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Update: The Pop Up Pet Pantry Continues

Posted by on Feb 1, 2019 in Blog, Community Happenings, News, Non-profit partners | 0 comments

Update: The Pop Up Pet Pantry Continues

The government may have reopened on Monday, but we’re still here to help our furloughed neighbors get back on their feet! Thanks to the hard work of Hyattsville’s Residents United for Furry Friends (RUFF) and University Park’s Mutt Strut, the Pop Up Pantry will continue running at Community Forklift until February 9th.

Pantry Hours

Saturday, January 26: 12pm- 4pm
Sunday, January 27: 12pm- 4pm
Saturday, February 2: 12pm- 4pm

Sunday, February 3: 12pm- 4pm
Saturday, February 9: 12pm- 4pm

The pantry is located in our classroom space, at 4641 Tanglewood Drive, Edmonston, Maryland 20781.

We will distribute approximately one week of supplies per person, dependent upon available donations. Please bring government credentials and kindly do not bring your pets into the pop up shop (they are always welcome in the warehouse, if leashed).

How to Help

We are still accepting donations of cat food and litter, dog food, and treats! All donated items must be unopened and within expiration.  Please drop them off before February 6th at Community Forklift (4671 Tanglewood Drive, Edmonston, Maryland 20781).
You can also purchase and ship items to us directly from the Amazon Wishlist: http://a.co/ewMjdpS 

And we are still in need of two more volunteers on Sunday, February 3, from 12pm-4pm! Volunteer tasks include checking government credentials and logging/ handing out pet food donations to our neighbors. Please email MarySue if you are available at mstwohy(at)gmail(dot)com.

Thanks to the amazing generosity of our community, we were able to distribute 273 lbs of donated food and litter last weekend, and we hope to help even more federal workers and their pets in the coming weeks!

Some of our fabulous organizers!

February Sale: Carpet

Posted by on Jan 31, 2019 in Billboard, Blog, Monthly Sales, Sales, Sales & Hot Items | 0 comments

February Sale:  Carpet

Save on Carpet & Rugs this month

Throughout February 2019, take 25% off the marked prices on rolls of carpet, rugs, and carpet tiles.

We’ve just filled our racks with rolls of surplus carpet, so you’ll find a nice variety of neutral and colorful options!

Please note:  Items with missing or damaged tags will not be sold.  This sale does NOT include select specialty rugs; ceramic, wood, or other types of flooring; items from our consignment partners; or items listed online. May not be combined with other sales.

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Do you know we have a free pickup service?

Are you doing some decluttering, or planning a renovation project in 2019?  Please start with a visit to our donations page to learn more about our pickup service – and spread the word to your friends and neighbors, too!

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Every donation and purchase 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 historical materials, providing low-cost building supplies, and creating local green jobs. 

Have you voted yet?

Posted by on Jan 31, 2019 in Blog, News | 0 comments

Have you voted yet?

If you haven’t already, please take a minute to help us win Best Green Business!

City Paper readers have awarded us a “Best of DC” title every year since 2010, and winning earns valuable free publicity for our nonprofit. It helps us to reach even more homeowners & contractors, who will donate more things to us, ensuring more materials are kept out of the landfill, more folks can afford repairs, and you’ll find more amazing stuff in the store!

Select the “Goods & Services” category, then scroll down to “Best Green Business” and write us in!

Please note: Contest rules have changed slightly this year. You can vote only once, and you’ll need to register using an email address.

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Community Forklift aims to turn 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.

We did it!

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

We did it!

On Saturday, January 26th, a brave group of Forklifters plunged (for the 6th year in a row!) into the frigid Potomac River along with more than 250 environmental activists from across the DC region.

We sacrifice our comfort every year to support the Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN) in their fight against climate change. Thanks to your generous donations, our Forklift Freezers were able to raise a whopping $2,190 to keep winter cold! We hit our goal of raising $1,000, so we’ve earned Community Forklift a small portion of the plunge’s proceeds. This is money that will go directly into helping us lift up local communities through reuse.

CCAN was also successful, raising $139,114! This is a massive boost for the organization, since the plunge is their biggest fundraising event of the year, powering victories to move our region off of fossil fuels and to clean energy. In 2019, CCAN plans to double Maryland’s renewable energy mandate, push for coastal protection funds in Virginia, and stop the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast Pipelines.

We’d like to sincerely thank everyone who contributed to our fight to keep winter cold and those who have plunged with us over the years. Without your support and donations we’d just be a bunch of wacky people running into the icy Potomac River. But with your help, we get to be wacky for a cause!

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Community Forklift aims to turn 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.

50% off Windows and more

Posted by on Jan 29, 2019 in Antiques & Vintage, Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Sales, Sales & Hot Items | 0 comments

50% off Windows and more

Windows & Window Treatments are Half Off!

On January 30th & 31st, 2019, take 50% off the marked price on windows and sashes – including some stained glass windows. The sale also includes shutters, blinds, curtain rods, and window weights.

We have an unusually large selection of interior and exterior shutters right now.
Many old sashes with wavy glass are only $5 during the sale. A vintage sash can become a beautiful sign, picture frame, or event menu.
Did you know that if a renovator messes up their measurements when ordering windows, they often can’t return them? Most windows are made to order. This means that we get a lot of donations of brand-new windows!

Please note: This sale does not apply to security bars or window trim, select specialty items, stained glass windows from Larkin Glass, 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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Can’t make it to the warehouse? Shop with us online!

Did you know that we also sell items online? Check out our Marketplace and eBay store, and browse designer furniture & decor on our Chairish page. Note that flash sales DO NOT apply to items listed online. But you’ll find a nice variety of exciting vintage pieces, as well as great deals on commercial items, new-in-box faucets, and more!

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Every donation and purchase 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 historical materials, providing low-cost building supplies, and creating local green jobs. 

A hot deal for the cold days ahead

Posted by on Jan 28, 2019 in Blog, Just arrived, Sales & Hot Items | 0 comments

A hot deal for the cold days ahead

Batten down the hatches and get ready for the next cold snap. This week’s weather doesn’t look so great, but we can help!

Brr!

Community Forklift just received two truckloads of rigid insulation panels! That’s right: double the trucks and double the warmth, just in time for the upcoming cold.

All panels are 4’x4′ (3″ thick) or 4’x8′ (2″ and 3″ thick), and priced at $12.80 per panel. If you’re in need of some winter weather support, don’t miss this hot deal!

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Every donation and purchase 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 historical materials, providing low-cost building supplies, and creating local green jobs. 

This weekend, Carpet & Doors are Half Off!

Posted by on Jan 26, 2019 in Antiques & Vintage, Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Sales, Sales & Hot Items | 0 comments

This weekend, Carpet & Doors are Half Off!

50% off Doors

This Saturday & Sunday, January 26th & 27th, take 50% off the marked prices on modern AND vintage doors at the Forklift.

Sale includes vintage doors like this front door – check out the carved detail!

Sale includes interior and exterior doors, barn doors, antique wood panel doors, french doors, oversized doors, bifold doors, louvered doors, security doors, storm doors, screen doors, and doors in frames (Does not include doors with stained glass, pebbled glass, or other specialty glass.)

It’s a great time to save on oversize doors and sliding doors.

50% off Carpet & Rugs

During the weekend flash sale, take half off the market price on rolls of brand-new carpet, vintage rugs, and carpet tiles.  (Sale does not include other types of flooring).

We’ve got plenty of rolls of surplus carpet in stock.

Please note:  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.

Do you know we have a free pickup service?

Are you getting ready to do some spring cleaning, or planning a renovation project in 2019?  Please start with a visit to our donations page to learn more about our pickup service – and spread the word to your friends and neighbors, too!

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Every donation and purchase 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 historical materials, providing low-cost building supplies, and creating local green jobs. 

Caught up in the Kondo craze?

Posted by on Jan 25, 2019 in Blog, Donation Development, Green Living | 0 comments

Is anyone else binge-watching Netflix’s new hit series “Tidying up with Marie Kondo?” They managed to turn decluttering into the latest fad, months before most of us would even be thinking about spring cleaning.

Need more space in your life?

Here’s a rundown of how her magical method works, for those of you who don’t need another show on the To Watch list.

1) Remove distractions

Ignore the urge to multitask. Decluttering takes a good deal of time and effort, so you don’t want to hinder your work by wasting time. Turn off Netflix, put down your phone, and dive in. By giving your full attention to the process, you are confirming the value of your space.

2) Work within categories

It’s common to tackle clutter by room, taking on the living room first, and then the bedroom. Instead, Kondo advises working by category: deal with every single book at once, for example, so they won’t creep from room to room, rendering your decluttering attempts useless.

She separates clutter into clothes, books, papers/sentimental items, and komono (miscellaneous). A miscellaneous category could easily be overwhelming (and include large spaces like sheds and garages), so you could break it down even further, and create your own komono categories, like tools and furniture.

3) Collect everything

Gather all of your items in the center of the room. This is a great visual reminder of just how much you have, and why you’re attempting this in the first place.

4) Does it spark joy?

This has become the biggest take away from Kondo’s show. You should hold that flowerpot or touch that lamp, and ask yourself whether it sparks joy in your life. Do this for every single vase, holiday decoration, stool, picture frame, table, and tchotke that you’ve accumulated. Now, sometimes an item may not spark joy because it is necessary but less exciting, like a hammer or a box of tile. In this case, it may be better to ask yourself “is this truly useful?” Or, “if I saw this at a store today, would I buy it because I need it?” As you go, sort your items into ‘yes’ and ‘no’ piles.

5) Donate your unwanted items to Community Forklift!

So now you’ve worked your way through your entire house and have a large pile of unwanted stuff. You need to discard these items before finding your joy-sparking belongings their new homes, and we’re here to help! Most folks are quick to donate unwanted clothing, but don’t realize that they can donate all sorts of other things.

We accept donations of building materials, home repair supplies, furniture, housewares, and garden supplies from 9am to 6:30pm daily – and we even offer a complimentary pickup service for many larger items! Check out our donations page for more information about what we can accept. (If you have items we can’t accept, like sports equipment or medical supplies, our Reuse Resources page lists other local charities and recycling options.)

Since we are a nonprofit, you can get a tax deduction, and you can rest easy knowing your stress-inducing mess will soon spark joy in other peoples’ lives!

You too can have a garage this organized!

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Every donation and purchase you make 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.

It’s that time again: Help Us Win Best Green Business of 2019!

Posted by on Jan 24, 2019 in Billboard, Blog, Community Happenings, general, News | 0 comments

It’s that time again: Help Us Win Best Green Business of 2019!

Tell the DC region you think we’re the Best Green Business around!

We’re in the running again for “Best Green Business” in City Paper’s 2019 contest, and we need your help!

Contest rules have changed this year, and it means your vote carries a lot more weight. Under the new rules, everyone can only vote once, so it is especially important that YOU vote and share this year.

To vote for us, select the “Goods & Services” category, then scroll down to “Best Green Business” and write us in:

Then, share our post and ask your friends to vote too!

Besides bragging rights, why does this contest matter? 
City Paper readers have awarded us a “Best of DC” title every year since 2010, and each time it means valuable free publicity for our nonprofit!

When they announce the winners each year in the paper, our phones ring off the hook because a ton of new people find out about us. As more homeowners and contractors learn about us, more of them will donate, more materials will be kept out of the landfill, more folks can afford repairs, and you’ll find even more amazing stuff here in the store!

The more that folks shop here and join the ranks of Forklift Fans, the more money and resources will stay embedded in the local economy, creating green jobs and supporting our free educational workshops and community giving programs.

We’re so grateful for your support!

Doing good in the neighborhood…

Posted by on Jan 23, 2019 in Blog, Community Giving Programs, Donation Development, general, News, Non-profit partners | 0 comments

Doing good in the neighborhood…
Danny and Monserrat toast to our success: last year, we helped more neighbors in need than ever before!

Since 2005, Community Forklift has helped families improve their homes and maintain a safe living environment by providing them with basic home essentials. Though anyone can shop for low-cost materials at our warehouse, we are especially proud to provide free home improvement materials, furnishings, appliances, and more to neighbors in need.

Our Home Essentials Program has skyrocketed over the years, and 2018 was the best year yet: we distributed $59,266 in materials and served 198 households; impacting a total of 571 people!

What did we donate through Home Essentials in 2018?

As you can see, we provided 1,605 more items in 2018. A significant reason for that increase? Donors gave us more building materials and furniture than ever before, so we were able to distribute more! (*Note: we added a Housewares/Miscellaneous Category in 2018, so we’re hoping to see that number climb next year too.)

Who got the free stuff?

More exciting than numbers are the stories from our Home Essentials participants!

Ms. C., a 60-year-old DC resident, moved into a new house, but had to leave some appliances behind because they weren’t functioning. She called the Forklift, and our Community Giving Coordinator helped her fill out an application. In November of 2018, Ms. C. received a gas stove, a washing machine, a cool vintage dining set, and two bed frames. She was overjoyed, and left us a heartwarming message:

“I appreciate you. My friends came over and said ‘this stuff is nice!’ It makes such a difference, and I’m happy. I am so happy I got the stove hooked up. No problems, it is awesome! The thing of it was, it fits right in the spot! Thank you so, so much for your help as far as picking out the stove… As far as the washing machine, it’s hooked up. My daughter is so happy that she can go downstairs and wash her clothes – thank you so much! I’m waiting for my son to come back out there [to Community Forklift] so I can get some doors and light fixtures. Hopefully, you are warm – maybe I can bring you some hot cocoa and marshmallows, and some candy canes. But like I say, I’m so happy about the table because my daughter can sit and not have to worry about carrying her food up to the room. Thanks again. You have a warm day and thank you oh so much for that assistance. It makes me very happy! Everything is awesome!” – Ms. C.

Energized by last year’s success, we’re already off to a good start in 2019. Recently, we gave away our first gas stove of the year, and Mr. M., a 48-year-old Maryland resident, sent us a letter of thanks:

“To Community Forklift and the Home Essentials Grant Program,

I am deeply grateful for this program. I hope you can continue this program and I am able to be a beneficiary. I have a large family (15 children ranging from 22 to 2 years old) so you can imagine it is not easy keeping a household this large afloat. When a major appliance breaks there is always that added stress on how to pay for another working appliance. When I heard about the Home Essentials program it was a life saver for me and my family. It has allowed me to be able to up keep the house without going into bankruptcy. Again I felt compelled to write a letter of thanks knowing I have where to turn to in a time of need. Thanks again. All the best. ” – Mr. M.

Just like Ms. C. and Mr. M., there are many others that need assistance in 2019. We work with seniors, people taking care of extended families, disabled veterans, people moving into stable housing after years of homelessness, and more.

You would be amazed at how many of our neighbors don’t even have a working fridge or stove, chairs to sit on, or the supplies to make very simple repairs to their home. Just a few items can make such a difference in their comfort, safety, and dignity – and YOU can make it happen!

Please donate in the coming year, and spread the word about our free donation pickup service to your friends, contractors, and neighborhood listserves. (For more information about dropping off materials or requesting a pickup, visit our donations page.)

Thank you for helping us lift up local communities!

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