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May 15 2014

National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation benefits from Cars 4 Causes® sale of donated 2007 Lexus LS460

Category: UncategorizedJackie Mack @ 2:25 pm

Cars 4 Causes® wants to send out a heartfelt “Thank You” to our generous donor, Ruthie, who donated this beautiful 2007 Lexus LS460 with less than 30,000 miles.

     We would also like to express our gratitude to David for purchasing this vehicle at our auction and supporting our efforts to help charities like National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation in Longmont, Colorado!

Cars 4 Causes Car Donation Program

Cars 4 Causes Car Donation Program

     Have you ever considered making a car donation?  Imagine what the money generated from your donated vehicle will do for the charity you have a heart for!  A charitable car donation is a terrific way to give back to your community.  Many charities like National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation rely on vehicle donations from the public to help them keep their programs up and running.

    Your gift to charity will be rewarded and you will receive an official tax deductible receipt for your records.   When you donate through Cars 4 Causes® Car Donation Program you can name the charity you want to benefit from your donation just like Ruthie did.

“It feels good helping others.”®




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Feb 24 2014


Category: Cars 4 Causes,Charity PartnersJackie Mack @ 10:09 am

We are proud to announce that the Gentle Barn Foundation has selected Cars 4 Causes® as their national vehicle donation program.  We are committed to helping The Gentle Barn Foundation raise funds that will support them in their mission to rescue, rehabilitate and give sanctuary to abused animals.  Cars 4 Causes® Preferred Charity Program is a unique opportunity for charities like The Gentle Barn Foundation to generate additional funding for their cause.

About The Gentle Barn Foundation:

The Gentle Barn

The Gentle Barn

The Gentle Barn is an extraordinary non-profit that brings together volunteer staff and at-risk teens to create a sanctuary where animals heal and children learn to hope.  Together they rehabilitate abandoned and/or abused animals.  Once rehabilitated, these animals become ambassadors, teaching children about the magic and grace of all living things.  These animals provide unconditional love and kindness while modeling lessons about forgiveness, love, trust and responsibility.  The Gentle Barn has developed a recipe for success.  They understand how children naturally identify with animals and they add to that their creative teaching style which results in an opportunity for children to learn a new perspective about themselves and the world around them while expanding their empathy for all living things.

Founder, Ellie Laks, started The Gentle Barn in 1999 after adopting a sick goat from a run-down petting zoo.  In 2003 The Gentle Barn moved to a six-acre paradise in Santa Clarita which they call home today.  This property has large horse and cow pastures, a red and white barnyard for smaller animals, an organic vegetable garden, lots of shade trees, and a panoramic view of the mountains.  They have plenty of room to comfortably house their animals and to welcome visitors and the children they host.

All of the animals at The Gentle Barn have been rescued from sever abuse, neglect, abandonment or worse.  These animals have been rehabilitated with traditional and non-traditional medicine, top quality nutrition, and lots of love from staff and volunteers.  As a result, they regain their trust in humankind by realizing they are now loved and their abuse is over.  Because of the ongoing physical and psychological needs these animals are not adopted out they are given sanctuary with The Gentle Barn for the rest of their lives.

Come out and visit the Gentle Barn Foundation! While you’re there you can groom the horses, brush the cows, give the pigs a tummy rub, hug the goats and sheep, sit under the shade trees, munch on popcorn and make new friends.  They are located at 15825 Sierra Highway, Santa Clarita, CA 91390.   The Gentle Barn is open to the public on Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  They do request a $10.00 donation per person.

The Gentle Barn also offers special programs for at-risk inner-city and special needs children, school/educational programs, private tours, birthday parties and field trips.  The Gentle Barn environment is safe and quiet and allows for groups of all kinds the freedom to be themselves, and the room to explore at their own pace.  Give them a call at (661) 252-2440 to find out more details.

Here is some exciting Gentle Barn News!  The Gentle Barn Founder, Ellie Laks, has written a book entitled “My Gentle Barn – Creating a Sanctuary Where Animals Heal and Children Learn to Hope”.  The Gentle Barn Story will be available in stores March 25, 2014.

To support this wonderful organization you can donate a car, truck, motorcycle, RV or boat today.  DONATE NOW!

The Gentle Barn

The Gentle Barn

About Cars 4 Causes:

Cars 4 Causes

Cars 4 Causes

Cars 4 Causes® is “The Charity That Gives to Charities®”.   Cars 4 Causes® originated out of a desire to help fund youth education. Along the road to achieving this one charitable goal, we thought it would be a good idea to allow our donors to direct a portion of their net donation proceeds to the youth oriented charity of their choice, thus sharing the giving process directly with our donors. This proved to be popular idea, so much so that donors submitted requests to share proceeds with all sorts of charitable organizations, schools and religious organizations supporting all sorts of causes that were near and dear to their hearts. We agreed and donors began to refer to Cars 4 Causes® as “The Charity that Gives to Charities. ®” To date, we’ve shared net proceeds from over 170,000 vehicle donations with more than 17,400 non-profit organizations throughout the United States that support all sorts of wonderful and essential causes. Proudly, we have become an important part of a wonderful community of charities and the people who make them possible.

Our Preferred Charities rely on vehicle donation proceeds for a significant portion of their charitable funding needs. Cars 4 Causes® is proud of what it has accomplished and we are committed to helping your charity reach their fund raising goals.  Your success feeds Cars 4 Causes® desire to help, because simply put, “It Feels Good Helping Others.” ®

Cars 4 Causes® is guided by the following convictions:

Create and nurture sustainable relationships with our beneficiaries, assisting them in accessing the funds they need to further their important causes.

Allow donors to participate in directing a portion of the proceeds received from their vehicle donations to support the non-profit organizations of their choice.

Responsibly serve our donors and the non-profit community through the moral and compassionate actions of our employees, management team and Board of Directors.

Share donated vehicles with other non-profit groups for the explicit intent that these vehicles be given to qualified families or individuals of need.

If you would like to become a Cars 4 Causes® preferred Charity or for more information please SIGN UP or call one of our Charity Specialists at (800) 766-2273.

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Jan 23 2014


Category: Charity PartnersJackie Mack @ 10:25 am

Our Charity Specialists have been busy helping charities sign up for our Preferred Charity Program.  This program is a terrific opportunity for charities just like yours that are looking for ways to generate additional revenue for their cause!  Join us and your organization can start receiving donated vehicles and boats as an additional source of funding today.

Help us welcome SO SAY WE ALL to our Preferred Charity Family!

So Say We All


SO SAY WE ALL is a 501c3 non-profit arts collective, based in Southern California.  They provide resources, mentorship and opportunities to be heard through multiple media outlets.  It is their belief that having forums in which to share stories fosters emotionally and psychologically healthier communities.  They believe that taking ownership of your own narrative empowers you to take control of your life and that open communication is a powerful alternative to isolation and despair.

You can help support this terrific organization, its easy, simply DONATE a car, truck, boat, RV or motorcycle today.

Would you like to join our preferred charity family?  Please visit us at PREFERRED CHARITY SIGN UP or call us at (800) 766-2273 and ask to speak with one of our Charity Specialists!

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Dec 16 2013

Cars 4 Causes® and Make-A-Wish Tri-Counties; A Model Partnership

Category: Cars 4 Causes,Cars 4 Causes news,Charity News,Charity PartnersJackie Mack @ 12:56 pm


For More Than 12 Years We’ve Helped Donors Support

the Make-A-Wish Tri-Counties Chapter.

(Ventura, CA) December 12, 2013 – Cars 4 Causes®, “The Charity That Gives to Charities”®, today acknowledged its long-standing relationship with Make-A-Wish Tri-Counties Chapter.   Make-A-Wish Tri-Counties Chapter is a Cars 4 Causes Preferred Charity, which means that instead of incurring the expense and time of creating their own vehicle donation program, they have partnered with Cars 4 Causes.  As a Cars 4 Causes Preferred Charity, donors wishing to support the Make-A-Wish Tri-Counties Chapter can take advantage of Cars 4 Causes’ 17 years of infrastructure, experience and expertise that gets, on average the highest sale value for its donated vehicles of all the vehicle donation charities out there today.

“Make-A-Wish Tri-Counties Chapter was the first charity that we worked with to extend our services to their donors allowing them to take advantage of all that we do to convert donated vehicles to cash for charitable causes.” Explains Pat Jessup, Cars 4 Causes Executive Director.   “In a sense, they adopted us as their own vehicle donation program.  The success of this relationship served as the model for the  formal creation of our Preferred Charity Program that now is used by more than 1,330 other non-profit organizations throughout the United States.”

As a Preferred Charity, Make-A-Wish Tri-Counties Chapter donors have a unique toll free number they may call to donate their vehicles.  This number is answered by representatives at Cars 4 Causes.  Make-A-Wish Tri-Counties Chapter also has a unique web page that Cars 4 Causes created for them that allows Make-A-Wish Tri-Counties Chapter donors to submit their vehicle donations online.  To date we have received many types of vehicles from generous donors wishing to support the Make-A-Wish Tri-Counties Chapter and we’ve turned those donations into nearly $400,000 to support their cause.

If you would like to support Make-A-Wish Tri-Counties Chapter, just call Cars 4 Causes at 1-800-CAR-WISH (227-9474) or donate online at

If you would like to add vehicle donations to your fundraising resources and become a Cars 4 Causes Preferred Charity please call Cars 4 Causes at 1-800-766-2273.

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Dec 12 2013

How To Catch a Holiday Spirit

Category: Cars 4 Causes,GeneralJackie Mack @ 10:46 am

I absolutely love the holidays and we have already started celebrating.  But, where is my holiday spirit coming from?  The holiday spirit is apparent in the stores and homes in my neighborhood as people are preparing to celebrate this season.  Is it the smell of the Christmas Trees, the sight of twinkling lights, the sounds of holiday music or the crisp feeling of the cold nights?  I’m not sure where my Holiday spirit is coming from but I know I feel it in my heart.  I believe it is a time when all good things are possible.

The best way to catch a Holiday Spirit is to share it with someone else!  It’s easy to catch a holiday spirit by focusing on the traditions of this holiday season.  Traditions that center on our family and friends can work like a flame to ignite our Holiday Spirit.  Holiday traditions bring us together and allow us to feel a part of family and community.  The gifts and food we share are all about expressing our gratitude, joy and abundance.   Traditions bring back happy memories and they allow us to share in other people’s lives.  Traditions also invoke a sense of comfort and belonging because they are familiar and have been repeated over time.

Spending Time With Family And Friends Means The Most.

My favorite family traditions are baking cookies with the kids, watching holiday programs together, making gifts with my mom and our Christmas Eve gathering for eggnog, conversation, storytelling, and remembering good times past.

My family and friends participate in community traditions each year.  We go to the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and Living Nativity downtown at the Mission.  Santa arrives on a fire truck, they have live music and they make it snow in the center of town!  It’s really fun to get out with friends and enjoy the festivities.   Each year we take one night and get all bundled up, hop in our cars and crank up the Christmas tunes on the radio and head out to see the Christmas lights at Santa Clause Lane.  This year I think we will be adding a new tradition.  They just opened a winter ice skating rink at the local mall….Sounds like fun!   What do you think?

Downtown Ventura Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony Is Fun For The Whole Family.

Downtown Ventura Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony Is Fun For The Whole Family.

The holiday traditions here at Cars 4 Causes® begin when management presents each employee with a beautiful live poinsettia.  The display of color is spectacular!   Then, each department sets up their own Christmas tree and decorations.  I love watching the personalities of my co-workers come alive in their creative festive displays.  Also, we each have a Secret Santa!  It’s fun trying to figure out who it is.

Cars 4 Causes Holiday Tradition of Decorating With Poinsettias Is Wonderful!

Cars 4 Causes Holiday Tradition of Decorating With Poinsettias Is Wonderful!

Each year our Cars 4 Causes team also helps out children in need.  We have participated in winter coat drives, canned food drives and helped to wrap gifts for those less fortunate. It is those unselfish acts of giving and seeing the joy it gives others, which in turn gives the most pleasure of all.  The simplest things are the most meaningful and bring the most joy.  I have a grateful and thankful heart.

Each year these traditions bring me to a place where I feel cheerful and giving.  Listen with your heart and you are sure to catch a holiday spirit.  It’s almost magical.  Once you catch a Holiday Spirit you will be ready for mistletoe, holly and all the hustle and bustle that comes along with the season!

Remember keep it simple.  Sit back, relax, snuggle up, grab a cup of cocoa and enjoy those who matter the most.

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen

or even touched.  They must be felt.”   - Helen Keller

We here at Cars 4 Causes are wishing you and yours all the happiness and joy this holiday season promises!


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