When I joined ToolBox Project in 2018, I knew I believed in the mission. I knew what having access to tools had meant to me: the chance to fix up an old barn and start an intentional life right out of school, getting back to what mattered, learning and growing with every project I attempted. But now, after two years with this organization, I’ve learned how our mission means so much more.
Sharing tools means that last winter one of our members could fix the wood stove in the van they lived in. Sharing tools means another member could tear out their lawn and start a garden (and bring us cucumbers a few months later). Sharing tools means hearing about how one of our members worked on the first wind turbine in Oregon, decades ago before he retired, with a similar tool as the one he was checking out. Sharing tools means projects big and small, little improvements, big ideas, and -- my favorite part -- the stories we hear after it’s over.
I give to ToolBox Project because I know what having access to tools can do for our community and our planet. I also know how hard-working and conscientious the people are behind this project. We are nearly entirely volunteer-run by a strong, pragmatic board that constantly reexamines our purpose and mission to ensure that we can best serve our community while prioritizing equity and inclusion. Three committees meet monthly, year-round, to guide and evaluate our direction. Our volunteer tool librarians show up in rain, heat, and snow, often dedicating time once or twice a week to ensure we can stay open and serve all of you. All summer during the pandemic, the same four tool librarians ran nearly every shift, pulling long hours maintaining tools, adjusting operations for Covid-safety, thinking through logistics with me, and staying open, positive, and flexible. These folks can do a lot with whatever you can give. That’s why I give to ToolBox Project. Please join me.