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Angel Joana Hall

It feels good when you are associated with some kind of charity. It gives you a sense of fulfillment and a satisfaction of doing something for someone who might not be as fortunate as you are. For all, making cash donations might not always be possible. Thankfully, there are places like Outreach Center who strictly follows one principle: donation can be in any form. It can be real estate or land or simply the junk old car that you would no longer use. Outreach Center is that one non-profit organization that offers a car donation charity. The vehicle donation program is not only restricted to New Jersey. Outreach Center accepts used and old cars and channelizes the proceeds from the same to fund a good number of programs that are meant to bring a sea change in the lives of the underprivileged children. Outreach center believes that all children have the right to enjoy the basic necessities in life. Through their car donation charity, they are keeping an avenue open for all such children to bring about a change in their life.

Benefits of This Vehicle Donation Program

As far as the vehicle donation program goes, there are clearly two winners. One is the car donor, the champion of this noble cause and the other are the innumerable children who are going to benefit from the funds that is going to bring a positive change in their life and help them become better human beings. As far as the car donor is concerned, every car donated to Outreach Center is tax deductible. Hence, they get to enjoy a lot of tax deductions.

What Questions Should You Ask In Relation To The Car Donation Charity from Outreach Center?

It is not wrong to be inquisitive or gather some useful information regarding the car donation charity. So, there are some very common questions that you need to get answers for. The following is a list of common questions that every car owner wishes to get answer to.

What Are The Things That I can Donate?

Apart from cars, Outreach Center accepts donations in the form of boats, RVs, travel trailers, fleet vehicles and real estate.

What do I Need to Do For the Donation Process?

As the vehicle donor, you will need to provide the title to the vehicle. If the paperwork is not in place, not an issue as other arrangements can always be made. The contact details are to be provided either online or by putting across a call. A convenient pickup time is then scheduled and the tow truck is sent by Outreach Center to pick the vehicle from the mentioned location.

Which States Are Covered By Outreach Center Under Their Vehicle Donation Program?

The many places where the car donation charity works includes Arizona, Alabama, California, Florida, Miami, Maryland, Kansas, New York, Montana and more.

How is the value of the vehicle determined?

According to the IRS, car donors can claim a tax deduction on a donated vehicle for the lower of its FMV (Fair Market Value) or $500, or the selling price at auction if the amount should exceed $500. However, if the donation is among the donations valued above $500, it is ensured that you and your accountant receive the paperwork necessary to document larger donations.

Author Bio: Joana Hall is a freelance writer with many years of experience in writing on varied topics. Her current write up speaks about Outreach Center and their car donation charity that is making a big difference in the lives of many children.

Angel Joana Hall

Did you know that one of the aims of San José’s Green Vision plan is to reach zero waste by 2022? Talk about a goal! In 2012, Americans collectively produced about 251 million tons of trash. From that gigantic amount, only 34.5% was recycled. San José is one of the many cities actively working to increase that percentage and one of the ways it is achieving this is through the Zero Waste Event program.

What is a Zero Waste Event?

Once an event meets all qualifications, the city of San José provides (free) resources such as dumpsters, Eco-stations, recycling equipment and services and even funds for the event. This ensures that the event is eco-friendly and doesn’t increase the load on the city’s landfills.

How does an event qualify?

Say you’re part of planning an event for a charity, awareness building, a children’s parade or perhaps even a wedding.

  • If this event is to take place in an outdoor area open to the public (a park, street or plaza) and

  • There are bound to be more than 500 people attending it,

Then congratulations! The event can be a Zero Waste Event and the city will even help you out for free.

What other conditions need to be met to have a Zero Waste Event?

The event or event organizer will also have to:

  • Send in an application for a Zero Waste Event at least 45 days in advanc

  • Make sure food and drinks that are served comply to the packaging standards mentioned here

  • Ensure that an approved dumpster service is hired/being provided by the city

  • Use the city’s Eco-stations for recycling, composting and trash collecting purposes

    • If the event does not meet basic qualifications, San José’s Zero Waste Event program may still assist if the event plans to recycle and compost their trash, food and scrap metal

    • Creating an arrangement with a paper or scrap metal recycling facility such as SIMS Metal Management or Piranha Plastics for your event is advisable


    Make three announcements regarding environmentally friendly habits provided by the city during the event. The exact announcements are specified here

The announcements include:

  • A caution against flushing medicine down the toilet and dropping them off at a take back site

  • Where to properly dispose of garage items like motor oil and batteries

  • Ways to keep the city and neighborhoods of San José litter free

The Zero Waste Event program is a great step towards making the bustling and beautiful city of San José an environmentally friendly and clean one. So next time you’re part of a workshop or fair, consider applying to the program make it the cleanest, most waste free event of the year!

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