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Donate an air conditioner today and help your neighbors in need

Posted by on Jun 16, 2020 in Blog, Community Giving Programs, Fundraising | 0 comments

Donate an air conditioner today and help your neighbors in need

Many seniors and people with medical conditions risk serious health problems as the temperatures rise. For an elderly neighbor, someone suffering from heart or lung problems, or a child with asthma growing up in a neighborhood with heavily-polluted air, an air conditioner can make a world of difference.

This is one of the ways that Community Forklift’s Home Essentials Program (HELP) helps the community. Through the program, we provide free home essentials — like air conditioners — to neighbors who can’t otherwise afford them. So far this spring, we’ve already given out 37 units to help cool 55 people!

One of those people is Ms. L, a 29-year-old new mother to premature twins. Ms. L is a survivor of domestic violence who was recently homeless. Now working to get an apartment ready for her new family, she received two window A/C units to keep her children cool this summer.

“Thank you so much! I didn’t know how I was going to make it this summer. I really appreciated it and I appreciate you.”

HELP program client Ms. B, a 59-year-old homebound woman with asthma and COPD

We now have an air conditioner wait-list of 13 households and expect demand to increase as our area’s hot, humid summer weather begins. We need your help to deliver cool air to your neighbors in need! Here’s how:

  1. DONATE: Donated materials are the cornerstone of Community Forklift. Please donate unneeded window or in-room air conditioning units under 10 years of age at our reuse warehouse in Hyattsville, MD. We are open Monday through Sunday, 12 to 5 pm.
  2. FUND THE CAUSE: Help us buy new units to donate directly to a Home Essentials client! When donating money through our online contribution form, add a note in the comments section that you’d like your contribution to go to the HELP program.
  3. SPREAD THE WORD: Do you know of someone who might have an air conditioner to donate? Let your family, friends, and neighbors know that we can put it to good use!

Community Forklift is a 501(c)3 non-profit and your donation is tax-deductible to the maximum extent allowed by law. Every act of support, whether it’s a material donation, financial gift, or verbal advocacy, will help our neighbors beat the heat this summer. Thank you!

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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.

Restoring Historic Houses through Reuse

Posted by on Jun 11, 2020 in Antiques & Vintage, Blog, Community Giving Programs | 0 comments

Restoring Historic Houses through Reuse

June 11, 2020

Community Forklift is proud to have partnered with local historic preservation nonprofit The L’Enfant Trust in their work restoring and reusing historic buildings. Both Community Forklift and the Trust are committed to neighborhood stewardship and lifting up communities through reuse. Community Forklift keeps reusable materials out of the landfill and gives them a second purpose, while The L’Enfant Trust keeps historic buildings from demolition and gives them new life.

The L’Enfant Trust recently completed the restoration of three historic properties in Washington, D.C.’s Anacostia neighborhood. These homes were once dilapidated and had sat vacant for decades. Through Community Forklift’s Community Building Blocks Program (CBB), The L’Enfant Trust received free surplus shower tiles that were installed in the full bathrooms of these three newly-renovated homes.

“We believe in the important role that restoration and rehabilitation of buildings plays in retaining the embodied carbon that already exists in our built environment — essentially in reusing and recycling buildings and their parts. The alignment of that priority and the mission and work of Community Forklift makes sourcing whatever we can from you a natural choice, and we’re so grateful for your continued support through the CBB program.”

Ananda Bagiackas, Operations Manager at The L’Enfant Trust

The L’Enfant Trust acquired the three properties from the D.C. Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) in March of 2018. According to the Trust, there were no bathrooms in the homes and two of the buildings had the back half removed by DHCD for stabilization purposes. The other one was a shell — bare to the studs.

The three houses were part of The L’Enfant Trust’s Historic Properties Redevelopment Program (HPRP) which restores severely distressed and vacant historic houses using philanthropic loans, grants, and donations. When completed, homes in the program are sold to moderate-income families such as teachers, healthcare workers, firefighters, and D.C. government employees. Through this program, the Trust takes on rehabilitation project costs that are not economically feasible for individuals who may not be able to afford market-rate homes.

“The Trust sold the properties at a loss … I would have never been able to afford my home if it was listed for the amount of money that was invested in its restoration.”

DC firefighter who benefited from The L’Enfant Trust’s HPR Program

We appreciate The L’Enfant Trust’s work in protecting and revitalizing D.C.’s historic neighborhoods through conservation easements, historic preservation, and — of course — reuse! Founded in 1978, The L’Enfant Trust is nationally recognized for its Conservation Easement Program which prevents demolition or inappropriate modification of nearly 1,150 historic structures in Washington, D.C. To find out more about its work, visit www.lenfant.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.

Looking for tile? Check out our online stores and warehouse!

Posted by on Jun 10, 2020 in Antiques & Vintage, Blog | 0 comments

Looking for tile? Check out our online stores and warehouse!

Looking for a match to your vintage bathroom tiles (like this reader of The Washington Post)? Hoping to find modern mosaic tile sheets to complete your kitchen renovation? Need a variety of different tiles for your next craft masterpiece? For projects large or small, Community Forklift can help!

We have a wide variety of salvaged, surplus, vintage, and new tiles at below-market prices in our warehouse and online stores. Your purchase from Community Forklift keeps construction materials out of landfills and supports community initiatives to provide neighbors in need with free and low-cost home repair necessities.


Vintage Tiles in our online eBay store

From Ming Green to Twilight Blue, the vintage tile category in our eBay store has matches to all sorts of vintage tile colors. You can find many styles there as well: mudcap, bullnose, octagonal — even vintage porcelain toothbrush holders and towel bar posts. Items in our eBay store can be shipped to you at home or picked up in-store.


Tiles in our new online Community Forklift Marketplace

Looking to pick up tiles locally but prefer a low-contact option? Check out the tiles in our new Community Forklift Marketplace. Buy online, come to our warehouse in Hyattsville, MD, show your ID to the front desk associate, and we’ll bring your order to the loading dock while you get your car. Super easy!


Mosaic Tile Accent Strips in our Nonprofit Reuse Warehouse

Perfect for projects of any size, we’ve got pallets of never-installed mosaic tile accent strips in a variety of patterns. Sold by the piece at our warehouse, these mosaic strips are perfect for large or small backsplash, shower wall, or craft projects! Come to the reuse warehouse to see all the styles we have in stock.


The tile aisle in our Nonprofit Reuse Warehouse

Our nonprofit reuse warehouse in Hyattsville, MD, is open every day from 12 to 5 pm and has an entire aisle full of all sorts of tile: accent tile, floor tile, mosaic tile, ceramic tile, vinyl tile, and more! We’re taking all COVID-19 precautions recommended by the CDC, so please wear a face mask and keep a six-foot distance from employees and other shoppers when you visit.

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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. 

Essentials for Less: 25% off Appliances

Posted by on Jun 9, 2020 in Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Sales, Sales & Hot Items | 0 comments

Essentials for Less: 25% off Appliances

Wednesday – Sunday, June 10 – 14

We are here for you! Community Forklift is committed to staying open as a resource providing free and low-cost essential home repair materials to the community. June 10 – 14, take 25% off appliances with orange and blue tags, including dishwashers, ranges and cooktops, refrigerators, microwaves, stove hoods, wall ovens, washing machines, and dryers.  The sale includes both modern and vintage items and we offer a 3-week return policy on most Forklift appliances. We will continue to offer 5 days of free storage for most bulky 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 wear a face mask and maintain a six-foot distance from other people when shopping in the warehouse. Please note our new warehouse hours: Monday – Sunday, 12 – 5 pm.

Community Forklift also offers online shopping and low-contact pickup through our new Community Forklift Marketplace! Shop online for items on our warehouse floor, come to our warehouse within five days of purchase, show your ID to the front desk associate, and we’ll bring your order to the loading dock while you get your vehicle! Please bring an appropriate vehicle for transport and help for loading. Due to social distancing, we will not be able to help you load items into your vehicle. See what’s available at www.CommunityForkliftMarketplace.org!


Community Forklift provides free home repair supplies and other household essentials to people with low incomes through our Home Essentials Program. If you or someone you know needs appliances or other items but will have difficulty paying for them, please take a look!


Please note: discount 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. 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.

Essentials for less: 25% off Furniture

Posted by on Jun 3, 2020 in Antiques & Vintage, Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Sales, Sales & Hot Items | 0 comments

Essentials for less: 25% off Furniture

Wednesday, June 3 – Sunday, June 7

We are here for you! Community Forklift is committed to staying open as a resource providing free and low-cost essential home repair materials to the community. This Wednesday, June 3, through Sunday, June 7, take 25% off modern and vintage furniture. Save on tables, dressers, shelves, wardrobes, desks, file cabinets, sofas, and more! 

At Community Forklift, your well-being is our first priority. We are taking all precautions recommended by the CDC. 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 wear a face mask and maintain a six-foot distance from other people when shopping in the warehouse.

Please note our new warehouse hours: 12 – 5 pm, Monday through Sunday. You can also shop for furniture online in our new Community Forklift Marketplace!


Community Forklift provides free home repair supplies and other household essentials to people with low incomes through our Home Essentials Program. If you or someone you know needs furniture or other home supplies but will have difficulty paying for them, please take a look!


Please note: discount does not include bathroom vanities or kitchen cabinets, mantels, appliances, 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.  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. 

Support local youth in college and workforce readiness programs

Posted by on Jun 1, 2020 in Blog, Community Giving Programs, Green Jobs and Job Creation, News, Non-profit partners | 0 comments

Support local youth in college and workforce readiness programs

The Port Towns Youth Council and Pathways to Career Success Program develop youth leadership skills and civic engagement and help local high school students graduate on time and prepared for college and the workforce. Community Forklift has proudly supported these programs for many years by hosting student interns and mentoring them in workplace skills.

The non-profit that administers the initiatives, End Time Harvest Ministries (ETHM), advocates for at-risk and under-served youth and their families. Their goals are to:

  • Graduate students on time
  • Prepare students for college, career, and workforce entry
  • Equip students with leadership and character skills
  • Promote student-led health and wellness advocacy

ETHM is the premier youth development agency in Prince George’s County. Under the extraordinary leadership of Rev. Gail Addison, ETHM has taken its youth leadership and development to new heights. Through extensive mentoring and support, ETHM youth from the Port Towns are showing the country how to grow the next generation of visionary leadership.

Nancy J. Meyer, Community Forklift CEO

Congratulations to the class of 2020 who will graduate from the program in a virtual event on Thursday, June 18! Thanks to Rev. Gail A. Addison and the team at ETHM for all the work they do.

Please join Community Forklift in supporting these programs by making a tax-deductible donation at https://www.ethm.org/. Thank you!

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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. 

Essentials for Less: 25% off Doors for the month of June

Posted by on May 31, 2020 in Blog, Flash Sale, Monthly Sales, Sales, Sales & Hot Items | 0 comments

Essentials for Less: 25% off Doors for the month of June

Save 25% on doors June 1 – 30

We are here for you! Community Forklift is committed to staying open as a resource providing free and low-cost essential home repair materials to the community. For the entire month of June, take 25% 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.We will continue to offer 5 days of free storage for most bulky 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 wear a face mask and maintain a six-foot distance from other people when shopping in the warehouse.

Please note our new warehouse hours: Monday – Sunday, 12 – 5 pm.


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


Please note: discount does not include doors 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 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. 

Building A Healthier Community

Posted by on May 28, 2020 in Blog, Community Giving Programs | 0 comments

Building A Healthier Community

May 28, 2020

“The front area is really nice. We didn’t have a place like that before at the school. It feels cozy and inviting for parents to come and sit when they have to come up to the school. I like it a lot.”

2nd Grade Templeton Elementary School parent

Two chairs can make a meaningful difference in making a vibrant community! In February 2020, Community Forklift’s Community Building Blocks Program provided Templeton Elementary School in Riverdale, MD, with two stylish chairs for its new Parent Resource Area — a welcoming and helpful reception area furnished with plants, rugs, new bulletin board displays, and a chalkboard door. Over 40 volunteers worked together to create the new space and paint the school hallways with bright colors.

Templeton Elementary School is one of eight schools in the area that benefited from the Greater Riverdale Place-Based Initiative, which aims to bring Riverdale communities together to address factors that affect health in order to uplift their neighborhoods and transform their environment. The initiative is a program of the Central Kenilworth Avenue Revitalization Community Development Corporation (CKAR CDC) in partnership with Kaiser Permanente and the Neighborhood Design Center (NDC).

“I do love the new welcoming aura of the school after that makeover. Our TES was in dire need of change, and the working team delivered for us in a big way.”

Templeton Elementary School teacher

CKAR CDC said that a key part of the initiative relies on a Greater Riverdale School Cohort composed of principals, community school coordinators, and parent liaisons. These stakeholders meet on a monthly basis to create and implement programs that will benefit students and the community.

According to CKAR CDC, “as part of this effort, schools have been able to request physical improvements that will improve their service to the community. The principal of Templeton, Ms. Ebony Harris, had expressed the need for these renovations in order to better welcome families. Families often wait in the lobby area of the school, in order to meet with staff and get help accessing resources. After the work of the volunteers, there is now a comfortable sitting and check-in area, with activities for children and an inviting atmosphere. The reorganization of the front office also decreased the feelings of crowdedness in the office and improved staff’s ability to serve families. Volunteers painted stripes of color along the hallways of the school, in order to brighten up the school and welcome children back.”

“The new parent reception area tells our families to come in because they are welcome. It’s bright, comfortable and spacious. The fact that parents from our school volunteered to help create that space for all of our families is really amazing. We are so grateful for the support from CKAR and the lovely new space we have to welcome our families and members of the community when they come to see us at Templeton.”

Templeton Elementary School teacher

Patricia Hayes-Parker, Executive Director at CKAR CDC, recently told us what inspires her about working at CKAR and with Templeton Elementary School. She said, “I am an architect by profession and I live in the community. My family believes that living in a community requires your personal investment of time, commitment and resources. And you must be willing to share the experience and talent that you have to effect change that is good for our neighbors, schools, businesses and institutions. CKAR allows me to use the small amount of creativity that I have to grow the organization, listen to the voices of the community and be a part of change.”

CKAR CDC is a local nonprofit that focuses on workforce and career development, environmental sustainability, business and economic development, equitable community development, and supporting the health and wellness of the community through clothing and food distribution. They continue to make progress on the Place-Based Initiative even during the COVID-19 pandemic. To find out more about the initiative, visit www.ckarcdc.org.

Thanks to CKAR CDC, Kaiser Permanente, NDC, and all the volunteers that are working together to build a thriving, happy, and healthy community for Greater Riverdale!

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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.

Essentials for less: 25% off Lighting

Posted by on May 27, 2020 in Blog | 0 comments

Essentials for less: 25% off Lighting

Thursday, May 28 – Sunday, May 31

We are here for you! Community Forklift is committed to staying open as a resource providing free and low-cost essential home repair materials to the community. This Thursday, May 28, through Sunday, May 31, take 25% 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.

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 wear a face mask and maintain a six-foot distance from other people when shopping in the warehouse.

Please note our new warehouse hours: 12 – 5 pm, Monday through Sunday. You can also shop for lighting online in our new Community Forklift Marketplace!


If you or someone you know needs lighting or other home repair supplies but will have difficulty paying for them, please look into our Home Essentials Program. Through this program, Community Forklift provides free home repair supplies and other household essentials to people with low incomes.


Please note: discount does not include light parts, electrical supplies, select specialty items, items from our consignment partners, or items listed online in our eBay or Chairish shops. Items with missing or damaged price tags will not be sold. 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. 

Essentials for Less: 50% off Kitchen Cabinets

Posted by on May 22, 2020 in Blog | 0 comments

Essentials for Less: 50% off Kitchen Cabinets

Saturday, May 23 – Monday, May 25

We are here for you! Community Forklift is committed to staying open as a resource providing free and low-cost essential home repair materials to the community. Saturday, May 23 – Monday, May 25, take 50% off the orange and blue tags on kitchen cabinet sets, single kitchen cabinets, and cabinet doors. We will continue to offer 5 days of free storage for most bulky 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 wear a face mask and maintain a six-foot distance from other people when shopping in the warehouse.

Please note our new warehouse hours: 12 – 5 pm, Monday through Sunday.


If you or someone you know needs cabinets or other home repair supplies but will have difficulty paying for them, please look into our Home Essentials Program. Spread the word!


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 online. Items with missing or damaged price tags will not be sold. 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.