The Houston Community ToolBank serves community-based organizations by providing tools, equipment & expertise to empower their most ambitious goals. Since opening our doors in late 2014, the ToolBank has consistently increased our member organizations’ capacity to make a difference. When we put high-quality tools in the hands of volunteers, our members are able to do more for our community – whether through home repair, days of service or charitable events. Over the past four years, the Houston Community ToolBank has equipped 165,000 volunteers to complete over 10,000 projects in and around Houston. At the moment, we are heavily focused on lending for Hurricane Harvey Recovery efforts, with roughly half of tools going out to disaster recovery projects.
ToolBank tools are only available to not-for-profit organizations, such as:
Since Hurricane Harvey devastated Houston, we have lent out over $5 million in free tools for relief and recovery related efforts. Currently, we are continuing to waive Harvey-related fees for any nonprofit borrower. For “Blue Sky” projects (i.e. those unrelated to disaster), tools are loaned for three pennies on the dollar per week, ensuring they returned in a timely manner for the next group to borrow.