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Holiday Hours

Posted by on Dec 31, 2019 in Blog, Holidays and Long Weekends | 0 comments

Holiday Hours

Thank you for a wonderful 2019!

Together this year we reused 3,940 doors; 57,690 linear feet of lumber; 1,318 appliances; 1,033 sinks; and 132 radiators; and provided even more materials to community groups and neighbors in need. We’re so grateful to be a part of this community!

Holiday Hours
December 31: 9 am – 3 pm
January 1: CLOSED
January 2: Resume regular hours, 9 am – 7 pm

Happy New Year!

Last Chance for a 2019 Tax Credit!

Posted by on Dec 30, 2019 in Blog, Fundraising | 0 comments

Last Chance for a 2019 Tax Credit!

With the new year approaching, now is your last chance to take advantage of Maryland’s Community Investment Tax Credit (CITC) in 2019!

If you live in Maryland and donate at least $500, your giving dollars will have an even greater impact when invested in your local reuse warehouse. The CITC program rewards Maryland taxpayers who donate to nonprofits serving local communities. A smart gift gives you a tax credit and more bang for your buck.
The more you donate, the more you save!

$500 financial gift = $250 tax credit
$500 material gift = $250 tax credit*
$1,000 financial gift = $500 tax credit
$1,000 material gift = $500 tax credit*
*Material gifts must have an original purchase receipt or an appraisal

We must be in receipt of your financial donation in the 2019 fiscal year (before January 1st) in order for you to qualify for the 2019 tax credit. But don’t let that stop you from donating next year! If you donate in January, you’ll get a 2020 tax credit.

DONATE

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Every donation and purchase, large and small, helps us lift up local communities through reuse.  Community Forklift turns the construction waste stream into a resource stream for communities in the DC region – by keeping perfectly good items out of the landfill, preserving historic materials, providing low-cost building supplies, and creating local green jobs.

William Wirt Middle School Builds a Washroom

Posted by on Dec 26, 2019 in Blog, Community Giving Programs, Community Happenings, Forklifter Profiles, Non-profit partners, Our Partners | 0 comments

William Wirt Middle School Builds a Washroom

During this cold winter season, we wanted to share a heartwarming story about a group of teachers and staff at Prince George’s County’s William Wirt Middle School who were empowered to address the needs of their students by creating a school laundry room.

Resource teacher Monica says that the school is Title 1 school in which 92% of its students receive free or reduced lunches. Students are required to wear uniforms and many of them come to school in unclean uniforms because they lack the means to regularly wash their clothes. In the hopes of helping these students, Monica and a group of teachers and staff wanted to create a laundry room with fresh paint, shelving, and folding areas to make the space usable and welcoming for families.

While on a tight schedule to complete the project, the group applied for a grant through Community Forklift’s Community Building Blocks (CBB) Program, which distributes free building materials for projects that serve the greater community. Community Forklift provided William Wirt Middle School with free furniture pieces, laundry items such as ironing boards and drying racks, and paint.

We are ecstatic to hear that our neighbors at William Wirt have completed the project! They now have their very own laundry room providing for the needs of its 1,200 students and their families. According to Monica:

[W]e would never have been able to prep the space without this grant. So, again I cannot begin to thank you all.

We loved hearing how our CBB program helped Monica and the other activists at William Wirt lift up their community.

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Community Forklift is so grateful to be a part of this community! As we close out 2019, remember that you can make an end-of-year financial donation at CommunityForklift.org. Every financial gift, large or small, helps us fulfill our mission. Community Forklift is a 501(c) 3 non-profit corporation and donations are tax-deductible to the maximum extent allowed by law.  

Save 25% on Appliances

Posted by on Dec 25, 2019 in Antiques & Vintage, Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Sales | 0 comments

Save 25% on Appliances

December 26 – 29

25% Off Appliances

This Thursday through Sunday, take 25% off the price on appliances with orange and blue tags, including dishwashers, ranges and cooktops, refrigerators, microwaves, stove hoods, wall ovens, wash machines, and dryers. The sale includes both modern and vintage appliances.

If you’ll need time to rent a truck or hire help, remember that you may store bulky items for free for up to 5 days after purchase.  Also, we offer a 3-week return policy on most Forklift appliances.

Please note: This sale does NOT include appliances from our ALCO consignment partner, water heaters, window air conditioners, other heating and cooling equipment, items listed online, or select specialty items. Items with missing or damaged price tags will not be sold. Flash sales may not be combined with other sales or promotions.

Can’t make it into the warehouse? Shop with us online!

Although flash sales do not apply to items listed online, you’ll find good bargains on high-end appliances and parts, bathroom fixtures, commercial items and more in our eBay store; and vintage hardware and decor in our Marketplace.

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FINAL DAYS: Save 25% on Tile

Now through December 31, take 25% off the marked prices on wall and floor tile, including ceramic, porcelain, stone, terracotta, vinyl, and glass tile. If you’re planning a bathroom or kitchen project, it’s a good time to visit!

Note: sale applies only to bundles and boxes of tile, not loose pieces. Sale does not include other types of flooring or furniture, roof tile, wood tile, select specialty items, items listed online, or items from our consignment partners. Items with missing or damaged price tags will not be sold. May not be combined with other sales.

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Every time you donate or shop at Community Forklift, you’re helping us lift up local communities through reuse.  We turn the construction waste stream into a resource stream for communities in the DC region – by keeping perfectly good items out of the landfill, preserving historical materials, providing low-cost building supplies, and creating local green jobs. 

Holiday hours at your local reuse warehouse

Posted by on Dec 23, 2019 in Blog, Fundraising, Holidays and Long Weekends, News | 0 comments

Holiday hours at your local reuse warehouse

Happy Anniversary to us! Did you know Community Forklift has been serving the greater DC region for 14 years? We are so grateful to those of you who have donated materials from your renovations, shopped at our salvage warehouse, and spread the word about our nonprofit. While we have evolved, our mission remains the same: We Lift up local communities by making repairs affordable, reducing waste, providing free supplies to those in need, and creating green jobs for people with employment challenges. Together We Lift!

We know some of you may be planning to drop off donations before the end of the tax year, so we wanted to send out a note about our holiday hours. Before you load up your vehicle, check out our guidelines to learn more about the types of building materials, tools, furniture, and antiques we can accept: CommunityForklift.org/donate. Then, you can drop off donations at our warehouse seven days a week from 9am – 6:30pm. However, we will NOT be able to accept donations after 2pm on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve (the reuse center will close at 3pm on both days), and we will be closed all day on Christmas Day & New Year’s Day.  

We are so grateful to be a part of this community! (As we close out 2019, remember that you can also make an end-of-year financial donation at CommunityForklift.org. Every financial gift, large or small, helps us fulfill our mission. Community Forklift is a 501(c) 3 non-profit corporation and donations are tax-deductible to the maximum extent allowed by law).  

ABW Appliances hosted their 5th annual cookie bake-off

Posted by on Dec 18, 2019 in Blog, Community Happenings, Donor Profiles, Donor profiles, Forklifter Profiles, Fundraising | 0 comments

ABW Appliances hosted their 5th annual cookie bake-off

Community Forklift contributor ABW Appliances hosted their 5th annual Kelly’s Cookie Challenge for Charity

ABW Appliances was founded in 1968 and has always appreciated the support of our local community and aims to give back as much as possible with fun and productive charity events like Kelly’s Cookie Challenge, Chopped for Charity, and more.

The Annual Kelly’s Cookie Challenge began in 2012 when Silver Spring Showroom Manager Kelly Tinsay thought up a seasonal way to use all of the showroom’s live appliances to raise money for charity while giving to the community that has so consistently supported ABW.

Community Forklift was honored to be one of the 12 teams competing to win this year’s Kelly’s Cookie Challenge.  The charity cookie bake-off raised a total of $14,215 for charities. Of that, $8,015 went to the Ulman House for winning the bake-off and the rest was evenly donated to each of the participating charities, including Community Forklift! Thank you, ABW!

It was a wonderful evening of community goodwill, a silent auction, gourmet treats, beer, wine, and of course COOKIES!  We look forward to sending some bakers ABW’s way for the 6th annual Kelly’s Cookie challenge!

Visit ABWappliances.com to learn more about this local independent community-minded business.

Thank you for your good works, ABW!

Flash Sales: 10% off Amazon Paint and 50% off Granite

Posted by on Dec 15, 2019 in Antiques & Vintage, Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Sales | 0 comments

Flash Sales: 10% off Amazon Paint and 50% off Granite

10% off Amazon Paint

Monday, December 16, through Sunday, December 22, premium quality, eco-friendly latex Amazon Select Paint is 10% off. Available in 20 beautiful and consistent colors, Amazon Select Paint can be used for interior or exterior applications on drywall, wood, stucco, or masonry. Using patented technology, the manufacturer recycles surplus paint collected from local businesses, consumers, and governments. Amazon’s reprocessing system guarantees that every gallon sold meets strict specifications for color, gloss, viscosity and coverage.

50% off Granite

Monday, December 16, through Sunday, December 22, granite and marble countertop pieces are 50% off. We have a large selection of colors and sizes in our courtyard, so come take a look for the perfect piece for your next project.

Please note: Some exclusions apply. Flash sale does not include tile, countertops inside the warehouse, vanity sets, decorative stone pieces like fire surrounds or balustrades, pavers or other masonry, items from our consignment partners, select specialty items, items listed online, or items with missing or damaged price tags. May not be combined with other sales.

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Flash Sale: Save 50% on Lighting

Now through Sunday, December 22, take 50% off the blue and orange price tags on hundreds of lights, from modern fixtures to antique chandeliers. The sale includes glass shades and globes, overhead lights, flush-mounted lights, wall sconces, outdoor lighting, fluorescent fixtures, and lamps.

Please note:  This sale does not include light parts or electrical supplies. Flash sales do not include select specialty items, items from our consignment partners, or items listed online. Items with missing or damaged price tags will not be sold. Flash sales may not be combined with other sales or promotions.

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December Sale: Save 25% on Tile

Throughout the month of December, take 25% off the marked prices on wall and floor tile, including ceramic, porcelain, stone, terracotta, vinyl, and glass tile. If you’re planning a bathroom or kitchen project, it’s a good time to visit!

Note: sale applies only to bundles and boxes of tile, not loose pieces. Sale does not include other types of flooring or furniture, roof tile, wood tile, select specialty items, items listed online, or items from our consignment partners. Items with missing or damaged price tags will not be sold. May not be combined with other sales.

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Every time you donate or shop at Community Forklift, you’re helping us lift up local communities through reuse.  We turn the construction waste stream into a resource stream for communities in the DC region – by keeping perfectly good items out of the landfill, preserving historical materials, providing low-cost building supplies, and creating local green jobs. 

Weekend Sale: 25% off Appliances

Posted by on Dec 13, 2019 in Antiques & Vintage, Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Sales | 0 comments

Weekend Sale: 25% off Appliances

This weekend:

Save 25% on Appliances

This Saturday, December 14, and Sunday, December 15, take 25% off appliances with orange and blue tags, including dishwashers, ranges and cooktops, refrigerators, microwaves, stove hoods, wall ovens, wash machines, and dryers. The sale includes both modern and vintage appliances.

If you’ll need time to rent a truck or hire help, remember that you may store bulky items for free for up to 5 days after purchase.  Also, we offer a 3-week return policy on most Forklift appliances.

Please note: This sale does NOT include appliances from our ALCO consignment partner, water heaters, window air conditioners, other heating and cooling equipment, items listed online, or select specialty items. Items with missing or damaged price tags will not be sold. Flash sales may not be combined with other sales or promotions.

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Flash Sale: Save 50% on Lighting

Now through Sunday, December 22, take 50% off the blue and orange price tags on hundreds of lights, from modern fixtures to antique chandeliers. The sale includes glass shades and globes, overhead lights, flush-mounted lights, wall sconces, outdoor lighting, fluorescent fixtures, and lamps.

Please note:  This sale does not include light parts or electrical supplies. Flash sales do not include select specialty items, items from our consignment partners, or items listed online. Items with missing or damaged price tags will not be sold. Flash sales may not be combined with other sales or promotions.

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December Sale: Save 25% on Tile

Throughout the month of December, take 25% off the marked prices on wall and floor tile, including ceramic, porcelain, stone, terracotta, vinyl, and glass tile. If you’re planning a bathroom or kitchen project, it’s a good time to visit!

Note: sale applies only to bundles and boxes of tile, not loose pieces. Sale does not include other types of flooring or furniture, roof tile, wood tile, select specialty items, items listed online, or items from our consignment partners. Items with missing or damaged price tags will not be sold. May not be combined with other sales.

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Every time you donate or shop at Community Forklift, you’re helping us lift up local communities through reuse.  We turn the construction waste stream into a resource stream for communities in the DC region – by keeping perfectly good items out of the landfill, preserving historical materials, providing low-cost building supplies, and creating local green jobs. 

Paint for Paws

Posted by on Dec 12, 2019 in Blog, Community Giving Programs, News, Non-profit partners | 0 comments

Paint for Paws

Did you know that Community Forklift partners with local nonprofits and provides them with low-cost or free materials to support their work?

Our newest nonprofit partner, A Cat’s Life Rescue based in Mount Rainier, MD, provides a trap-neuter-release program that aims to control the feral cat population by humanely trapping, spaying or neutering, and then releasing feral cats. A Cat’s Life Rescue also facilitates cat adoptions, medical care for cats, and educational and therapeutic programs.

This past November they hosted a shelter-building workshop where folks created insulated cat houses that will be placed in neighborhoods with large feral cat populations. Kelley Bevis, Executive Director of A Cat’s Life Rescue, applied for a grant through our Community Building Blocks (CBB) Program, which distributes building materials for projects that serve the greater community. Through the program, Community Forklift provided A Cat’s Life Rescue with free paints for the cat houses.

Here’s what the nonprofit had to say about their recent workshop:

We had a blast building shelters for community cats yesterday, what a creative and compassionate bunch! Thanks to about 50 wonderful builders, there will be 40 new shelters in Prince George’s County keeping cats warm and cozy this winter. A HUGE thank you to Art Works Now for their continued support of our work, Barbara Johnson, Kelly Weiss, Adam Jablonski, and also Mark Winstead for leading the workshop. We couldn’t do this without our community and we are blown away by the generosity of all who donated supplies and funding to make this workshop happen. THANK YOU! 😻 And now, a special thanks to the event’s generous sponsors:

Annie’s Ace Hardware (Brookland)
Art Works Now
Bagels ‘n Grinds
Community Forklift
Quality Hill Coffee
Potomac Pizza
Amy Pate
Rick Ruggles
Mark Winstead
Yes! Organic Market #8 (Hyattsville)

Interested in helping care for the area’s feral cats? You can support A Cat’s Life Rescue and get a festive photo of your pet with Santa!
Photos with Santa at Petco
December 14, 2019, 1 – 4 pm
2250 Petrie Lane in Lanham, MD, 22706

Maryland State Employees: contribute by December 17!

Posted by on Dec 10, 2019 in Blog, Fundraising | 0 comments

Maryland State Employees: contribute by December 17!

How do you cook a healthy and affordable meal for your family without a working stove or refrigerator? How does a person with mobility issues clean their clothes when their washer stops working? How does a senior recover from a medical condition in a house without a working air conditioner?

Thousands of Maryland families and individuals with low incomes struggle with these issues every year. Community Forklift picks up donations of building materials, furniture, appliances, and more and gives those in need access to these basic life necessities.

Maryland State Employees and eligible Retirees can support Community Forklift’s community building mission through a convenient Maryland Charity Campaign payroll deduction.

The campaign only lasts until December 17,
so please donate today.

  1. Log on to mcc.maryland.gov
  2. Click “Give Now” and complete the giving process online
  3. Use Community Forklift’s Charity Code, 52-1975012

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Not a Maryland State Employee or eligible Retiree? Visit CommunityForklift.org and discover all the ways you can contribute. Maryland residents who donate $500 or more by December 31, 2019, are eligible for a Community Investment Tax Credit. Thank you for helping Community Forklift lift up our community!