Your donations of unwanted stuff or an old car changes lives

Clear your closet and help your community thrive by donating to Volunteers of America 

Thinking about de-cluttering your life by donating unwanted items or a vehicle? What if your donation could change a life? Donating to Volunteers of America doesn't just clear out room in your closet, it actively improves your community.

Your donations to Volunteers of America help support social service programs, including youth education, food pantries, veteran housing and more. Through these programs, Volunteers of America has helped community members restore their lives and live up to their potential. 

Here are a few of their stories:


Brenton's Story

Brenton enlisted in the U.S. Army shortly after high school. After serving four years in Iraq, the young man came home forever changed. Brenton found himself in a deep depression, and after the furnace in his home broke, he found himself without a place to stay. Brenton moved to Volunteers of America's Veterans Resource Center where he was treated for post-traumatic stress disorder. Now Brenton is living in his own home and attending college.

Teresa's Story


Teresa joined the military as a young woman at her father's urging. While working on computer mainframes while stationed overseas, she was sexually assaulted. As a result, Teresa suffered substance abuse problems, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Teresa found herself homeless, until Volunteers of America stepped in. Teresa moved into safe housing with fellow female veterans. She now receives counseling to improve her coping mechanisms, as well as help with housing paperwork. She finally feels safe and able to achieve her dream of being self-sufficient thanks to Volunteers of America.

Kevin's Story

A few months after the 9/11 attacks, 24-year-old Kevin enlisted in the Navy. Through high school, Kevin was a disciplined runner and worked food service and retail jobs. Kevin returned to food service after his time with the Navy, but found it difficult to get ahead while making only minimum wage. After his apartment was robbed, Kevin found himself homeless. With the help of Volunteers of America, Kevin is now in a residential program that is allowing him to save, as well as receiving budgeting and education assistance.

How your donations help

These stories are just a few examples of how donating your car or unwanted items to Volunteer of America can actively improve the lives of people living in your community. From programs to support our homeless veterans to counseling for those struggling with mental health and substance abuse issues, to offering safe spaces and help to victims of domestic violence, your donation to Volunteers of America helps local families and neighbors.

Consider donating your vehicle to Volunteers of America. It's fast, simple and we will take anything with a motor. Fill out our online form and we'll contact you to schedule a pick-up. If you'd prefer to donate by phone call 1-800-862-6030, or donate in person by bringing the clear title to 5640 W. Broad St., Columbus, Ohio 43228.

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