Students make a big statement with small scraps

At Arcola Elementary School, 4th graders in Samantha Nachlas’ art class are making drawings of their community which will be transformed into a mosaic. Wheaton Arts Parade (WAP) is a local nonprofit that celebrates art, cultural diversity, and the revitalization of the Wheaton area; a recently established Arts & Entertainment District in Montgomery County, Maryland. This year, WAP is creating two community mosaics that are supported in part by grants from the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County, and a Community Building Blocks (CBB) grant from Community Forklift. Through our CBB program, WAP collected an array of vintage stained glass and tiles that will be incorporated in the design of both mosaics. We sometimes get stained glass windows that are beyond repair. We don’t want to throw out beautiful vintage glass, so it’s always exciting when someone has a use for the scraps! Dan Thompson, Executive Director of WAP, further explains the mission behind their project: “Part of the effort to engage Wheaton’s diverse cultures led to the creation of the Community Mosaic Project which is focused on bringing members of Wheaton’s large Spanish-speaking community together to make to two large mosaics for public display at the Arcola Elementary School and at the Pembridge Square and Amherst Garden Apartments. One project is lead by WAP artists Loretta Dipanda, Sofia Hart, and Pattie Curtiss in cooperation with Arcola’s art teacher, Samantha Nachlas, and the other project is let by WAP artists Edwin Salmeron, Ge’Vonna Keyes, and Sally Garcia in cooperation with the Montgomery Housing Partnership. Working together in the classroom, in an after-school program, and in the evenings with families and neighbors, the community is creating mosaics that represent their roots, their perception of their adopted town, and their vision of the community’s future. WAP was pleased to find an organization like Community Forklift that shared its values and generously offered to provide glass and tiles to become part of the Wheaton mosaic. Both organizations rely upon donations and volunteer efforts to help revitalize the community and the work is never more rewarding than when it enables a community to express itself by making art. “ The Community Mosaics are expected to be completed in April and will be displayed at WAP’s third annual...

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You’re invited to the Garden Party!

Join us for Community Forklift’s 10th annual spring Garden Party on April 6th.

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This Saturday: Swap Sustainably

CLOTHING SWAPSATURDAY, MARCH 9 | 11AM-2PM Join us in the Community Forklift classroom for a unisex, family-friendly clothing swap! Have you been holding onto that pair of jeans you’ve outgrown, or that gift that really just wasn’t you? Maybe your style has entirely changed. Your rags are someone else’s treasure! The premise is simple: Bring a bag of clothes you no longer wear and trade it in for clothes you will!And even better than that, you can upcycle what you find by cutting and remaking it into something entirely new. How it works:* Bring a bag or more of clean, gently used clothes* Modify your finds at any of the DIY Stations* Take as much as you can carry! RSVP and spread the word on Facebook. Cost to participate: $5Proceeds will benefit the Port Towns Community Development Corporation, and any leftover clothes will be picked up and donated by...

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Forklift wins NARI Metro DC’s Community Service Award

We are excited to announced that NARI Metro DC has presented Community Forklift with a 2019 Achievement Award for Community Service!

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March Sale: Courtyard Clearance

Items in our courtyard are 25% off all month long Throughout March 2019, take 25% off granite & marble counters, cast iron sinks, vintage tubs, wrought iron, security doors, window bars, and more. Please note: The sale does not include bricks or masonry, items inside the warehouse, select specialty items, items from our consignment partners, or items listed online. Flash sales may not be combined with other sales or promotions. Items with missing or damaged price tags will not be sold. *** Only a few days left to vote! Please help us win Best Green Business of 2019 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!  *** Every donation, purchase, and vote 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...

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Ray Stroud, Salvage Superhero

Ray Stroud is one of the many people making reuse happen in the Forklift warehouse every day. Click through to read his story on our blog!

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