We are excited to announce that Community Forklift was selected as a 2019 winner of a $50,000 Project Innovation grant in the Culture of Inclusion category by NBC 4/Telemundo 44 Washington, in partnership with the Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation.
Project Innovation awards over $2 million to non-profits that are tackling everyday problems through innovative solutions.
Community Forklift was honored for our innovative work at the intersection of environmental justice and social justice. By operating the Home Essentials Program that provides reusable building materials, appliances, and furniture to low-income residents for free, we are able to reduce waste in our region while turning materials into a resource that benefits our local community and boosts the economic stability of our region. The Project Innovation award will help fund and expand this program. With over $400,000 worth of materials donated to neighbors in need, Community Forklift lifts up the community by improving our neighborhoods and helping residents stay in their homes all while creating jobs in the green economy and preserving usable building materials and furniture.
When Ms R. came home after her recovery, we were able to give her a working washing machine. She said, “The washing machine works fine and I’ve already washed three loads of clothes! Thank you very much, I really appreciate it.”
Every day we work hard to make the redistribution of much needed appliances and home goods easily available for those who need it most. For example, Ms. R. reached out to us when her washing machine broke and flooded her house. She’s disabled and had recently been in the hospital, so she wasn’t able to get to the laundromat. When she came home after her recovery, we were able to give her a working washing machine. She said, “The washing machine works fine and I’ve already washed three loads of clothes! Thank you very much, I really appreciate it.”
Another recipient, Mr. W., a 64 year-old veteran, received a microwave earlier this year. He told us, “Thank you for the microwave. Mine stopped working before Christmas and I didn’t have the money to replace it. I had a stroke several years ago and have paralysis on my right hand, so it’s easier for me to use the microwave for most things, rather than the stove. I appreciate this very much.”
We’re so grateful for Comcast NBCUniversal and Telemundo for their support of our programs and look forward to making more materials accessible and beneficial to our neighbors in need this coming year!