Before we reveal our mystery guest, we have a quick favor to ask:
City Paper readers have awarded us a “Best of DC” title every year since 2010… and every year, it means valuable free publicity for our nonprofit program. As more homeowners & contractors learn about us, more of them will donate, more materials will be kept out of the landfill, more folks can afford repairs, we’ll be able to create more green jobs, and you’ll find even more amazing stuff here in the store!
Please note: Contest rules have changed slightly this year. You can vote only once, and you’ll need to log in through a Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn account. Unfortunately, this will cut out a lot of our Forklift Fans who are not on social media.
So if you ARE on social media, this means your vote is more important than ever.
Thank you, and on to the surprise!
We had a very distinguished guest stop by last week! We were thrilled to host Congressman Anthony Brown, U.S. representative for Maryland’s District 4. He took a tour of the warehouse to learn about the many aspects of our work.
Congressman Brown also sat down with some of our employees to discuss their experiences as returning citizens and their time at the Forklift. He is passionate about jobs creation, and our work to provide returning citizens with a second chance at a career caught his attention.
Community Forklift not only recaptures the values of materials, they recapture the value of people.
-Rep. Anthony Brown
We work hard to support and develop all of our staff, and try to provide everyone with opportunities to grow. All employees at Community Forklift earn above minimum wage, have paid leave and health benefits, and attend regular training sessions on a range of topics, from wood species identification to warehouse safety, historic design styles, and environmental justice issues.
Community Forklift turns the construction waste stream into a resource stream for communities in the DC region – by diverting landfill waste, preserving historical materials, providing low-cost building supplies, and creating green jobs. Every dollar you spend in our warehouse helps us lift up local communities through reuse.