Help us fight to keep winter cold!

This is our fifth year proving our commitment to fighting climate change by plunging into the icy Potomac River at National Harbor with activists from across the region. Read on to find out how you can help!

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New Year, New Forklift Finds

We had a lot of donations arrive in the mad rush at the end of 2017, as donors brought load after load of furniture, appliances, and more to the warehouse.

Come in early today to get the first pick of all the good stuff that’s just arrived!

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January Sales- Bathroom Fixtures and BOGO Chairs

Throughout January, take 40% off modern and vintage bathroom fixtures. Plus: Buy one chair priced at $25 or less, and get a second chair of equal or lesser value FREE!

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Lifting Up Communities: Aid for Refugees

Community Forklift aims to turn the construction waste stream into a resource stream for communities in the DC region.  Throughout December, we are 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. ***************** Thanks to your support, in 2017 we donated over $63,000 in materials to neighbors in need and local nonprofits and community groups striving for change in the DC area. One such nonprofit is Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area (LSS/NCA). LSS/NCA “walks with those in need and mobilizes community partners to provide services that offer hope and rebuild lives.” In partnership with faith communities, foundations, local, state and federal partners and hosts of volunteers, LSS/NCA is proud to welcome hundreds of refugees from around the world to the United States every year. From the moment a refugee arrives at the airport, their staff is at the gate to welcome, provide guidance, encouragement, and other support services. They support their clients during this important transition by mobilizing community partners and offering a comprehensive range of services to newcomers including refugee assistance, employment training, and immigration services throughout Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia. One of their primary responsibilities is to secure and set up housing prior to the arrival of their clients. The furniture they receive from Community Forklift goes straight into the homes of arriving refugees. When they’re unable to get furniture donated, they have to buy furniture for clients using money that would otherwise go to them directly, so the grants allow families to receive more funds for rent and to help them get on their feet. With 22.5 million refugees currently forced to flee their homes because of war, persecution, and civil unrest, LSS/NCA have been busy. In 2017 alone, they’ve helped approximately 25 households using our materials! November was especially busy, with two families of six and a family of seven arriving in the same week, so our help was greatly appreciated: We had a family of seven, with twin boys, arrive from Afghanistan at the end of November. Their rent is about $1,500, which is quite high, so it was...

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Lifting Up Communities: The Home Essentials Program

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. ***************** 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 Program. Every 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.  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...

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Storewide Flash Sale

To celebrate the holidays, we’re having a storewide sale! This week, December 26 – 31, 2017, take 25% off blue and orange tag items.

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