Society of St. Vincent de Paul Rolls Out National Vehicle Donation Program: A Fundraiser and a Way to Help the Needy

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Depending on the need, a donated vehicle may provide essentials such as food, shelter, housing, care for the elderly, or medicine, among others. Or, ithe vehicle may become transportation for someone in need. Best of all, the donation will stay in the community in which the donation was made

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"We have more than 146,000 members in more than 4,600 communities just in the United States. That reach means we will be able to target exactly where, and to whom, each donation needs to go."

For people in need, basic transportation for everyday tasks like looking for a job or visiting the doctor can be a struggle, but a new national vehicle donation program unveiled today by the nonprofit National Council of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVDP) promises to help ease that burden.

To donate or find out more information, log on to http://www.svdpusacars.com, or call (800) 322-8284.

Joe Flannigan, SVDP national president, said the Society’s program differs from similar vehicle donation programs in several important respects. “For one, it’s both a fundraiser and a way of assisting those in need,” said Flannigan. “Depending on the need, the donation may translate into program or services dollars, providing essential needs such as food, shelter, housing, care for the elderly, or medicine. Or, if it’s desired by a local SVDP, the donation can provide transportation to someone in need, allowing them the dignity of keeping a job to support their family.”

SVDP currently takes in more than 16,000 vehicles across the country every year.

Geographical targeting is a key element and another distinguishing feature of SVDP’s program. When a donor enters a zip code, monies raised will be credited to the SVDP associated with that location.

Roger Playwin, executive director of the National Council of SVDP, said the Society’s presence across the country will enhance the program’s impact. “We have more than 146,000 members in more than 4,600 communities just in the United States,” said Playwin. “They know their neighbors and what they need. That reach means we will be able to target exactly where, and to whom, each donation needs to go.”

SVDP has partnered with Insurance Auto Auctions (IAA), one of the largest and most reputable companies of its kind in North America, to administer and manage the vehicle donation program.

“We are pleased to partner with the members of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and the tremendously valuable services they provide to so many communities,” said Jeanene O’Brien, vice president of provider marketing for IAA. “IAA’s goal is to sell each vehicle for the highest price possible. We do this by supporting a healthy competitive auction for global buyers at more than 140 locations in the United States which sell in excess of one million vehicles per year. In addition, we evaluate each donated vehicle through our ‘Best Venue Decision,’ which allows us to sell a vehicle either through our salvage auctions or through our sister company, ADESA whole car auctions. Insurance Auto Auctions’ Donation Division has successfully partnered with hundreds of charities for the past 15 years. We take our role in assisting charities seriously and work to ensure they secure the most dollars from donated vehicles. In addition, vehicle donation is a critical component to how IAA not only gives back to the community, but also gives back to our shared environment by keeping billions of pounds of vehicle waste out of landfills.”

A 60-second TV spot can be seen at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNGazn5d3V0

BetaSP copies of the 60-second spot are also available from:

Barton Productions
1851 King Street
Jacksonville, FL 32204
Phone: (904) 308-7529
info(at)BartonProd(dot)com

One of the oldest and most successful charitable organizations in the world, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (http://www.svdpusa.org/) is a Catholic lay organization of more than 690,000 men and women throughout the world who voluntarily join together to grow spiritually and offer person-to-person service to the needy and suffering in 142 countries on six continents. With the U.S. headquarters in St. Louis, Mo., membership in the United States totals more than 146,000 in 4,600 communities.

Media inquiries only:
Charles B. Henderson
(314) 576-3993, ext. 214 (office)
(314) 623-6505 (mobile)
chenderson(at)svdpusa(dot)org

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