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We're Hiring!!
Fall Internships Available
Drywall Workshop TODAY at 2pm!
Other DIY Workshops Coming Up
Let's trade! You donate to our food drive, and we'll give you a $5 gift certificate
You should enter the National Reuse Competition!
A great kid makes Bladensburg proud
Roundup of Community Events

Dear Forklift Fans, 

If you stopped by our Summer of Life Block Party last month, you would have seen 900 folks enjoying the event:  hula-hooping to live music, doing bikram yoga in the sun, petting puppies, relaxing with a massage, attending workshops on community health, and grabbing some fresh produce on their way out.

But don't worry - the summer sun is still high and there is lots of fun to be had at the warehouse. Keep reading to learn about our August sales, free DIY workshops on reuse, and other community events coming up.

Here are a few photos from the party.  Share yours on our Facebook page! 
Youth Wellness Ambassadors from End Time Harvest Ministries got the party started!
They also gave health and wellness assessments to our partygoers.
SHINE MASSAGE of Riverdale Park offered FREE massages!
Joe's Movement Emporium offered zumba, hoola hooping, and other fitness classes while Riverdale Park Bikram Yoga shared poses in the sun.

It was a great day with our neighbors!

We're Hiring Community Builders!

Community Forklift is seeking energetic, hardworking,
and friendly people with excellent people skills who are available to work on Saturdays & Sundays. Occasional weekday availability is a plus. 

Candidates from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. For more info, check out our job posting here.

Fall Internships Available

Intern Angela Stewart liked interning so much
that she spent three semesters here!
Community Forklift is a nationally recognized green business that works for social, environmental, and economic sustainability. It is a wonderful place to get hands-on community development experience in a dynamic and fun work environment.

This fall we are offering a number of internships on our Outreach & Education team (these are part-time unpaid internships, but do include a travel stipend). 

Visit our website for more details!

If you have questions about interning or volunteering with Community Forklift, please email Meg at Outreach[at]


How to Patch Drywall

Who:  James Mazzaferro of Mazzaferro Design-Build Services, Inc.
Where:  Community Forklift's new classroom
When:  Sat. August 2, 2014 at 2pm
Price:  Free

In this workshop you'll learn the basics of finishing drywall.  From taping seams and spreading that first coat of mud to skim coat and final sanding, you'll get a hands-on demonstration of steps and techniques to getting a professional looking product efficiently.  James will also demonstrate a handy trick for patching holes like they were never there.  After taking his class, you'll have fun patching drywall like it's going out of style!
Repurposing with Community Forklift Materials 101

Who:  Ryan Quinter of RQAroundTheHouse
Where:  Community Forklift's new classroom
When:  August 9, 2014
Price:  Free

This cool slide-out spice rack was built from an old door, and fits neatly in a gap between the fridge and wall!

Think Differently About Materials, and Start Your Next Project


Do you have a project in mind but don't know where to start? Come learn the basics of re-purposing with a class built just for beginners.


In this customized workshop, Ryan will work with attendees who have projects in mind, but don't know where to start. We will be rethinking about salvaged materials and how they are used, looking at materials differently in order to help start or finish home projects and inspire others to do the same!


Who: Bergamin Fortunati
Where: Community Forklift
When: August 16, 2014
Price: Free 


Have an old piece of furniture you want to restore,but don't know how to get started? vintage furniture


Bring it in to Community Forklift during this interactive, hands-on workshop.  Bergamin Fortunati will show you how to repair and restore old furniture , without great costs.  Bergamin will guide you through decisions on what kind of finish to use, how to decide whether to strip the wood, replacing broken parts or removing water stains and marks. Trim, knobs, handles and other useful materials are available here at Community Forklift.  Bring your questions and let's get started!


Bergamin is a master tradesman with electrical, plumbing and carpentry expertise.  He started life and work in the mountains of Montana and his company, Southern Cross, continued for many years in Seattle where his work included design and build of sunrooms, specialty home remodels, and wood furniture creations. Bergamin's expertise combines a sense of artistry with engineering savvy and a commitment to reuse and recycle to create space and furniture that is pleasing to the eye, practical in use, and reflects the sensibility of the builder or owner.

Bergamin now lives and works at City Arts Studio at Union Market  in Washington DC.  Check out his work at 



Food Drive at the Forklift

School is coming!

Let's make sure our neighborhood kids start the year off right by eating well!

With our partners at Community Crisis Services, Inc. we're collecting meal kits.

Bring in a "meal in a bag" from your dry pantry and we'll give you a 
$5 gift certificate 
to use for store purchases through the month of August*

To find out more about this effort and suggestions for what to donate, read about it in our blog here

*Excludes items from our consignment partners

Enter The Reuse People's National REUSE Competition!

Every year we partner with The Reuse People of America in their national contest, searching for the best reuse projects of the year. Last year Community Forklift contestants took home the national first place prize for their remodel in Brentwood, MD. Let's do it again, Forklift Fans!!

To enter, read all of the offical TRP Reuse Contest Rules and send your submissions* to Aderyn(at) by midnight on October 31st, 2014. You'll be entered into one of two categories:

Construction and remodeling
Art and furniture


* Participation is free and there is no limit to the amount of entries per person.


Community Forklift says goodbye to a wonderful Bladensburg youth apprentice

This summer, we've been lucky to have a talented local student, work with us through the Bladensburg Youth Summer Employment program.  

As our 2014 Sustainable Business Apprentice, he helped us by organizing displays, serving customers, assisting the outreach & education team, and doing some heavy lifting in the warehouse. We were particularly impressed when he recruited his entire football team to help with the fresh produce giveaway at our Summer of Life block party. 

We'll let Howard introduce himself:

Hello, my name is Howard Coles III.  I am a student athlete at Bladensburg High School.  I am one of the captains on the Bladensburg Mustangs football team.  I was offered this job by a wonderful lady by the name of Ms. Kelliebrew.  She helps those who are consistently successful at making good grades and having good attendance.  She and a gifted woman named Reverend Addison introduced me to the Wellness Ambassador program, which helped me to gain more faith in changing our community.

In my life, I love to have a positive impact on those who are around me.  I am 17 years old, and was 15 years old when my determination to be nothing but successful grew larger.  I thank God for my parents and best friend Ikea because they give me the push in life to keep my head up and have faith even when things seem faithless.  I enjoy working here at Community Forklift because of the positive energy the people bring forth.  It's so great that I can be asked to do something I've never done before and end up finding out that I could do it.  It's a good feeling to learn something new every day, because it puts you a step further in front of the average person.  I know if I can do it, anybody can.  To the students like me that are still in school, grades and attendance matter, so take care of your work first, then do your hobbies later.   

While working here at Community Forklift, I have had a great time.  The people I work with have made me feel much like family.  They helped me to learn new things, and to get my football family, the "Bladensburg Mustangs," involved with the Port Towns Community.

Folks, remember Howard's name... we have a feeling he's headed for great things in the years ahead! 



August Sales
20% off All Styles of Tile
Take 20% off 
ceramic, porcelain, stone, vinyl, marmoleum, and glass tile, as well as modern ceiling tile  

Sale does not include masonry items such as garden pavers, parquet wood flooring, blue-tag vintage items from our consignment partners, or items with missing or damaged price tags
30% off Carpet Tiles
carpet tiles

Carpet tiles are 30% off  
Regularly priced at $2.25 - $4.50 per tile, this month they are just $1.56 to $3.15 each!  

Sale does not include area rugs or rolls of carpet
50% off Lighting
with Orange Tags
Take half off light fixtures with orange tags
  Sale includes a large variety of chandeliers; flush mounted ceiling and wall fixtures, patio lights, lamps and fluorescent fixtures  

Sale does not include vintage items with blue tags, items from our consignment partners, select specialty items, or items with missing or damaged tags.
30% off Doors of $250 or Less
Save 30% on ALL styles of doors!  
Sale includes new/surplus doors, gently-used doors, and vintage & reclaimed doors 

Sale does not include a few select specialty items, items from our consignment partners, doors priced at more than $250, or doors with missing or damaged price tags.
50% off Furniture 
with Orange Tags

Take 50% off the orange tags 
on indoor and outdoor furniture  

Sale does not include items with blue tags, items from our consignment partners, select specialty items, or items with missing or damaged price tags.


During the month of July, Community Forklift has offered flash sales on various items - sometime, we've even had storewide sales of 30% to 50% off everything in the warehouse!


Throughout August, we'll continue to have extra deep discounts for you on 


Wednesdays & Thursdays  


Follow us on Facebook or Twitter to find out the details each week!

See you at the warehouse soon!   

Your friends at the Forklift