Environmental Impact

ReStore's Impact and Process

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While the Bloomington ReStore helps keep literal tons of reusable items out of the landfill and environment, the ReStore also plays a significant role in improving the lives of local residents not only as a home improvement store but as a non-profit community resource. The benefits of the ReStore are threefold:


  1. Donors can dispose of home goods in an environmentally friendly way as the ReStore provides a sustainable solution for such items.

  2. Buyers can appreciate the discounted prices that provide affordable options for every family and are also great for DIY projects.

  3. The entire community can take pride in the fact that the revenue from our store remains local and helps families build homes right here in McLean County. 



At the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, we are always accepting donations. In June of 2018, we celebrated our grand re-opening which expanded our current location to approximately 20,000 total square feet. If you’ve ever visited the Habitat for Humanity ReStore on West Washington in Bloomington, chances are you didn’t leave empty handed. We have new inventory daily thanks to the constant stream of donations to our expansion of the center.


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It’s now easier than ever to donate items with a streamlined process and expanded retail space. Items for donation can be dropped off anytime during our regular hours. If an item is too large to transport yourself, don’t fret. You can easily schedule a time online for a FREE pickup by ReStore staff.


Please read about donations here for a full list of guidelines and instructions. Please keep in mind that dumping items at the ReStore at any time is ILLEGAL. All items MUST be screened by a staff member. This helps keep the ReStore’s operations running efficiently and helps guarantee that profits from donations are maximized to support Habitat for Humanity of McLean County.


Over the past four years alone, Bloomington’s ReStore has helped divert well over 300 tons from the landfill solely through their recycling efforts. In addition, they have diverted over 325 tons a year on average over the past four years through our reuse initiatives. Over the past four years, more than 400,000 individual items have been kept out of the landfill. With support from local donors and shoppers, the ReStore has brought in over $4 million on behalf of Habitat for Humanity of McLean County as of 2018, and that number continues to grow!


Our trajectory plan includes being able to build ten sustainable homes per year, within five years. The growth of the ReStore has supported the growth of the local Habitat for Humanity mission in continuing to pay it forward in McLean County. We encourage you to join us in our mission of paying it forward, whether it be by donating, shoppingvolunteering throughout the year, or becoming a partner organization.


Frequently Asked Questions

How does donating to the Bloomington ReStore help the immediate environment? Does it have an impact on our community?

Gently used construction materials and household products are donated to the Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Bloomington throughout the year, keeping non-degradable items and appliances out of local landfills. Recycling furniture and providing gently used tools for reuse is at the heart of what we do.


Why donate your old stuff?

Habitat for Humanity ReStores divert hundreds of tons from landfills each year, accepting hard-to-dispose-of items including lightly used furniture, appliances, and surplus building materials. We offer free pickup of large, bulky items around Bloomington-Normal for those who cannot transport items to our Donation Center themselves. When you don't have the time or ability to sell your used items, let us know! We'd be glad to get them off your hands.


How does donating to the ReStore help families?

The money raised by the ReStore helps Habitat for Humanity of McLean County build families a decent and affordable place to call home. When the items you donate to ReStore are sold, the money helps families achieve the strength, stability, and independence they need to build a better future. Not only do your donations make an environmental impact, but they also have a human impact!


How can I support Habitat ReStore?

When you shop or donate at our ReStore, you are supporting not only your local store but also the Habitat mission worldwide. In addition to this, our ReStore is always looking for volunteers. Volunteers range from cashiers and customer service to graphic design and marketing. Learn more below:


Volunteer Info