Hi Forklift Fans –
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– but we could use some extra help right now. Community Forklift is up for a national award that could get us some funding if we win!
We have been chosen from among 2,400 businesses nationwide as a finalist in the eBay Shine Awards for Small Business, which highlights the entrepreneurs who have used eBay to build on their success. We are one of three contenders within the Charitable Business Category.
Thanks to your support, we have donated over $140,000 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. It is truly a wonderful program that you all are supporting—but don’t take our word for it; hear it from our clients and their caseworkers themselves:
“I just want to scream or holler out of joy right now, but I promise I’m going to keep my composure here in your store.” – Client who received security doors after her home was broken into.
“You have no idea what a blessing you all are. I was trying to save up some money to buy a replacement stove, but now I can use that toward my bills!” – Client who received a gas stove.
“I am so excited to not have to be ashamed when people come to my house.” – Client who received furniture and other household necessities.
“I saw [my client] in clinic this week and he was just so much happier and so grateful. This service for clients is amazing.” – Caseworker whose client had a young child with breathing difficulties; the family received AC units and dehumidifiers.
You can vote once a day, every day, from now until July 14th!
And please ask your friends to vote too, at https://tinyurl.com/forkliftshine2017