Help Habitat for Humanity celebrate Earth Day

Help Habitat for Humanity celebrate Earth Day

A program to recycle used vehicles helps build homes

BILOXI, MS, (April 13, 2011) —With Earth Day approaching, Habitat for Humanity of the Mississippi Gulf Coast invites everyone to recycle their used cars and vehicles to help build a brighter future in partnership with working families on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Throughout the month of April, Habitat for Humanity’s Cars for Homes program will kick off the yearlong “Every day is Earth Day” initiative, encouraging people to donate their used cars, trucks RVs, boats and other vehicles to help raise funds for Habitat for Humanity of the Mississippi Gulf Coast and other Habitat affiliates throughout the country.

“This is our first year to participate in this program,” said Adele Lyons, Director of Development of Habitat for Humanity of the Mississippi Gulf Coast. “We think this can be a win-win for our organization and someone with an older vehicle they are ready to part with. This program will help get cars out of people’s yards and help people who don’t want to go through the hassle of selling an old car. As well, as it helps us build homes here on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.”

For nearly six years, Habitat’s Cars for Homes funds have been distributed to 1,055 local Habitat for Humanity organizations in the United States, Canada and overseas to help build affordable homes. To date, more than 30,000 vehicles have been donated to the program, equaling nearly $3 million a year for Habitat affiliates worldwide

“Many times, used cars end up in a landfill or sitting idle, but donating an vehicle for recycling or reselling is a hassle-free and easy way for anyone to help support their local Habitat affiliate and help provide affordable housing within their own community,” said Marcia Rundle, director of Habitat’s Cars for Homes program. “On average, more than 50 percent of the vehicles we receive each year are recycled, so donating idle cars not only helps the community but also lets all of us be good stewards of our environment.”

Interested donors can call 1-877-277-HFHI (4344) or donate a car or other vehicles online at Donor contact, title and vehicle information is collected, and upon acceptance of the donation, Cars for Homes will tow the vehicle away, free of charge. Donors receive an acknowledgement letter for their car donation and should check with the Internal Revenue Service or their tax advisor for information about the tax deductibility of their donation.