Cars for Kids TN, an esteemed 501(c)(3) charitable organization established in 1992, specializes in transforming car donations into crucial educational resources. Our mission is to empower at-risk students in Tennessee, providing them with the necessary tools to complete their high school education. We welcome donations of all vehicle types across Tennessee, including in major cities like Nashville, Memphis, Knoxville, Chattanooga, and Clarksville, and offer complimentary towing for your convenience.
We Accept All Vehicle Donations in Tennessee
Our experienced team in Tennessee accepts vehicles in any condition, including:
Don't keep your old car from occupying your garage or driveway. Opt for a meaningful choice by donating it to Cars for Kids and experience a seamless donation process with our dedicated staff.
The Benefits of Donating Your Vehicle in Tennessee
By choosing Cars for Kids for your car donation, you're not only aiding Tennessee youth but also enjoying several advantages:
Make a lasting difference in Tennessee communities.
Receive a $50 gift card as our token of appreciation.
Maximize your tax deduction in line with IRS regulations.
Benefit from our easy and flexible vehicle pickup service.
Contribute directly to educational programs and dropout prevention initiatives.
Enjoy a hassle-free donation process with our expert assistance in all necessary paperwork.
How to Donate Your Car in Tennessee
Donating your car in Tennessee is straightforward and rewarding with Cars for Kids. Here's how you can start:
Contact our car donation specialists at any time.
Visit our About Us page to learn more about our cause.
Schedule a convenient pickup time for your vehicle.
Receive a temporary receipt at the time of pickup and let our title specialists help you with the ownership transfer.
Take pride in your contribution to improving the lives of Tennessee youth.
Our Mission: Empowering Tennessee Youth
Cars for Kids' charity car donation program aims to provide high-quality education to at-risk youths in Tennessee. We aim to create a favorable environment for them to thrive and graduate with their high school diplomas. Your car donation supports a comprehensive range of services for students in need, including:
remote learning options
helping them focus on earning their diplomas.
Ways to Support Tennessee Youth
Vehicle Donations: Easy and impactful.
Auction Purchase: Participate in our auctions to support our cause directly.
Tennessee Car Consignment Sales: A unique way to contribute.
Monetary Support: Every donation, big or small, counts.
Tennessee Car Consignment and Auction Details
Please participate in our car consignment program or explore our Tennessee car auction, where vehicles from our donation program are sold at attractive prices. This supports our mission and offers you an opportunity to purchase a car at a discounted rate.
Your Role in Writing Off the Car, Not The Kid
Join us in our commitment to providing at-risk high school students in Tennessee with the resources they need to succeed—your donation, whether a car, vehicle, or cash, can significantly impact you. Reach out to Cars for Kids today and participate in this transformative journey.
Contact Us Now for Your Car or Cash Donation in Tennessee
Cars for Kids is an IRS-approved, tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) charity and nonprofit organization (TAX ID #46-2077931). Our car donation program operates across all 50 states, including key cities in Tennessee. Your donations support local initiatives and aid in providing essentials like food, housing, and education to at-risk youth, helping them work toward their high school diploma.
She was bullied and sexually harassed. She wanted to tell someone, but was too ashamed. So she often considered suicide as her only solution.
“Middle school was very tough for me. I was bullied by other students. Girls and boys. I was the constant victim of sexual harassment. I tried to talk to my mom about it, but she wouldn’t listen. I needed help and she was just in another world.”
Tania needed someone to save her, but felt like a burden to her own mother.
“Sometimes I thought about how much better off my mom would be without me. I even considered taking my own life.”
“At that time it was hard to find someone who really cared about me. My teachers at my old school didn’t care if I succeeded or not. I was afraid to attend the high school in my neighborhood. I didn’t know if I’d be bullied even more by students who were so much bigger than me.”
“So I asked my mom if I could go to Texans Can Academies and I was really surprised when I got there. I found teachers who really cared about me.”
“I talk to my advisor almost every day and my history teacher, Mr. Vasquez, he inspires me to do more and be positive in life.”
“I’ve even participated in the Latinas in Progress program. I’ve received commended on two of my STAR tests - algebra and biology.”
“All of my experiences have helped shape me and I’m still learning. Since coming to Texans Can I care more about my grades, I socialize with people who have potential and goals. I’m more open to ideas and I’m just more mature.”
“Thanks to Texans Can I’m on my way to earning my high school diploma. In just a few months, I’ll be the first person in my family to graduate high school.”
“After that, my goal is to become a doctor by attending Texas A&M University or the University of North Texas. My advisor is even helping me look for scholarships. I want to be a doctor because of my experiences and because I want to help people. I want to save lives.”
“I know it won’t be easy, but with Texans Can Academies behind me I know I can do it. Maybe one day when I become a doctor, I can help people like Texans Can.”
Ravyn's Success Story
October 8, 2010
Giving up should never be used in anyone's vocabulary because giving up should never be an option. I've had lots of struggles in my life and I almost let giving up control me but when you look back on all the passide opportunities in the life it makes you think twice. School has never been really hard for me but its just the way I chose to act, but that all changed when I started my school years here at Can Academy River Oaks.
I have attended this school for three years now and its been some of the most challenging years of my life. The teachers here want to see you be successful as long as you are willing to try. Furthermore there's just one person who always kept me in line, Mr. Tucker; he has made me look at things much more different. When I felt like giving up on school he kept me going. Even though we've had our ups and downs he has always been there for me helping, encouraging me to be a better person. I want to thank him for that.
My name is Kaya and I am a Texans Can Academy alumna.
Originally from a rough Chicago neighborhood, Kaya was frequently in fights.
“That was the only way I knew how to deal with things,” she says. “It was important to show others in the neighborhood I could protect myself.”
Despite a move to Arlington that brought positive change to her family, Kaya still fought at school and skipped classes. She reached out to teachers and advisors for help, but they seemed either busy, or like they didn’t know how.
In December 2017, Kaya was involved in another fight at school. This time, she was arrested. She calls the experience “eye-opening.”
“I can do better than this,” she decided.
After the arrest, with public school no longer an option for her, Kaya learned of Texans Can and enrolled at the Carrollton/Farmers Branch campus.
“It was so different,” Kaya says. “Other students were positive. Everyone had a story and a mission they are trying to accomplish for their lives. The teachers and advisors were supportive and showed me that I was welcomed and cared for.”
During her time at the Can, Kaya never missed a class. She joined their championship-winning golf team, on which she served as captain; went from failing to straight A’s; passed the SAT with a score of 1270—which is above average—and applied to over thirty colleges.
Kaya is also a recipient of the Ann and Nate Levine Scholarship, which she will apply to her college education.
“My plan is to join the reserves and then go to college directly after boot camp,” she says. “I want to study psychology and form a career around helping girls like myself who are in difficult situations.”
Kaya graduated from Texans Can – Dallas in 2019.
Sean Fulayter’s story is both humbling and inspiring. Sean comes to us from Michigan after overcoming unbelievable obstacles. He was born in Flint, Michigan on July 21, 1993 and is 17 years-old. Sean’s parents split before he was born and he never knew his father. He lived with his mother and grandmother for most of his childhood. At the age of six, his mother got remarried to a man in the U.S. Navy who was both mentally and physically abusive to his family. Sean’s mother suffered from mental illness and after the birth of Sean’s second sibling she also began using hard drugs to escape the abuse. At the age of 11 Sean began taking care of both siblings. One was a newborn infant and the other a toddler. He cooked meals for them and made sure they had everything they needed. Because of this responsibility, Sean missed many days of school but somehow managed to keep very good grades.
Sean moved back and forth between his mother’s house and his grandmother’s house most of his childhood because of family problems. He says, “I never really had a home to call my own.” At the age of 13 Sean was kicked out of his mother’s house and lived on the streets for 30 days. He slept near generators behind a store to keep warm during the cold Michigan winter and got food wherever he could.
Cold, hungry and weak, Sean walked into the city library and ‘Googled’ his father, whom he had never met. He found the address and walked 14 miles with two bags of his belongings to his father’s home. He lived there for a few months before living with his father became unbearable.
Sean went back to his grandmother’s house. When he was 15 his uncle invited Sean to visit him in Austin, Texas. Coming from a family with generations of gang activity, Sean wanted to make a better life for himself and his siblings, whom he dearly loved. When he learned a friend was killed by a rival gang in Flint, Sean was advised by his friends to not come back to Michigan.
Sean then moved to San Antonio to live with another uncle. “My uncle took me in as his own son and he is the only father figure I’ve ever known. He taught me how to respect women, how to protect myself and how to talk to people. He taught me everything about life”, said Sean. Living with his Uncle Steven, Sean enrolled in a Southside San Antonio public high school as a freshman and started making bad grades, skipping school and even getting involved in fights.
After his freshman year he heard about San Antonio Can! High School from a friend. His Aunt brought him to the Can! for orientation and helped pave his future. Sean was 16 when he started at the Can! as a sophomore. Since enrolling Sean attends school full-time while working two jobs; one in landscaping and one at a restaurant. He even attended summer school to gain credits faster. Sean says, “The Can! has helped me more than anything. I can’t explain how much.”
He realized his dream to join the U.S. Army when he was sworn in September 24, 2010. Sean hopes to make a career in the Army as combat medic. Sean attends a church youth group meeting every Tuesday where he says “we pray for our families and pray for forgiveness.”
Despite enormous obstacles and unconscionable circumstances Sean will graduate from San Antonio Can! High School on January 21, 2011. He hopes to soon be able to adopt his siblings and do for them what his Uncle Steve did for him. Sean thanks his Uncle Steve and Aunt Sue Ann for treating him like a son and saving his life.
“My uncle took me in as his own son and he is the only father figure I’ve ever known. He taught me how to respect women, how to protect myself and how to talk to people. He taught me everything about life”, said Sean. Living with his Uncle Steven, Sean enrolled in a Southside San Antonio public high school as a freshman and started making bad grades, skipping school and even getting involved in fights. After his freshman year he heard about San Antonio Can! High School from a friend. His Aunt brought him to the Can! for orientation and helped pave his future. Sean was 16 when he started at the Can! as a sophomore. Since enrolling Sean attends school full-time while working two jobs; one in landscaping and one at a restaurant. He even attended summer school to gain credits faster. Sean says, “The Can! has helped me more than anything. I can’t explain how much.” He realized his dream to join the U.S. Army when he was sworn in September 24, 2010. Sean hopes to make a career in the Army as combat medic. Sean attends a church youth group meeting every Tuesday where he says “we pray for our families and pray for forgiveness. Despite enormous obstacles and unconscionable circumstances Sean will graduate from San Antonio Can! High School on January 21, 2011. He hopes to soon be able to adopt his siblings and do for them what his Uncle Steve did for him. Sean thanks his Uncle Steve and Aunt Sue Ann for treating him like a son and saving his life.
Despite the Odds, Student Succeeds at Austin Can!
Joshua was born and raised in New Orleans. Shortly after his father died, Hurricane Katrina further devastated the family. Joshua fled from his housing project as the water rose, fearing the worst because he cannot swim. He sought refuge in his sister’s third-floor apartment; his mother went to the Superdome. As was the case with many, evacuation from New Orleans split his family. Joshua and two sisters landed in Austin and it was 4 months before he knew the whereabouts of his mother. For 5 months he lived at the Austin Convention Center. During this time, he attended two different high schools. The school bus did not pick up at the convention center and without transportation, it was difficult for him to attend school across town, so he was expelled from both schools for lack of attendance. The second expulsion came after he went back to New Orleans for Mardi Gras in New Orleans despite a principal’s warning not to miss any more classes. “I just wanted to see my family. After we were split up, it was the first chance to all be together,” explained Joshua. The school tried to refer him to a GED program. “I’d come too close to graduating to get a GED. I wanted my diploma,” Joshua insisted. Luckily Joshua spotted an Austin Can! Academy billboard. He decided to check out the school and started attending last April. “I feel comfortable here. I can focus on my education.” Josh attributes his success at the academy to the small class sizes and the support from teachers. “I feel inspired to learn. Teachers work with you and you get that extra attention that you do not get at a big high school,” he added. Life in Austin has improved for Joshua. He and his girlfriend share an apartment and they have a new son. Motivated by fatherhood, Joshua has high hopes for his future. He’ll be graduating in January and looks forward to enrolling in Austin Community College’s nursing program to become a registered nurse. “I always took care of my dad when he was sick. I like to help people,” he said. When asked about Joshua, principal Charles Long noted, “Joshua is what Austin Can! is all about. He’s a kid who has had to overcome many obstacles, and we helped him succeed. He is a great example for others.”
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