Jun 17, 2014

Local Society of St. Vincent de Paul joins vehicle donation program



Staff report

EAST LONGMEADOW – The Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVDP) at St. Michael Parish, here, has added another component to its ministry.

The group has joined the National SVDP Vehicle Donation Program to help raise funds for local charities.

The group is looking for unwanted cars or other vehicles, regardless of condition.

“Whether your vehicle is a late-model sedan, a classic collectable and unfinished project car or an old clunker gathering dust in the driveway, whether running or not, it can be turned into a valuable donation to bring hope and assistance to those in need,” said Brian Nichols, president of  SVDP.

The St. Vincent de Paul Society also will accept most boats on trailers and RVs, he said.

The donated cars are often used to generate funds. The money is kept locally and assists the immediate community. Sometimes, the cars are given to individuals who have “difficulty finding reliable, affordable transportation,” according to Nichols.

He stressed that “one hundred percent of the proceeds goes directly to helping our neighbors in need.”

Donated vehicles will be picked up within 24 hours of contacting SVDP. Donors will receive a statement of the sale for a tax deduction.

SDVP at St. Michael’s also supplies food for, and prepares, more than 3,400 meals per year for the homeless. The group donates funds for food banks, provides fuel assistance, runs clothing drives and supports a free health clinic.

The SDVP is comprised of “men and women who strive to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to individuals in need.” The car donation program is another way for the group to help others and make a difference.

For more information, call 1-800-322-8284 or log onto www.svdpusacars.com.