Creative Ways to Give

You can support Habitat and the construction of homes for our Partner Families without sending a check. Frequent our ReStore, look into planned giving, donate a vehicle via Cars for Homes, ask if your employer has a matching gift program, shop via AmazonSmile, or donate stock.

Read below for details on these options.

You can also donate in-kind items from our wish list. If you want to contribute, the options are endless. 

ReStore

Our ReStore gladly accepts new and used household, home repair, and construction items, which we resell at a discounted price. Proceeds from sales directly fund Habitat For Humanity of McLean County, by covering nearly 100% of our operational costs. This funding is equivilent to the cost of 3.5 Habitat homes. With the completion of the ReStore ReNewal Project, we anticipate store proceeds to enable us to build even more affordable homes with local families.

Planned Giving

As you plan for your future legacy and the security of your loved ones, have you considered leaving a legacy with Habitat for Humanity of McLean County? Habitat McLean County has numerous planned giving options that allow you to make a meaningful gift to support the ministry’s home building after your lifetime. Some of the most popular methods are described below:

  • Charitable Lead Trust
  • Charitable Remainder Trust
  • Charitable Gift Annuity
  • Gift By Bequest
  • Real Estate
  • Securities
  • Life Insurance Proceeds/Policy
  • Personal Property
  • Life Estate
  • Retirement Assets

 

The most effective planned gifts are made in coordination with an estate plan. You can learn more here, including calculating the best options specifically for you. When you’re ready to get started in creating your estate plan, contact our Development Director, Linda Healy at 309-827-3931 or linda.healy@habitatmclean.org, and she will be happy to connect you with a trusted local professional to create a plan that is exactly right for you and your family. 

Make a Gift in Honor of a Loved One

Honor a loved one or friend by making a donation to Habitat for Humanity of McLean County in his/her name. Consider this alternative gift idea for loved ones on birthdays, anniversaries, days of achievement or any other holiday. 

Your loved one will receive a personalized card sent by email or by postal mail letting them know about the gift in their name. We also have annual fundraising events in which a printed ad can be placed in our programs.

There are many special occasions where a Habitat for Humanity honorary gift makes for the perfect gift:

  • Memorials and bequests
  • Birthdays
  • Holidays
  • Celebrations
  • Milestones and achievements
  • Anytime, in honor of someone special

To make an honorary gift, please contact Carol Kuester by email or phone at 309-827-3931. You may also mail a check with note of your honoree's name and mailing address to 103 W Jefferson, Bloomington, IL 61701. 

Cars for Homes

Do you have a vehicle you no longer use? Turn it into affordable housing for local families.

Donating a car is quick and easy and almost any vehicle is accepted (car, truck, motorcycle, RV, even construction or farm equipemnt) - running or not! There's a simple online form, or you can get questions answered at 877-277-4344.

Although your vehicle donation is processed through Habitat for Humanity International, we receive the proceeds to build homes locally. Your donation may be eligible for a tax deduction. Questions? Email Linda Healy or call 309-827-3931

Employer Match

Make a donation and double your impact with your employer’s matching gift! Many employers will match tax-deductible charitable contributions made by their employees, retirees and employees’ spouses.

Not sure if your company participates? Contact your philanthropic or HR department to find out what your company's giving guidelines are.

Amazon Smile 

Are you an online shopper? Donate while you shop.

Amazon Smile will give back to Habitat for Humanity McLean County with every purchase at Smile.Amazon.com.

Create an account at smile.amazon.com. You'll be asked to choose from registered charities; in the “Pick Your Own Charity” field, search "Habitat for Humanity of McLean County” – then select us. After that, .5% of every purchase you make through smile.amazon.com will be donated to our affiliate.*

*Important note: you must start from Smile.Amazon.Com to generate donations (not Amazon.com) You'll still be shopping at Amazon and will have access to all items available.

Donate Stock

While time, money and housing supplies are the most common donations to Habitat McLean County, there are several other ways to give as well, and donating your stocks is one of them. This is a fast and simple process which can be done through an electronic transfer, or certificates can be donated through the mail. Donations of stocks allow us to ensure that even more families around the world have a safe, affordable place to call home.