Archive for June, 2012

Car Donations for a Greener Washington DC

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

When you donate your car to Goodwill of Greater Washington, you are helping to support great programs such as Green Pathway DC.

Green Pathway DC is a program Goodwill of Greater Washington offers, in partnership with the Green Builders Council of DC, which includes a 7-week training program to give participants job skills and training in the green construction industry. This unique program not only helps people in our community find good jobs, it also helps to make Washington DC a better place to live.

The Program

The program begins with four weeks of employability skills training. First, participants work on soft skills like conflict management, anger management and interpersonal communication. Next, they learn skills to help them in their job search such as resume writing, interview questions and techniques, and how to conduct a job search. Finally, students learn how to better manage their finances by participating in several financial management workshops.

Once students have completed the employability skills training, they will begin the second phase of the program which focuses on giving participants the skills they will need for jobs in sustainable construction fields. These skills include:

  • Basic Safety
  • Introduction to Hand Tools
  • Introduction to Power Tools
  • Introduction to Blueprint Reading
  • Basic Rigging
  • CPR/First Aid (certification)
  • OSHA 10 hour safety certification
  • Role in the Green Environment

After participants complete the Green Pathway DC program, Goodwill of Greater Washington will work with each individual to help them secure a job. Each participant works with Goodwill staff as well as mentors from Green Pathway DC to create an Individual Employment Plan to guide them through the process of searching for a job that will meet their needs. Goodwill also hosts a private job fair for participants where they have the opportunity to meet with construction companies looking to hire new employees.

The Green Pathway DC program is supplying a great service to the Washington D.C. community by providing people with needed job skills allowing them to actively participate in building a greener city. This is just one of the many great programs your car donation to Goodwill of Greater Washington helps to support.

To learn more about how a vehicle donation to Goodwill of Greater Washington helps our community, click here.

Green Car Donations

How to Purchase a Donated Vehicle

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

When Goodwill of Greater Washington receives car donations, the cars are sent to Capital Auto Auction to be sold. After the vehicles are sold, Goodwill receives the proceeds from the sale to use for job training and employment programs. So, when a donor makes a car donation, we arrange to have the car towed directly to Capital Auto Auction. Once they arrive at the auction, they are thoroughly cleaned and inspected then scheduled to be sold in the next auction.

Capital Auto Auction is one of the biggest auto auctions in the Washington D.C. area and has been open since 1989. Since opening, they have sold thousands of donated vehicles in the Greater Washington D.C. area.

Capital Auto Auction is open to the public so anyone is welcome to come to the auction and purchase a donated car. The auction receives all types of donated vehicles including cars, trucks, vans, SUVs, boats, motorcycles, mopeds, riding lawn mowers and more. Each auction includes cars for every budget and need.

Auction Locations

In the Washington D.C. area, Capital Auto Auction has two locations – one in Northeast DC and the other in Temple Hills, Maryland. The Live/Drive auction in Washington D.C. is held every Saturday Morning at 10:00 am and the Live/Drive auction in Temple Hills is held every Saturday Morning at 9:00 am.

If you are unable to attend either of the live auctions on Saturday mornings, you can also participate in the online auction, which is held every Saturday at 2:00 pm. The online auction is free and open public and includes donated vehicles as well as F.B.I. fleet vehicles, new car dealer trade-ins and bank repossessions.

Information about both auction locations is below:

Capital Auto Auction – Washington, DC
1905 Brentwood Road, NE
Washington, DC 20018
Phone: 202-269-3361

Auction Time: Live/Drive Auction – Every Saturday at 10:00 am

Capital Auto Auction – Temple Hills, MD
5001 Beech Road
Temple Hills, MD 20748
Phone: 301-316-4980

Auction Time: Live/Drive Auction – Every Saturday at 9:00 am

The Online Auction is held every Saturday at 2:00pm.

If you are interested in learning more about Capital Auto Auction, you can also visit their website here.

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