Driving Away Hunger

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Community: Drive Away Hunger

Provided by Portland Rescue Mission

Since 1949, the goal of Portland Rescue Mission has always been to give hope and restore the lives of people who struggle with hunger, homelessness and addiction. Our Drive Away Hunger vehicle donation program plays a huge role in doing just that, as each car donated provides an average of about 580 meals to neighbors in need. More often than not a hot meal at our Burnside Shelter is our first opportunity to meet someone, learn their name, hear their story, and explore what additional support and services we can offer to help them become healthy and self-sufficient.

When a vehicle is donated to Portland Rescue Mission’s Drive Away Hunger program our staff will work alongside program participants to ensure that the car can pass a 70-point safety inspection. This increases the value of the car, providing the highest possible tax-deduction to the donor. It also ensures that whoever purchases the car gets a safe, reliable automobile all the while providing a wonderful opportunity for men and women to receive vocational training while in our New Life Program. Then, when the vehicle is sold, 100% of the proceeds go back to providing shelter, meals, and life-restoring programs available free of charge to those in need.

Last year Portland Rescue Mission provided 261,358 nutritious meals and 47,045 nights of safe shelter, as well as serving 295 men, women, and children in short and long-term programs. Our Drive Away Hunger program was a major contributor to this effort.

The best way to raise awareness about Portland Rescue Mission’s Drive Away Hunger program is to highlight the fact that donating is quick, easy, and towing is available. We offer the maximum tax-deduction possible, and the vehicle will provide life-restoring care and vocational training to people who are working hard to transition out of homelessness and into self-sufficiency.

For nearly 75 years Portland Rescue Mission has been able to offer a wide range of highly relational, integrated services that transform the lives of people in need. While we receive no government funding at all, our services remain free of charge due to the support of the community.

Readers can learn more or donate a vehicle today online at www.DriveAwayHunger.org or call 503-647-7466.