The Prince George’s County Chamber of Commerce has named Community Forklift as its 2013 Green Business of the Year.
Community Forklift is a nonprofit reuse center for home improvement supplies. Homeowners and builders donate modern and vintage building materials, hardware, lumber, tools, architectural salvage and other renovation leftovers. Then, at a large warehouse just outside of Northeast Washington, D.C., the materials are offered to the public at a very low cost and distributed free to charities and families in need.
Community Forklift received the award because of its rags-to-riches success story and its commitment to “lifting up communities” in the District. By converting the region’s waste stream into a valuable resource stream, the operation has grown to 40 employees, in just eight years, with annual proceeds over $1.5 million. Community Forklift has combined business success, community improvement and eco-friendly practices to create a unique and much-loved local institution.
In addition to the Chamber’s award, Community Forklift was presented with a Certificate of Congressional Recognition by U.S. Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD).
Nancy J. Meyer, Community Forklift CEO, says, “Community Forklift is honored to be recognized. Our commitment to the local community is goal one. We educate, we advocate, and we support change in policies and practices, to value ecological and human sustainability.”
Open seven days a week, Community Forklift is the District’s largest thrift store for modern and vintage house parts. Community Forklift is located near the Hyattsville Arts District at 4671 Tanglewood Dr., Edmonston, MD—just 5 minutes outside NE D.C. For more information, visit CommunityForklift.org.