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Know any marketing and design folks? Call for Rebranding Proposals
Fall Internships Available
Mr. Fix-It is in Today! Free workshop!
Making and Using Your Own Chalk Style Paint
Donate to our food drive, and receive a Forklfit gift certificate
Enter the National Reuse Competition to win big!
Upcoming Events Around Our Community


Hi Forklift Fans!  


If you've visited our warehouse in the last year, perhaps you've noticed the little nook on aisle 2, full of colorful and creative items from our consignment partner, Sue Mondeel of Shabadaba Chic.  


Sue Mondeel of Riverdale Park opens a new addition to Community Forklift
Photo Credit: Greg Dohler/The Gazette


Well, her upcycled furniture and gorgeous decor has been so popular that she needs more room!


We're thrilled to announce the opening of our newest project, Tanglewood Works, located in the front corner of our building (it's just before you enter our courtyard, through the glass door to your left). Not only will you find Shabadaba Chic products there, but a variety of items from other artists who use recycled and reclaimed materials.




The grand opening will be 

August 21st at 11am - 4pm.  


To find out more, visit the website, and check out this great article in the Gazette!


Call for Rebranding Proposals

Does this logo make you think of a fun, offbeat community reuse center?  (Or would you assume it's a logo for a forklift company located in subdivision?)

We think it's time for a new logo!  We need something that better reflects the creative vibe here, our beautiful materials, and the strong Forklift community.  
Community Forklift seeks a consultant with extensive experience in rebranding nonprofit organizations.  Familiarity with waste reduction and reuse issues would be a big plus.

For more information, see our proposal request 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]CommunityForklift.org

TODAY at 2pm:

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 into 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 or not to strip the wood, replace broken parts or remove 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 http://bergamin.WebStarts.com/index.html 


Next Week:
Making and Using 
Your Own Chalk Style Paint

Who: Sue Mondeel of Tanglewood Works
Where: Community Forklift, Inside Main Warehouse
When: August 23, 2014
Price: Free 


At Shabadaba Chic, we are all about Reducing, Reusing and Recycling! There are many varieties of chalk style paints available today which make it easy for painting novices to tackle their own furniture facelifts, but the price tag can be daunting. The beauty of chalk based paint is its ability to adhere to almost any surface and to create customized weathered looks.


We will show you how to take any latex paint you find, either in your own basement or on the shelves at Community Forklift and mix up your own chalk based paint. 

We'll show you how to measure it, mix it, paint it, layer it and weather it too.
Bring some paint and a small furniture item such as a stool, side table, chair, or any other metal or wood item that you would like to transform.

When asked by a client to describe her style, Sue replied "Not really Shabby Chic, more like ShaBADABA Chic!" The name stuck and a business was born.  

Sue and her team find old furniture and vintage treasures and then work with local artisans by using the furniture as a canvas. Each piece becomes its own work of art. Susan's experience as a designer landed her on HGTV's Generation Renovation where her fearless color schemes left even the crew with dropped jaws.

Now Sue is sharing these colorful creations with the public right here at Community Forklift.



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 as well as suggestions on 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)CommunityForklift.org 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 number of entries per person.


Check out these events & classes from our partners and other nonprofits!

August 19th Happy Hour
Facts and Action on Green Jobs in the DC Area


You are invited to join Leaders in Energy monthly professional networking Happy Hour on Tuesday, August 19th, from 6-9 pm at the offices of LEVICK and LEVICK Energy.  The event will feature two speakers addressing the green jobs market in the DC area.  

Free Admission; Food (Mexican fare), and Beverages (beer, wine, and non-alcoholic) 

provided by LEVICK and LEVICK Energy.


Are you interested in the green jobs market?  There has been a lot of buzz in the past couple of years about green jobs and the green collar economy.  Two speakers will discuss the trends and projections for green jobs in the Washington DC region and illustrate how one agency, the District of Columbia Sustainable Energy Utility (DCSEU), is ramping up its green jobs staffing and workforce development program.  

Saturday, August 23rd
1pm - 3:30pm
Washington Canoe Club
3700 Water Street, NW


Join DC Preservation League and Capital Pride for the final crab feast of the season. Enjoy crabs, beer and dessert alongside the Potomac at the historic Washington Canoe Club (www.washingtoncanoeclub.org), one of DC's most picturesque locations.  $40 ticket includes crabs, beer and ice cream.

Limited seating available. Get your tickets now!



Starts Next Week!

From August 19 to August 24, celebrate the March across Prince George's County and the Battle of Bladensburg - before the British burn the White House! 


Did you know that we provide mini-grants to local nonprofits through our Community Building Blocks program? Check out this really fun one! 

As Chelsey Trujillo explains, "Thank you Community Forklift for supporting Washington Project for the Arts project with artist Michael Koliner, Mud Dance. Mud Dance is a cob seating project for Lance Fung's larger public park installation for the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities The 5x5 Project, Nonuments."


Beyond the Basics: Insulation and Sealing


Date:  Thursday, September 11, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Location:  Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford Street, Arlington, VA 22206


Building on our efforts to provide energy efficiency education throughout the community, ACE is pleased to offer a program that will explore the topics of insulation and sealing and provide practical tips and resources for those who are ready to move beyond the basics of changing to CFLs or LED light bulbs, installing power strips, etc. The program will explore building science, the thermal envelope of your home, and tips on how to improve your home's energy efficiency.


ACE Members: Free!
Arlington Energy Masters: Free!*

Non-Members: $15/person


*Program counts as advanced training for Energy Masters volunteers




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 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.
See you at the warehouse soon!   

Your friends at the Forklift