December 20, 2013

Society of St. Vincent de Paul still seeking end-of-year vehicle donations

As the 2013 calendar year comes to a close, year-end, tax-deductible donations of vehicles of all kinds are still desired to benefit the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.

The vehicle donation program accepts not only cars but also trucks, motorcycles and even boats, and they do not even have to be in running order.

All vehicles are auctioned off, and the proceeds are distributed to the parish conference that is closest to the donor’s home. All donations ultimately provide for the purchase of food and other essential assistance to the poor, as well as emergency assistance to families in need, including rent, utilities, transportation and medicines.

“By the end of the third quarter of this year, 42 vehicles had been donated, and the net proceeds earned from the donations totaled $22,866,” said Bernie Weitekamp, coordinator of the program for the Indianapolis archdiocesan council.

While there are minimal “flat” fees associated with the transport of a vehicle, title work and the sale of a vehicle at auction, the fees assessed are not a percentage of the value of the vehicle. This maximizes the proceeds that go to the society.

Unlike similar vehicle donation programs offered by other charitable groups, the proceeds of all donations benefit local needs and rely on local promotional efforts by the society’s various archdiocesan councils.

To donate or find out more information about the program, log on to www.svdpusacars.com or call 800-322-8284.†

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