The Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation (PGCEDC) paid us a visit this week and we couldn’t be more honored.
PGCEDC Director of Economic Development, David Lewis, and Small Business Development Manager, Alicia Moran, presented us with the Small Business Appreciation Week Certificate of Recognition and then toured the warehouse, met with staff and enjoyed learning more about our programs and community action from Community Forklift CEO, Nancy Meyer.
“[Community Forklift] is one of the most deserving of the #SmallBusinessWeek certificates, and we were honored to award it today.”— Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation
“Director of Economic Development, David Lewis and Small Business Development Manager, Alicia Moran toured the 40,000-square-foot facility of Community Forklift – Nonprofit Reuse Center For Home Improvement. With Nancy Meyer, CEO, leading the tour and discussing how this award-winning business of salvaged treasures, works with and in the community, it was hard not to be impressed.
They currently employ 40-50 staff; with all positions starting above minimum wage and with full benefits. Twenty percent of staff are “returning citizens,” who are often plagued by employment challenges.
Community Forklift provides outstanding community outreach through programs like HELP. HELP, is a Home Essentials Program that gives away building materials, appliances, furniture and housewares to neighbors in need to improve or maintain their living environment with dignity. In 2018, they served almost 200 households and 571 people. Community Forklift doesn’t stop there – they provide FREE workshops, educational programs, and arts festivals.
They’ve been used by big names like Netflix and recently started an ever-growing online store.
Whether you’re a DIY renovator, an antique hunter, a business, or professional contractor, Community Forklift has something for you.
Community Forklift – Nonprofit Reuse Center For Home Improvement is one of the most deserving of the #SmallBusinessWeek certificates, and we were honored to award it today.”