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Donor Spotlight: Architessa

Posted by on Feb 10, 2021 in Blog, Donor Profiles, Donor profiles, Forklifter Profiles | 0 comments

Donor Spotlight: Architessa

February 10, 2021

Donations of building materials and home essentials are integral to the work we do here at Community Forklift. These donations reduce waste and provide us with the means to directly provide free and low-cost materials to the community and also stock the reuse warehouse store that funds our mission. We are so thankful for the support of the individuals and businesses who provide us with these materials!

Tile company Architessa is one of these generous businesses that make our work possible. Formerly known as Architectural Ceramics, Architessa recently donated five truckloads of discontinued and surplus tile to Community Forklift!

“Architessa’s generous donation of multiple truckloads of tile will go a long way in supporting our local community with low-cost home improvement supplies,” Community Forklift CEO/COO Nancy J. Meyer said. “Thank you, Architessa, for your commitment to conserving natural resources by donating your surplus tile to our reuse warehouse instead of sending it to the landfill!”

Community Forklift uses donated materials in a number of ways. Some materials go directly to neighbors in need through our Home Essentials Program. Some materials go to nonprofit groups for projects that benefit the community through our Community Building Blocks program. And some materials go to our nonprofit reuse warehouse, where they’re sold at below-market prices to support these programs, the community, and the green jobs we create.

According to an Architessa representative, the company chose to make the donation because they believe in giving back to the community in any way they can and Community Forklift’s mission aligns with their priorities of character, community, real results, and innovation in the architecture and design industry.

“It is our pleasure to donate to Community Forklift. Thank you for allowing us to help and be a part of your incredibly important work,” Architessa CEO Betty Sullivan said.

“[Community Forklift Director of Donations] Tom was extremely responsive and appreciative of our help,” said Architessa’s Regional Warehouse Manager, Chuck Poole. “Tom often expressed how this would help the community, and this made our efforts worth it. I have nothing but positive things to say. It was a great experience.”

Architessa has a history of lifting up the communities in which they work. Betty founded Washington Cares, a non-profit volunteer-based organization supported by donations and Architessa, in 2005 to provide disaster relief for Hurricane Katrina victims. Washington Cares donated clothing, first aid kits, food, water, blankets, and cleaning supplies and assisted over 400 dispersed people in finding new jobs and housing in the DC Metro Area during that relief effort. They continue to support communities in need with resources and seek opportunities to help in any way they can.

Thank you to the Architessa team for supporting Community Forklift and lifting up our community through reuse!

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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. 

Show Us Your Salvage Love: new Community Forklift swag is at the warehouse!

Posted by on Feb 9, 2021 in Blog, Fundraising, Just arrived, Sales & Hot Items, Things for Sale | 0 comments

Show Us Your Salvage Love: new Community Forklift swag is at the warehouse!

Are you a Salvage Fanatic? An Upcycling Wizard? A Reuse Enthusiast? Wear your Second Hand Heart on your sleeve — or more precisely your chest — with some awesome new Community Forklift swag! Proceeds from the sale will go toward Community Forklift’s mission of keeping usable items out of the landfill and providing free and low-cost home essentials to the community!

T-Shirts

Community Forklift “Show Me Your Salvage Love” t-shirt are available in two colors and multiple sizes. The semi-fitted 100% cotton shirts feature our super stylish Salvage Love design on the front and the equally-stylish Community Forklift logo on the back. T-shirts are available for $25 at our reuse warehouse or on the Community Forklift Marketplace with in-store pick-up! Rather not come to the store? We’ll mail you your shirt for an extra $10!

Facemasks

You can also literally put your reuse love where your mouth is with a black facemask featuring a white Community Forklift logo! The facemask is two‑ply cotton that meets CDC guidelines and features adjustable ear toggles, a moldable nose bridge, and soft elastic ear loops. Get your facemasks for $15 in our reuse warehouse or on the Community Forklift Marketplace with in-store pick-up!

As always, thank you for supporting reuse and Community Forklift!

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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. 

For the Love of Play!

Posted by on Feb 8, 2021 in Blog, Community Giving Programs, Community Happenings, Non-profit partners | 0 comments

For the Love of Play!

The value of play in our lives has been even more apparent during this difficult and often isolating pandemic. This past summer, Community Forklift donated cans of spray paint to Let’s Play America (LPA), a local nonprofit in Takoma Park that facilitates and promotes play activities. LPA and a teen volunteer repainted 10 hopscotches in Takoma Park and also added new ones as part of the nonprofit’s Hopscotch Project.

“Community Forklift gave LPA a grant for spray paint, which saved us money to paint the hopscotch boards” Pat Rumbaugh, Co-Founder and Executive Director at LPA, said.

“Almost daily I see children and adults stop and play at the hopscotch painted on my driveway. As for folks in the community, I often see children and adults at playgrounds playing on the hopscotch boards when I am out walking or driving by the park. This brings a smile to my face and makes me feel good [that] Let’s Play America made the time to install these painted hopscotch boards.”

Let’s Play America received a CBB Grant from Community Forklift’s Community Building Blocks program for spray paint to paint a Hopscotch board in Takoma Park. Left: Pat Rumbaugh, Executive Director at LPA. Right: Donna Graham, Secretary.

LPA was one of 51 organizations that were awarded materials grants in 2020 through Community Forklift’s Community Building Blocks (CBB) Program, which distributes free building materials for projects that serve the greater community.

For as long as she can remember, Pat (also known as The Play Lady) has loved to play, which led her to become a physical education teacher and coach. I enjoyed helping students find activities they enjoyed playing. As time went on in my teaching career, I started to see the decline in fun free unorganized play. In 2009, I founded a play committee in Takoma Park. We started planning and leading play days, closing streets to play and joining other events by adding play. After each play event participants would tell me how much they enjoyed the event, how important these events were for our community and how these play events brought people together. I continued to be inspired to not only bring play to Takoma Park, but wherever the opportunity arises.”

“Playing with others of all abilities, ages and backgrounds broadens our outlook, helps us meet people we may never meet and playing is fun.”

Pat Rumbaugh, Co-Founder and Executive Director at Let’s Play America

The play committee which Pat references led to the development of the non-profit Let’s Play America. LPA focuses on increasing opportunities for all people to enjoy play through partnering with communities, organizations, and individuals to create locally-inspired, playful events.

On Sunday, February 14, 2021, LPA is hosting its Mid-Winter Play Day, a virtual event of scheduled zoom activities to encourage play on Valentine’s Day!

Let’s Play America is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit that offers play services. LPA has given several years of fun FREE play opportunities to Takoma Park residents and others that have attended play events. To find out more about this organization and its play resources, visit www.letsplayamerica.org.

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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. 


Save 25% on Kitchen Cabinet sets and singles this weekend!

Posted by on Feb 5, 2021 in Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Sales, Sales & Hot Items, Things for Sale | 0 comments

Save 25% on Kitchen Cabinet sets and singles this weekend!

Saturday & Sunday, February 6 & 7

Did you miss the kitchen cabinet discount last weekend? You’re in luck, because we’re discounting them again this weekend as well! Take 25% off the orange and blue tags on kitchen cabinet sets, single kitchen cabinets, and cabinet doors. We offer 5 days of free storage to give you time to arrange for transportation, if needed!

Community Forklift is committed to staying open as a resource providing free and low-cost essential home repair materials to the community. We are taking all precautions recommended by the CDC and are paying close attention to warehouse conditions. Please stay home if you are sick or at a higher risk of getting very sick. Learn what to do if you are sick here.

Under Maryland Executive Order, everyone over the age of five is required to wear a face covering in the public spaces of all Maryland businesses, including Community Forklift. Help keep our community safe by wearing a mask that covers your mouth and nose and maintaining a six-foot distance from other people. Thank you!

Please note our warehouse hours: Monday – Sunday, 12 – 5 pm. You can also shop online and choose low-contact pickup through the Community Forklift Marketplace!


Community Forklift provides free home repair supplies and other essentials to households with limited resources through our Home Essentials Program. If you or someone you know needs kitchen cabinets or other supplies but will have difficulty paying for them, please take a look!


Please note: discount does not include bathroom cabinets, living room cabinets, work benches, tool stands, vintage hutches, select specialty items, items from our consignment partners, or items listed on eBay or Chairish. Items with missing or damaged price tags will not be sold. Discount may not be combined with other discounts or promotions.

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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. 

Freezin’ for a reason: help us fight climate change!

Posted by on Feb 3, 2021 in Blog, Community Happenings, Community Happenings, Events, Non-profit partners | 0 comments

Freezin’ for a reason: help us fight climate change!

Around this time every year, Community Forklift staffers, customers, and volunteers join the Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN) for their Polar Bear Plunge at National Harbor. This event is CCAN’s biggest fundraising event, powering victories to move our region off of fossil fuels and on to clean energy.

This year’s event is a virtual (or brrrr-tual … hahaha) plunge next Saturday, February 13. Whether it’s a “climate bucket challenge” or a chilly dip into a frozen lake 6 feet from other people, plungers will find some way to get freezing cold to support CCAN. Our team at Community Forklift has something special planned at the warehouse this year to support the cause in a socially-distanced way. I won’t spoil the surprise (keep an eye out on our Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter accounts for the video evidence), but I can promise it will involve Forklift employees and very cold water!

CCAN’s work has a direct impact on our region, and they’ve celebrated some major victories in 2020: the Atlantic Coast Pipeline was cancelled and Virginia joined the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, banned offshore drilling, and passed the Clean Economy Act! Thanks to CCAN, the green economy is growing. 

Here’s how you can support our plunge!

The Forklift Freezers have set themselves a lofty team goal of raising $1,500 this year (and if we make our goal, Community Forklift receives part of the proceeds for our work to create green jobs and reduce pollution!). If you’d like to support our icy recklessness, please donate to one of our plungers on the Forklift Freezers Team Page.  Your tax-deductible donation to CCAN promotes policies that keep fossil fuels in the ground and advance clean energy in Maryland, DC, and Virginia. Thank you for the support!

Forklifter Josh Bombeck at the 2014 Plunge.  He was a mentor, a good friend, and a skilled craftsman, and he was a strong advocate for reusing historic materials, helping the community, and protecting the environment. Josh loved us and we loved him.  We fund raise and plunge in his memory every year.  

Diamonds in the rough: simple hardware paint removal

Posted by on Feb 2, 2021 in Antiques & Vintage, Blog, Green Living, Ideas for Reuse | 0 comments

Diamonds in the rough: simple hardware paint removal
Vintage and modern hardware for sale at the Community Forklift nonprofit reuse warehouse

Is the hardware on your doors or windows encrusted in paint? There’s an easy way to remove those layers covering your hinges, doorknobs, backplates, and escutcheons without using harsh chemicals! Plus, by repairing and refurbishing the hardware you currently have, you can keep good items out of the landfill, preserve historic material, conserve natural resources, and save money! What a deal.

Removing paint from old hardware

1) Fill an old crockpot with water. Only use cookware that you no longer plan to use for food. Check a thrift store if you don’t already have one!

2) Place painted hardware in water.

3) “Cook” the hardware in the water for 4-8 hours. This is not a soup that you’d like to sample!

4) Remove hardware and peel. Paint will come off easily when soaked long enough. Isn’t that satisfying? Look at all those layers coming away and revealing those beautiful designs.

5) Use a brush to remove any small remaining areas of paint

And that’s it! Now you’re ready to shine all of your hardware diamonds. If you need some antique hardware that is already paint-free or if you’re looking for a match to some missing hardware in your home, Community Forklift can help! Check out the hardware section at our nonprofit reuse warehouse or peruse the gorgeous antique hardware listed in the Community Forklift Chairish store! Here are a few of the pieces listed:

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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.

LEGOs at the loading dock: a DC student’s toy reuse mission

Posted by on Feb 1, 2021 in Blog, Community Happenings, Green Living, Ideas for Reuse, Ideas for Reuse & Repurposing, News | 0 comments

LEGOs at the loading dock: a DC student’s toy reuse mission

A different sort of brick shipment recently occupied the loading dock at Community Forklift. On January 27 we palletized nearly 600 pounds of LEGOs! How did all those blocks end up here?

In the fall of 2020, Maeve, a DC high school student, came across a video of children in Uganda being introduced to LEGO blocks. “Their excitement and creativity reminded me of my own adoration for the ingenious toy and its impacts on my problem-solving and creativity as a child,” Maeve said in an email.

The video was created by Play Well Africa, a nonprofit that collects unneeded LEGOs from homes in North American and sends them to children in Uganda, Kenya, and Botswana. According to the Play Well Africa website, “opportunities to develop creativity and ingenuity at an early age are crucial for intellectual development. Building toys like LEGO are a great way to foster the critical thinking skills that Africa’s next generation needs.”

Inspired by Play Well Africa’s mission, Maeve hosted a LEGO drive in December. After a week of advertising on social media and posting on list serves, she had almost 600 pounds of LEGOs to send to Play Well Africa’s California headquarters! “I had unintendedly tapped into a need on this end of the project: I’d relieved families with boxes that were cleaned out throughout quarantine, and encouraged my teenage peers to give their childhood toys another life,” Maeve said.

In order to get the LEGOs across the country, Maeve needed a loading dock space here in the DMV-area and Community Forklift was happy to lend her ours. Since international travel is currently restricted due to the pandemic, some of the bricks will be donated in the meantime to homeless children in southern California, while the rest will hopefully be off to Uganda later this year.

Thanks, Maeve, for having the vision to help others and accomplishing your goal with reuse!

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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.

Vintage and modern bathroom fixtures are 25% off in February!

Posted by on Jan 31, 2021 in Antiques & Vintage, Blog, Flash Sale, Monthly Sales, Sales, Sales & Hot Items, Things for Sale | 0 comments

Vintage and modern bathroom fixtures are 25% off in February!

For the entire month of February, save 25% on modern and vintage bathroom sinks, vanities, toilets, tubs, medicine cabinets, and more. We offer 5 days of free storage for most bulky items to give you time to arrange for transportation!

Community Forklift is committed to staying open as a resource providing free and low-cost essential home repair materials to the community. We are taking all precautions recommended by the CDC and are paying close attention to warehouse conditions. Please stay home if you are sick or at a higher risk of getting very sick. Learn what to do if you are sick here.

Under Maryland Executive Order, everyone over the age of five is required to wear a face covering in the public spaces of all Maryland businesses, including Community Forklift. Help keep our community safe by wearing a mask that covers your mouth and nose and maintaining a six-foot distance from other people. Thank you!

Please note our warehouse hours: Monday – Sunday, 12 – 5 pm. You can also shop online and choose low-contact pickup through the Community Forklift Marketplace!


Community Forklift provides free home repair supplies and other essentials to households with limited resources through our Home Essentials Program. If you or someone you know needs bathroom fixtures or other items but will have difficulty paying for them, please visit our website to learn more and apply!


Please note: discount does not include appliances from our ALCO consignment partner, water heaters, window air conditioners, other heating and cooling equipment, items listed in our eBay or Chairish stores, or select specialty items. Items with missing or damaged price tags will not be sold. Discount may not be combined with other offers.

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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.

Kitchen cabinet sets and singles are 25% off this weekend!

Posted by on Jan 29, 2021 in Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Sales, Sales & Hot Items, Things for Sale | 0 comments

Kitchen cabinet sets and singles are 25% off this weekend!

Saturday & Sunday, January 30 & 31

This weekend, take 25% off the orange and blue tags on kitchen cabinet sets, single kitchen cabinets, and cabinet doors. We offer 5 days of free storage to give you time to arrange for transportation, if needed!

Community Forklift is committed to staying open as a resource providing free and low-cost essential home repair materials to the community. We are taking all precautions recommended by the CDC and are paying close attention to warehouse conditions. Please stay home if you are sick or at a higher risk of getting very sick. Learn what to do if you are sick here.

Under Maryland Executive Order, everyone over the age of five is required to wear a face covering in the public spaces of all Maryland businesses, including Community Forklift. Help keep our community safe by wearing a mask that covers your mouth and nose and maintaining a six-foot distance from other people. Thank you!

Please note our warehouse hours: Monday – Sunday, 12 – 5 pm. You can also shop online and choose low-contact pickup through the Community Forklift Marketplace!


Community Forklift provides free home repair supplies and other essentials to households with limited resources through our Home Essentials Program. If you or someone you know needs kitchen cabinets or other supplies but will have difficulty paying for them, please take a look!


Please note: discount does not include bathroom cabinets, living room cabinets, work benches, tool stands, vintage hutches, select specialty items, items from our consignment partners, or items listed on eBay or Chairish. Items with missing or damaged price tags will not be sold. Discount may not be combined with other discounts or promotions.

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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. 

Save 40% on doors and windows this weekend!

Posted by on Jan 22, 2021 in Antiques & Vintage, Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Sales, Sales & Hot Items | 0 comments

Save 40% on doors and windows this weekend!

Saturday & Sunday, January 23 & 24

This weekend, January 23 & 24, take 40% off the marked prices on modern and vintage doors! This includes interior and exterior doors, antique wood panel doors, french doors, oversized doors, bifold doors, louvered doors, security doors, storm doors, screen doors, and doors in frames. Also, take 40% off the marked prices on windows and window sashes! We offer 5 days of free storage for purchased items to give you time to arrange for transportation, if needed.

At Community Forklift, your well-being is our first priority. We are taking all precautions recommended by the CDC and are paying close attention to the situation. Please stay home if you are sick or at a high risk of getting very sick (learn what to do if you are sick here). Please maintain a six-foot distance from other people when shopping in the warehouse.

Under Maryland Executive Order, everyone over the age of five is required to wear a face covering in the public spaces of all Maryland businesses, including Community Forklift. Help keep our community safe by wearing a mask that covers your mouth and nose and maintaining a six-foot distance from other people. Thank you!

Please note our warehouse hours: Monday – Sunday, 12 – 5 pm. You can also shop online and choose low-contact pickup through the Community Forklift Marketplace!


Community Forklift provides free home repair supplies and other essentials to households with limited resources through our Home Essentials Program. If you or someone you know needs doors, windows, or other supplies but will have difficulty paying for them, please take a look!


Please note: discount does not include doors or windows with stained glass, pebbled glass, or other specialty glass, specialty items, items from our consignment partners, or items listed on eBay or Chairish. Items with missing or damaged price tags will not be sold. Discount may not be combined with other offers.

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Every time you donateor 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.