|Visit the Warehouse
and See What's New!4671 Tanglewood Drive
Hyattsville, MD 20781
Click here for directions
Hours: Wednesday 12-7
Our Business & Development Director is organizing a
diverse group of volunteers to help with making Community Forklift run even
better!! Looking for folks who have a
variety of skills and who are willing to do whatever it takes to get the job
* Phone system installer
* Administrative skills
* Organization skills
* Research and/or writing skills
* Fund raising know how
* And general go getter
First meeting will be in April 2009 - Time and date to be
Please send an email to NancyJMeyer@aol.com or call at
202-236-4071 if you are interested!
I can't promise you won't get your hands dirty but I can guarantee that you'll
have a good time!
MEET A VOLUNTEER:Dave Roeder,
Bea: How long have you volunteered at Community Forklift, and what originally brought you here?
Dave: I've volunteered here for about two years now. I originally came to the Forklift because I was donating, then later as a customer, and then I started volunteering because I liked being around there. I've worked in most sections of the store (the toilet aisle, hardware, really everywhere) but one day I found a big box of old lamp parts and started thinking "what can I make with all these?"
I realized that if an old light came in the Forklift could sell it for maybe $30, but if I took the lamp home and polished and rewired it, it would be a great thing for the Forklift to be able to sell more for it. So I started working exclusively in the lighting aisle.
I work in an office 5 days a week, so volunteering at the Forklift is like a total get-away for me!! I can leave my problems at the door and not have to worry about anything. It's great!
B: How did you get interested in antique lighting?
D: I've always been interested in antiques. For lighting, it was when I was working restoring old houses. There's a quality of light that you can't get with new fixtures, so if you want to restore a historic house to have an authentic feel it's best to install the older fixtures.
B: What neat things have you bought at CF over the years--is there one item that sticks out to you as being a particularly terrific find?
D: Hard question, I've bought so many things at the Forklift! I would say maybe the best thing I've gotten was a big pile of old cedar shingles that we used to side a garden shed--it looks 100 years old, really cool! I discovered Community Forklift halfway through constructing the shed, and after that all the materials going into it came from you guys!
Dave can often be found volunteering at CF on Saturday mornings in the lighting aisle. He is not an electrician by trade--he considers himself a self-taught amateur!
He'll be facilitating the workshop on Sunday April 26, How to rewire a simple light fixture.
To sign up for his workshop, please email Bea at
Join former Community Forklift intern/volunteer in a celebration of Earth Day in Fairfax, VA!
Luci will be hosting a salvage art exhibit in downtown Fairfax in conjunction with the Fairfax Spotlight on the Arts Festival, one of the largest arts festivals in the northern Virginia area. She is currently looking for more artists to join the ranks of 5 other talented salvage artists. If you have used your Community Forklift found treasures to create pieces of art and would be interested in displaying them at this exhibit, please contact Luci directly! If you're interested in seeing creative uses for found items, stop by the exhibit to show your support! Exhibit will also include information on recycling and reuse, interactive activities for all ages, and organic, fair-trade coffee samples. The exhibit is free to attend. Hope to see you there!
Wednesday, April 22The Firehouse Grill (Upstairs)3988 University DriveFairfax, VA 220306-10pmTo exhibit your creations, contact Luci at 703-653-4032, or firstname.lastname@example.org
One piece of art Luci made from a CF window, on display in our warehouse!
TOOL SALE A SUCCESS!Extra thanks go to CF Volunteer Dave North, who brought in treats to share for the semi-annual tool sale last Saturday! |
Colored Paint Sale!
$0.50 / quart
$2 / gallon
$10 / five-gallon bucket
Sale does not include stain, white or off-white paint, sealant, adhesive, American Pride paint in the Nature Neutral section, or paint cans without a pricetag.
75% off all rectangular fixed windows!
Windows must have an existing Forklift price tag to qualify for the sale. Sale does not include casement, sliders, double-hung, specialty shapes or frosting; or antique, stained, pebbled, or painted glass windows.
25% off all Lighting!
25% off the marked price on all surplus and salvaged lights, including chandeliers and sconces of all sizes.
50% off Toilets!
Take half off all tanks, bowls, lids,
and complete toilets marked $35 or below.
We hate to have to say this, but.
don't bother scratching price tags off!
Any item without a price tag
is not eligible for the April sale.
Once a Month, Sundays at 2pm
Class size is limited, please RSVP to reserve a spot!
April 26: How to rewire a simple light fixture, facilitated by CF volunteer Dave Roeder (see his profile to the left!)
May 10: How to diagnose and repair a leaky water wasting toilet, taught by Plumber YB Leaky
Pre-Registration and Pre-payment Required
$15 per person workshop fee
($17 if using Paypal to cover their fee)
Click here to sign up, and for more details!
If you or someone you know would like to facilitate a workshop teaching some aspect of working with reused materials, please contact Bea Trickett at email@example.com
getting first dibs on the good stuff when I take in donations!"
throws everything away - but I help keep nice things out of the landfill."
hanging out with all the characters at the store."
"I'm learning a lot about home improvement."
community service hours for high school graduation"
long week at the office, it's fun to get my hands dirty!"
There are a
ton of reasons to volunteer at Community Forklift. And we are so grateful for help - our
fantastic Forklift Fans keep the place running smoothly! The low prices, the better-organized aisles,
and the interesting selection of items...it all happens because volunteers sort
materials, help customers, and spread the word to potential donors.
been thinking about volunteering for a while? Now is the time! Celebrate Earth Day by signing up for an
April orientation, and you'll earn triple store credit! Just show up, take a tour of the warehouse, and
earn $15 in store credit (and as you know, fifteen bucks goes a long way here). If you can't make it to one of the regular
orientations, we'll make an appointment that's better for your schedule.
There is no
time commitment or skill level to be a volunteer - you can come once a week, or
once a year. We need help in the store,
and at festivals around town. To sign up,
email Ruthie@CommunityForklift.com or call her at 301-985-5180.
And please tell us if YOUR town has an event that we should be attending!
Wed. April 1, 6 pm, Orientation for in-store
volunteers, Community Forklift Warehouse
Sat. April 4, 9am-4pm, Howard County GreenFest, Columbia
Wed. April 8, 10am-4pm,UMD
Green Jobs Fair, College Park
Sat. April 11, Frager's Hardware Fest, Capitol
Tues, April 14, 10am-3pm, NEA Earth Day Fair, NW DC (free). Also doing 45-minute Orientations
for Festival Volunteers throughout the day
Wed. April 15, 6 pm, 45-minute Orientation for In-store Volunteers, Community
Sat. April 18, 3-6 pm,Green event at Joe's
Movement Emporium, Mt. Rainier
Sat. April 18, 12 - 5 pm, La Vida Verde, New Carrollton
Sat. April 18, 11 - 4 pm H20 Fest sponsored by WSSC, Laurel
Sun. April 19, 45-minute Orientation for
Festival Volunteers, River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation
Earth Day Celebration, Bethesda
Wed. April 22, 6 pm, Orientation
for In-store Volunteers, Community Forklift Warehouse
Friday, April 24, 8am-5pm, Metropolitan Area Hunger Conference, Landover
Sat. April 25, (8am - 6pm)Earth Day Fair, Indian Head
Sun. April 26, Lighting Workshop - (volunteer needed to help with check-in and
cleanup), Community Forklift
Wed. April 29, 6 pm, Orientation
for In-store Volunteers, Community Forklift Warehouse
Sat. May 2, Cheverly Truck Touch - volunteer needed to help with kids activity, as
they climb all over our big truck.
Sun. May 3, 12-4 pm,
45 minute Orientations for Festival Volunteers throughout the day at
the Potomac Overlook Regional Park Open House, Arlington.
Sun. May 3, 12-4 pm, Volunteer needed to help with a kid's
craft activity at the Potomac Overlook Regional Park Open House, Arlington
Sat. May 9, Hyattsville Day, Hyattsville
Sat. May 9, Main Street Festival, Laurel
Sun. May 10, Plumbing workshop (volunteer needed to help with
check-in and cleanup), Community
|Our first workshop!How to use re-claimed materials in your gardenOn Sunday March 22, 10 participants took part in Community Forklift's first workshop in our spring "how-to" series. Facilitators shared photos and objects they have incorporated in their gardens, both as decoration and functional garden infrastructure.If you missed the workshop but would like to obtain some of the handouts, please contact the presenters below-- also some of the photos are displayed at Community Forklift at the area near our paint section.
A compost pile made out of discarded pallets
Here's the contact info & links to the personal projects of all the presenters if you would like more info:
Susan Chapin, Susanchapin@usa.net, www.susanchapin.com
Sarah Murphy, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.greenroofcanopy.com
Bea Trickett, email@example.com, neighborhoodfarm.110mb.com