Hi Forklift Fans,
We wanted to highlight a recent victory made possible by our Community Building Blocks (CBB) program. In 2017, our partners at the Marlton Swim and Recreation Club, in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, reached out to the Forklift about getting a CBB grant. They needed materials to carry out some minor repairs on their pool house that were preventing the pool from reopening to the public. Through our grant program, the Marlton swim club was awarded $400 in store credit at Community Forklift, with which they were able to purchase a new door for their pool house. Earlier this year, we received a heartwarming letter of thanks from the swim club president Iris Hughes:
“Dear Community Forklift,
The Marlton Board of the Marlton Swim and Recreation Club would like to Thank you for awarding us a grant of $400 in 2017. We were able to purchase a door that allowed us to pass the health inspection once the door was in place. This made sure that the pool would be open to the community in 2017 and all the years to come.
Because of your grant, we were able to have the swim team, swimming lessons for adults, children and infants. We were able to have the 200 kids a week that enjoyed the pool last year from the day camps returning. Donations from caring people like you show that there are good people who care and encourages the board to continue its work. Truthfully, we could not have done this without you. Myself and the board, sincerely appreciate your generosity. Our mission is to bring back the community atmosphere with the focus on aquatic activities and safety and you have helped with that mission.”
In addition to the thank-you letter, we were invited to attend a recognition ceremony in Upper Marlboro, where our Community Services Coordinator was presented with this thoughtful award:
Our community giving programs are a cornerstone of our mission to lift up communities through reuse. By distributing free materials to local nonprofits and community groups, we are able to both support community spaces like the Marlton Swim and Recreation Club, and empower more folks to use sustainable materials and reduce unnecessary waste. In May 2018 alone, we donated $5,654 worth of materials to neighbors in need through our Home Essentials program, and $3,436 to area nonprofits through our Community Building Blocks program. We are thrilled to support the good work of the folks at the Marlton Swim and Recreation Club, and grateful to our Forklift Fans who help us continue to thrive as a community resource!