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