Help a Local Texas Charity by Donating Your Piece-of-Junk Car

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The Average American Family spends almost $8,000 a year on their cars – including maintenance, insurance, and the cost of gas. $8,000 a year is a lot of money! Rather than continuing to pour money into a car that hasn’t left your driveway in years or now looks like a permanent fixture in your yard, use that car to change peoples’ lives.

There are charities and nonprofits throughout Texas that are taking part in incredible community-changing efforts. By donating your junk car to one of these nonprofits, you can help:

  • researchers find a cure for cancer
  • keep drunk drivers off the road
  • keep Texas beautiful
  • feed a hungry Texan

Donating your junk car to a charity is easy. The charity, or a third party on the charity’s behalf, will come to you and take your car away. You don’t have to worry about moving the car, listing the car, or haggling with anyone. Not only do you get to walk away knowing that you’ve done good for Texas, but you also get to deduct the value of your car from your taxes.


Take a close look at these awesome Texas-based nonprofits that accept car donations. Click on one that aligns with your values and do something incredible with your pile of junk.

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Austin Humane Society

The Austin Humane Society is the longest standing no-kill shelter in Austin. AHS transforms the lives of animals and the people who love them through life-saving programs that find animals homes, serve animals and people in times of crisis, prevent future homelessness though spay and neuter, and engage the community to be a part of the solution. In just the past year, AHS has unleashed hope for over 11,000 animals.

Donate Your Car to Austin Humane Society

Learn more about the Austin Humane Society and donate your car, here.


MADD

Founded by a mother whose daughter was killed by a drunk driver, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is the nation’s largest nonprofit working to protect families from drunk driving and underage drinking. MADD also supports drunk and drugged driving victims and survivors at no charge, serving one person every 8.6 minutes through local MADD victim advocates.

Donate Your Junk Car to MADD

Learn more about MADD and donate your car, here.


Tarrant Area Food Bank

The Tarrant Are Food Bank works on the collection and distribution of donated food to partner food pantries and social service centers such as shelters, after-school programs, soup kitchens, and senior centers.

Donate Your Junk Car to Tarrant Food Bank

Learn more about the Tarrant Area Food Bank and donate your car, here.


Austin Youth River Watch

The Austin Youth River Watch is a multi-year, after-school, and summer program for high school students, combining peer mentoring with intensive environmental education. The students involved collect, analyze, and publish water-quality data from Austin-area streams and rivers. The data is them reported to local and statewide agencies.

Donate Your Junk Car to Austin Youth RiverWatch

Learn more about the Austin Youth River Watch and donate your car, here.


Mary Crowley Cancer Research Centers

The Mary Crowley Cancer Research Centers provide cancer patients access to personalized, innovative clinical trials under the oversight of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, using the newest investigational therapies that target the molecular pathways which impact cancer growth.

Donate Your Car to Mary Crowley Cancer Research Center

Learn more about the Mary Crowley Cancer Research Centers and donate your car, here.


Goodwill Industries of East Texas, Inc.

It is the mission of Goodwill Industries of East Texas, Inc. to provide skills training and vocational opportunities for people with barriers to employment. Goodwill uses the revenue from their thrift stores to provide training, counseling, services, and community employment to those that have disabilities or a background of disadvantage.

Donate Your Car to Goodwill Texas

Learn more about the Goodwill Industries of East Texas and donate your car, here.


GENaustin

Started by 12 concerned mothers raising adolescent girls in Austin, Texas, GENaustin strives to support and guide girls to make wise choices as they navigate the unique pressures of girlhood. Providing services that range from an after school program to a statewide conference, GENaustin helps foster healthy self-esteem in girls by engaging them to explore and define their personal values and to build skills that empower them with confidence and courage to make wise choices.

Donate Your Junk Car to GENaustin

Learn more about GENaustin and donate your car, here.


NAMI Greater Houston

NAMI Greater Houston was founded in 1988 by a group of dedicated and caring family members of those living with difficult, yet treatable, mental illnesses. In founding NAMI Greater Houston, these family members sought to establish a grassroots organization that would address the increasing need for families and persons affected by mental illness to have a powerful voice in the mental health community.

Donate Your Junk Car to NAMI Houston

Learn more about NAMI Greater Houston and donate your car, here.


Lumin Education

Lumin Education was founded in 1978 for the specific purpose of proving that all children, regardless of race or income, can succeed in school when we start young and involve parents. Lumin Education strives to transform education by starting young, involving parents, and creating learning environments to inspire children from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds in Dallas.

Donate Your Junk Car to Lumin Education Fund

Learn more about Lumin Education and donate your car, here.


Environment Texas Research and Policy Center

The Environment Texas Research and Policy Center researches the issues, educates the public, and looks to win tangible results in ensuring that we leave an environmentally rich Texas for future generations. The Environment Texas Research and Policy Center works to make sure that there is clean air to breathe, healthy beaches, lakes, and rivers that are safe for swimming and fishing, preserved open spaces, and clean sources of energy that don’t pollute and never run out.

Donate Your Car to the Environment Texas Research and Policy Center

Learn more about the Environment Texas Research and Policy Center and donate your car, here.


The Trail Foundation

The Trail Foundation is working to protect and enhance the Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail at Lady Bird Lake. Since the formation of the foundation in 2003, they have fulfilled their mission through careful improvements to the trail’s infrastructure.

Donate Your Junk Car to the The Trail Foundation

Learn more about The Trail Foundation and donate your car, here.


Marfa Public Radio

Marfa Public Radio broadcasts from Marfa, Alpine, and Marathon, Texas. Their mission is to provide radio that unites the community and promotes cultural enrichment through presentation and focus on the importance of art, education, science, quality of life, and the local economy.

Donate Your Junk Car to Marfa Public Radio

Learn more about Marfa Public Radio and donate your car, here.


Phoenix Center

The Phoenix Center works to provide high-quality mental health care for children in need in rural central Texas. The Phoenix Center offers everything from therapeutic summer camps to a community counseling clinic.

Donate Your Junk Car to Phoenix Center

Learn more about the Phoenix Center and donate your car, here.


Cocker Spaniel Rescue of Austin and San Antonio

Cocker Spaniel Rescue of Austin and San Antonio is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization working to rescue, rehabilitate, and rehome cocker spaniels in central Texas(and sometimes beyond).

Donate Your Junk Car to Cocker Spaniel Rescue

Learn more about the Cocker Spaniel Rescue of Austin and San Antonio and donate your car, here.


The TexPIRG Education Fund

The TexPIRG Education Fund conducts research and public education on behalf of Texas’ consumers and the public interest. The TexPIRG Education Fund provides research, analysis, reports, and outreach to serve as counterweights to the influence of powerful special interests that threaten Texans’ health, safety, or well-being.

Donate Your Junk Car to TexPIRG

Learn more about The TexPIRG Education Fund and donate your car, here.


Girl Scouts of Central Texas

Girls Scouts of Central Texas serves 20,000 girls, grades K-12, and 12,000 adult volunteers in 46 Central Texas counties. As the premier leadership organization for girls, GSCTX continues to provide outcome based opportunities for Girl Scouts of all ages.

Donate Your Junk Car to Girls Scouts of Central Texas

Learn more about the Girl Scouts of Central Texas how to donate, here.


The Observer

The Texas Observer is a nonprofit news organization that specializes in investigative, political and social-justice reporting in Texas. The award-winning magazine is published monthly, and the web site features new content daily.

Donate Your Junk Car to the Texas Observer

Learn more about The Observer and how to donate, here.


Character Camp

Character camp partners with local schools, youth agencies and Corporate America to make lasting and far-reaching impacts on youth, educational institutions, communities and employers. Character Camp provides innovative youth camps, mentoring programs, on-campus projects, and community events in Pearland, Texas.

Donate Your Junk Car to the Character Camp

Learn more about Character Camp and how to donate, here.


Austin Parks Foundation

The Austin Parks Foundation is a non-profit organization devoted to building public/private partnerships to develop and maintain parks, trails, and open space in Austin and Travis County.

Donate Your Junk Car to Austin Parks Foundation

Learn more about the Austin Parks Foundation and how to donate, here.


Animal Trustees of Austin

The Animal Trustees of Austin serves the animals of the Austin community by providing affordable, humane treatment, with compassion and respect for all.
Donate Your Junk Car to Animal Trustees of Austin

Learn more about the Animal Trustees of Austin and how to donate, here.



So, what are you waiting for? Give your charity of choice a call today. Get that old clunker off your property, minimize your stress levels, and reduce the amount of money you are spending on your cars every year. You will be grateful that you did and the charity of your choice will be extremely thankful that you did.

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