August Newsletter:
Check out the new sales,
come to our basic plumbing class,
learn how to make birds happy...
 34,000 sq. ft. of  Low-Cost Building Materials
A Project of Sustainable Community Initiatives
In this month's newsletter...
How To Donate
Volunteers Needed
Update: Picnic Day by the Trains
August Sales - hot, hot, hot!
Ask the Experts: Native plants and basic plumbing
Kermit was wrong

Visit our huge warehouse at

4671 Tanglewood Drive, Edmonston MD  20781


In the Hyattsville area, just 5 min. from the DC line!

Summer Hours:

Open Wed & Thurs 10-8

Fri, Sat, & Sun 9-6

Closed Mon & Tues

How to Donate 
To donate building materials,
click here or call 301-832-0781.
To donate money, 
click here or call 301-985-5180  
(Please let us know if you would like your contribution to go to our general fund, or specifically to our building fund:  Rooting a Green Business in Our Community).

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Lots of fun fall events are coming up, so keep an eye on our website calendar
And to find out when interesting donations arrive, join our facebook group, or follow us on twitter!
Volunteers needed:

Now that we have expanded our hours of operation, we need more help than ever.  We particularly need "Community Builders" to make customers and donors feel welcome.

No lifting required - you just have to hang around and talk to folks!

And don't forget, you recieve store credit to thank you for your service. If you are outgoing, and can volunteer once a week, every other week, or once a month,
let us know.  Thanks!
(Note that volunteers under 18 may be considered if they will be working alongside a family member).

 Other newsletters worth your time:
1)  Have you heard of Arlingtonians for a Cleaner Environment?  It's a great organization, and even if you don't live in Arlington, ACE's newsletter always has tons of useful info! 

For example, check out ACE's new Solar Raisers Program: modeled on traditional Amish barn-raisings, this program brings neighbors together to install solar hot water heaters on their homes at a reduced cost.

2)  Interested in local food and gardening?
The latest newsletter from DC's Field to Fork Network has some great ways to get involved in the urban agriculture scene. 
Update on Picnic Day by the Train


Our littlest Forklift Fans love to watch the trains go by our warehouse, so we thought it would be fun to invite them to a picnic with railroad songs and stories.  As you may know, we had planned to do it in mid-August, but there are still some logistical glitches to work out.  Also, we have had a lot of requests to wait until more families are back from vacation!  So, we are now looking at potential dates this fall.  We'll keep you posted...


Tell the world
how much you love Community Forklift!

Thanks to all you fantastic Forklift Fans, we won the City Paper's "Best of DC" contest in the spring. We could not have afforded great advertising like that. It was wonderful publicity, and helped make many more people aware of our services. 

Well, now it's time for the "Best of 2010" contest in the Washington Post Express.

Please vote for us in the
"Best Local Home Store" category! 

The Express has even more readers than the City Paper, and this could really put us on the map. As more folks learn about us, fewer materials will go to the landfill, more homeowners can afford repairs, and more green jobs can be created.  And of course, there will be more good stuff to choose from when you're shopping!

  Click here to vote
for Community Forklift in the
"Best Local Home Store" category,
then spread the word to your friends and listserves! Please vote now, and vote often (they let you vote as many times as you like).  Hurry, because we only have a few days - the first round of the contest ends August 13th!
August Sales
50% off
Metal and Vinyl
Storm and Screen Doors


Take 50% off all salvaged metal or vinyl storm & screen doors

 (Sale does not include wooden storm or screen doors,   surplus/new doors, security doors, interior doors, French doors, other styles of doors, or doors without price tags). 
50% off Microwaves
 Take 50% off the marked price on most microwaves (Sale does not apply to surplus microwaves, convection ovens, or other types of appliances.  Sale does not apply to any microwaves without price tags, or to microwaves on consignment from Alco Appliances).
 $1 Bifold Doors

PIC OF BIFOLD DOORSThis month, pay just a buck for salvaged hollow-core bifold doors, including flat and panel styles (Sale does not apply to louvered or solid-core bifold doors, surplus doors, or other types of doors).  


Make a great room divider for a kid heading off to college, Or get inspired by this project from the bloggers at Young House Love, and hide an ugly corner of your basement!


   Managers' Special:
30% off select Cabinet Sets
We started this sale in mid-June, and a lot of Forklift Fans have snagged great deals on kitchen cabinets...but more sets keep pouring in!  So, we are continuing it:  select cabinet sets are 30% off.  Look for the neon sale stickers to save big. We've got gorgeous reclaimed sets that are perfect for a green kitchen remodel, and nice sturdy sets that would make excellent storage for workshops and garages (Sale does not include other types of furniture or cabinet sets without a neon sale sticker).
 Furniture: half off and FREE 
  Look for the neon stickers to save 50% on select furniture, including chairs, file cabinets, mirrors, headboards, kitchen cabinets, store fixtures, shelving, entertainment centers, and wardrobes.  Some items are even marked with as FREE!  
(Sale does not include any furniture without a neon "50% Off" or "Free" sticker). 
  Weekend Freebies! 
To celebrate our longer weekend hours,
all salvaged kitchen cabinets
marked $35 and under are FREE
on Saturdays and Sundays from 3-6.
Kitchen cabinets can be repurposed in so many ways!PIC OF OTTOMAN  HGTV's Trash To Treasure show has some great ideas, including adding legs and a cushion to make a beautiful ottoman like the one pictured at left.  
PIC OF KITCHEN ISLAND Or, you could use a vintage cabinet to create a charming kitchen island like this one, pictured at right. 

 (Limit 5 per household.  Freebie special does not apply on weekdays.  Freebie special does not include cabinet sets, surplus/new cabinets, bathroom cabinets, vintage hutches, wardrobes, glass-fronted shelves, or other types of furniture.  Sale does not apply to any items without price tags).


Ask-the-Expert Series 


Held at Community Forklift.  Free, no registration required - just bring your questions!  Also, please email

Ruthie if you are knowledgable about some aspect of going green or home improvement, and you are willing to share your skills in September.

Ask the Plumber
Sat. Aug 14, 10-11 am

PIC OF PLUMBING PROBLEMBob Petrlick has been a Master Plumber for over 40 years.  He is also a certified Backflow Prevention Technician, and has previously taught classes to homeowners and professionals in Prince Georges County.  He will give a short overview of how water and sewers work, then answer your questions.  Please feel free to bring general and specific questions, pictures, and any plumbing parts that you have questions about.        

Ask the Native Plant Expert
Sat. Aug 28, 3-4 pm


PIC OF RUDBECKIA TRILOBASteve McKindley-Ward, a resident of Mt. Rainier MD, has gained a deep appreciation of the benefits of growing native trees, shrubs and flowers in our yards and public spaces over the last eight years as the horticulturist for the Anacostia Watershed Society.


Come hear how growing native plants will thrill the birds and insects, reduce your water use, take less time and hassle, bring beauty to your yard - and support the larger web of life to a much greater degree than the standard azaleas, daffodils and roses (non-native plants)!


 Kermit was wrong


Remember when Kermit said it's not easy being green?  Well, if you live in Prince George's County, just showing up to this event could make a big difference in the world! 


It's nice to change lightbulbs - but your participation at this event could affect our region for years to come. 


Philanthropy, Nonprofit, and Business Forum

featuring candidates running for

Prince George County Executive

Treetops Atrium, 8181 Professional Place,
Landover, Maryland 20785

Thursday, August 26, 6:30 - 8:30pm

This event is our chance to pick leaders who care about a greener county!  Show up and ask them how they feel about green issues.  For example, how do they feel about creating an Office of Sustainability to help create green jobs, support a greener economy, use our land more sensibly, educate citizens about smarter energy and water use, etc?  Many other jurisdictions have done it, and often it pays for itself due to energy and resource savings!

PIC OF DARCY SPENCERModerated by Darcy Spencer of News4.  Sponsored by The Community Foundation for Prince George's County,PIC OF COMMUNITY FOUNDATION LOGO Greater Prince George's Business Roundtable, Human Services Coalition of Prince George's County, Center for Nonprofit Advancement, Maryland Association of Nonprofits, Nonprofit Roundtable of Greater Washington and the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers

Back-to-School COUPON
FREE Roll of Wallpaper 
   Parents & students - Want to avoid damage fees at the end of the semester?  Come get a roll of regular wallpaper to cover all your textbooks.
 Teachers - We've got commercial rolls of wallpaper for you!  They are huge (4 feet wide by 50 feet long) in neutral colors, and would work well for bulletin boards, drop cloths, and tablecovers.  

Offer Expires: August 31, 2010.  Limit one coupon per student or teacher.