Solano County

Donate a car, help build a house

By From page A3 | April 17, 2014

FAIRFIELD — Habitat for Humanity’s Cars for Homes program celebrates its Every Day is Earth Day initiative throughout April, encouraging people to donate their used cars, trucks, RVs, boats and other vehicles to help raise money for Solano-Napa Habitat and other Habitat affiliates throughout the country.

“This is a great way for people to support Habitat’s goal of eliminating substandard housing,” said Ann Cousineau, local Habitat board president, in a press release. “The funds we have received will help us build our next two homes at the corner of Missouri and Taylor streets in Fairfield.”

Habitat’s Cars for Homes generates funding from the sale of used cars, trucks and other vehicles. To date, more than 40,000 vehicles have been donated to the program. Solano-Napa Habitat has received more than $41,000 since the program’s inception eight years ago.

“On average, about 25 percent of the vehicles we receive each year are recycled, so donating idle cars not only helps Habitat build homes but also gets gas guzzlers off the road,” said Marcia Rundle, director of Habitat’s Cars for Homes program, in a press release. “Donating a vehicle is a hassle-free way for anyone to support their local Habitat affiliate while being good stewards of the environment.”

Interested donors can call 1-877-277-4344 or donate a car or other vehicle online at www.carsforhomes.com. Cars for Homes will tow the vehicle away for free.

Donors receive an acknowledgement letter for their car donation.

For more information about Solano-Napa Habitat’s current house build or the ReStore in Fairfield, call 422-1948 or go to www.solano-napahabitatforhumanity.org.

Reach Amy Maginnis-Honey at 427-6957 or [email protected]. Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/amaginnisdr.

Updated version: Corrects toll-free number for Habitat for Humanity’s Cars for Homes program.

Amy Maginnis-Honey

Amy Maginnis-Honey

Amy Maginnis-Honey joined the staff of the Daily Republic in 1980. She’ll tell you she was only 3 at the time. Over the past three decades she’s done a variety of jobs in the newsroom. Today, she covers arts and entertainment and writes for the Living and news pages.

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