The Portland Community ToolBank is a nonprofit tool lending program that provides fellow not-for-profit organizations with year-round access to an inventory of tools for use in volunteer projects and for facility and grounds maintenance. We provide tools to enhance the charitable sector’s capacity to serve, facilitating hands-on volunteerism in the greater Portland/SW Washington area.
The Portland ToolBank maintains a 10,000 square foot warehouse/office space and an inventory comprised of more than 150 different types of tools and equipment in volumes large enough to equip thousands of volunteers at a time. Access to ToolBank tools eliminates the need for agencies to incur the expense of purchasing, repairing, and storing tools, reducing the costs associated with service projects and allowing these agencies to focus more of their resources on their mission.
The Portland Community ToolBank opened its doors to the not-for-profit community on April 27, 2015. The Portland ToolBank is an affiliate of ToolBank USA, the Atlanta-based parent organization of the new national network of ToolBanks. The Portland ToolBank is modeled after the highly successful Atlanta Community ToolBank, which has served greater Atlanta’s not-for-profit sector for more than 25 years. Though an affiliate of the ToolBank network, the Portland ToolBank is independently operated, governed by a local board of directors, and relies solely on local funding to fulfill its mission.
In total, nine ToolBanks have been established in cities around the nation. In addition to Portland, ToolBanks are operational in Atlanta, Baltimore, Charlotte, Chicago, Cincinnati, Houston, Phoenix, and Richmond (VA).
ToolBank Disaster Services: ‘Tools for Change’ in Times of Crisis
When a natural disaster strikes in the United States, our citizens mobilize to support those in need, sometimes traveling hundreds of miles to lend a hand. The profound need within an affected community is often answered by the goodwill of Americans wanting to do good work. ToolBank Disaster Services offers a critical resource to bridge the gap between these two cresting waves: tools (inventory).
In collaboration with dozens of disaster response organizations and government offices, ToolBank USA spent nearly three years exploring the role of tools in disaster response and recovery. Disaster response professionals unequivocally reported that the lack of tools and equipment consistently bottlenecked their ability to engage volunteers. In response, ToolBank USA created ToolBank Disaster Services. The mobile unit, expediently delivered by UPS tractor and brimming with tools from DeWalt, Stanley, and Ames True Temper, eliminates the distance between a disaster event and the nearest ToolBank.
Learn more about ToolBank’s Disaster Services mobile unit.
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