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Story& mission

SheCARE is a charitable organization that was founded alongside SheCar to help women who are overcoming serious hardship and unable to afford a vehicle. There is an application process and tiered award levels. If approved, applicants are either given a vehicle or provided financial assistance toward the purchase of one. In all cases SheCARE cars are exempt from purchasing fees.

“The primary mission of SheCARE is to help women who are recovering from hardship by assisting them with the purchase of a reliable and safe vehicle to help them secure or maintain education, employment, childcare, and overall safety in their daily activities.”  Athena Staton

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The Orlando Union Rescue Mission (OURM) has been privileged to formulate a community partnership with SheCARE. The organization joins OURM in serving others in need and has paid it forward by rewarding deserving women a safe and much needed form of transportation they can call their own. SheCARE realizes the value of helping others, and we are thrilled to share a common goal of assisting those needing a hand up.

~ Tanneka Guice, OURM

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how You Can Help

Make a gift

Your generosity makes it possible for women in need to acquire a reliable car to return to their job or school, and to safely transport their children and family. The most effective way to help those we serve is through financial gifts.

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Cardinal Color Group recently selected SheCARE to be the recipient of our monthly charitable initiative. We had donation requests ranging from animal groups, theatre venues and others. In this time of turmoil, we know that SheCARE will pass on this donation to someone in need quickly.

~ Michael J. LeBeau, Cardinal Color Group

If you prefer to make a gift by check, please make the check payable to SheCARE and mail to:
612 W. Michigan Street
Orlando, FL 32805

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Donate a car

We welcome your car donation! Your contribution will tremendously help a woman recovering from hardship. Our goal is to match women in need with a reliable car that can help them get back on their feet. SheCARE is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and your donation can be deducted from your taxes.

Please note that we cannot accept cars that are not running or are not properly functional. Contact us for more details. Thank you for understanding.

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The reason why I donated my Mustang to SheCARE is that I knew that the organization would use it wisely and to help someone in an expedient way.

~ Ricky Rudd from Poinciana, Florida

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Need Help?

Here’s how you can apply

How do I know if I meet SheCARE’s eligibility requirements?

Applicants will receive a score based on their application and letters of support. You can expect to hear from SheCARE confirming the receipt of your application, which will stay valid for one year from submission. Applicants may reapply after a year if needed. You will be contacted personally if your application has been selected to receive a car or assistance with purchasing a car.

If you or someone you know is in need and fits the SheCARE eligibility requirements, click here to download the detailed list of requirements and application form.

The SheCARE experience

Maintaining your confidentiality is important to us.

Your information will not be shared with anyone who is not affiliated with the SheCARE process.

Meet our Executive Director

Dr. Kathy Kourapis

“Maybe it was having an adorable little sister like Athena, in any case, I always loved children and teaching. I spent the first 15 years of my career teaching preschool-aged children in exceptional education programs. From this experience I learned to form supportive relationships with parents to encourage the best outcomes for their sons and daughters.

I was offered many opportunities to present at conferences and soon found myself with an additional part-time position as an… adjunct professor in early childhood education. After receiving a doctorate in Curriculum Development and Systemic Change from Nova Southeastern University, I continued teaching graduate students in early childhood special education while working full-time as the childcare director of a teen parent program in Sarasota, Florida. These 17 years were perhaps the most valuable in shaping SheCARE because I learned that there are SO many families facing economic and social challenges, and there are not so many resources for them.

I often unburdened this distress to my sister Athena, whose tender heart always responded with concern. She and her husband, Jeff, gave generous donations to the program’s children and families during the holidays and throughout the year.

So it happened very organically, over a glass of wine, we were discussing how owning a car would greatly help a few of my teen mothers find a way out of poverty. The conversation turned to business ideas and we quickly agreed SheCARE would be the perfect partner for a car dealership catering to women!

Currently I work as the Executive Director of SheCARE while also teaching technology skills to children with disabilities. Together, Athena and I are committed to improving the lives of young women and giving hope to their children.”

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
about SheCARE

Anyone with internet access can apply, whether you are applying for a car for yourself or helping someone else apply. Applicants will receive a score based on their application and letters of support. You can expect to hear from SheCARE confirming the receipt of your application, which will stay valid for one year from submission. Applicants may reapply after a year if needed. You will be contacted personally if your application has been selected to receive a car or assistance with purchasing a car. 

100% of the funds raised are used to help women in need. 

At SheCARE, we understand how time is of the essence for our applicants! After the application and attachments (letters of reference, driver’s license, and proof of insurance) are received, we will do everything we can to expedite the process.

Within two weeks of applying, candidates will be notified if their application is complete and/or whether they need to secure any other documents or add any further information.

Next steps will include an interview with the applicant, confirmation calls to the applicant’s references and a criminal background screening.  This may take several weeks. 

SheCARE awards come in 3 tiers. Tier 1 qualifies the candidate for a car buying experience with zero purchasing fees. Tier 2 candidates receive up to $500 toward the cost of a car with zero purchasing fees.  Tier 3 candidates qualify as finalists for an entirely free vehicle.

Yes, SheCARE is organized and operated exclusively for charitable purposes in accordance with Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Every donor will receive a thank you letter for tax reporting charitable purposes. 

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