RECYCLING FURNITURE FOR FAMILIES
Recycling Furniture for Families (RF4F) gives gently used furniture and household basics to pre-screened people in need in McLean County. Our non-denominational Christian charity works with more than 50 local service agencies and churches to provide basic home furnishings at no charge to people living at or below the poverty level ($11,940 annual income for one person; add $4,020 for each additional person). Everyone we help is pre-screened by a referring agency or church.
Since 2003 we’ve helped more than 15,000 people in about 4,500 households with annual incomes averaging $9,500. We estimate half of those we help do not have beds. Average family size is 2.5 people. We help up to 10 families weekly. We clean, organize, inventory, pack–and if necessary deliver and unload their furniture. A modest fee is charged which helps with delivery costs.
About 25 percent of the people we help were recently homeless, 15 percent disabled and 6 percent escaping domestic violence. Fifty volunteers help your charity dollars stretch. We have a handful of paid employees. We completely furnish a family for $250.
There are many ways to help–$65 maintains a moving truck; $130 buys a tank of gas for the moving truck; $25 pays about half a day’s utilities.
People bring furniture to our 8,000 square foot warehouse–but a lot of furniture is picked up from donor’s homes by our volunteer drivers and furniture helpers.
RF4F, a subsidiary of Partners for Community, is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt not-for-profit non-denominational ministry and is member of McLean County’s Continuum of Care Homeless Service Providers Network.
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