Win a $1,000 Community Forklift Gift Card



We know our Forklift Fans have done some amazing projects –

now you just have to send us pictures!

Every year, Community Forklift joins reuse centers across the country to participate in The ReUse People Of America’s National Reuse Contest. If you have recently finished a project using reused building materials, just submit it to your local participating store (that’s us!) for a chance to win awesome prizes.  The contest closes on October 31, 2016.

Here’s how it works: entrants submit their project at the local level.  Community Forklift judges select the most impressive projects, awarding gift cards and bragging rights for first, second, and third place winners in each category.


Community Forklift’s National 2nd Place Winner 2015, Art & Furniture:  Aaron Foster’s firehose flag

Then we pass the winning entries on to The ReUse People, and they select the top 3 national winners!  The national winners in each category will receive gift cards redeemable for merchandise at their sponsoring store — $1000, $500 or $250 for first, second and third place, respectively.

Did you hear that!?!  $1,000 to spend at Community Forklift! Plus, a TRP representative will visit the first-prize winner to conduct an interview, photograph the winning project, and treat the victor to dinner at a top local restaurant.

Your chances are excellent – believe it or not, Forklift Fans have won at nationals for the last three years.


Community Forklift’s National 1st Place Winner 2015, Remodeling & Construction:  Patricia Flanagan’s Emergency Basement Remodel


Ok, what’s the catch – how much work is this going to be?

Not Much Work At All


1.  Entrants must specify a category for each entry:  Construction & Remodeling – or – Art & Furniture

2.  All entries must depict projects completed in 2016.

3.  Entries must be submitted to a local participating store (that’s us!).  Please use the Community Forklift Webform and include the following:

  • A description of the project, no longer than 250-words. Please refrain from specifying store or store employee names. A list of the reclaimed materials used in the project is a plus. Please proof for accuracy and clarity. Winning entries may be edited.
  • At least four (4) high-resolution photographs of your project (min. 300 ppi). Do not imbed photos in write-up; they must be separate JPEG attachments. Include at least two “in progress” photos and one “finished” photo.  Complex projects may benefit from additional photos.
  • Include entrant’s complete mailing address, phone number and email address.
  • Not required, but encouraged:  An additional photo of you – ideally, it will show you next to your creation.  If you are camera-shy, you may substitute someone who has helped you with the project, your child, or your pet.

    This little Forklift Fan would be a great model if his parents entered the contest

    If his parents entered the contest, this little Forklift Fan would do a great job showing off his family’s project!

4.  Participating stores will accept entries until midnight, October 31, 2016.

5.  All entries received by the ‘Lift and TRP will become the property of Community Forklift and The ReUse People of America (the pictures and writings. Don’t worry, not the actual project).

6.  Contestants may submit multiple entries, but only one may receive a prize.

Any deviation from these rules may disqualify an entry.


Community Forklift’s National 2nd Place Winner 2014, Remodeling & Construction: Kate’s Folly

Now that you know how to win, what are you waiting for?

Go take some pictures!

Here is our webform to enter.  For more info, visit TRP’s official contest site:

If you have questions, please contact Tim, Community Forklift’s event coordinator, at Events(at)CommunityForklift(dot).org or 301-985-6011.