DONATE YOUR VEHICLE
WHEELS 4 WINGS
Wings For LIFE International has partnered with One Community Auto to promote vehicle* donations that will provide additional funding for Wings’ critical mission of transforming lives to break the generational cycle of incarceration and cut crime.
Your donated vehicle* will help provide much-needed assistance and services to families, youth, and children of prisoners, juvenile offenders, at-risk youth, and returning citizens (former inmates/prisoners) throughout New Mexico and the United States. You can live anywhere in the U.S. and donate to Wings!
- Farm Equipment
- Heavy Equipment
- “Totaled” Vehicles
- Fleet Equipment of all Kinds
HOW TO DONATE:
Donating your vehicle to help Wings is easy, no cost (FREE to you), and we accept donations from anywhere in the nation (ALL 50 states). Just call 505- 901-9510 or fill out the online form below. We provide pickup at your convenience, handle all the title work, and provide you a receipt. It is very simple, and your vehicle donation is critical to helping families of prisoners and returning citizens get back on their feet.
Since we accept any type of vehicle, cars, trucks, motorcycles, RVs, boats, ATVs, utility vehicles, farm equipment, airplanes, trailers and even your wrecked vehicles, we have included a few scenarios:
Time to trade in old Betsy, your trusty old pickup. Unfortunately, the dealer only offers you a few hundred dollars as a trade. You can donate Betsy and receive a minimum of a $500 tax deduction and Betsy gets to live on! The proceeds of your truck donation will help provide education to children and families of prisoners and returning citizens.
Aunt Mary gave you her 1976 Ford. It has been sitting for a number of years and you cannot find the title. You cannot bear to see it crushed at the junkyard. No problem, we accept any vehicle, running or not, title or not. We are happy to see the car donation live on and the proceeds will help Wings with its educational programming that focuses on jobs, money, parenting/communication skills and issues unique to incarceration.
You had a fender bender on the way home from work. The insurance company wants to total out your vehicle, but you know it has lots of life left. No problem, you can donate your vehicle to help Wings with their mission to strengthen families. Let the insurance company total your vehicle but ask to buy it back. Sometimes, it is only a few dollars and you get a minimum of a $500 tax deduction or what it sells for.
You are thinking about selling your trusty car on Craigslist or other classifieds. Instead think about donating your vehicle. Let us deal with all the headaches with selling something. We can get it sold quickly and the proceeds of your car donation will benefit local families.
Free Towing: We will pick up your vehicle donation, running or not, when it is most convenient, at home, work, or the shop.
Easy Paperwork: We handle everything: MVD and IRS paperwork is done quickly and efficiently. We handle all title paperwork, so you have nothing to worry about.
Fast Scheduling: Complete the form or call us and we will call you to arrange a convenient time to pick up your car.
Income Tax Deduction: We issue you an IRS tax receipt and get you the highest tax write-off possible. We strive to sell the vehicle at top price, so we get more proceeds to help our mission and to give you a higher deduction.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
What types of vehicles can be donated to support Wings?
We accept ALL vehicle donations: Cars, RVs, Motorcycles, Boats, Planes, Trucks, Farm Equipment, Heavy Equipment, “Totaled” Vehicles, Trailers, and Fleet Equipment of all Kinds. Wings can take anything on wheels!
What paperwork do I need to donate my vehicle?
Generally, you need the title, free of liens. But, please call us to discuss your situation.
Is my donated vehicle tax-deductible?
Yes, we are a 501(c)(3) organization and have been approved by the IRS to receive donated items and issue a tax-deductible donation receipt for the item. Therefore, your vehicle donation may be 100% tax deductible based upon your personal tax situation. Please check with your tax advisor if you need more information.
How do I schedule a pick up?
Please call us at 505-901-9510 or fill out the online form below.
Do you accept wrecked vehicles?
Yes, many times it costs pennies on the dollar to buy back your vehicle and then donate it. We will handle the logistics of getting it from the tow yard or auction for you, so you have nothing to worry about.
TOP 10 REASONS TO DONATE:
- Wings For L.I.F.E. has a 4% recidivism rate vs. a national 9-year 83% recidivism rate! Wings helps cut recidivism (return to prison).
- Wings For L.I.F.E. was awarded the American Probation & Parole Association’s Award of Excellence in Crime Prevention! Wings helps CUT CRIME and makes all communities safer.
- Wings transforms lives.
- Wings helps provide a positive future and outcome for children, families, and former prisoners.
- Wings provide FREE programming and education for children and families. 100% of children/youth who attended 10 Wings’ meetings per year progressed to the next grade! Wings For L.I.F.E. helps students obtain higher graduation rates and more career opportunities.
- Wings helps repeat offenders by teaching them how to get a job, provide financial management tools, which result in higher paying jobs and a better quality of life.
- Wings For L.I.F.E. teaches parenting classes and communication skills.
- Wings For L.I.F.E. teaches suicide prevention and stimulates healthy families.
- Wings benefits taxpayers by reducing crime in the community, more law-abiding citizens, more family-friendly neighborhoods, and healthier relationships within families.
- Tax deductions for YOU! Saves you $$$!
What is Wings For L.I.F.E. (WFL)? Why is it so important?
Wings For L.I.F.E. – Life-skills Imparted to Families through Education, is an empowerment program that provides life-skills, education, training, and support for children and family members of prisoners to reduce generational crime and imprisonment. Search Institute’s 40 Developmental Assets® are an important part of the training. There are no costs associated with Wings For L.I.F.E. and everyone is welcome! Wings For L.I.F.E. is a program that can work anywhere; inner-city, suburban areas, large and small communities. In our society where children are all at risk in one way or another, children whose parent(s) are in prison face even more challenges.
Expert speakers teach about: Money, jobs, parenting, and issues unique to incarceration. After-dinner programs for Pre-K and K-12 students include tutoring, karate, ukulele, beading, knitting, crafts, etc.
WFL is UNIQUE & there is no program in America like it!
• The United States is the world’s leader in incarceration with 2.3 million people currently incarcerated. (NM Business Journal May 2019)
• Currently 1 in 3 adults have a criminal conviction that impacts their employability and future. 698 out of every 100,000 people. (Christianity Today January 2020)
• 95% of offenders will be released back into the community and of those, 83% will return to incarceration within 9 years. (U.S. Justice Dept. 2018)
• United States annual correctional costs $182 billion. (NM Business Journal 2019)
• Children of prisoners are up to 72% more likely to become incarcerated themselves.
New Mexico Facts:
• NM is 3rd in U.S. for kids with imprisoned parents. 52,000+ children in NM about 10% of NM’s child population have had a parent in jail/prison. (Annie E. Casey Foundation, 2016)
• Of the 10% of New Mexico children with an incarcerated parent, 19% are Native American and 11% are Hispanic. (datacenter.kidscount.org, 2015)
• The annual cost to incarcerate one juvenile in NM is approximately $232,000.
• Nationally the U.S. spends $13,847/student annually on education and NM spends $9,693 (U.S .Dept. Education, 2019))
• NM expenditures on corrections $663.41 million, 2.77% of total state expenditures. (Associated Press, 2017)
• It costs $45,250 per year and $123.97 per day to house and care for each inmate. (NM Corrections Department, 2016)
Wings For L.I.F.E. – Life-skills Imparted to Families through Education (WFL), is a national and state Best Practice model whose mission is TRANSFORMING LIVES TO BREAK THE GENERATIONAL CYCLE OF INCARCERATION.
AWARDS & RECOGNITION
• The National Award of Excellence in Crime Prevention (top program in the U.S.) from the American Probation and Parole Association
• The NM Children’s Law Institute’s Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Award
• The NM Innovative Program Star Award, (top 10 behavioral health programs in NM)
• The Martin Luther King, Jr. Keep the Dream Alive Award.
• Awarded GREAT Nonprofit 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022
The national recognitions, along with the NM awards and WFL’s 4% recidivism rate for the returning citizens who have attended WFL the past 14 years, proves its effectiveness and worth.
WFL works with stakeholders to reach families in need and teach family stability by addressing safety, wellbeing, accountability, employment, financial literacy, parenting, and issues unique to incarceration. Stakeholders include New Mexico Department of Corrections, CYFD (Children, Youth and Family Department, local schools, the courts, law enforcement, and alcohol, drug abuse addiction, and mental health treatment facilities, among others. WFL builds relationships with families, probationers and returning citizens through discussion, mentoring, empowerment, and support to:
• Teach life skills and address unique needs of clients.
• Strengthen families by helping members acquire Search Institute’s Developmental Assets©.
Wings For L.I.F.E.: Life-skills Imparted to Families through Education. (WFL) Building Relationships with families through discussion, mentoring, empowerment, and support.
Since 2005 Wings For L.I.F.E. runs a weekly program sponsored by Wings For LIFE International, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, has carried out an empowerment program that provides life-skills, education, training, and support for children and family members of prisoners including youth offenders. WFL focuses on ensuring that the children of the incarcerated and youth offenders do not engage in damaging socials behaviors, stay in school and graduate, are job trained and employed and productive members of society throughout their lives.
WFL serves an often-forgotten population – families of prisoners & empowers families to deal with issues caused by incarceration typically faced by minorities, unemployed, poorly educated & poor. WFL’s goal is to give family members “wings to fly for the rest of their lives” & prevent incarceration by promoting positive youth & adult development.
In the 14 years since WFL has been conducting its weekly meetings, surveys have indicated and WFL staff have observed its methods improve outcomes for participants in increased behavioral health stability and increased family resiliency. These improved outcomes benefit the larger community by promoting increased public safety.
• WFL is very proud of its 14-year 4% recidivism rate (return to prison). NM 3-year study showed 47% recidivism and a national 9-year study showed an 83% recidivism rate! USDOJ 2018
• 100% of youth (5-18) who attended WFL 10+ times in a calendar year progressed to the next grade 14 years straight.
• 100% of girls who attended WFL 10+ times in a calendar year had NO pregnancies 14 years straight.
WFL aims at intervention, prevention and positive adult and youth development through successful implementation of Search Institute’s 40 Developmental Assets© – evidence-based principles which focus on prevention and resiliency to promote positive, healthy development by teaching ways to find meaning and purpose in one’s life and which cut at-risk behaviors for all ages. Search Institute’s data shows that acquisition of these assets cut at-risk behaviors and increases thriving behaviors for all ages. Search Institute states, “Half of the assets focus on the relationships and opportunities children need in their families, schools, and communities (external assets)” and “the remaining assets focus on the social emotional strengths, values and commitments that are nurtures within young people (internal assets).”