Donate A Vehicle

Donating your car is extremely easy! 

  • We take almost any vehicle - car, truck, van, motorcycle or motor boat, running or not - as long as the owner has a valid certificate of title.
  • We provide pick-up for your automobile by Bill's Citywide Towing.
  • The donation allows a tax deduction on your income tax return.

To donate your car, fill out our application form. We will be in touch with you to complete the transaction!

Frequently Asked Questions

My car does not start (is rusted, has no engine, needs a water pump, etc), will you still take it?

Of course! We accept any vehicle, running or not. We will send a tow truck to the vehicle and remove it, at no cost to you.

Do I have to be home when my vehicle is picked up?

As long as the car is accessible to the tow-truck, and the keys are in the glove compartment, there is no need to be home. The towing service will generally respond to most pick-up requests within two to three days.

What if I can't find my title?

Unfortunately, we do need a title to accept the vehicle. If you cannot locate your title, you can request a duplicate from the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

Do I need a receipt?

You will not get a receipt from the towing service, but you will be mailed a letter from the Center when the sale of your vehicle is complete. That letter will serve as verification for the IRS of your donation, as well as provide you with the receipted dollar amount for your donation.

What is my tax write-off?

The short answer is it depends. The tax laws changed in 2005, which means if you donated prior to '05, your write-off was probably larger than it will be today. However, most people still find the write-off of a vehicle to be significant enough to make it worthwhile. As for the dollar amount, you may deduct the gross proceeds of the sale from your taxes. If, however, the vehicle was sold to a person in need (i.e. a guest of the Center), you may claim the car's fair market value. We will send you a letter with that information as soon as possible.

Still Have Questions?

Call: 574-234-2277


The Center for the Homeless is grateful to the following businesses that have helped CFH Cars become such a success. Each has made a commitment specifically to the "CFH Cars" program during the past year:


Participating Stations

Without the following stations' willingness to run public service announcements, the CFH Cars program could not be a success:

Immediate Needs

Immediate Needs

Immediate Needs

  • Cough Drops
  • Tylenol/Ibuprofen
  • Tissues
  • Stage 2 and 3 bottle nipples
  • Size 4 diapers (unopened)
  • Pillows
  • Baby Wipes
  • Towels and Washcloths
  • Double or triple-edge razors
  • Lysol wipes
  • African American Hair Care products
  • Travel-sized bottles of body wash/shampoos, conditioners
  • Deodorant (all skin types)
  • Blankets
  • Reading glasses- all strengths
  • New socks and underwear
  • Hand sanitizer - large
  • Ear plugs
  • Men's shoes
  • Work boots
  • Paper Towels
  • Bleach
  • Lysol
  • Trash Bags
  • Cold Medicine (alcohol free) for kids and adults
  • Shower flip flops
  • Petrolium jelly
  • DIBs

We are grateful for your donations to the Center for the Homeless. Thank you!


Critical Needs

Ongoing Needs

Ongoing Needs

  • Flash drives
  • Science calculators
  • Women's Hygiene Products
  • In-kind donation of routine maintenance on CFH vehicles
  • New socks and underwear (men's and women's)
  • X-Large - XXXL shirts, men and women
  • Women’s dress shoes (sizes 8 and up)
  • Men's Shoes: size 9-14
  • Laundry detergent
  • Bleach
  • Common toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, powder, etc)
  • Lip balm
  • 2 to 3-inch 3-ring binders
  • Acetaminophen, Ibuprofen, aspirin
  • Blue collared shirts (youth and adult S, M, L)
  • Belts
  • DVD movies rated PG
  • Sporting equipment (jump ropes, dodgeballs, etc.)
  • Supplies for first aid kits
  • Infant Orajel
  • Underwear for children
  • Kleenex
  • Ziploc bags
  • Toys for infants 0-12 months
  • latex gloves
  • Pack 'n' Plays
  • U-Locks for bikes

If you would like to donate additional items please feel free to drop them off with the front desk. Thank you!