CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- We have all checked out a library book, borrowed it, then brought it back. Imagine being able to do that with tools.
The Charlotte Community ToolBank does that for local groups looking to make a difference in the Queen City.
The ToolBank opened in 2011, stemming off of Atlanta’s ToolBank. Six years later, they’ve accumulated over 10,000 tools in their warehouse.
“Here in Charlotte there was a real need for resources for organizations to complete projects,” says Executive Director, Maureen Krueger. “And we wanted to have that resource here, have a library that was available to organizations to fulfill their mission and to further what they’re doing in our great community.”
Schools, churches, neighborhood associations, civic groups, or any organization doing charity work can become a member, then borrow tools when needed. 350 Charlotte organizations have used the tools since it opened.
“They pay three percent of the cost of the item to have it for one full week, so they can use it for volunteer projects,” Krueger says. “They can use our tools and equipment for special events, as well as general facility maintenance.”
On April 29th, the tool bank invites the public for its Tool Rush, which includes 50% off new and gently used tools. Sales from the event will go toward tool repairs and maintenance. Krueger says donations are also always welcome.
“If you’re cleaning out your garage, down-sizing or you just have an item that you’ve upgraded, we’re happy to talk with you to see if it’s something that could fit into what we do in the community.”