Donating a vehicle can have a large impact. Sandra Miller, Office Administrator at the American Red Cross in the National Capital Region, knows this first hand through her work running the Vehicle Donation Program.
The Vehicle Donation Program (VDP) is a partnership between the American Red Cross and Insurance Auto Auctions (IAA) Donation Division.
“Vehicle donation enables the Red Cross to fulfill its mission to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies,” said Miller. “The program helps the Red Cross as a whole by providing funds to services such as disaster relief, community outreach, operations, and support for the men and women of the armed forces and their families – and so much more.”
“The monetary donation we receive depends on the type of vehicle that’s donated. We have seen everything from older cars that sell for a few hundred dollars to high-end vehicles that sold for thousands,” said Miller.
The types of vehicles accepted by the Vehicle Donation Program include but are not limited to cars, trucks, vans, sport utility vehicles, boats, motorcycles, recreational vehicles, snowmobiles, jet skis, heavy equipment, farm equipment, and tractors.
The vehicle donation process has a few simple steps. First, individuals or businesses with any type of vehicle may call 855 9RC CAR (855-927-2227) or visit www.redcross.org/cardonation to complete a donation form.
After completing the online form, IAA will pick up the donated vehicle at the most convenient time for the donor. The vehicle is then sold and the revenue is donated to the Red Cross. The donor will also receive a tax receipt and acknowledgement for their donation.
Miller is the program lead in the National Capital Region. She can assist donors directly, especially those at the Montgomery County office, where donors can directly drop off their vehicles for pick up.
“The largest reward is being able to make the process stress-free for our donors,” said Miller.
During her time with the Vehicle Donation Program, Miller has witnessed people experience many emotions while donating their cars. “Sometimes it’s hard for some to let go of their vehicles. It sort of reminds me of separation anxiety with kids,” said Miller. “For others, vehicle donation is a large source of relief and happiness. When they are finished they receive the satisfaction of helping the American Red Cross with their generous donation.”
If you are interested in donating to the Red Cross Vehicle Donation Program please visit www.redcross.org/cardonation or call 855-9RC-CAR (855-927-2227).