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Demand for RF4F Services Remains High

As the demand for our services continues to increase, we ask that you please help in whatever way you can.  We are very low on basic needs for our clients.  Our current items of need include:

  • Dressers
  • Bed Frames (All Sizes)
  • Blenders
  • Microwaves
  • Can Openers
  • Toasters
  • Drinking Glasses
  • Pots and Pans

Please call (309) 829-6500 to schedule a free pick-up, or drop off your donations at our facility in downtown Bloomington:
515 N. Center Street, Bloomington, IL 61701.

Our hours of operation for drop off are:
9AM-5PM, Monday through Thursday
9AM-Noon, Saturday
Closed Friday & Sunday


Gene Megli Memorial Truck Dedication

On April 15, 2016, a luncheon was held at RF4F to dedicate our new truck to the memory of Gene Megli. The Megli family (pictured on right with the new truck) was in attendance for this celebration. Thank you to all of Gene’s family and friends who attended. It is through their generosity that we were able to purchase the truck. We would also like to thank Brent Salm, Senior Minister at College Park Christian Church, for his wonderful blessing of this truck. The Gene Megli Memorial Truck will service thousands of those less fortunate in Mclean County and keep the memory of Gene Megli alive in our community for many years to come.



Mark Kelly Volunteer of the Year Award


Each year Recycling Furniture for Families (“RF4F”) chooses one of its many volunteers as the recipient of the Mark Kelly Volunteer of the Year Award. This award is a memorial to Mark and is reflective of the countless hours he gave to RF4F in volunteering his time and talents. His family and those of us here at RF4F lost Mark in 2009. We established this annual award in honor of Mark in order to recognize the gift of another volunteer’s time and talent to RF4F. It is always a difficult task to single someone out for this honor, and 2015 was no exception. This year, the Mark Kelly Volunteer of the Year Award goes to Dick Brinson. Dick and his wife Thelma are long-term volunteers of RF4F. Dick has volunteered many hours in our refurbishing shop and at his home, bringing back to life pieces of furniture that then became part of the homes of our clients. Dick has taken his wood working skills to a new level by building over 40 new coffee tables for our clients over the last year. He did this as he also endured through serious medical issues. We are truly blessed to have Dick and his wife Thelma as part of the RF4F family!

Garden Adoption in Downtown Bloomington


Recycling Furniture for Families (“RF4F”) has adopted a small plot of land located at 518 North Main Street (Behind our parking lot and just north of Common Ground Grocery). Working with the Downtown Bloomington Association we have transformed this area into a beautiful garden. We would like to thank Board Member, Judy Crist for leading this project. We are very proud to be part of downtown Bloomington!

Unexpected Repairs

We recently encountered an unanticipated expense stemming from a lightning strike to our building that resulted in the need to replace our phone system. In addition, due to the very hot and humid summer, our aging AC unit required major repairs in trying to keep up with these extreme weather conditions. These events have brought several thousand dollars in unbudgeted expenses. If you would like to make a financial contribution to help cover the costs of these recent repairs, please mail or drop a check payable to:

Recycling Furniture for Families
515 North Center Street
Bloomington, IL 61701


Every little bit helps.  As always, thank you for your continued support.

Handmade Garden Ornaments Help Support RF4F

Need something to spruce up your yard or deck? Our amazing volunteers have hand crafted these beautiful pieces of art (see below) to help support the operations of Recycling Furniture for Families. If you would like to own one of these ornaments (suggested donation $10 with stakes, $5 without stakes), please come to our facility at 515 North Center Street, Bloomington IL 61701 (Downtown Bloomington). We are open Monday through Thursday from 9 am to 5 pm and on Saturday from 9 am to noon.180-2

2016 Mark Kelly Memorial Annual Fundraiser


Dear Friends & Family of Mark Kelly and Recycling Furniture for Families,

The Mark Kelly (Pictured) Memorial Fundraiser embodies the clear and solid commitment Mark had for improving the day to day lives of families in desperate need.  Once again I am reaching out for your help and donations to the 2016 Fundraiser.

The Mark Kelly Fundraiser was established in 2010 to celebrate the gifts of Mark’s countless volunteer hours at Recycling Furniture for Families (RF4F), providing home furnishings for families found near-hopeless often as a result of domestic violence or recent homelessness.  You may visit  to learn more about the non-profit services they faithfully provide to families yearly.  Since 2010 your generous gifts have turned this into our biggest fundraiser of the year, and thus helped many families receive life-sustaining goods. Our goal this year is $25,000.    The amount raised from this fundraiser is greatly needed to support the operational needs of our organization.

I ask you to remember the empathy, kindness and understanding that my brother Mark exemplified.  To make a donation in Mark’s name, please stop by or mail a check to RF4F, 515 N. Center Street, Bloomington IL 61701. Or use this link, the financial donation page of RF4F website during our drive period from now until September 5, 2016. Please indicate that the purpose of your donation is “Mark Kelly”:

Thanks to all of you for making this happen,

Beth Kelly


P.S.  For every $25 donated, you will receive one entry for a chance to win one of the following prizes ($500 for first prize, $250 for second prize, or $100 for third prize).   For example, a $100 donation gives you four chances to win. The raffle drawing and the winners will be announced on Tuesday, September 6th.