A Project of Sustainable Community Initiatives / 34,000 sq. ft. of Low Cost Building Materials!
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4671 Tanglewood Drive
Hyattsville, MD 20781
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Hours: Wednesday 12-7
Thursday, Friday, & Saturday  9-5

Put on your thinking caps.

Last month, we asked you to help name our new specialty area.  We need a name to describe the store-within-our-store that will offer vintage and antique building materials like mantels, chandeliers, and decorative items.   The contest is still on, and you could win a $50 gift certificate!

Now, we're also looking for slogans and phrases to use on T-shirts and bumper stickers.  The winner(s) will receive $50 gift certificates, and, of course, the shirt or sticker with their winning entry.

We're looking for something quick and funny that describes our work here.  For example:

"Renovation leftovers?  
Don't toss them out, FORK 'em over to a good cause!"

Or, "Building material reuse:  Better for your wallet and our world!"

Or maybe, "The Community Forklift:  Giving new life to old building materials"

But I'm sure you can do better (and shorter) than that!
Send your creative and quirky entries to info@communityforklift.com

Stay tuned for updates of our progress!

June Workshop Cancelled
We are sorry  but due to unforseen circumstances we are canceling the workshop scheduled for June 14th (Working with Tools and Materials 101 [For Women]). Workshops will resume in the fall.

 Cold Drinks?  Picnics?  Treehuggers?  I'm there!

There are lots of interesting events coming up this month.  Check 'em out!

1) Prince George's County Green Drinks
    Tuesday, June 9th, 6-8 pm
    Franklin's Restaurant in Hyattsville, MD
Prince George's County now has a monthly happy hour for green networking!  The first event, on Earth Day, was a big success.  Ruthie, our very own outreach director, was invited to give the keynote speech, and it was covered by the Gazette!  Read the article here: www.gazette.net/stories/04302009/busiplo144605_32521.shtml
June's Green Drinks is next week - come enjoy the drink specials, enter to win door prizes, and mingle with folks who share your environmental values.  
2) Northern Virginia Green Drinks
     Thursday, June 18th, 6-8 pm
    Auld Shebeen in Fairfax, VA
A happy hour on the other side of the river!  For more info, go to:  novagreendrinks.com
3) The Green Building Institute is offering some great classes this summer, including courses on "Buying or Renovating Your Home the Green Way", "Green Energy for Your Home and Business", "Home Energy Efficiency," and "LEEDŽ for Homes."  These classes are being given around the state of MD - locations include Bethesda, Annapolis, and Charlotte Hall (in Southern MD).  For more information, go to www.greenbuildinginstitute.org
4) Prince George's Green County Picnic
    Sunday, June 7, 2-5 pm
   at Kentland-Columbia Community Park, 2411 Pinebrook
   Ave., Landover MD 20785

The Sierra Club will present the 2009 Maloney Environmental Public Service Award to MD Senator Paul G. Pinsky. Come party in the park to network, strategize, and celebrate with fellow Prince George's environmentalists!  The picnic is hosted by Councilmembers Andrea Harrison, Eric Olson, Will Campos, and Tom Dernoga, & the Sierra Club.  Please RSVP to Alex Hirtle at (301) 952-5349 or ajhirtle@co.pg.md.us

Community Forklift is looking for part-time Office/Admin Support Staff

The Office Manager will provide critical administrative support to the organization as we approach our 4th year of operation.

Start date: Mid-late June

Duties will Include:
* Database management
* Oversee administrative volunteers
* Newsletter writing and productive
* Office/warehouse supply inventory and ordering
* Website maintenance, poss. including major redesign
* Maintaining correspondence for CF's main email account
* Regular correspondance, data input, & filing
* Logging phone messages & answering calls
* Other related duties
Required Skills:
*  High proficiency in MS Word
*  Proficiency in web related software
*  Proficiency in Excel and Access
*  Experience with website design
*  Basic proficiency with Adobe Photoshop
*  Basic familiarity with digital cameras & basic picture taking for posting on the web
*  Enthusiastic and professional phone presence
*  High level of organization and ability to multi-task many disparate activities
*  Willing to work with a small but growing non-profit

Please send a cover letter and resume to info@communityforklift.com

Community Forklift's 34,000 sq. ft.Warehouse 


We Make It Super Easy! 
1.  Check our website to be verify that we will take the items you would like to donate (if you're still not sure, give us a call)
2.  Bring your easily transportable materials to our  warehouse during our regular business hours (and at least a half hour before closing)
 Simply fill-out our on-line form (http://communityforklift.com/donations.cfm
we will contact you with 24 hours (M-F) to arrange a pick-up
For even faster assistance, call our Donations Coordinator at
Benefits of Donating Materials 
For materials valued up to $5,000 we will provide documentation of your donation, for materials over  $5,000 you must obtain an independent appraisal
Instead of dumping excess or used materials in the landfill, you contribute to community improvement by make low cost building materials available to the communities that need it the most
It often makes more sense to get rid of excess materials and reduce the monthly cost of renting additional space to hold onto them
Your donation will go right to the warehouse floor for quick access by those who are seeking low cost building materials. We serve low income communities and non-profits all over the DC area
We WELCOME materials from local construction sites or warehouses. This can be a far more attractive option then product returns or paying to dump. Donating eliminates the hassles of returns, disposal and  helps you manage by giving back! 
Doing good by giving back is excellent "green" relations. We can help ensrue that you get the recognition that you deserve for supporting our good work and to help you broaden your customer base. Ask us how.

Just In! Pallets of Used Carpet Tile on Special 

Gently used carpet tile in teal, gray, and patterned on sale  

 18" x 18" = .25 per tile

June Sales! 
Medicine cabinets: Only 50 cents!
Mirrored medicine cabinets with price tags of $5 or less are now only fifty cents!  
Sale does not include other types of cabinets, or medicine cabinets without a Forklift price tag.
Medicine cabinets

Back by popular demand...
 50% off Stainless Steel Kitchen Sinks!
All salvaged stainless steel kitchen sinks are half off marked prices.  Great for garden sinks - just hook 'em up to a hose!  
Sale does not include new/surplus sinks, cast iron sinks, cultured marble sinks, utility sinks, porcelain sinks, bathroom sinks, or sinks without a Forklift price tag.

Bathroom sinks $1
Bathroom sinks with price tags of $10 or less are now only a dollar!  
Sale does not include new/surplus sinks, utility sinks, kitchen sinks, or sinks without a Forklift price tag.
Wire Closet Shelving only 5 cents/lf!
All widths of Wire Closet Shelving are only five cents a linear foot!
(Regularly 10-25 cents/foot)  Sale does not apply to shelving units or surplus/new wire shelving kits.
Wire racks
50% off in-stock Carpet Tiles, while supplies last!
Current stock of salvaged 18" carpet tiles are now only $0.25 each, while supplies last.    Sale does not apply to surplus (new) carpet tiles.

Featured Non-profit:
Master Peace Community Farm

The Master Peace Community Farm is a 1/2 acre fruit and vegetable farm inside the Capital Beltway, in Riverdale, Maryland.  We work to teach and demonstrate sustainable food production that can be used in small urban plots.  We teach middle school youth about gardening, cooking, and healthy eating, and offer 23 community garden plots to neighbors and families.  We sell our produce at the Riverdale Park Farmers Market every Thursday from 3 to 7pm.

Want to learn more about us?  Come by to 62nd Place and Sheridan Street, Riverdale, MD any Saturday from 10am-3pm, or call us at 301-405-0656

The Farm is always buying stuff from Community Forklift.  We've built our fence using reclaimed wood, as well as many of our raised beds.  Additionally, we got a great deal on a used commercial refrigerator that we used to keep our produce fresh while harvesting.  Not only do we get great prices at Community Forklift, but we buy products that would otherwise be thrown away which helps us contribute to sustainable agriculture.  In this picture, we got all the wood in our high tunnel is from Community Forklift, including the wood for the raised beds, and the wood used to make the end walls. 

MPCF hoophouse
No, we don't sell forklifts.
And no, we're not having a fundraising campaign.

It's a FRIEND-raising campaign!
I've been getting a lot of letters from my favorite charities recently.  They all start the same way:  "In these tough economic times, we need your financial support more than ever."  And it breaks my heart, because I'd like to help, but I've got less money than ever!  
If you're like me, you might be relieved that Community Forklift won't be sending a letter like that.    No, we've got a different kind of problem right now - one that you can help us solve.  
In these tough economic times, we have more customers than ever.  This is great.  More people are learning the value of reuse!  But it means that our beautiful reclaimed materials are flying out the door as demand increases.  So we have to work harder to tell contractors, real-estate agents, businesses, and property managers that they can donate renovation leftovers to us.  
This is where you come in.  To kickoff our summer Friend-raising Campaign, we are asking all of our Forklift Fans to find at least one potential donor in the month of June.  
Isn't that easy?  Tell your neighbors, your family, your coworkers, and your friends.  As more folks learn about donating, more good stuff will come to the warehouse instead of the landfill.  Let them know that we accept donations at the warehouse, but we also have a truck that picks up big donations (Pickups can be scheduled online at
communityforklift.com/donation.cfm or by calling 301-832-0781).  Contractors and business owners will especially love the fact that they'll save on dumpster or landfill fees, and they'll earn a tax deduction!




Fill out this coupon and bring it in to receive a 5 free shelf boards!!
Applies to pine, fir, or particleboard shelves (1"x10"s, 1"x12"s, etc.) that are less than four feet long, located in aisle 1 and 2.  Not applicable to specialty wood, Treeincarnation boards, shelving units, or dimensional lumber (2"x4"s, 2"x12"s, etc.).

Print out the coupon, fill in your name, and hand it to the cashier at checkout to receive your free gift!

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While supplies last.

One discount per household - may not be combined with other offers or used more than once. Not valid toward consignment items. Valid on purchases made 6-5-09 thru 6-30-09.

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