ELIZABETH, NJ--People looking for both a tax deduction and a great feeling can find both through the Car Donation Program of Community Access Unlimited (CAU).

CAU is a statewide Union County-based nonprofit providing support programs and services to adults with disabilities as well as the youth served under the Department of Children and Families (DCF) to enable them to live independently in the community, providing support in areas including housing, vocational skills, and life-skills training, education, advocacy, and recreation.

CAU started the vehicle donation program as a way to aid youth and individuals with disabilities to gain the independence that comes with owning a vehicle, according to Cara Pavia, director of fundraising and event management at the agency.

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"Thanks to generous donors and partners, at-risk youth and individuals with disabilities are now able to travel on their own, giving them the ability to easily get to work, school or social gatherings," Pavia said.

Saquan Brown is a member of CAU and former at-risk youth who both works and attends college. She greatly benefited from the program.

"It made a dramatic impact on my life," she said. "I make it to work on time. I make it to class. I get more job interviews."

Unlike other car donation programs, CAU does not take donated cars and sell or scrap them, receiving only a percentage of their value, according to Pavia. One-hundred percent of donations go to a person with transportation needs.

To donate, contact CAU's development department at 908.354.3040 or info@caunj.org. CAU will collect information, including the make, model, year and mileage of the vehicle and a brief description of its condition. The agency will arrange an inspection to assess any additional work the car requires before being given to a recipient. Vehicles may be inspected at the donor's home or at the CAU Garage in Roselle, NJ. 

Vehicles that may qualify for donation include new or gently used vehicles or those needing minor body or mechanical work. The vehicle's owner must have the title at the time of donation. Once the vehicle is approved for donation and the title transferred to CAU, the owner will receive a donation letter that can serve as verification of the donation, which is tax deductible.

About Community Access Unlimited

Community Access Unlimited (CAU), celebrates its 38 years in 2017, supports people with special needs in achieving real lives in the community. CAU provides support and gives voice to adults and youth who traditionally have little support and no voice in society. CAU helps people with housing, life skills, employment, money management, socialization and civic activities. CAU also supports opportunities for advocacy through training in assertiveness, decision-making and civil right. CAU currently serves more than 6,000 individuals and families, with the number served growing each year.

For more information about CAU and its services, contact us by phone at 908.354.3040, online at www.caunj.org or by mail at 80 West Grand Street, Elizabeth, NJ 07202.

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