We did.

We are proud and very grateful to be partnered with Habitat for Humanity. This is a wonderful new chapter in our lives. We are very excited for this life-changing opportunity to finally be able to provide a better life for ourselves and for our girls.

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Thrivent Financial reaches $200 million in donations to Habitat for Humanity with new 2014 commitment

Itasca County benefits from Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity homebuilding efforts

11. 2014_ThriventBuilds_InfoGraphicGRAND RAPIDS, MN. (Feb. 25, 2014) – For the ninth consecutive year, Thrivent Financial is committing millions to stabilize, strengthen and secure communities in 2014 through its unique partnership called Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity.

Thrivent Financial for Lutherans announced that in 2014 it will fund the construction and rehabilitation of 126 Habitat for Humanity homes in 35 U.S. states through a $7.8 million contribution. Additional funds will support the Thrivent Builds Repairs and Thrivent Builds Worldwide programs. From the partnership’s inception in 2005, Thrivent and its members have now committed more than $200 million and more than 4 million volunteer hours.

The partnership consists of three programs with Habitat for Humanity: Thrivent Builds Homes, Thrivent Builds Worldwide and Thrivent Builds Repairs. These programs allow Thrivent to partner with Habitat and families with limited resources in the construction, repair and rehabilitation of affordable housing in communities across the United States and abroad. More than 4,300 homes have been built or repaired with the Thrivent Builds programs since 2005.

For more information about Thrivent Financial for Lutherans and Thrivent Builds, visit their website at

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Warner Bros. clicks its heels together with Habitat for Humanity for “There’s No Place Like Home” campaign celebrating the 75th anniversary of “The Wizard of Oz”™

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BURBANK, Calif. (Sept. 12, 2013) – Warner Bros. Consumer Products, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and Warner Bros. Entertainment Corporate Responsibility announced today a partnership with Habitat for Humanity to launch “There’s No Place Like Home,” a campaign celebrating the 75th anniversary of the classic film, “The Wizard of Oz”™. The yearlong program kicks off today with a digital fundraising campaign and, throughout the year, will feature several themed initiatives and events supporting Habitat for Humanity’s work to create decent, safe and affordable housing in partnership with low-income families.

“Warner Bros. Consumer Products has been fortunate to delight fans of ‘The Wizard of Oz’ through the years with a multitude of products, and our ‘There’s No Place Like Home’ campaign is an extension of our appreciation for this classic film and those who love it,” said Brad Globe, president, Warner Bros. Consumer Products. “The initiative will not only drive excitement among the iconic film’s legions of fans, it will help generate important funds for Habitat for Humanity – a fitting partnership as we celebrate this milestone anniversary.”

Ron Sanders, president, Warner Bros. Worldwide Home Entertainment Distribution, said, “Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is proud to be included in this partnership with Habitat for Humanity. We’re hopeful the significant monetary contributions it will generate will lead to the repair and rebuilding of communities worldwide and provide safe and secure places for families to live. What better way to be involved with this worthy organization than to arrange for ‘The Wizard of Oz’ and its famous phrase to provide the key sentiment for this terrific campaign.”

“Warner Bros. is committed to making positive contributions to the communities in which we work and live,” said Susan Fleishman, executive vice president, worldwide corporate communications and public affairs, Warner Bros. Entertainment. “As the studio has enjoyed a long partnership with Habitat for Humanity, this serves as an ideal opportunity for us to use the affinity for a classic title like ‘The Wizard of Oz’ to create awareness and support for such a worthy cause.”

“Every day, in locations all around the world, we see how having a decent home can change lives and transform communities,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. “Adequate and affordable housing is foundational, and stable housing is inextricably linked to better health, education and livelihood opportunities. The simple statement is true: There’s no place like home.”

Warner Bros. and Habitat for Humanity will offer a dedicated website and corresponding Facebook application where consumers can support the “There’s No Place Like Home” campaign throughout the year. All donations to the “There’s No Place Like Home” campaign will support Habitat for Humanity’s mission to create housing in partnership with low-income families. The campaign will also feature local Habitat for Humanity build events around the country, kicking off with a marquee event in the greater Los Angeles area’s city of Long Beach on September 24. The event will be co-sponsored by IMAX and will be supported by the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity and Café Press.

Additional Warner Bros. Consumer Products licensing partners supporting the national “There’s No Place Like Home” campaign include Hallmark, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group, Workman Publishing, Westland Giftware, Café Press, Trendsetters, Harper Design, Tonner Doll, Thomas Kinkade and Jersey Jack Pinball, who will donate product for the tiered-level reward program. More partners and activities for the “There’s No Place Like Home” campaign will be announced in the coming months.

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Wizard of Oz” musical, which is currently touring nationwide, is also participating in the “There’s No Place Like Home” campaign. Venues in select markets will facilitate donations each time a patron checks into the local theatre on Facebook.

Beginning September 20, “The Wizard of Oz 3D” will be presented in the immersive IMAX® 3D format and return to the big screen for an exclusive one-week engagement in IMAX® theatres across North America. Following the IMAX® theatrical release, on October 1, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release a limited and numbered “The Wizard of Oz 75th Anniversary Collector’s Edition,” which will consist of a five-disc set including Blu-ray™3D, Blu-ray™, DVD and UltraViolet™ versions of the film. It is also loaded with exclusive collectible 75th Anniversary memorabilia; a new documentary, “The Making of the Wonderful Wizard of Oz”; and more than 16 hours of extras. Three more editions will be available separately: a two-disc 3D/Blu-ray, a single-disc Blu-ray and a two-disc DVD. All four will contain the new documentary and extra content. For more information, visit

About Warner Bros. Entertainment

Warner Bros. Entertainment,based entertainment company, is a global leader in the creation, production, distribution, licensing and marketing of all forms of entertainment and their related businesses. A Time Warner Company, Warner Bros. stands at the forefront of every aspect of the entertainment industry, from feature films to television, home video/DVD, animation, comic books, interactive entertainment and games, product and brand licensing, international cinemas and broadcasting.

About Habitat for Humanity International

Habitat for Humanity International’s vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Anchored by the conviction that safe and affordable housing provides a critical foundation for breaking the cycle of poverty, Habitat has helped more than 3 million people construct, rehabilitate or preserve homes since 1976. Habitat also advocates for fair and just housing policies and provides training and access to resources to help more families improve their shelter conditions. As a nonprofit Christian housing organization, Habitat works in more than 70 countries and welcomes people of all races, religions and nationalities to partner in its mission. To get more information, to donate or to volunteer, please visit

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Janelle, our newest partner family!

IMG_01492An accessible house brings safety and peace of mind to being a homeowner.

Hello, my name is Janelle Flinck and I have been a lifelong resident of Grand Rapids. I have worked at Short Elliott Hendrickson (SEH) for the past 16 years and am currently waiting to start the “build” process on my new home. Due to a medical condition, finding an affordable and accessible place had proven to be difficult and challenging for me. In November of 2012, I was introduced to Habitat for Humanity, began the application process and now I am on my way to owning my very own home. Just a few weeks after the initial interview, I was sitting with the Family Selection Committee and they gave me the great news that I was selected for a Habitat for Humanity home. The shock took a few days to wear off and when it did I was so ready for the journey to begin. My independence is very important to me and Habitat for Humanity is building a home tailored for my special needs that will allow me to stay independent. Habitat for Humanity requires “sweat equity” hours from prospective home owners. Because my physical limitations will prevent me from fully participating in the actual build, Habitat is allowing me to put my time in by doing data entry, mass mailings and misc. office support. Since being selected as a “Partner Family” I have been putting in the hours I need at the ReStore, Admin Office, events and other family builds. I have learned a lot about Habitat for Humanity while putting in my “sweat equity” hours. I have also developed lasting relationships with Habitat staff and volunteers. They are people that I will never forget. Plans for the construction of my home are currently underway to begin as soon as the weather warms up a bit. Since I have only rented and have never been a homeowner myself, I am very excited to get the “build” moving forward so that I can move into my new home; something that I can actually call my own. I am very grateful for this great organization and the community of exceptional volunteers which have made this all possible for me.

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Meet Jon, Our Newest Partner Family

Jon SnapshotIn 1996 Jon had hopes and goals like all high school students. He wanted to make all-conference football his senior year, to become a teacher and coach, and maybe guide some fishing trips. He talked of moving somewhere different that would still offer hunting and fishing like his home, Grand Rapids, MN.

On July 31st, 1996, life took Jon on a different journey. Returning home from work, he was struck by a train and sustained a significant head injury. After weeks of rehab and time, his visible injuries healed. He looked healthy and back to normal. What impacted his life to an extent his family could not even begin to comprehend at that time, was his biggest and hidden injury- his brain trauma.

Jon struggles with fatigue, severe short term memory loss, and uncontrolled seizures. Although Jon attended and graduated from Dunwoody, he has been unable to find safe employment because of his seizures which leave him confused and tired. He has lost jobs he enjoyed, and that takes a toll on one’s self esteem. Being employed means a great deal to Jon. Work gives him purpose and self-worth. Jon is a people person and wants to be a participant in life. He has a great attitude and seeks out opportunities for involvement. He is a person with a disability, but his disability does not define him.

Jon volunteers at St. Joseph’s School, the Let’s Go Fishing program, and helps out Ben at Ben’s Bait. He is a part time employee for School District 318 as a support staff at sporting events. When there is an opportunity, he enjoys helping coach football. Jon enjoys woodworking, curling, and helping his uncle with the berry business. On any day off in the winter, you will find Jon looking for a ride and a fishing companion to head to Lake of the Woods and the fish house.

Jon lives with his yellow lab and buddy, Brody, who likes fishing and football too! At present, Jon is renting a home that is now for sale. Habitat has given Jon new purpose and dreams. He is honored to be a Partner Family and is anxious for spring to come and building to begin on homes for both him and for another partner family, Janelle. He thanks Itasca County Habitat for Humanity, his mentors, Barb and Doug, for their help, patience, and reminders, and his extensive family and friends for their support, transportation and love.

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There’s No Place Like Home

This article is from “Judy Garland – Letter from Home Blog”

Two years ago, when seven and a half year-old Reece Veatch visited The Judy Garland Museum, no one could have guessed that Reece would soon be on a journey to break the Guinness World Record.

Nine-Year Old Reece hopes to break the Guinness World Record!
At that time, Reece had come to Grand Rapids to visit her grandfather. On the way home, Reece, who is a big fan of the Guinness Record books, told her mother she’d like to be in the Guinness Book of Records. After discussing it, mother and daughter came up with the idea of trying to break the record for the most “Dorothys” in one place. However, after contacting the Guinness office in New York City, Reece decided to try to break the record for the most persons dressed as Wizard of Oz characters – that is characters from the 1939 Wizard of Oz film. This record now stands at 446.
Reece made the application with Guinness and contacted The Judy Garland Museum. Of course, the Museum thought this was a great idea and decided to try to help make Reece’s dream come true.
This year, Reece Veatch, who is now nine, got to see Warner Brother’s reissue of The Wizard of Oz in IMAX 3-D and says it is her favorite film. Because of her great efforts to break the Guiness Record, Reece has been chosen as the “honorary Dorothy” to open the 2014 Judy Garland – Wizard of Oz Festival.
On Wednesday, June 11th, 2014 at 2:00 pm, Reece, as Dorothy, will arrive at the Romanesque Revivalist Central School in the heart of Grand Rapids by horse and carriage. She is thrilled about the coming event and told me by phone last week, “I have my costume all ready.”
The Judy Garland Museum is now bound and determined to help make Reece’s dream to break the Guinness record for the most Wizard of Oz characters in one location come true. This event will take place on Friday, June 13th, 2014 at 5:30 pm on the Evergreen Terrace Lawn, just adjacent to the Judy Garland / Children’s Discovery Museum. A $1.00 per person is the entry fee will be charge. This money will be donated to Habitat for Humanity.


One key thing as mentioned in the following notes from Guinness is that the characters chosen must be INSTANTLY RECOGNIZABLE.
The Guinness World Record rules for the contest are as follows:
  1. All participants must be wearing costumes of characters from (the 1939 film) The Wizard of Oz. These include (but are not limited to):
Professor Marvel/The Wizard of Oz
The Scarecrow (Hunk)
The Tin Woodman (Hickory)
The Lion (Zeke)
Miss Gulch/The Wicked Witch of the West
Aunt Em
Uncle Henry
Nikko (Flying Monkey)
The Munchkins
  1. The costumes worn must be the full costume and participants must be instantly recognizable as the character they have chosen.
  2. All characters chosen must be in the original story of The Wizard of Oz. Adaption characters are not permitted.
  3. All participants must be in position simultaneously and remain so for a minimum of five minutes.
  4. Each participant must wear their own outfit and an outfit cannot be shared between two people.
  5. A loud start and finish signal recognized by all participants must be used. Two experienced timekeepers must time the attempt with stopwatches accurate to 0.01 seconds.
  6. All participants must wear the costume for the entirety of the attempt.
For further information, please check The Judy Garland Museum site:
We are asking everyone who wants to join in, to come to Grand Rapids for Friday, June 13th , 2014 at 5:30 pm dressed as one of the characters listed on the 1939 Wizard of Oz cast list. The event will be videotaped and photographed from a crane! Again, we need more than 446 persons to break the Guinness record!
Following this amazing event, The Wizard of Oz will be shown on a 40 foot screen under the stars. The film will be shown at dusk, approximately 9pm, so spread the word now. Come, join in the fun and break a world record!
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3,666 Volunteer Hours in 2013

In 2013, Habitat ReStore volunteers donated 3,666 hours of their time and talents.

From customer service to furniture repair, the Habitat ReStore offers volunteer opportunities geared toward individual interests and skills. By giving their time, they helped Habitat ReStore do more to support local building projects for those in need in Itasca County.

In 2013, the Habitat ReStore had 43 volunteers. We would like to give a special thanks to the volunteers that went above and beyond with their generosity of volunteering over 100 hours!

  • Scott – 346
  • Milton – 404.5
  • Gene – 291
  • Bruce – 359
  • Mary – 103
  • Albert – 149.5
  • John – 376.5
  • Craig – 146.5
  • Herb – 242.5
  • Edyee – 111
  • Eric – 111.5
  • Jyles – 196.5
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Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser!

Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser!

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2014: A New Year

90fc09248f415e180a0f53b9fcb403a8It’s a new year, which means new dreams! We are currently in the process of repairing a 3-bedroom home in Coleraine and also two new homes in Grand Rapids.
If you are interested in learning more about Habitat and volunteer opportunities this year, please contact Goldie at

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