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Building A Healthier Community

Posted by on May 28, 2020 in Blog, Community Giving Programs | 0 comments

Building A Healthier Community

“The front area is really nice. We didn’t have a place like that before at the school. It feels cozy and inviting for parents to come and sit when they have to come up to the school. I like it a lot.”

2nd Grade Templeton Elementary School parent

Two chairs can make a meaningful difference in making a vibrant community! In February 2020, Community Forklift’s Community Building Blocks Program provided Templeton Elementary School in Riverdale, MD, with two stylish chairs for its new Parent Resource Area — a welcoming and helpful reception area furnished with plants, rugs, new bulletin board displays, and a chalkboard door. Over 40 volunteers worked together to create the new space and paint the school hallways with bright colors.

Templeton Elementary School is one of eight schools in the area that benefited from the Greater Riverdale Place-Based Initiative, which aims to bring Riverdale communities together to address factors that affect health in order to uplift their neighborhoods and transform their environment. The initiative is a program of the Central Kenilworth Avenue Revitalization Community Development Corporation (CKAR CDC) in partnership with Kaiser Permanente and the Neighborhood Design Center (NDC).

“I do love the new welcoming aura of the school after that makeover. Our TES was in dire need of change, and the working team delivered for us in a big way.”

Templeton Elementary School teacher

CKAR CDC said that a key part of the initiative relies on a Greater Riverdale School Cohort composed of principals, community school coordinators, and parent liaisons. These stakeholders meet on a monthly basis to create and implement programs that will benefit students and the community.

According to CKAR CDC, “as part of this effort, schools have been able to request physical improvements that will improve their service to the community. The principal of Templeton, Ms. Ebony Harris, had expressed the need for these renovations in order to better welcome families. Families often wait in the lobby area of the school, in order to meet with staff and get help accessing resources. After the work of the volunteers, there is now a comfortable sitting and check-in area, with activities for children and an inviting atmosphere. The reorganization of the front office also decreased the feelings of crowdedness in the office and improved staff’s ability to serve families. Volunteers painted stripes of color along the hallways of the school, in order to brighten up the school and welcome children back.”

“The new parent reception area tells our families to come in because they are welcome. It’s bright, comfortable and spacious. The fact that parents from our school volunteered to help create that space for all of our families is really amazing. We are so grateful for the support from CKAR and the lovely new space we have to welcome our families and members of the community when they come to see us at Templeton.”

Templeton Elementary School teacher

Patricia Hayes-Parker, Executive Director at CKAR CDC, recently told us what inspires her about working at CKAR and with Templeton Elementary School. She said, “I am an architect by profession and I live in the community. My family believes that living in a community requires your personal investment of time, commitment and resources. And you must be willing to share the experience and talent that you have to effect change that is good for our neighbors, schools, businesses and institutions. CKAR allows me to use the small amount of creativity that I have to grow the organization, listen to the voices of the community and be a part of change.”

CKAR CDC is a local nonprofit that focuses on workforce and career development, environmental sustainability, business and economic development, equitable community development, and supporting the health and wellness of the community through clothing and food distribution. They continue to make progress on the Place-Based Initiative even during the COVID-19 pandemic. To find out more about the initiative, visit www.ckarcdc.org.

Thanks to CKAR CDC, Kaiser Permanente, NDC, and all the volunteers that are working together to build a thriving, happy, and healthy community for Greater Riverdale!

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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.

Essentials for less: 25% off Lighting

Posted by on May 27, 2020 in Blog | 0 comments

Essentials for less: 25% off Lighting

Thursday, May 28 – Sunday, May 31

We are here for you! Community Forklift is committed to staying open as a resource providing free and low-cost essential home repair materials to the community. This Thursday, May 28, through Sunday, May 31, take 25% off the blue and orange price tags on hundreds of lights, from modern fixtures to antique chandeliers. The sale includes glass shades and globes, overhead lights, flush-mounted lights, wall sconces, outdoor lighting, fluorescent fixtures, and lamps.

At Community Forklift, your well-being is our first priority. We are taking all precautions recommended by the CDC and are paying close attention to the situation. Please stay home if you are sick or at a high risk of getting very sick (learn what to do if you are sick here). Please wear a face mask and maintain a six-foot distance from other people when shopping in the warehouse.

Please note our new warehouse hours: 12 – 5 pm, Monday through Sunday. You can also shop for lighting online in our new Community Forklift Marketplace!


If you or someone you know needs lighting or other home repair supplies but will have difficulty paying for them, please look into our Home Essentials Program. Through this program, Community Forklift provides free home repair supplies and other household essentials to people with low incomes.


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. 

Essentials for Less: 50% off Kitchen Cabinets

Posted by on May 22, 2020 in Blog | 0 comments

Essentials for Less: 50% off Kitchen Cabinets

Saturday, May 23 – Monday, May 25

We are here for you! Community Forklift is committed to staying open as a resource providing free and low-cost essential home repair materials to the community. Saturday, May 23 – Monday, May 25, take 50% off the orange and blue tags on kitchen cabinet sets, single kitchen cabinets, and cabinet doors. We will continue to offer 5 days of free storage for most bulky items to give you time to arrange for transportation, if needed.

At Community Forklift, your well-being is our first priority. We are taking all precautions recommended by the CDC and are paying close attention to the situation. Please stay home if you are sick or at a high risk of getting very sick (learn what to do if you are sick here). Please wear a face mask and maintain a six-foot distance from other people when shopping in the warehouse.

Please note our new warehouse hours: 12 – 5 pm, Monday through Sunday.


If you or someone you know needs cabinets or other home repair supplies but will have difficulty paying for them, please look into our Home Essentials Program. Spread the word!


Please note: discount does not include bathroom cabinets, living room cabinets, work benches, tool stands, vintage hutches, select specialty items, items from our consignment partners, or items listed online. 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. 

Buy eco-friendly paint online!

Posted by on May 21, 2020 in Blog | 0 comments

Buy eco-friendly paint online!

Buying premium quality, eco-friendly paint is now a whole lot easier. Amazon Select Paint is listed online in the Community Forklift Marketplace and available for low-contact pickup!

Using patented technology, Amazon recycles surplus paint collected from local businesses, consumers, and governments. The manufacturer’s reprocessing system guarantees that every gallon sold meets strict specifications for color, gloss, viscosity and coverage.

Specifications

  • Amazon Select latex paint
  • 20 beautiful and consistent colors
  • interior or exterior applications on drywall, wood, stucco, or masonry
  • low-sheen finish (between a flat and an eggshell)
  • washable and scrubbable
  • $20 per gallon, $68 per five-gallon

This environmentally-responsible paint is now listed in the new Community Forklift Marketplace, an online store featuring items also available for purchase on our warehouse floor. In addition to Amazon Select Paint, there are listings for furniture, bathroom fixtures, doors, windows, and more! Plus, we’re adding more items every day.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Visit the Community Forklift Marketplace and choose an item.
  2. Add the item to your shopping cart and purchase it online.
  3. Visit the Community Forklift warehouse within 5 days of purchase.
  4. Show your ID to the front desk associate and describe your order.
  5. Get your vehicle while we bring your item to the loading dock.
  6. Load your items into your vehicle and head home happy!

Visit https://communityforkliftmarketplace.org/collections/amazon-paint to see all the options available!

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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. 

Bringing the funk and flair of Community Forklift to you at home

Posted by on May 18, 2020 in Blog | 0 comments

Bringing the funk and flair of Community Forklift to you at home

The new Community Forklift Marketplace!

We’re taking what you love about our 40,000-square-foot warehouse store and making it available to you at home! Over the past few weeks we’ve gotten many requests for a way to purchase items available on our warehouse floor in a low-contact way.

Last week we launched the new Community Forklift Marketplace, an online store featuring items also available for purchase on our warehouse floor. There are listings for furniture, Amazon Select Paint, bathroom fixtures, doors, windows, and more! Plus, we’re adding more items every day. Here’s how it works:

  1. Visit the Community Forklift Marketplace and find an amazing deal on an item you love.
  2. Add the item to your shopping cart and purchase it online.
  3. Visit the Community Forklift warehouse within 5 days of purchase.
  4. Show your ID to the front desk associate and describe your order.
  5. Get your vehicle while we bring your item to the loading dock.
  6. Load your items into your vehicle and pat yourself on the back!

Check the Marketplace regularly as we’ll be adding new items often. We’ll also feature select new listings on our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts, so follow us there for regular updates on new items.

Here are a few of the interesting finds currently available. Visit https://communityforkliftmarketplace.org/ to see the entire collection!

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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. 

From Bookcase to Community Food Pantry

Posted by on May 14, 2020 in Blog | 0 comments

From Bookcase to Community Food Pantry

Many families are experiencing economic pain and food insecurity during the COVID-19 crisis and community organizations have stepped up to help. As they work to gather food and cleaning supply donations, these organizations and volunteers often need building materials to help them in their work.

Robin Bliss, a visual merchandiser who creates retail displays for stores across the country, found herself out of work in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. When she found out that a local arts organization wanted to start a food pantry for its residents, she offered up her design skills to help support the cause.

The group applied for a grant through Community Forklift’s Community Building Blocks Program, which distributes free building materials for projects that serve the community. Robin explains that she found an old bookcase at Community Forklift and transformed it into a food pantry with a fresh coat of paint. “White vinyl ‘pantry silhouettes’ were cut out and applied to the back of the shelf – and suggest the pantry items that were needed. The pantry was used as a fun social media post for the organization to help encourage donations and help hold the back stock for the weekly food distribution,” Robin said.

We’d like to thank all of the community partners and volunteers like Robin that are striving to support communities during these uncertain times.


Did you know that you can reuse a cabinet as a food pantry?
The Mt. Rainier Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) used Forklift materials to build a little free pantry on the school grounds for anyone in the community facing food insecurity. “We were happy to use the materials and be creative with them,” said Mt. Rainier PTO Co-Vice President Timothy M.

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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.

Essentials for Less: 40% off Doors and Windows

Posted by on May 12, 2020 in Blog | 0 comments

Essentials for Less: 40% off Doors and Windows

Wednesday, May 13 – Sunday, May 17

We are here for you! Community Forklift is committed to staying open as a resource providing free and low-cost essential home repair materials to the community. May 13 – 17, take 40% off the marked prices on modern and vintage doors. This includes interior and exterior doors, antique wood panel doors, french doors, oversized doors, bifold doors, louvered doors, security doors, storm doors, screen doors, and doors in frames. Also, take 40% off the marked prices on windows and window sashes! We will continue to offer 5 days of free storage for most bulky items to give you time to arrange for transportation, if needed.

At Community Forklift, your well-being is our first priority. We are taking all precautions recommended by the CDC and are paying close attention to the situation. Please stay home if you are sick or at a high risk of getting very sick (learn what to do if you are sick here). Please wear a face mask and maintain a six-foot distance from other people when shopping in the warehouse.

Please note our new warehouse hours: Monday – Sunday, 12 – 5 pm.


If you or someone you know needs doors, windows, or other home repair supplies but will have difficulty paying for them, please look into our Home Essentials Program. Spread the word!


Please note: discount does not include doors or windows with stained glass, pebbled glass, or other specialty glass, specialty items, items from our consignment partners, or items listed on eBay or Chairish. 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. 

Essentials for Less: 25% off Appliances

Posted by on May 6, 2020 in Blog | 0 comments

Essentials for Less: 25% off Appliances

Thursday, May 7 – Sunday, May 10

We are here for you! Community Forklift is committed to staying open as a resource providing free and low-cost essential home repair materials to the community. Thursday, May 7, through Sunday, May 10, take 25% off appliances with orange and blue tags, including dishwashers, ranges and cooktops, refrigerators, microwaves, stove hoods, wall ovens, washing machines, and dryers.  The sale includes both modern and vintage items and we offer a 3-week return policy on most Forklift appliances. We will continue to offer 5 days of free storage for most bulky items to give you time to arrange for transportation, if needed.

At Community Forklift, your well-being is our first priority. We are taking all precautions recommended by the CDC and are paying close attention to the situation. Please stay home if you are sick or at a high risk of getting very sick (learn what to do if you are sick here). Please wear a face mask and maintain a six-foot distance from other people when shopping in the warehouse.

Please note our new warehouse hours: Monday – Sunday, 12 – 5 pm.


If you or someone you know needs appliances or other home repair supplies but will have difficulty paying for them, please look into our Home Essentials Program. Spread the word!


Please note: discount does not include appliances from our ALCO consignment partner, water heaters, window air conditioners, other heating and cooling equipment, items listed online, 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. 

New Expanded Warehouse Hours

Posted by on May 5, 2020 in Blog | 0 comments

New Expanded Warehouse Hours

Monday – Sunday, 12 – 5 pm

Community Forklift is continuing to stay open to provide the community with free and low-cost home repair essentials. Thank you to everyone who has supported us through donations, gift card purchases, and by shopping online and in our warehouse! In order to expand the hours available for low-contact dock-side pickup of items purchased online and to further reduce the chance of crowding in our warehouse, we’re expanding our open warehouse hours.

Effective Wednesday, May 6, the warehouse will now be open daily, Monday – Sunday, from 12 to 5 pm.

These store hours will be in effect until further notice. Please continue to wear a face mask when visiting the warehouse and maintain a six-foot distance from other shoppers and staff. We will continue to take CDC-recommended COVID-19 precautions. Please do NOT enter the warehouse if you are sick or at a high risk of getting very sick (learn what to do if you are sick here). Thank you!

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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. 

On Giving Tuesday, support Community Forklift and the green economy

Posted by on May 4, 2020 in Blog | 0 comments

On Giving Tuesday, support Community Forklift and the green economy

Giving Tuesday is TOMORROW! Can you spare $5 and help Community Forklift provide free appliances and other home essentials to neighbors who need them?

Help us provide free materials to other non-profits for projects that benefit the community. Projects like the William Wirt Middle School Laundry Room, the Langley Elementary School Educational Garden, and the Howard County Bus Stop Shelter.

Community Forklift and the green economy need your support now more than ever. See how much material we — with your help — diverted in 2019! Help Community Forklift continue to keep usable materials out of the landfill and put them into the hands of people who need them.

Every little bit will help us fulfill our mission to promote reuse and provide free and low-cost home essentials for our community. We are a 501(c)3 non-profit and your donations to us are tax-deductible to the maximum extent allowed by law.

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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. 

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