Don't forget about today's fundraiser at Franklin's!


September Newsletter 



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In this newsletter...
We're gonna have a blast this fall - will you join us?
Two weeks left for September Sales
Wanted: friendly folks
Thank you donors!
Partnership with Architectural Ceramics
Around the region
Got a shed to spare?


Fantastic Fall Events!




Forklift Fundraiser  

at Franklin's

 Haven't been out to eat in a while?  Here's a great reason to go:  this Monday, Sept. 19th, participate in the Forklift Fundraiser at Franklin's Restaurant & Brewery.  Have a drink or a meal between 11am - 9:30pm.  Then, bring your receipt to the hostess, and they'll donate 20% of the total to us!    


Franklin's is very close to Community Forklift, at 5121 Baltimore Ave. in Hyattsville, MD.  Their food is mouthwatering, especially their seasonal specials and the bread pudding.

Happy Hour

Join us from 5-8pm for Community Forklift Happy Hour at the The Passenger.  10% of the bar proceeds will go to us, so you can enjoy their famous cocktails, while supporting your favorite cause!  Near the DC Convention Center at 1021 7th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001. 


Saturday, Oct. 22nd

 Forklift Fundraising Extravaganza 


Surely you don't expect the 'Lift to hold  

a boring banquet or demure dessert night?   

It's gonna be our wildest party yet, featuring:


The DC Lady Arm Wrestlers, 

Eat Wonky food truck, 

DJ One HeART Muzik, 

a silent auction,

& adult beverages! 


Luckily the Community Forklift warehouse can hold a lot of people, because it will be packed!  Standing-room tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.  There are also a limited number of $25 ringside seats. Click here to purchase advance tickets.  Credit cards will be accepted for the food truck & silent auction - but if you want to partake in betting or beverages, you'll need to bring cash!   


We need silent auction prizes!

For info on sponsorships, volunteering, or to donate a silent auction item, contact Christine McCoy at recyclegal(at), or 202-246-0163.


Big thanks to the people making this possible:


DJ One HeART Muzik

Dave McDuff & Sue Murray, Bartenders

Curtis Stoltzfus, AV Production Services



September Sales 


PIC OF MANTELS50% off Fireplace Mantels


Take half off all mantels with orange price tags marked at $375 or less (Sale does not apply to mantels with white price tags, to mantels without price tags, or to other types of fireplace surrounds or equipment).   



 50% off Six-Panel Doors


Take half off salvaged, solid wood, 6-panel doors marked at $25 dollars or less (Sale does not apply to other styles of doors, cabinet doors, or doors without price tags).  



 50% off Radiator Covers


 Take half off the marked price on most metal and wood radiator covers.  We've got dozens of them right now, in a variety of styles  (Sale does not apply to unusually decorative covers, covers without price tags, or covers with stone tops).


PIC OF WINDOWS50% off Salvaged Windows

Take half off salvaged windows with orange price tags (Sale does not apply to surplus or specialty windows, non-rectangular or unusually-shaped windows, windows with decorative or stained glass, or windows without price tags). 



PIC OF APPLIANCES25% off Appliances

Take 25% off all Community Forklift fridges, stoves, microwaves, washing machines, dryers, and dishwashers marked at $150 or less

(Sale does not apply to appliances without price tags, or items on consignment from Alco Appliances).


If you were a dog, would you wag your tail a lot? 


PIC OF DOGIf you are a friendly, outgoing person, we sure could use your help this fall (and don't forget:  to thank you for your volunteer time, you'll recieve $5/hour in store credit).   


1)  We need you at a bunch of festivals!  You'd be talking about Community Forklift and handing out info about local recycling & donation options.  Fall festivals are always a blast, with beautiful weather, good music, and yummy food PIC OF OUTREACH VOLUNTEERS(We especially need help on next Saturday, Sept. 24th, when we will be exhibiting at the Barracks Row Festival in Southeast DC and the Green Living Expo at UDC Plaza and North Brentwood Day near Community Forklift).  For more details, see our calendar.  


If you can help, please contact Ruthie(at) or 301-904-7579.  If this will be your first time volunteering with us, we'll give you a 30-minute orientation beforehand (to be scheduled at your convenience).   


2) Our big fall fundraising extravaganza is October 22nd, and we need help prizes for the silent auction!  If you're willing to call or visit local businesses to ask for gift certificates or prizes, please contact RecycleGal(at) or 202-246-0163. 


3) We are also looking for a volunteer to help with clerical fundraising tasks (the time commitment is about eight hours per month).  Check out the job description for details.    



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Wed & Th 10-8
Fri, Sat, & Sun 9-6 

(Closed on Mondays & Tuesdays)




Visit us!


Our huge warehouse is located at:

4671 Tanglewood Dr, Edmonston MD 20781


We're in the Hyattsville area, just 5 minutes from the DC line.


Please visit our website for:


a map and detailed directions to our store,


to learn how to  

donate building materials,


or to support our work with a financial contribution.



Thank you, donors! 


 Our donations team would like to thank our wonderful donors.  Not only have you been supplying us with the building materials that are Community Forklift's lifeblood,

but many of you have been chipping in for gas.



With a 24-foot box truck, gas prices really take a bite out of our budget.  Your financial support makes it possible to keep our pickup service running, and you should know that we appreciate every little bit!


Partner of the month:

Architectural Ceramic



Community Forklift has been working hard lately to establish stronger relationships with new and established donors by providing them more recognition via our website, our warehouse, and our monthly newsletter.  One of the first companies to establish themselves as a new and continuing Community Forklift donor, Architectural Ceramics, is our featured partner for September (read more about the partnership program here). 


Established in 1983 by Larry & Betty Sullivan, Architectural Ceramics is a tile supplier with stores throughout the DC Metro region.  The company offers an extensive product line in ceramic, porcelain, natural stone, slate, marble, limestone, and glass and metal tiles, with more than 25,000 samples from which to choose. 


To find out how to become a sponsoring partner of Community Forklift, please contact our Materials Acquisitions Manager, Christine McCoy, at 202-246-0163 or RecycleGal(at)




Community News


Have you checked out our calendar recently?  There are great events all over the region, including: 


*  Sept. 21st - Green America will be discussing "Clean Energy Victory Bonds," their proposal for financing our nation''s switch to sustainable energy



*  Sept. 26th Golf Tournament to benefit our friends at Christmas in April of Prince George's County. 



*  Sustainable Reston will be screening a series of movies about the local food movement and energy issues.



*  October 1st - 2nd, Metro DC Tour of Solar Homes and Buildings.  Over 50 homes will be available for the curious to check out solar techologies & sustainable design. 



Shed Needed


As you may know, Community Forklift tries to help local nonprofits find the materials they need. 


Currently, Bruce Monroe Community Garden is looking for a shed to store its tools & gardening supplies.


If you have a shed you'd be willing to donate, give Katherine, our Donations Coordinator, a call at 301-832-0781.


Stop by their Georgia Avenue garden to see the amazing progress they've made over the course of the summer!