At a time like retirement, there’s nowhere you’d rather be than in the company of those who share your principles of truth, relief and brotherly love. The comfort that residents of Eastern Star senior living get to experience includes that sense of community, sharing a similar lifestyle with fellow members of the order.
You can play a part in the lives of seniors with an Eastern Star car donation. The value of the vehicle you no longer need can benefit residents and facility at the senior living community, so that more members can experience that advantage.
The Order of the Eastern Star is the largest fraternal order from the family of Freemasonry that admits both men and women into membership. The benevolent nature of the organization comes from its focus on self-improvement and living according to the virtues of the order, which each member learns through stories of Biblical heroines. Men who join Eastern Star are affiliated with the Masons as well, and female members have often spent their youth involved in Job’s Daughters International or the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls, “Rainbow Girls.”
For Susan Capwell Holmes of Los Angeles, it was both her own enriching experience in Eastern Star and her father’s lifelong devotion to the Masons that inspired her to donate a vehicle to Eastern Star Homes.
“When it came time to donate a car, there was no question,” said Susan, who made her vehicle donation to Eastern Star through Cars2Charities. “It was my number one choice.”
In her father’s 91 years, Susan was impressed by the infinite support he received from his friends in the family of Freemasons. His lodge brothers drove hours out of their way to bring him to activities and always made sure he and his family were provided for. In fact, the day her father died, he was on his way to a Mason event.
“When a member passes away, they take care of the family. Even after he died, they said they’d be there to help us,” she said. “They did a lot for him. Even to this day, there are some guys I call up and if I say, ‘I need help,’ his lodge brothers say, ‘I’m on my way.’”
Susan read about Eastern Star vehicle donations in a newsletter and she was immediately interested, mostly because she saw that donating a car to Eastern Star Homes for seniors was so easy to do.
“I needed someone to come get it and take it away,” said Susan. “I had a car that needed to be smogged and I hadn’t jumped through all these hoops.”
As the executor for her father’s estate, Susan had a big job to do, and she found a way to benefit a beloved nonprofit cause and gain the support of our fast and free pick up of her car.
It’s easy and simple. Start by completing an online donation form (the blue box on the right side of the page). Once you submit the form, one of our donation coordinators will contact you to gather additional information about the vehicle.
Together, we will then decide the most coinvent time, date, and location for the pick up. After that, we handle the entire process on your behalf, free of charge.
With Cars2Charities, donating your unwanted vehicle has never been easier. Our expert Vehicle Donation Coordinators are always available to efficiently walk you through the donation process in just 3-5 minutes.
At Cars2Charities, we have a unique operating model that results in you getting the best possible tax deduction for your car donation. How? We start by improving how your vehicle donation and then we market it to our network of retail buyers.
Car donations are considered by the Internal Revenue Service and the State to be COMPLETELY TAX DEDUCTIBLE. This means that the price that your car is sold for will be tax deductible. Both you and your non-profit will receive IRS Form 1098-C within 30-50 days of the sale of your vehicle, making the transaction transparent to all parties. Plus, we do all the work. There’s no standing in lines at the DMV or dealing with the paperwork from the title transfer.
Need some more info? The IRS guidelines for tax deductions is a great resource.
You can also learn more about our vehicle donation program by watching our videos, which focus on frequently asked questions that we've grouped by topic.