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Morris Habitat for Humanity Celebrates Earth Day by Recycling Cars into Homes

Ellie Arnould-Tomb

Thursday, April 11, 2013 • 6:10am

MADISON, NJ — In recognition of Earth Day, Morris Habitat for Humanity invites its supporters to recycle their used cars and vehicles to help build hope and homes in partnership with low-income families in the Morris County area.

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

Every day, Habitat’s Cars for Homes generates funding from the sale of used cars, trucks, and other vehicles. Those funds are distributed to local Habitat for Humanity organizations in the U.S. to help build affordable homes in partnership with low-income families. To date, more than 40,000 vehicles have been donated to the program.  Morris Habitat for Humanity has received over $128,000 since the program’s inception. “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. “Donating a vehicle is a hassle-free way for anyone to support their local Habitat affiliate while being good stewards of the environment.”

"We are so pleased with the revenues we have received from this program.” said Morris Habitat’s Executive Director, Blair Bravo,  “To date, the money has gone to build the equivalent of one home!  Morris Habitat plans to build an additional 80 units and preserve 40 homes within the next 5 years.  Please consider putting your old vehicle to good use by donating it to Morris Habitat through the Cars for Homes program."

Interested donors can call 1-877-277-HFHI (4344) or donate a car or other vehicle online at www.CarsforHomes.com. 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.

For more information go to the website at www.morrishabitat.org or call the Morris Habitat for Humanity Office in Randolph, NJ at 973-891-1934.  

About Morris Habitat for Humanity 

Morris Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit housing agency dedicated to providing decent, affordable housing for low-income families in Morris County and the surrounding New Jersey area.  Through volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, Morris Habitat builds and rehabilitates houses in partnership with families in need.  Since 1985 Morris Habitat has served 254 households though home ownership opportunities, home preservation, and international home building programs. The organization has plans to build an additional 80 units and preserve 40 homes within the next 5 years. In addition, proceeds from our ReStore, opened May 2007, have built 8 homes and diverted over 3,000 tons of useable material out of landfills.  For more information about Morris Habitat call 973-891-1934   or visit www.morrishabitat.org.  

 

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