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Lifting Up Communities: The Home Essentials Program

Posted by on Dec 27, 2017 in Blog, Community Giving Programs, 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
OUR NEIGHBORS IN NEED?

Community Forklift provides home repair supplies and other household essentials free-of-cost to families and individuals through our Home Essentials ProgramEvery time you shop at the Forklift or donate to us, you help us provide free building materials, fixtures, appliances, and furniture to local families and neighbors in need. 

Appliances are one of the most commonly requested items from our Home Essentials Program.

Thanks to your support this year, we’ve donated $38,000 in materials to low-income households, the elderly and disabled, and people going through crisis (like a house fire, or flood). Home Essentials is a low-barrier service, meaning we try to keep our grants as accessible and flexible as we can. Client are referred to us through a variety of ways- caseworkers, neighbors, government agencies, etc. One organization that has sent us multiple folks is Friendship Place, in NW DC.

Friendship Place is a leader in Washington, DC, in developing solutions to homelessness that have proven results and a lasting impact. Their innovative, customized, person-focused programs empower participants to rebuild their lives, find homes, get jobs and reconnect with friends, family and the community, permanently. They have a lasting impact on the lives of more than 2,900 people a year through street outreach, drop-in support, a free medical and psychiatric clinic, case management, transitional housing, permanent supportive housing, rapid rehousing, job placement, and specialized programs for veterans and their families.

“Our mission is to empower people experiencing or at risk of homelessness to attain stable housing and to rebuild their lives. Our vision is a DC community and a nation in which every person has a place to call ‘home.’

Here is where Community Forklift overlaps with their work, as we also seek to help our clients reclaim and maintain their dignity at home, no matter their situation. Division Director Kally Canfield brought one of her clients to us recently:

“He is formerly homeless and was in desperate need of new furniture items as he did not have many and his apartment was rather bare. We were able to get him some photos for his walls, some lamps and night stands for his bedroom, and small little table and chairs that fit perfectly in his dining area. We also were able to get him some nice decorations for his house as well. His spirits are so much higher now that he has items in house to make it feel more like a home. I can see it impact his emotional and physical well being.”
-Kally Canfield, Division Director Veterans Services Division, Friendship Place

Staff photo, courtesy of Friendship Place.

WANT TO HELP US SUPPORT EVEN MORE NEIGHBORS IN NEED? 

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!

Storewide Flash Sale

Posted by on Dec 25, 2017 in Antiques & Vintage, Blog, Flash Sale, Sales | 0 comments

Storewide Flash Sale

To celebrate the holidays,

we’re having a storewide sale!

THIS WEEK, DECEMBER 26 – 31, 2017,

TAKE 25% OFF BLUE & ORANGE TAG ITEMS!

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When to Shop:

Tuesday, December 26:  Open 9am – 6pm

Wednesday, December 27:  Open 9am – 7pm

Thursday, December 28:  Open 9am – 6pm

Friday, December 29:  Open 9am – 7pm

Saturday December 30:  Open 9am – 6pm

Sunday, December 31:  Open 9am – 3pm – CLOSING EARLY – Donations must be dropped off by 2:30pm

Monday, January 1:  CLOSED

Almost everything in the warehouse is on sale. Take 25% off modern AND vintage items, including tile, furniture, appliances, windows, shutters, doors, mantels, sinks, light fixtures, architectural salvage, and much, much more!

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

 

Thank You CARNEMARK design + build!

Posted by on Dec 22, 2017 in Blog, Community Happenings, Community Happenings, Donor Profiles, Events, Forklifter Profiles, Ideas for Reuse, Ideas for Reuse & Repurposing, News, Our Partners, Volunteers | 0 comments

The folks at Forklift would like to extend a huge thank you to CARNEMARK design + build for coming out to Community Forklift this month. With access to all the materials in our warehouse, these brilliant architects brainstormed with our staff and developed creative solutions to some of our spatial constraints.

When we heard that a whole crew of builders and designers from CARNEMARK were volunteering to spend a day in our warehouse, we presented them with some of the challenges we face on a daily basis. For example, if you’ve ever looked above the vignettes in Aisle 1, you’ve probably seen a jumble of chairs up there that we simply haven’t had room for on the warehouse floor. Our volunteers’ solution to this conundrum was to build a one-of-a-kind, sustainably-sourced Chair Tree. Community Forklift’s Jane Matt added a Partridge to the front of it, referencing the line from a very popular Christmas song that goes “a partridge in a chair tree.”

The newly crowned “Chair Tree” towers above Aisle 1.  

 

The warehouse table parts section was another area in need of an upgrade. A vintage purple bathtub was transformed into a storage container for our stray table legs. This addition, along with a shelving unit that the team of volunteers cleaned up and moved, is already helping to make it easier for customers to find parts & pieces for upcycling!

 

 

One creative volunteer even came up with a way for us to incorporate chandeliers and other hanging items into one of our displays. He built a mounting bracket on our Aisle 1 endcap, giving us more room to be creative within the space.

 

We are incredibly grateful for the service that CARNEMARK’s team of builders and designers, and are hoping to work with them again in the future. As a non-profit organization, Community Forklift relies heavily on the support of our community – which can come in many forms. When groups like CARNEMARK volunteer to support our team, we can get a whole lot of ‘Lifting done together!

Would your company enjoy a team-building day at our warehouse?  Contact Ruthie(at)CommunityForklift.org or 301-985-5180 to get on our calendar today!

 

Holiday Hours

Posted by on Dec 21, 2017 in Blog, News | 0 comments

Holiday Hours

Happy holidays, Forklift Fans!

Thank you for helping us lift up communities in 2017!

Over the holidays, we will be giving our stuff some much-deserved time off to spend with friends and family.  We’ll be back to our regular schedule starting on Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018 (9am – 6pm).

HOLIDAY SCHEDULE

Please note:  If you are picking up a big bulky item or dropping off a donation,
you must arrive at least 30 minutes before closing time.
This is ESPECIALLY true at the end of the tax year when the line at the donations receiving area gets long. If you plan to drop off a donation on Dec. 31st, please arrive before 2:30pm!

Sunday, December 24:  Open 9am – 3pm – CLOSING EARLY – Donations must be dropped off by 2:30pm

Monday, December 25:  CLOSED

Tuesday, December 26:  Open 9am – 6pm

Wednesday, December 27:  Open 9am – 7pm

Thursday, December 28:  Open 9am – 6pm

Friday, December 29:  Open 9am – 7pm

Saturday December 30:  Open 9am – 6pm

Sunday, December 31:  Open 9am – 3pm – CLOSING EARLY – Donations must be dropped off by 2:30pm

Monday, January 1:  CLOSED

Regular hours resume on January 2, 2018:  Open 9 am – 6 pm everyday, and open until 7 pm on Wednesdays and Fridays.

Give Us a Lift: Support our green workforce development!

Posted by on Dec 20, 2017 in Blog, Forklifter 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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Way back at the beginning of Community Forklift, only a handful of folks ran our warehouse. But a large part of our mission is to create good green jobs for local residents, so we’ve grown our operation to 40 employees, and we support a number of additional contractors and interns!

 

We’re always open to any applicant – we don’t discriminate based on history, and have hired returning citizens to give them a fresh start. Some of our most successful employees have come to us through partners and programs that place workers with barriers to employment. We do a lot of work to support and develop all of our staff, providing them opportunities to grow. All employees at Community Forklift are paid above minimum wage, have paid leave and health benefits, and attend regular training sessions on everything from identifying different types of wood to properly using a fire extinguisher.

 

 

We’re also educating the future green workforce- we host tours all year long to help expose students of all ages to the economics of reuse. Our Outreach & Education team has hosted everyone from preschoolers and scout groups to grad students and Department of State visitors, teaching groups of all ages about topics such as social entrepreneurship, waste reduction, and the reuse movement.

 

PLAN International’s Global Women in Management workshop group took a tour of the warehouse in August.

And we help local youth, too! Each summer Community Forklift brings on high school interns from local youth development organizations, and we’re always blown away by their energy, creativity, and hard work.  We’re honored to play a part in helping them grow and reach their  bright futures. Here’s what a few of our interns had to say about their time at the ‘Lift:

“I loved my internship. From the first day I stepped into Community Forklift, the staff were warm and welcoming, showing me around the warehouse and answering questions…I like how they listened to my opinions and suggestions about different things that could be done to benefit the future of the business. In the future, I will definitely come back to help out in different activities – whether it’s volunteering my time or even for another internship, it will be a pleasure. I love every day spent during the past 6 weeks and will definitely do it again in the future.”
-Liliarose Forbang , 2016 Summer Intern     

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“Overall, I would recommend this job to others if they are hardworking and willing to put the effort in everything they do. Being an intern here is a nice way to help the community be a better place.”
-Kendall Jaquan Warren, 2016 Summer Intern

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By supporting Community Forklift, you help build the local economy and develop career opportunities for nearby residents.

Thank you for letting us develop our green workforce!

Please help us continue supporting our staff 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 – Carpet and Wood Flooring!

Posted by on Dec 18, 2017 in Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Sales | 0 comments

Weeklong Flash Sale – Carpet and Wood Flooring!

 

This week, December 19 – 24, 2017,

Take 25% off all carpet, carpet tile and wood flooring.

Some exclusions apply.  Items with missing or damaged tags will not be sold.  This sale does NOT include carpet with missing or damaged price tags, select specialty items, items from our consignment partners, items listed online, tile or other types of flooring. May not be combined with other sales.

 

Give us a lift: Help us replace our truck!

Posted by on Dec 15, 2017 in Blog, Community Giving Programs, Forklifter 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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Donated building materials are the cornerstone of Community Forklift: We couldn’t exist without them.

Although folks arrive at the warehouse daily to drop off building materials, about half of our donations are brought in by our truck crews. We operate two large trucks, which are on the road five days a week picking up reusable items around the region. These are items that would otherwise end up in the landfill, because they are too big or bulky for the donors to deliver themselves.

It’s a community service we are proud to offer, but about a month ago, one of our trucks died.

Gilbert unloads a donated appliance from one of our trucks.

A portion of the donations brought in by our trucks go to our Home Essentials program, which provides materials and appliances to neighbors in need. For example, this summer we supplied window air conditioners and a stove to a local resident dealing with chronic illness. She was unable to manage the overwhelming summer heat until Forklift stepped in. As far as we know, there is no other program in the region that provides this kind of service.

“I just had open-heart surgery, and the doctors told me to stay in the air conditioning. I was taking the bus to the cooling shelter every day, but I still had to come home at night and sweat in my bed. My son moved in to take care of me, but he has asthma so he shouldn’t be in the heat either. I was also worried about my gas stove because half the burners went out and that’s dangerous. I was so grateful when you gave me those two ACs and a nice clean stove. I feel like I am back to life again, not just surviving.”
– 84 year old Home Essentials client

 
Our trucks are essential to our operation, and the donations they transport help keep our community giving programs running smoothly. Thanks to generous folks around the DC region, we always have a steady stream of donation offers.  Our biggest challenge is keeping up!

Andre unloads a fridge.

Unfortunately, about a month ago, the engine in one of our trucks went bad.  We try to work quickly so great items don’t go to waste, but picking up donations is one of our biggest expenses. And with a dead truck, it’s only gotten more expensive. We were able to sell the body of our old truck to recoup about $4,000, but a decent used box truck is going to cost us approximately $30,000. In the meantime, we have to use a very expensive leased truck until we can raise enough money to replace it! 

Christian & Dwayne unload floorboards

 

HELP US PURCHASE A NEW(ER) TRUCK TO KEEP THE DONATIONS ROLLING IN 

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!

Weeklong Flash Sale – Antiques, Vintage and Courtyard!

Posted by on Dec 11, 2017 in 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  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!