Mid-January 2014
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Snow days at the 'Lift
We're jumping in the icy Potomac this weekend
We love volunteer groups like the USGBC students at Catholic U.
Wanna learn more about growing food?
January Salvage & Scrap Sales

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Dear Forklift Fans, 

We're in the running for "Best Green Business" in the City Paper's 2014 contest.  


If we win...


it means tons of free publicity. As more homeowners & contractors learn about us, more of them will donate, more materials will be kept out of the landfill, more folks can afford repairs, more green jobs will be created.  

And of course,'ll find more fun stuff here in the store!




We're so grateful for your support!  The contest ends on Feb. 28th - and we'll find out in March if we win.  


Thanks very much,
The Forklifters 



Snow Days at the 'Lift 
Maybe your office is closed due to snow, but you're going a little stir crazy - and you're wishing you could poke around the Forklift warehouse?  
This Forklift Fan didn't mind the snow today - he was just happy to find the fence posts he needed!
To find out if we're open, give us a call at 301-985-5180, or check out our Facebook page, Twitter feed, or the calendar on our website.  
Because so many of our employees live nearby, we're often able to stay open even when there's a little snow. Just remember to bundle up and bring your reusable mug, and we'll have hot coffee waiting for you! 
We're dumping our Forklift Freezers in the Potomac!
No, really!  On Saturday, Jan. 25th, six of our employees are taking part in the Polar Bear Plunge to benefit the Chesapeake Climate Action Network
Visit our blog to learn more about why they're doing such a crazy thing. 


To join the "Forklift Freezers" team, either by taking a dip or cheering onshore, contact Events(at)


Rather stay out of the cold?  Consider making a donation to sponsor one of our plungers!

Volunteer Groups
We're grateful for volunteer groups like these students from University of Maryland
From the beginning, Community Forklift has been lucky to have hardworking, generous individuals who volunteer their time here.  
But in the last few years, we've also been hosting more volunteer groups. It's a great team-building activity! 
Professionals in the design & building trades also appreciate the educational aspect of volunteering at the Forklift. 
One such group is Catholic University's student chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council - read about their experience on the  Forklift blog!
Our 2014 calendar is filling up already - so if you're looking for a service project for your employees, students, alumni or social club, singles group, or sports league, send us an email soon.   
Staff Spotlight

Debby Sugarman--Bookkeeper, Facilitator, Mediator, Personal Growth Coach. This is how she would describe herself. But we at Community Forklift would like to add some other titles to her list: Financial First Responder, Mental and Financial Health Guru, Employee Relationship Expert.



Since her debut at the `Lift in the spring of 2008, Debby has helped to fundamentally shift the way Community Forklift internally operates. With her expertise in facilitation and conflict mediation, she helped us to create a "forum" where all staff would meet on a monthly basis to provide personal and professional opportunities for growth.


Modeled after the Zegg Forum, this process helped Forklift team members to examine issues of communication, leadership, diversity, and personal growth together.  Our goal has always been to create a healthy work culture where diversity is embraced, conflict and communication encouraged, and where all members feel invested in the organization.  This is a tall order for any organization, but Debby was up for it.  Especially in those early years when our organization was growing very fast, the forum process was invaluable in helping us toward that goal.  


After six years with the organization, Debby is ready to take her next step in life:  facilitating and working as an organizational development consultant full-time. But first, Debby looks forward to some rest and reflection. "I've grown a lot here. I'll miss working with folks who really care about doing good work and who constantly ask how we can do better. We share similar values."


We'll miss Debby a lot around here, but we know that she has some important work to do. Debby, we're excited that you'll get to do what you do best, and we're so thankful for everything you've contributed to Community Forklift!



Apply now to be a farm apprentice or intern!


ECO City Farms grows great food, farms and farmers
Interested in learning more about urban agriculture? Want to build your farming skills or get involved in the local food movement? Maybe you ache to get your hands deep into the soil every day or support the work of a local food and farming movement.


Our friends at ECO City Farms are now accepting applications for their internship and apprenticeship programs.  Just visit their website to apply!



We love these folks!  ECO has a farm right down the street from our warehouse, and they have been really creative about using our reclaimed materials throughout their operations. They also partnered with us last spring to offer veggie seedlings at the Forklift.  

January Sales


Check out our consignment partner, Sue at Shabadaba Chic, to get some great ideas for your own upcycling project!
 Salvage & Scrap Sale 


Take 50% off items marked with purple stickers,
including: select furniture parts, lighting parts, mismatched tiles, cabinet doors, shutter panels, and various doodads & thingamajigs.  Sale does not include items without purple stickers, consignment items, or items with missing or damaged price tags. 
Forklift Fan Barbara saved a lot of money by using bifold doors to create sturdy shelving in her storage room.

$2 Hollow-Core Bifold Doors

This month, salvaged hollow-core bifold doors with orange price tags of $5 are just $2 each. Sale does not include surplus/new items, items from our consignment partners, blue-tagged vintage items, select specialty items, or items with missing or damaged price tags.



Forklift Fan Alex did a beautiful job on this cornhole set.  The one on the left was made with scraps of oak flooring.
25% off Select Hardwood Flooring 


Take 25% off salvaged oak and maple flooring.  Sale does not include surplus/new flooring; pine, bamboo, or other types of wood flooring; parquet, items from our consignment partners; select specialty materials, or bundles with missing or damaged price tags.

There are lots of ideas on the web for using salvaged sinks to create birdbaths and outdoor potting tables!


50% off Toilets & Wall-Mount Bathroom Sinks


Take 50% off salvaged toilets and bathroom wall sinks with orange price stickers.  Sale does not include surplus/new sinks, pedestal or other types of sinks, vanity cabinets or sets, items from our consignment partners, select specialty items, or items with missing or damaged price tags.

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