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Cars for Families

Donate Your Car

Navigating Northern Virginia without a vehicle can keep people from accessing jobs and the opportunity to move out of poverty. A car can transform lives by helping people support their families, reducing their reliance on subsidies and aiding them in becoming more financially secure. Donated cars are given directly to those in need. We also accept non-working cars which support this ministry.

Commuting. Appointments. School. Life today is a blur of schedules and activities. It’s hard enough to do when we can jump into our cars and head out on our own schedule.

Imagine having to factor in public transportation and transit time on top of it all because you can’t afford to buy a car. Prioritizing becomes a challenge and in many cases, choices come down to taking care of only the most basic needs.

Many low-income residents in the Northern Virginia area are forced to deal with this nightmare on a daily basis.

Catholic Charities Car Ministry or Cars for Families program provides vehicles for free to low income families who complete the application process.”  The Car Ministry was founded over two decades ago by Father John O’Hara and longtime Catholic Charities employee Harry Burke.

The program accepts working cars, which it gives to qualified recipients. This is a unique aspect of the Catholic Charities program. Non-operational cars are also accepted and proceeds from the sale of these vehicles goes to help fund all the programs of Catholic Charities.

Donate Your Car Today

Click the button below to begin the donation process. All fields are required. Please ensure that all fields are answered. Thank you.

Donate My Car

Locations where we accept cars

  • Arlington - 200 N. Glebe Rd., Suite 250, Arlington, VA 22203
  • Fredericksburg - 100 Riverside Parkway Suite 135, Fredericksburg, VA 22406
  • Leesburg - Saint John the Apostle Catholic Church, 101 Oakcrest Manor Dr NE, Leesburg, VA 20176

Benefits of Donating Your Car

  • Help a family in need! Know that your car will directly go to a worthy family and help improve the quality of their life.
  • It’s easy! Our goal is to make donating your car as easy as possible. We will help you through the process and handle all of the paperwork, including title transfer. First the title is transferred to the name of Catholic Charities then this title is transferred to the recipient.
  • It’s free! You will have NO costs for donating your car.
  • Great tax deduction! We are a qualifying 501(c)(3) agency. You will receive an IRS donation receipt for the value of your car.
  • It will simplify your life! Avoid the hassles of having to sell your car. No want ads, craiglistings, or car dealers to contend with. Who knows what you can do with all of that extra space in your garage!
  • Non-working cars provide financial support as well to all the assistance programs of Catholic Charities.          

Car Ministry Contact Information and Questions:

Email or call (703) 841-3898.  


Episode 29 - How this Ministry takes our Unwanted Cars to Help Families

January 21, 2019

Many of us don’t need a car to get us to where we’re going, but if you’re a parent with more than two kids, having a car is a necessity! Hear how one car ministry is giving away cars to families... and how you can donate your own car – even if it doesn’t work – to benefit families in need.

Frequently Asked Questions

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My car is in good shape, can I donate it?

To Donate your car please use the  “To Donate Click Here”  button above and then fill out the form that pops up.
If you have questions email us at or call (703) 841-3898.

Will I be able to get a tax deduction?

If you donate a working car you can receive a deduction of the full value of the vehicle as if it were sold to a private party.

What if my car cannot be given to a family in need?

If you believe that your vehicle cannot be given to a family in need due to age or condition of the vehicle, please call (844) 527-2232. Your car will be picked-up and towed from wherever you are.

The car will be towed away and sold with the proceeds coming to Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington for use in all of our programs. The donors will receive a tax form allowing them to deduct the full value received for the vehicle as a donation to Catholic Charities

Will I know to whom my car goes?

Once your car has been given to a family in need, you will receive a donor thank you describing in brief who the car was given to.

Who qualifies to receive a donated car?

The recipient is working but does not have reliable transportation, has at least one dependent child, a Virginia’s driver’s license and has a good driving record. 

What Should I do if I need a car?

Potential recipients should contact us by email at or by phone at (703) 841-3898 to request an application.  When you contact us please provide your full name, address, phone number, email address if you have one and the reasons you need a car.

We will contact you and send you an application if you meet our basic criteria to receive a car.

Can I volunteer?

Yes! If you are interested in volunteering with our car ministry program, please sign up here.