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Kitchen appliance reuse helps alleviate food insecurity

Posted by on Sep 23, 2021 in Blog, Community Giving Programs, Non-profit partners | 0 comments

Kitchen appliance reuse helps alleviate food insecurity

The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has created a spike in the number of communities facing food insecurity. Even with businesses, organizations, and schools reopening, many communities are still struggling with low access to affordable and nutritious foods. According to an analysis study from Feeding America’s findings on the 2020 & 2021 Impact of the Coronavirus on Food Insecurity, “many people who have been most impacted by the pandemic were food insecure or at risk of food insecurity before COVID-19 and are facing greater hardship since COVID-19.”

One of our partner organizations that have been providing services to combat food insecurity in Prince George’s County and Howard County is LindaBen Foundation, Inc., a grassroots nonprofit that provides services to the homeless and underserved communities in Maryland.

In May, LindaBen Foundation Inc. received a free refrigerator through Community Forklift’s Community Building Blocks (CBB) Program, which distributes free materials to nonprofit organizations for projects that serve the community.

“THANK YOU SO MUCH! As you can see, it’s been put to good use to help in our food rescue & feeding efforts.”

Annabelle Beavan, Founder of LindaBen Foundation, Inc.

The LindaBen Foundation aims to support Title I public schools and has partnered with the City of New Carrollton to distribute food to students and families through its Adopt-A-School Program. The donated refrigerator is currently being used to store perishable food during their regular food distribution. Annabelle Beavan, Founder of LindaBen Foundation, Inc., sent us pictures of the fully stocked refrigerator and said: “THANK YOU SO MUCH! As you can see, it’s been put to good use to help in our food rescue & feeding efforts.”

LindaBen Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization founded in 2020 during the height of the coronavirus pandemic. Founder Annabelle Beavan created the organization in the loving memory of her parents and those who suffer from homelessness, poverty, severe mental health issues, and addiction. Visit the LindaBen Foundation website to find out more about their initiatives.

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Every donation and purchase helps us lift up local communities through reuse. Community Forklift turns the construction waste stream into a resource stream for communities in the DC region – by keeping perfectly good items out of the landfill, preserving historical materials, providing low-cost building supplies, and creating local green jobs.


Donate A/C units and help lift up your community through reuse!

Posted by on Sep 20, 2021 in Blog, Community Giving Programs, Ideas for Reuse & Repurposing | 0 comments

Donate A/C units and help lift up your community through reuse!

September 20, 2021

Have you removed your window or in-room A/C unit yet in preparation for cooler fall weather? If you’re thinking of upgrading or getting rid of your current A/C units, consider donating them to Community Forklift!

Every summer, Community Forklift provides dozens of free air conditioners to households with limited incomes through our Home Essentials Program. And every summer, the waitlist and demand for units outpaces our supply!

Hola Cultura recently published a three-part report on summer temperatures in D.C., the connection between heat and our health, and how we can cool down D.C. residents. Check out their findings and learn how heat extremes affect the health of children, the elderly and pregnant, and people with chronic health problems.

We hope to alleviate these issues by diverting useable air conditioning units from the landfill and providing them for free or at low cost to those that need them — and you can help! Here’s how:

  1. DONATE: You can donate unneeded window or in-room air conditioning units (under 10 years of age and including all their pieces) at our reuse warehouse in Hyattsville, MD. We are open Monday through Sunday, 12 to 5 pm.
  2. FUND THE CAUSE: Help us buy new units to donate directly to a Home Essentials client! When donating money through our online contribution form, add a note in the comments section that you’d like your contribution to go to the HELP program.
  3. BUY AND DONATE A NEW A/C UNIT: If you don’t have a used A/C unit to donate, we also accept new ones! Just drop it off at the reuse warehouse any day between 12 and 5 pm and pick up your receipt for your tax-deductible donation.
  4. SPREAD THE WORD: Do you know of someone who might have an air conditioner to donate? Let your family, friends, and neighbors know that we can put it to good use!

Thank you for helping us lift up our community through reuse!

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Every donation and purchase helps us lift up local communities through reuse. Community Forklift turns the construction waste stream into a resource stream for communities in the DC region – by keeping perfectly good items out of the landfill, preserving historical materials, providing low-cost building supplies, and creating local green jobs.

Save 25% on salvaged modern and vintage lighting!

Posted by on Sep 17, 2021 in Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Sales, Sales & Hot Items, Things for Sale | 0 comments

Save 25% on salvaged modern and vintage lighting!

Saturday & Sunday, September 18 & 19

This Saturday and Sunday, September 18 & 19, take 25% off the blue and orange price tags on hundreds of lights, from modern fixtures to antique chandeliers. The discount includes glass shades and globes, overhead lights, flush-mounted lights, wall sconces, outdoor lighting, fluorescent fixtures, and lamps.

Please wear a face mask that covers your mouth and nose while in the public spaces at Community Forklift. Thank you! Our warehouse hours are Monday – Sunday, 12 – 5 pm. You can also shop online and choose low-contact pickup through the Community Forklift Marketplace!


Community Forklift provides free home repair supplies and other essentials to households with limited resources through our Home Essentials Program. If you or someone you know needs lighting or other supplies but will have difficulty paying for them, please take a look!


Please note: discount does not include light parts, electrical supplies, select specialty items, items from our consignment partners, or items listed online in our eBay or Chairish shops. Items with missing or damaged price tags will not be sold. May not be combined with other discounts or promotions.

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Every time you donate or shop at Community Forklift, you’re helping us lift up local communities through reuse.  We turn the construction waste stream into a resource stream for communities in the DC region – by keeping perfectly good items out of the landfill, preserving historical materials, providing low-cost building supplies, and creating local green jobs. 

Donor Spotlight: Bozzuto Construction

Posted by on Sep 16, 2021 in Blog, Donor Profiles, Donor profiles, Forklifter Profiles | 0 comments

Donor Spotlight: Bozzuto Construction

September 16, 2021

Donations of new and gently-used building materials and home essentials are the backbone of what we do here at Community Forklift. While our reuse warehouse serves as the hub for the redistribution of these materials, we wouldn’t be here without the generous community members and businesses who donate them. One of these generous community donors is Bozzuto Construction, who recently donated cabinetry, refrigerators, ranges, and bathroom vanities.

“From environmentally-responsible practices to outreach initiatives, Bozzuto Construction partners with project owners and other team members to ensure our collective community and sustainability goals are met,” said Mark Weisner, President of Bozzuto Construction Company. “In this case, ownership asked us to find charities accepting furniture donations. We are thankful to have found Community Forklift – a great organization who is taking and repurposing all cabinetry for a greater good.”

Some of these materials from Bozzuto Construction are already making a difference in our community after being distributed by Community Forklift’s Home Essentials Program. An 83-year-old senior with health conditions didn’t have a way to store fresh food when her refrigerator stopped working. Her social worker and a neighbor helped her apply to our Home Essentials Program and we provided her with a free refrigerator from Bozzuto Construction.

“I spoke with Ms. M yesterday and she said everything was going well,” her neighbor said. “I caught her as she was returning home from getting eggs and other produce to place in the fridge. If I may speak for her, she is grateful to you and your team at Community Forklift for assisting her in her time of need. You guys are true angels and God bless each and every one of you.”

Bozzuto’s charitable and philanthropic efforts are guided by a desire to make a difference in communities facing homelessness and housing challenges. They support youth development and social and environmental impact causes through their Rise by Bozzuto initiative and have raised money and donated materials for numerous local organizations. In 2020, Multi-Housing News recognized their efforts with its award for Best Corporate Social Responsibility Program.

With the help of donors like Bozzuto Construction, Community Forklift has recovered an estimated $45 million of building materials in the DC metro region since opening in 2005. In addition to being distributed for free through the Home Essentials Program, some donated materials also go to nonprofit groups for projects that benefit the community through our Community Building Blocks program.

Salvaged materials also stock the Community Forklift nonprofit reuse warehouse, in Hyattsville, MD. These items are sold at below-market prices to people in the area who need them. Funds from these sales support our community giving programs, the operation of the reuse warehouse, and the 30+ local green jobs we create.

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Every time you donate or shop at Community Forklift, you’re helping us lift up local communities through reuse.  We turn the construction waste stream into a resource stream for communities in the DC region – by keeping perfectly good items out of the landfill, preserving historical materials, providing low-cost building supplies, and creating local green jobs.

You’ve nominated us for “Best Green Business”! Vote now and help us win!

Posted by on Sep 15, 2021 in Blog, Community Happenings, Community Happenings, Events, News, Press we've received | 0 comments

You’ve nominated us for “Best Green Business”! Vote now and help us win!

Thank you for nominating us in Washington City Paper’s Best of D.C. 2021!

We really appreciate the love and support you’ve shown us by nominating us. We’ve won the “Best Green Business” category every year since 2014 and we’re so happy to be in the running again!

This year there’s a bit of a twist! We’ve been nominated for “Best Green Business” and … “Best Adult Toy Store”? We can honestly say we weren’t expecting the latter, but we appreciate your enthusiasm for our reuse warehouse and its contributions to your hobbies, whatever they might be. 

Please help us continue our winning streak by voting us “Best Green Business” again. Voting ends this Sunday, September 19! Here’s how to vote:

1) Visit the Washington City Paper Best Of D.C. 2021 website.
2) Select the GOODS category
3) Find “Best Green Business”
4) Click “VOTE” next to “Community Forklift”
5) Enter your email address

Thank you for the support!

Save 25% on bathroom fixtures and tile!

Posted by on Sep 10, 2021 in Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Sales, Sales & Hot Items, Things for Sale | 0 comments

Save 25% on bathroom fixtures and tile!

Saturday & Sunday, September 11 & 12

Switch out your sink, modernize your master, or transform your tub! Save 25% on modern and vintage bathroom sinks, vanities, toilets, tubs, and medicine cabinets! Also, take 25% off the marked prices on ceramic, porcelain, stone, terracotta, vinyl, and glass tile. We offer 5 days of free storage to give you time to arrange for transportation.

Please wear a facemask that covers your mouth and nose when visiting Community Forklift. Thank you! Our warehouse hours are Monday – Sunday from 12 to 5 pm. You can also shop online and choose low-contact pickup through the Community Forklift Marketplace!


Community Forklift provides free home repair supplies and other essentials to households with limited resources through our Home Essentials Program. If you or someone you know needs bathroom fixtures, tile, or other supplies but will have difficulty paying for them, please take a look!


Please note: tile discount applies only to bundles and boxes of tile, not loose pieces. Discount does not include other types of flooring or furniture, roof tile, wood tile, appliances from our ALCO consignment partner, water heaters, window air conditioners, other heating and cooling equipment, select specialty items, items listed on eBay or Chairish, or items from our consignment partners. Items with missing or damaged price tags will not be sold. Discount may not be combined with other discounts or promotions.

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Every time you donate or shop at Community Forklift, you’re helping us lift up local communities through reuse.  We turn the construction waste stream into a resource stream for communities in the DC region – by keeping perfectly good items out of the landfill, preserving historical materials, providing low-cost building supplies, and creating local green jobs. 

Judge S. Woods Elementary creates new spaces using salvaged materials

Posted by on Sep 9, 2021 in Blog, Community Giving Programs, Customer Creations, Ideas for Reuse & Repurposing, Non-profit partners | 0 comments

Judge S. Woods Elementary creates new spaces using salvaged materials

Prince George’s County Public Schools welcomed back students this week for in-person learning and we are inspired by the ingenuity of our partner, Judge S. Woods Elementary School, which used a grant from our Community Building Blocks Program to aid in its reopening.

Community Forklift’s Community Building Blocks (CBB) Program provided Judge S. Woods Elementary School, in Glenarden, MD, with free furniture for its new C.A.R.E (Covid Assessment Response Evaluation/Exam) Room – a comforting and safe space for students to use if they are displaying symptoms. Since March, the school began preparing this new space as part of its in-person reopening plan for the Covid-19 Pandemic. “We want to ensure students have a place to rest and feel comfortable when they are not feeling well,” said Phi T. Thach, who is the Community School Coordinator at Judge S. Woods Elementary School and who took lead on this project.

Thank you for your dedication and a continuous partnership in building a stronger community. We could not do our work without your support!

Phi T. Thach, Community School Coordinator at Judge S. Woods Elementary School

When Phi visited our warehouse, she shared that the school wanted to create a forest-themed space for the C.A.R.E room and tailored her search around that motif. Her hunt was a success! The area is lovingly furnished with two wood pedestals, with one of the pedestals transformed into a tree, as well as relaxing pictures of flowers, a cabinet, and a storage chest for supplies.

“Judge Sylvania Woods Sr. Elementary School believes our students deserve both dignity and opportunity. More than 90% of our students received free and reduced lunch and families still struggle to make ends meet to provide for their families. We have worked to build a better future through healthy food, access to basic needs, and quality education by student data and growth that are shared with all stakeholders who we work with together for continuous improvement. Thank you for your dedication and a continuous partnership in building a stronger community. We could not do our work without your support!” – Phi T. Thach, Community School Coordinator at Judge S. Woods Elementary School

The Parent Teacher Resource Room at Judge S. Woods Elementary School.

Furnishing the C.A.R.E. Room is the second time that we worked with Judge S. Woods Elementary School. Back in September 2020, the school also received a CBB grant for its Parent Teacher Resource Room, which is a room in which students and their parents and families can obtain resources and communicate with educational staff. We provided furniture for this room, including two bold red seating chairs and a bold red ottoman that help to brighten the area.

For more information on Community Forklift’s Community Building Blocks Program or to apply for materials for a nonprofit, visit our website.

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Every time you donate or shop at Community Forklift, you’re helping us lift up local communities through reuse.  We turn the construction waste stream into a resource stream for communities in the DC region – by keeping perfectly good items out of the landfill, preserving historical materials, providing low-cost building supplies, and creating local green jobs. 

Before & After: Upcycling projects created with salvaged materials!

Posted by on Sep 6, 2021 in Antiques & Vintage, Blog, Customer Creations, Green Living, Ideas for Reuse, Ideas for Reuse & Repurposing | 0 comments

Before & After: Upcycling projects created with salvaged materials!

This pair of end tables from Community Forklift got an upcycled luxe new look from Girasol Vintage (Instagram: @mygirasolvintage)! The new painted finish and gold accents really highlight the curved legs and the details on the drawers. Thanks for supporting reuse and giving these pieces a new lease on life!


Check out this awesome garden workspace created using a salvaged ladder and door! A Forklift Fan maximized their small balcony in service of their green thumb. Thanks for supporting reuse and Community Forklift!


Just look at all of the exuberant scrolls, curves, and details on this dresser! It has so much personality! A Forklift Fan gave the vintage piece an update and the new finishes really highlight that awesome hardware. Thanks for supporting reuse and sharing your project!


Theo on our reuse warehouse team built this Little Free Library using salvaged roof shingles, paint, brushes, and concrete from Community Forklift! What better place to take a book/leave a book? That ombre paint job looks awesome!


These awesome raised planters for a small balcony were made by My Eco Spaces (Instagram: @myecospaces) out of salvaged wood from Community Forklift! In their own words: “Greenspace for everyday use! What’s better than sitting in your balcony, surrounded by plants (some edible) knowing that this also serves as a habitat for little critters like pollinators?”


Sand & Silo (Instagram: @sandandsilo) got a couple of dressers from Community Forklift and upcycled them! The new finish looks great and I love the library pulls. Thanks for supporting reuse!


Check out this beautiful coffee table created from Treincarnation live edge lumber! From a Forklift Fan: “We used wood purchased at Community Forklift and they turned out amazing! Saved us hundreds of dollars by making them ourselves.” Thanks for supporting reuse!


This display case from Community Forklift looks SO good after a Forklift Fan refurbished it! He cleaned and scraped the glass, fitted the legs with new stretchers for stability, covered the surface with faux-leather for a more authentic look, and cleaned and refinished the wood with beeswax and orange oil. It positively glows!


RELATED POSTS

August 2021: Creative Upcycling Projects Using Salvaged Stuff!
July 2021: Creative Upcycling Projects From Forklift Fans
April 2021: 5 Creative Projects Using Community Forklift Materials!
August 2020: Reuse in the Great Outdoors!


Would you like to share a project that you’ve completed using salvaged materials from Community Forklift? Send photos and a short description to outreach@CommunityForklift.org or tag us on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter!

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Every time you donate or shop at Community Forklift, you’re helping us lift up local communities through reuse.  We turn the construction waste stream into a resource stream for communities in the DC region – by keeping perfectly good items out of the landfill, preserving historical materials, providing low-cost building supplies, and creating local green jobs. 

Save 25% on Appliances this holiday weekend!

Posted by on Sep 3, 2021 in Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Holidays and Long Weekends, Sales, Sales & Hot Items, Things for Sale | 0 comments

Save 25% on Appliances this holiday weekend!

25% off appliances September 4 – 6

This Saturday through Monday, September 4 – 6, take 25% off appliances, including dishwashers, ranges and cooktops, refrigerators, microwaves, stove hoods, wall ovens, washing machines, and dryers.  The discount includes both modern and vintage items and we offer a 3-week return policy on most Forklift appliances. We also offer 5 days of free storage to give you time to arrange for transportation, if needed!

Please continue to wear a facemask that covers your mouth and nose while in the public spaces at Community Forklift. Thank you! Our warehouse hours are Monday – Sunday, 12 – 5 pm. You can also shop online in the Community Forklift Marketplace!


Community Forklift provides free home repair supplies and other essentials to households with limited resources through our Home Essentials Program. If you or someone you know needs appliances or other supplies but will have difficulty paying for them, please take a look!


Please note: discount does not include appliances from our ALCO consignment partner, water heaters, window air conditioners, other heating and cooling equipment, items listed in our eBay or Chairish stores, or select specialty items. Items with missing or damaged price tags will not be sold. Discount may not be combined with other offers.

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Every time you donate or shop at Community Forklift, you’re helping us lift up local communities through reuse.  We turn the construction waste stream into a resource stream for communities in the DC region – by keeping perfectly good items out of the landfill, preserving historical materials, providing low-cost building supplies, and creating local green jobs. 

Free-range Forklifter: A Community Forklift Team Member’s avian adventure

Posted by on Sep 2, 2021 in Blog, Forklifter Profiles | 0 comments

Free-range Forklifter: A Community Forklift Team Member’s avian adventure

We are keeping backyard chickens. It is rewarding in a way I never expected: watching them scratch and peck at the dirt, hunt for bugs, and flap their wings in a display of fancified bird language that probably evolved from the dinosaurs, has provided a form of pandemic Zen for our whole family.

It was rough at first. We were not entirely prepared for the whole keeping-farm-animals-at-home-while-working-and-schooling thing. This escapade started out with some close calls, harrowing saves, and one dead baby chick. We are the proud owners of a chicken graveyard, and while that may sound callous, it turns out farmers have to be tough. Nature is unforgiving. Perhaps these are the lessons a nine-year-old who has not set foot in a classroom for more than year has to learn.

The eggs are beautiful, from shades of pink to brown, and finding them feels like a daily treasure hunt. A gift from these beautiful birds that is so rewarding! The efforts to safeguard our little flock against the foxes THAT LIVE IN OUR YARD has been nothing short of well-executed military strategy involving a lot of random materials from Community Forklift. We chip the invasive bamboo and line the chicken run with it, which provides a fresh bed of grass-mulch for the hens, and helps tamp down the smell. Be prepared for poop. Lots of it. Chickens poop a lot. Seriously. It’s pretty unbelievable.

There are zoning regulations on chicken keeping in Prince George’s County. You can find out more information here: https://www.backyardchickens.com/articles/prince-georges-county-maryland-chicken-ordinance.61780/

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Every time you donate or shop at Community Forklift, you’re helping us lift up local communities through reuse.  We turn the construction waste stream into a resource stream for communities in the DC region – by keeping perfectly good items out of the landfill, preserving historical materials, providing low-cost building supplies, and creating local green jobs.