The Tool Library is living proof that a shared community is a strong community.
We are a member-supported project and rely on your generous spirit to keep the Tool Library growing and thriving for the new year.
With your support, we are building a city where everyone has the knowledge and skills to make critical repairs to their homes, bikes, or cars; where everyone can find fulfillment in a new hobby; and everyone can work together to make their houses, neighborhoods, and communities stronger.
This year, your gift will go towards these key projects.
- Purchasing high-demand and specialized tools that are almost impossible to acquire through donations: an electric generator, another floor sander, and an edger. Your support would also enable us to bolster our inventory of high-demand tools like hammer drills and miter saws to increase the number of members we can serve.
- Funding scholarships to ensure that anyone who wants to learn is given the opportunity. Your donation levels the playing field and makes sure that anyone–regardless of how much money they make–can be sustained and fulfilled through making. We offered 14 scholarships in 2019 and your support would enable us to reach even more folks in need.
- Growing our classes. We have been stalled on launching new classes in framing, door and window installation, device repair and decorative stenciling. Your support would help us design curriculum, pay and recruit teachers, and prototype new classes.
- Building a safety net. We need a solid cushion to be able to weather the lean months and unforeseen setbacks. Building savings is a critical next step for our growth and stability as an organization.
We would not be where we are today with you. Last year your gift:
- Put more projects within reach for more people. We saved our neighbors over $640,000 compared to buying or renting tools at a local hardware store. That money is being reinvested into communities, homes, and lives all throughout the city.
- Made significant improvements to our Home Care program for the first time since 2015. We improved on teaching aids for our plumbing and electrical classes, hired new instructors, and prototyped new classes. Your support has now helped over 700 people maintain and improve their homes affordably.
- Launched new scholarships. We offered scholarships to 14 women so that they could further their life goals with woodworking and crafting classes. Scholarship winners used classes to launch a business, fix up their homes, or improve their mental health.
- Increased opportunities for woodworking. We increased Open Shop hours by adding nights just for womxn and new woodworkers.
- Upgraded our equipment, especially in the woodshop. We added new scroll saws, an amazing drill press, and high-demand tools like pressure washers.
- Gave people more ways to work with their hands. We added new classes in weaving, sewing, marquetry, woodworking, jewelry, and photography.
Thank you to everyone who has pitched in! We can't wait to see what we're able to build together in the year to come.