Community Forklift

Lifting up communities since 2005

Edmonston, MD   |  http://www.communityforklift.org

Mission

Community Forklift lifts up local communities by making repairs affordable, reducing waste, promoting reuse, creating green jobs and assisting neighbors in need.

Ruling year info

1997

Executive Director

Ms. Nancy J. Meyer

Main address

4671 Tanglewood Drive

Edmonston, MD 20781 USA

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EIN

52-1975012

NTEE code info

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

Employment Procurement Assistance and Job Training (J20)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (C01)

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Community Forklift Reuse Center

Community Forklift’s operations are centrally located in the metropolitan Washington DC area at our nonprofit Reuse Center in the Town of Edmonston, Prince George’s County, Maryland. The Reuse Center is the hub of Community Forklift’s activities focused on diversion of surplus and salvage building materials from the landfill, creating good green jobs, promoting economic development, educating the public, and serving as a center for community celebrations.

What we do:
1. Environmental Stewardship – Diverting Usable Materials from the Landfill:
- The Center’s 40,000 square foot warehouse is filled with usable donated surplus and salvage building materials, furniture, appliances and vintage house wares diverted from the landfill.
- We have diverted more than $45 million worth of materials from the landfill since 2011.
- Community Forklift’s Reuse Center makes home improvement affordable by offering diverted materials at a substantially lower cost to the public.

2. Green Jobs and Sustainable Employment:
- We provide over 30 good green jobs for our locally based staff. Jobs start at $15 per hour with full benefits.
- We strongly support employees challenged by employment barriers. Returning citizens comprise a significant number of our staff.

3. Green Economic Development:
- Community Forklift serves as a model for successful green business development with annual sales of over $1.8 million.
- We foster small business development. Our “RISE” (Reuse Incubator for a Sustainable Environment) program has launched, supported, and mentored several successful green businesses in Prince George’s County.

4. Lifting Local Community:
- A central part of our mission is to lift up communities. We lift by bringing people together to learn, create, and enjoy through hundreds of outreach and on site activities to educate the community about reuse and Community Forklift.
- Our annual Garden Party and Funkyard Festival hosted at the Reuse Center draw thousands to the Reuse Center to celebrate and learn about reuse.
- We host Forklift First Fridays during the summer months with live music, local artisans, food trucks, and a reuse Popup Shop.
- We offer a wide range of free home improvement workshops and classes year round at the Reuse Center.
- Local housing and commercial building rehabilitation

Population(s) Served

Home Essentials Program (HELP):
We provide home repair supplies and household essentials free of cost to families and individuals who qualify for need-based assistance. The program has a very simple application process, and staff are constantly screening new applicants. The program has provided thousands of air conditioners, appliances, doors, windows, and other necessary home improvement items for those in need in the Port Towns area of Prince George’s County, DC, and the surrounding area. We also partner with dozens of other charitable organizations and agencies to facilitate greater access to our services. In 2020, with funding assistance from the NBC Universal Comcast “Project Innovation” grant and support from NBC4 and Telemundo44, we started to provide free delivery for customers to minimize the risk of COVID-19 exposure and to ensure that those who are unable to come in person to the Reuse Center are still able to receive their home essentials.

In 2020, Community Forklift donated building materials, appliances, and furniture to 596 people in need from 199 households, valued at $50,114. In 2019, we provided materials to 634 people from 210 households, valued at $47,224. Since 2011, the HELP Program has provided assistance to 4,319 people from 1,425 households with materials valued at $320,169.

Community Building Blocks Program (CBB):
We give mini grants to organizations in need of building materials for projects that serve the greater community. We provide a huge variety of materials to many nonprofits, schools, and community-based organizations. Examples include community-based theater groups (including the DC Fringe Festival); groups addressing housing, homelessness, and poverty; shelters; educational and arts groups; and community gardens.

In 2020, we awarded $34,751 in materials to 51 projects with 42 community partners, impacting 31,912 individuals. In 2019, we awarded $42,775 to 65 projects with 83 community partners, impacting 66,022 individuals. In 2020, Community Forklift gave grants to schools and job training programs; charitable and community development organizations; arts organizations (visual art, film, and theater); programs serving youth, the homeless, veterans, seniors and the disabled; and nonprofits with a focus on energy, the environment and the outdoors. Since 2011, we have granted materials to over 750 projects with 926 different partners.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adults
Low-income people

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Community Forklift

Board of directors
as of 6/28/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Jane Solomon