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Weeklong Flash Sale – Antiques, Vintage and Courtyard!

Posted by on Dec 11, 2017 in Billboard, Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Sales | 0 comments

Weeklong Flash Sale – Antiques, Vintage and Courtyard!

This week, December 12 – 18, 2017,

take 20% off all white tag (Salvage Arts)

and blue tag vintage items!

The sale includes all items with white tags from our Salvage Arts consignment partner,

and all blue tag vintage items throughout the warehouse.

Also this week,

take 40% off EVERYTHING in the courtyard!

This includes farm sinks, wrought iron, countertops and much more.

Please note:  Sale does not include lumber,  items listed on eBay or Etsy, appliances from our ALCO consignment partner, Amazon Recycled Paint, select specialty items, or items with missing or damaged price tags. May not be combined with other sales.

Remember, if you can’t make it in to see us, visit our eBay and Etsy stores for some great finds and holiday gift ideas.

 

Community Forklift Spotlight: The Donations Team

Posted by on Dec 11, 2017 in Blog, Donor Profiles, Donor profiles | 0 comments

Community Forklift aims to turn the construction waste stream into a resource stream for communities in the DC region.  Throughout December, we’ll be highlighting the work we do to support our neighbors and our staff.  If you like what you see and want to lend a hand, you can make a financial contribution on our website. Your support is crucial to our work.  Every gift, large or small, helps us lift up local communities through reuse.

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Did you know we pick up donations?

Each day we send out two box trucks in the DC area to pick up items donated by residents, contractors, and businesses. You may not see our truck crews around the warehouse, but you’ve definitely seen the results of their work: About half of our incoming donations are received and transported by them. Scheduled by our in-office Donations Team, most of what our crews collect are the items too big or numerous for folks to lift and transport on their own.

Truck crew members Nordaine and Chris unload subflooring donated by the National Building Musuem.

Small business owners especially appreciate this service. When they have surplus inventory or leftovers from renovations, it costs them a great deal to rent dumpsters or pay fees at the landfill or incinerator. When we come pick up their materials, not only do they avoid disposal costs but they can receive tax deductions – and for these mom & pop shops, every little savings helps them survive and thrive.

It’s a winning situation for the local economy and environment!

Everyone from granite fabricators and tile suppliers to restauranteurs and local hardware stores are able to save money by donating. Reducing the waste stream eases the pressure on local governments to spend tax revenues on new incinerators & landfills.  Then all that reusable material arrives at our warehouse, making repairs more affordable for everyone.

For example, just two weeks ago we picked up some nifty shelves from Kogold Liquor in NW DC. They were updating their displays, and instead of throwing away their old ones, they donated them to us.  They were so happy that they even posted a thank-you on Instagram:

“We are so grateful that @communityforklift is giving our outgoing wine shelves a new life!”

Picking up a donation at Kogod Liquor. Photo credit: Kogold Liquor

If you have reusable materials and would like to schedule a pick up, please review our Donations Guidelines and fill out the request  form on our site: www.CommunityForklift.org/PickUp.

Although we cannot schedule pick ups by email, if you have a question about your specific items, the quickest way to reach our Donations Team is by emailing Donations@CommunityForklift.org (if necessary, you can also call our Donations Coordinator at 301-832-0781).

The Donations team is in the office Monday-Friday 8am-4pm. We are not able to respond to phone calls, texts, emails, and online forms outside of these hours. 

Floor Team members Neo and Gilbert unload windows donated by a local resident.

 

HELP US SAVE EVEN MORE MATERIAL 

Thanks to generous folks around the DC region, we always have a steady stream of donation offers.  We work hard to keep up so these great items don’t go to waste, but picking up donations is one of our biggest expenses.  In fact, one of our two trucks died recently, and we have to use a very expensive leased truck until we can raise enough money to replace it!  Please help us stay on the road by making a donation. Each financial gift, large or small, helps us fulfill our mission to lift up communities through reuse.

Community Forklift is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit corporation. Donations are tax-deductible to the maximum extent allowed by law.

If you are a Marylander considering a donation this season, remember that we are participating in the Maryland Community Investment Tax Credit Program; a program that rewards Maryland taxpayers who donate to nonprofits that serve local communities. If you make a donation to Community Forklift of $500 or more, you can earn a Maryland tax credit of 50% of the value of your donation.  This tax credit is in addition to Federal and State charitable tax deductions! You can reduce your tax liability while helping us lift up local communities!!

For more info on the tax credit,

please visit our website or

call our office at 301-985-6011.

Thank you!

Lifting up communities: A Playground for Underserved Children

Posted by on Dec 8, 2017 in Blog, Community Giving Programs, Community Happenings, Fundraising, Non-profit partners, Our Partners | 0 comments

Lifting up communities: A Playground for Underserved Children

Community Forklift aims to turn the construction waste stream into a resource stream for communities in the DC region.  Throughout December, we’ll be highlighting the work we do to support our neighbors and our staff.  If you like what you see and want to lend a hand, you can make a financial contribution on our website. Your support is crucial to our work.  Every gift, large or small, helps us lift up local communities through reuse.

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Did you know we distribute free materials to local nonprofits and community groups?

DC Prep is a public charter school network that provides personalized educational programs tailored to each student. The organization’s mission is to bridge the educational divide in Washington DC, by guiding students from underserved communities with free academic and social preparation for a successful future.

Through Community Forklift’s Community Building Blocks program (CBB), DC Prep was able to borrow items to build a new playground at their Prep Benning Elementary and Middle School in NE DC.

The playground in progress.

A huge group of volunteers was lined up and the building day was fast approaching when some expected tools failed to arrive.  Luckily, Raymond Weeden, Jr. thought to come to Community Forklift. We quickly awarded DC Prep a loan through our CBB program, and Mr. Weeden was able to find a ladder, sledgehammer, hammers, jigsaw, drill, and other necessary items for his volunteers to use.

“Thank you for allowing our community to borrow your tools last week! Your generosity allowed us to bring our community together to create a beautiful new playground and play space for our DC Preppies. All of us at DC Prep are deeply indebted to you. Your leadership is a testament to the Community Forklift Team! Our Preppies are excited, and so are we! Again, thank you for making it possible.”
– Raymond Weeden, Jr. Senior Director of Policy and Community Engagement, DC Prep

According to Mr. Weeden, Community Forklift’s contribution has helped impact an estimated 800 people!

The Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation, Bender Foundation, Inc., DC Prep – Benning Campuses, and KaBoom! were all involved in funding and providing volunteers for the playground.

WANT TO HELP US SUPPORT MORE GREAT PROJECTS LIKE THIS ONE? 

Please give us a lift by making a donation! Each financial gift, large or small, helps us fulfill our mission to lift up communities through reuse.

Community Forklift is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit corporation. Donations are tax-deductible to the maximum extent allowed by law.

If you are a Marylander considering a donation this season, remember that we are participating in the Maryland Community Investment Tax Credit Program; a program that rewards Maryland taxpayers who donate to nonprofits that serve local communities. If you make a donation to Community Forklift of $500 or more, you can earn a Maryland tax credit of 50% of the value of your donation.  This tax credit is in addition to Federal and State charitable tax deductions! You can reduce your tax liability while helping us lift up local communities!!

For more info on the tax credit,

please visit our website or

call our office at 301-985-6011.

Thank you!

Lifting up communities: Art therapy for veterans

Posted by on Dec 6, 2017 in Blog, Community Giving Programs, Community Happenings, Customer Creations, Fundraising, general, Ideas for Reuse, Ideas for Reuse & Repurposing, News, Non-profit partners, Our Partners | 0 comments

Community Forklift aims to turn the construction waste stream into a resource stream for communities in the DC region.  Throughout December, we’ll be highlighting the work we do to support our neighbors and our staff.  If you like what you see and want to lend a hand, you can make a financial contribution on our website. Your support is crucial to our work.  Every gift, large or small, helps us lift up local communities through reuse.

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Did you know we distribute free materials to local nonprofits?

Our Community Building Blocks program (CBB) provides grants of store credit to nonprofits, schools, and volunteer groups in need of building materials for projects that serve the greater community.

One organization that has recently made great use of the CBB program is Art Therapy for Veterans Administration DC Medical Center Residents. The organization was able to get free picture frames, tiles, paint, and other supplies for use in art therapy sessions offered by the organization at the Medical Center’s Community Living Center.

Members of Art Therapy for Veterans Administration DC Medical Center Residents.

Kasse Andrews-Weller is a volunteer with Art Therapy for Veterans Administration DC Medical Center Residents, and connected the program with Community Forklift. An avid Forklift Fan herself, she is an artist who earned Bachelors and Masters Degrees in art, specializing in ceramics. She is also a military veteran, who not only helps other veterans create art in the Art Therapy program, but participates in the program herself.

In her work with the Art Therapy for Veterans Administration DC Medical Center Residents, Ms. Andrews-Weller has met disabled veterans, “who seek art as their creative expression.” When asked what art therapy means to her, she says, “I’m not a trained art therapist, but art therapy to me gets me in a place that I need to be in – a place that is sort of like a quilt, in the fact that it keeps you warm, it covers you, and it’s pleasant memories.”

She wanted to gather her classmates to make quilts as an extension of this feeling, and it’s been an ongoing project. All of the patients use 6 x 6 clay molds, frames, paint, plywood, tiles and flooring to create their own mixed media master piece. Ms. Andrews-Weller rolls out the clay for her classmates, and punches holes into them. After that, the veterans are given total freedom to be creative. During this creative process, Ms. Andrews-Weller says, “There’s a feeling of accomplishment because there are several stages to this; I roll out the clay but then they are on their own.”

A class member personalizes their 6×6 clay slab by poking holes.

Much of the art that the veterans design is inspired by their passions, and each piece is personalized. “We come up with a thing, which was quilts, and then it’s like what is your favorite thing, what represents you, and what is the main driving force in your life…The work that they’ve done is reflective of their own self-expression, something that provided comfort.” The groups’ individual pieces were recently combined to create one big quilt, which went on display in the exhibit Healing Arts, at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, in early November.

The Quilt displayed at the Walter Reed Military Medical Center.

Many of the materials used in the quilt project came from Community Forklift.  For example, Community Forklift picked up a large number of picture frames from a Marriott Hotel renovation.  Ms. Andrews-Weller spotted them on a trip to the ‘Lift, and was delighted she could get them for free through her Community Building Blocks grant.

“My gratitude goes to Community Forklift because they’ve made so many things happen and made a difference in the lives of these Veterans.”
–Kasse Andrews-Weller

Ms. Andrews-Weller regards classmate Michael Green as a great example of how the art therapy program has helped veterans. Mr. Green is The Capitol Hill Art League’s Honorary Member and October’s Artist of the Month. According to the Capitol Hill Art Workshop’s website, “Michael is a Disabled US Army Veteran who has been living at the Veterans Administration DC Medical Center‘s Community Living Center since 2008 following the death of his Mother.” Mr. Green has a condition called cervical spondylosis, which caused him to be in a wheelchair.

However, his disability has not stopped him from pursuing art. When asked about Mr. Green, Ms. Andrews-Weller made it known that “…Now, he’s the first person that shows up for class every week because he’s just so excited about doing something!” Mr. Green enjoys painting and drawing portraits of people. He uses crayon, magic marker, and paint as mediums. Aside from his portraits, he has also painted directly on parquet flooring and tiles during his art sessions. Ms. Andrews-Weller says, “I’m exploring the possibility of having an exhibit of the veterans’ works in a Gallery in DC…And he [Michael Green] gets to exhibit his work on open calls and he actually sold one the last exhibit we had and he was just – he was so honored.”

Michael Green displaying some of his artwork.

Want to help us support more great projects like this one? 

Please give us a lift by making a donation! Each financial gift, large or small, helps us fulfill our mission to lift up communities through reuse.

Community Forklift is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit corporation. Donations are tax-deductible to the maximum extent allowed by law.

If you are a Marylander considering a donation this season, remember that we are participating in the Maryland Community Investment Tax Credit Program; a program that rewards Maryland taxpayers who donate to nonprofits that serve local communities. If you make a donation to Community Forklift of $500 or more, you can earn a Maryland tax credit of 50% of the value of your donation.  This tax credit is in addition to Federal and State charitable tax deductions! You can reduce your tax liability while helping us lift up local communities!!

For more info on the tax credit,

please visit our website or

call our office at 301-985-6011.

Thank you!

 

Weeklong Flash Sale – Doors and Appliances!

Posted by on Dec 4, 2017 in Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Sales | 0 comments

Weeklong Flash Sale – Doors and Appliances!

This week, December 4-10, 2017, take 50% off kitchen and laundry appliances.

The sale includes modern AND vintage appliances including washing machines, dryers, dishwashers, stoves, ovens, fridges, and microwaves with blue or orange tags.  We usually have a variety of basic, high-end, and some commercial appliances.

Please note:  this sale does NOT include water heaters, window air conditioners, other heating and cooling equipment, items listed on eBay or Etsy, appliances from our ALCO consignment partner, select specialty items, or items with missing or damaged price tags. May not be combined with other sales.

Also this week,

take 50% off doors priced at $200 or less. 

Doors with orange or blue price tags of $200 or less are also half off!  The sale includes many kinds of interior and exterior doors, including antique wood panel doors, oversized doors, modern doors, French doors, bifold doors, louvered, security doors, storm doors, and screen doors.

Some exclusions apply. Sale does not include select specialty items, items with missing or damaged price tags, white tag items, items from our consignment partners, or online items.  May not be combined with other sales.

Remember, if you can’t make it in to see us, visit our eBay and Etsy stores for some great finds and holiday gift ideas.

 

December Sale – Lighting and more!

Posted by on Dec 1, 2017 in Billboard, Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Monthly Sales, Sales | 0 comments

December Sale – Lighting and more!

Throughout December, take 40% off

Modern and Vintage lighting.

Sale includes chandeliers, flush-mounted lights, wall sconces, patio lights, lamps, and fluorescent fixtures from every era!  Sale does not include select specialty items, ceiling fans without lights, other light parts or electrical supplies, white-tag items from our Salvage Arts consignment partner, or items listed online.  Items with missing or damaged price tags will not be sold. May not be combined with other sales.

Also, this weekend, December 2 and 3, 2017, take 50% off all doors with orange and blue price tags of $200 or less.  The sale includes many kinds of interior and exterior doors, including antique wood panel doors, oversized doors, modern doors, French doors, bifold doors, louvered, security doors, storm doors, and screen doors.

Remember, if you can’t make it in to see us, visit our eBay and Etsy stores for some great finds.

 

 

The ‘Lift Needs a Lift!

Posted by on Dec 1, 2017 in Billboard, Blog, Community Giving Programs, Fundraising, general, Green Jobs and Job Creation, News | 0 comments

The ‘Lift Needs a Lift!

Hello Forklift Fans,

It’s been a busy year here at the Community Forklift warehouse. Since January 2017, we’ve provided $35,000 of home essentials to our neighbors in need, created multiple new green jobs, and distributed $22,500 of free supplies to local nonprofits and community groups.

Every day we work hard to lift up our community, so this month we’re asking you to give us a lift! Any financial support you give will go directly towards our Community Services programs and our green workforce development efforts, and allow us to continue rescuing good materials from the landfill.

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Community Forklift is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit corporation. Donations are tax-deductible to the maximum extent allowed by law.

Throughout December, to show you how we’re making a real difference right here in the DC area, we’ll be highlighting the work we do to support our neighbors and our staff.

Dec. 11th:  Spotlight on the Donations Team

Dec. 8th:  A New Playground for NE DC

Dec. 6th:  Art Therapy for Veterans

If you like what you see and want to lend a hand, you can make a financial contribution on our website. Your support is crucial to our efforts.  Every financial gift, large or small, helps us fulfill our mission to lift up communities through reuse.

If you are a Marylander considering a donation this season, remember that we are participating in the Maryland Community Investment Tax Credit Program; a program that rewards Maryland taxpayers who donate to nonprofits that serve local communities. If you make a donation to Community Forklift of $500 or more, you can earn a Maryland tax credit of 50% of the value of your donation.  This tax credit is in addition to Federal and State charitable tax deductions! Reduce your tax liability while helping us lift up local communities!!

For more info on the tax credit,

please visit our website or

call our office at 301-985-6011.

 

If money is tight but you want to support what we do, please give us a lift by sharing our stories with your friends, family members, and coworkers. With more people aware of our cause, the stronger our community grows.

Thank you,

The Forklifters

 

 

 

Midweek Flash Sale – Sinks!

Posted by on Nov 28, 2017 in Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Sales | 0 comments

Midweek Flash Sale – Sinks!

50% Off Sinks and Vanities

This Wednesday and Thursday, November 29 and 30,  2017, take 50% off the orange and blue tags on bathroom vanities and bathroom, kitchen and utility sinks, both modern and vintage.

Sale does not include farmhouse-style sinks, sink sets with matching toilets, kitchen sinks that are part of cabinet sets, other plumbing parts, or other types of furniture, certain specialty items, items with missing or damaged price tags, or items from our Salvage Arts consignment partner.

 

Remember, if you can’t make it in to see us, visit our eBay and Etsy stores for some great finds.

#GivingTuesday

Posted by on Nov 28, 2017 in Blog, Uncategorized | 0 comments

#GivingTuesday

Today is #GivingTuesday, so please consider a tax deductible donation to Community Forklift to help us continue lifting up our local community! 

(Donations from Maryland residents over $500 are eligible for a state-tax rebate
of up to 50% of the donation.)

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Where does your contribution go?

In 2016, we gave almost $32,000 worth of appliances, furniture and building materials to neighbors in need. Thanks to your support,we were able to give a client with limited mobility a portable air conditioning unit, a microwave, and a mini-fridge. She told us:

“You are literally making me cry and you have no idea what this means to me. I’m stuck in the basement to try to stay cool, but the heat is still baking me down here and I can’t make it up the stairs to get food from the kitchen without my kids being home.”

One of three vintage doors granted to the Hyattsville Community Development Corporation by Community Forklift.

We also granted $47,000 worth of materials to other local non-profits. For example, we awarded a $5,000 grant to Christmas in April of Prince George’s County to help repair 82 homes for low-income senior citizens.

In 2017, we granted the Hyattsville Community Development Corporation (HCDC) over $2,000 in materials to recover an abandoned historic property and turn it into a community resource. It will house the HCDC and increase their capacity to carry out neighborhood revitalization and economic development activityIt will also serve as programming and studio space for local artists, providing a home for the creative economy of the Gateway Arts District and the surrounding residences.

“Community Forklift has been a great partner as we rebuild a once crumbling and blighted contributing historic resource into affordable nonprofit incubator and artist live/work space. Every time we presented our vision and material needs, the Forklift found a way to help make it a reality. Without access to the resources provided by Community Forklift, nonprofit organizations such as ours would not be able to dream as big; work as big; or tackle
ambitious restoration projects with as much revitalization punch. Everyone needs a forklift to help with the heavy lifting.”

-Stuart Eisenberg, Executive Director, Hyattsville CDC

 

Over the years, we’ve created more than 40 “green” jobs with subsidized health insurance and paid leave, including multiple new staff members hired through Project Empowerment of DC, a job-readiness program for those with multiple barriers to employment.

And in the last ten years, we’ve diverted over $30 million of material from the landfill, and supplied building materials to over 20,000  homeowners, small businesses, nonprofits, artisans, and historic restoration projects, and created a community of reuse-minded Forklift Fans through workshops, events, and outreach work throughout the region.

Your financial contribution helps us continue our work – paying rent and utilities on our 40,000 square foot warehouse, keeping our trucks on the road, picking up donations, paying our staff and providing benefits, and purchasing supplies to process the fantastic stream of building materials donations we receive.

Every dollar makes a difference.

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Don’t miss these great deals!

Posted by on Nov 25, 2017 in Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Monthly Sales, Sales, Things for Sale | 0 comments

Thanks for joining us for Green Friday & Small Business Saturday!

We had a blast celebrating community instead of commercialism, and hope you did too. Couldn’t make it? Don’t worry- we still have a bunch of sales running so you don’t miss all the fun.

 

Save 40% Storewide (Through Sunday, November 26th) 

To celebrate Green Friday and Small Business Saturday, almost everything in the warehouse is on sale this weekend! Take 40% off modern AND vintage items, including tile, furniture, appliances, windows, shutters, doors, mantels, sinks, light fixtures, architectural salvage, and much more!

Sale does not include lumber, masonry, select specialty items, items sold online, or items from our consignment partners and visiting artists.  Items with missing or damaged price tags will not be sold.  May not be combined with other sales. 

 

Save 20% online (Through Monday, November 27th)

Did you know that in addition to treasure-hunting in our warehouse, you can also shop for Community Forklift items online? On eBay and Etsy we offer a broad range of vintage bathroom fixtures, machinery, commercial items, and vintage treasures. Right now you can save 20% on your purchase price!

Discount does not apply to shipping costs and is not valid on in-store purchases. 

 

And don’t forget our monthly sales!

Through Thursday, November 30th:

 

Save 50% on select doors 

Save on all doors with orange and blue price tags of $200 or less.  The sale includes many kinds of interior and exterior doors, including antique wood panel doors, oversized doors, modern doors, French doors, bifold doors, louvered, security doors, storm doors, and screen doors.

Sale does not include surplus doors or doors in frames. Monthly sales may not be combined with other sales or promotions.

FREE “Orphan” Cabinets 

Look for individual cabinets, doors, and drawers with price tags of $15 or less.  This month they’re free while supplies last!

Monthly sales do NOT include select specialty items, items from our consignment vendors, or items sold online. Items with missing or damaged price tags will not be sold.  Monthly sales may not be combined with other sales or promotions.