May 2013
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NOW HIRING for 2 positions!
Enter our T-shirt Design Contest!
Free workshops - energy efficiency and DIY electrical
June 15th: our Half-Birthday Party!
Musicians, photographers, & volunteers - we need you!
Free planting advice with plant purchases!
Get assistance for starting a small business in DC
We're "Lifting up Communities" all over town!
Marvelous May Sales & Customer Appreciation Days
It's spring at Community Forklift, and our warehouse is really hopping! 
  • Our Donations Team is bringing in huge truckloads of building materials each day, keeping all those materials out of the landfill, 
  • Our Warehouse Team is staying on their toes, organizing, pricing, & stocking literally TONS of materials,  
  • Our Sales Team is working hard to provide you with the best customer service & answer all your questions,
  • Our Outreach & Education Team is reaching out all over town attending spring festivals, keeping you in the loop on our social media, and "Lifting up Communities" through our programs, and 
  • Our Admin Team is working hard behind the scenes to fill 2 vacant positions! 

That's right folks, we're NOW HIRING!  You'll find all the details below.  



In addition to all the low-cost building materials we make available to the public at our warehouse, Community Forklift is also now offering:  

  • Customer Appreciation Days for folks who've dedicated their careers to serving others (see our special sales below),
  • Free DIY workshops on select weekends,
  • Plant sales throughout May to support our non-profit partners,
  • Drop-in Volunteer Days where you can earn community service hours, or just help us out! 
  • Mini-grants of building materials to non-profit organizations & community groups, 
  • Free appliances to families in need through our HELP program 

 Stop by the warehouse soon

to get involved!  

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Now Hiring!

Community Forklift is now hiring for 2 positions:

Retail manager


Community Forklift is seeking an energetic, detail oriented, mission-driven individual with supervisory experience and excellent people skills to work full-time with our growing green business as a new Retail Sales Supervisor!

      Pricing Associate 
Is your dream job a combination of the "Price is Right" and a hardware store? Do you wish you could combine your passion for "all things green" with your immense ability to accurately calculate the prices of obscure hardware, tools and architectural ornaments? Do you astound people with your uncanny ability to rapidly "surf the net" for answers when researching a topic? If yes, you might be the perfect fit for our new Pricing Associate position!


Calling All Creatives!


Community Forklift is holding a T-shirt Design Contest!


Designs will be accepted throughout the month of May. We'll be printing a limited-edition run of the winning design created by one thoroughly artistic Forklift Fan. What are you waiting for? Get busy! The winner could be YOU! The winning artist will receive a $100 Community Forklift gift certificate, a fabulous write-up in our monthly newsletter and Facebook, the glory of seeing Forklift Fans all over town wearing your art and, of course, your very own free t-shirt!


Dazzle us with your creativity. Enter as many designs as you please.


Designs can be any type of media including: cut paper, hand-drawn, painted, collage or computer rendered. If using traditional artistic media, please submit a photograph of your art. Electronically created art files should be full-color and supplied as an EPS, JPG or PDF file. The winner will be contacted to supply original art (if hand-drawn or painted, etc) or a high-resolution electronic file for production of the new t-shirts.


The deadline to submit designs is

midnight on Friday, May 31


Please submit entries to

[email protected]

Free workshops!



Make the Right Choice:
How to Select Products that Will Save You Energy and Money 
Saturday May 4th 


Presented by John Lippert, Independent Contractor to Clean Currents and Lead, Greenbelt Neighborhood Energy Challenge


This workshop will help you understand the various programs and labels available to help you select energy-efficient appliances and electronics. We will cover ENERGY STAR, EPEAT, TopTen USA Program, Consumer Reports, EnergyGuide Label, and Lighting Facts. We'll go over the strengths and weaknesses of the various options.    





Your home's electrical system:
what you need to know to stay safe - or to get safe!

Saturday May 18th
David Shapiro from Safety First Electrical Contracting, Consulting, and Safety Education will teach some elements of D-I-Y electrical safety, and answer whatever questions you want to bring about installation, troubleshooting, repair, etc.

Got skills?
  • Are you a contractor, woodworker, artist, DIY-er, or general handy-person?
  • Do you reuse materials in your work or hobbies?
  • Are you willing to spend a couple hours showing other Forkilft Fans the basics of what you do & how you do it?

  • Please email Bea(at) if you'd like to lead a workshop, an "Ask the Expert" Q&A session, or a hands-on demonstration at the Forklift!


Save the date for...

Community Forklift's Half-Birthday Party!


Saturday, June 15, 2013

(Father's Day weekend)

Half-past 9 in the morning until half-past 5 in the afternoon


We're halfing a party!


Bring your dad to Community Forklift to discover a warehouse full of home-improvement items, for half the price!


Community Forklift is turning 7 � years old, and we'll be celebrating with a half-birthday party.  Join us for half-price special sales, fractional fun, discounts for dads, and shared success!


We'll have half-themed children's activities throughout the day, and DIY workshops to inspire you to complete that half-finished project!  You're sure to leave with more than half a smile on your face!


Stay tuned for more info!




Help out with our Half-Birthday Bash!


Do you love to grill?  Help with kids' activities?  Greet Forklift Fans?  Serve refreshments?  Skilled with photography/videography?  Set up or cleanup?

Got a fun skill you want to share with the crowd -- face painting, juggling, stilting, clowning?

Is there a DIY skill-sharing workshop you've been dying to teach? 

Or, are you in a band that'd be excited about performing at our half-birthday party?

We're just starting to plan out the party, so let us know soon how you'd like to help!

Get your veggie & herb plants & free planting advice at Community Forklift!

Plus, we'll have...


Only one day left for  

Medicinal Seedlings and Homemade Lotions!  

Saturday May 4th

Our friends at Leafyhead Lotions & Potions will be selling medicinal seedlings at Community Forklift!  These hard-to-find plants have special medicinal uses, and herbal medicine master Tricia McCauley will be here to answer all your questions.  Here's a few examples of what she'll have available:

Alkanet, angelica, arnica, basil, boneset, calendula, california poppy, catnip, cilantro, comfrey, dill, fennel, gentian, holy basil, lobelia, luffa, pennyroyal, skullcap, spilanthes, stevia, thyme, & yarrow

And of course... 


Plants from 
 are now available for purchase at Community Forklift whenever the warehouse is open! 

Get your lettuces, kale, collards, chard, tomatoes, and plenty more varieties soon to come! Grab some of ECO's worm castings to organically fertilize your soil.

 is a nonprofit organization that focuses on community food issues in Prince George's County and the region. Their core operation is an urban farm in Edmonston, Maryland, just a few blocks from Community Forklift.

Want to start a small business in DC?


DC Residents can receive free personalized assistance

to start your own small business!




Washington Area Community Investment Fund was one of the original key supporters helping Community Forklift get our footing with a start-up loan  -- we're one of their success stories



WACIF is now offering a new program, Enterprise DC, which is a pilot program combining computer training, financial and business mentoring, and loan assistance to help aspiring entrepreneurs launch profitable and sustainable businesses.


Enterprise DC is open to Unemployed and Under-employed District residents, between the ages of 22-54, who have a US Work permit.



Everyone loves a spring festival!  
Community Forklift is busy
"Lifting up Communities" all around town!

Do you live in the DMV (DC, Maryland, or Virginia)? 
Chances are, we'll be in your neighborhood 
sometime in the next few weeks!

CF's Outreach & Education team has already connected with over 950 people out in the community throughout the month of April! At various Earth Day events, we've been introducing folks to the concept of building reuse and encouraged them to come on out to our warehouse & become Forklift Fans!


Are you looking for some fun weekend activities? 

  Find us the next two weekends at:


 The Cheverly Truck Touch 

Saturday May 4, 10am-2pm

Your kids can climb in CF's big truck! 

Saturday May 4, Noon-5pm


Sunday May 5, 11am-5pm   


Greenbelt Green Man Festival

Saturday May 11, 10am-7pm

Sunday May 12, 11am-5pm 


Saturday May 11, 10am-3pm


Potomac Overlook Regional Park Open House & Heritage Day 

Saturday May 11, 1-4pm  


Reduce, Reuse, Recycle event in Calvert Hills

Saturday May 11, 9am-3pm  



Bring your friends by our booth and introduce them to your favorite thrift store for home improvement & architectural salvage!  


Check out our calendar for details about each event!
Click map for a larger version 

May Sales & Customer Appreciation Days


Buy a toilet, get a free sink!
Buy any $15 toilet and get a free bathroom sink of equal or lesser value. (Sale does not include sinks with matching vanity cabinets, faucets, or select specialty items).   

50% off window blinds

Take half off the orange price tags (Sale does not include shutters, select specialty and surplus items, or items with missing or damaged price tags).    

Dollar Joist Hangers  


Just a buck for hundreds of specialty joist hangers and hurricane ties (Sale does not include mending plates, brackets, or other hardware).

50% off Storm and Screen Doors

Take half of the marked price on salvaged exterior storm and screen doors with orange price tags of $50 or less (Sale does not include security doors, surplus doors, items with missing or damaged price tags, or select specialty and vintage items).   


50% off Salvaged Bathtubs

Take half off salvaged bathtubs with orange price tags of $100 or less (Sale does not include surplus tubs, shower pans, or select specialty items).   



50% off Bifold Doors
Take half off the orange price tags on louvered & panel bifold doors (Sale does not include surplus, oversize, exterior, or glassed doors; cabinet doors, other styles of doors, or doors with missing or damaged price tags).

Teacher Appreciation Day
, Sunday May 5

Teachers with a school ID can take 10% off of any CF materials on Sunday May 5th! (Sale is for one day only, and does not include items from our consignment partners.  Cannot be combined with other sales.) 


Happy Mother's Day!  Sunday May 12 
Special T-shirt sale: Get your "Nuts for Community Forklift" T-shirts for 20% off on Mother's Day!

International Nurses' Day
, Sunday May 12

Nurses with an ID can take 10% off of any CF materials on Sunday May 12th! (Sale is for one day only, and does not include items from our consignment partners.  Cannot be combined with other sales.) 


Police Officer's Memorial Day, Wednesday May 15 
Police officers with badge or in uniform, get 10% off any CF merchandise on Wednesday May 15! (Sale is for one day only, and does not include items from our consignment partners.  Cannot be combined with other sales.)  

Memorial Day
, Sunday May 26 

Veterans and active military personnel can take 20% off any CF materials on Sunday May 26th! (Sale is for one day only, and does not include items from our consignment partners.  Cannot be combined with other sales.) 


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We hope to see you out at the warehouse soon!


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