ELIZABETH, NJ - What does it mean to have your own car? For longtime Community Access Unlimited member Brian Shapiro, it means both stability and freedom. Before he had a car, Shapiro had to get a ride from a friend or take an Uber to his job driving a cab in Bloomfield.

“It’s a lot easier,” Brian said, thanks to the Volvo he received as a donation through Community Access Unlimited this fall. “I go to work and take my son places.”

CAU started the vehicle donation program as a way to aid youth and individuals with disabilities who wished to complete their driver's test and gain the independence that comes with owning a vehicle. Now Shapiro can easily travel to the job he has had for nearly 20 years. Many have already benefited from the donation of reliable cars to get them where they need to go- from work and school to social functions.

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“I’ve known about it for a while and it finally worked out,” Shapiro said.

Unlike other car donation programs, CAU does not sell or scrap donated cars, receiving only a percentage of their value. By donating a vehicle to CAU, 100% of your donation will go to a person with transportation needs.

Those interested in donating a car should contact Mercedes Pagan, Fundraising and Event Director, at 908-354-3040 extension 4376 or mpagan@caunj.org.

Vehicles that may qualify for donation include those that are new, gently used, or vehicles needing minor body or mechanical work. The owner of the car must have the title at the time of donation. Car donors will receive a donation letter that can serve as a charitable donation, which is tax-deductible.

Learn more about donating to or volunteering with CAU at caunj.org/support-us/.

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