“This is awesome!”

CLES student

The front entrance at Cooper Lane Elementary School (CLES) in Landover, Maryland, got an upgrade this month: some fabulous new seating! Working with the school’s Community School Coordinator, Nahema Witt, Community Forklift provided two free contemporary sofas and armchairs for the school’s Family Welcome Area.

“The CLES welcome area provides a space for staff, parents, community partners, and stakeholders to convene and collaborate in a central location located in the main lobby of the school,” Nahema wrote in an email. In order to provide this space for the community, the Welcome Area needed additional resources and support.

As the Community School Coordinator, Nahema works to identify school needs, implement programs and services to meet those needs, and then involve school administration and community members to support those programs and services. In order to support the Family Welcome Area, Nahema applied to Community Forklift’s Community Building Blocks (CBB) program and we were able to provide gently-used furniture for the space.

“Community Forklift has truly been a blessing! This is exactly what this school needed.”

CLES Community School Coordinator

“On behalf of all of us at Cooper Lane Elementary School, we want to thank you for donating commercial sofas and chairs for our Family Welcome Area,” Naheema wrote. “Cooper Lane Elementary School believes our students deserve both dignity and opportunity. More than 50% of our students received free and reduced lunch and families still struggle to make ends meet to provide for their families. We have worked to build a better future through healthy food, access to basic needs, and quality education by student data and growth that are shared with all stakeholders who we work with together for continuous improvement.”

Our Community Building Blocks program distributes free materials to nonprofits, schools, and community groups for projects that serve the greater community. This program is just one of the ways that Community Forklift lifts up the community through reuse, but we can’t provide this support without your help! Our programs depend on your donations of materials and funds and we have a goal of raising $25,000 for our reuse nonprofit by the end of 2022. Please donate today and thank you for your support!


Every time you donate or shop at Community Forklift, you’re helping us lift up local communities through reuse.  We turn the construction waste stream into a resource stream for communities in the DC region – by keeping perfectly good items out of the landfill, preserving historical materials, providing low-cost building supplies, and creating local green jobs.