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Living Paradigm CDC Volunteer House Project

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We love seeing our member agencies play a positive role in our community! April Ward has been a Board Member of Living Paradigm CDC for 6 years, and has been in the Director Role after Harvey. The Living Paradigm CDC organization recently participated in the Volunteer House project on Independence- Studewood Heights in Houston. The volunteers included All Hands and Hearts and other local volunteers. They rebuilt a fence that had fallen down after Harvey between the volunteer house and their neighbor Ms Washington using some of the best tools here at the Houston Community Toolbank. You guys rock! All Hands and Hearts Volunteer rebuilding a damged home.
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City of Pasadena Parks and Recreation Volunteer Project

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One of many of our member agencies have recently partaken in a positive community event. We love being able to lend out our tools to our members who are actively and positively serving in the community. Take a look at the wonderful things this member agency is doing! Tammy DeLosSantos is the Grant Writer for the City of Pasadena Parks and Recreation. They recently held the Apache Tree Planting Project at Crenshaw Park and Preston Medians in Pasadena TX on February 1, 9-11 A.M. There were 100 Volunteers from Pasadena ISD and other local volunteers. The project consisted of an award that was awarded to the organization with a tree grant of 100 trees by the Apache Corporation. The ToolBank has helped this organization by filling in the gaps when…
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Welcome 2020 Board Members!

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It's finally 2020 and man do we have some exciting things in store for the new year! We are ecstatic to have an impeccable team of talented individuals who come together to make the Houston Community ToolBank an impactful organization. As we accelerate into a new decade, we are eager to lend out a helping hand to those in need, and are extremely grateful to have such an engaged board of directors. We appreciate their generous support, time, and dedication.. Climb aboard as we introduce this year's board members. John Byrd (Byrd GEO), Jennifer Casey (Houston Responds), John Crabb (90mph), John Goodrich (SPX Flow), Lauren Hollins (Rice MBA Board Fellow), Danielle Lincoln (Chevron), Tony Nicosia (Cox Automotive), Joe Quinto (Team Rubicon), Vanessa Richards (KPRC Channel 2), Roger Spee ( Stanley…
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Hey everyone! I am Carleshia Davis from Houston, TX. I’m a new Communications and Events VISTA and I will be serving at The Houston Community ToolBank. While here, I will work to promote the positive impact the organization has in our community.  I am exhilarated to serve and take part in being the solution to problems across my city! Prior to starting service as an AmeriCorps VISTA, I recently graduated college. As a fresh college graduate, I was a bit lost in trying to figure out an occupation that was for me. After using my resources and reaching out to a previous educator, I gained some direction in what it was I wanted to do. As an active member in my community, I wanted to be more involved and become…
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Mayor’s Proud Partners Awards

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John CrabbThe award accepted by Chairman of the ToolBank Board On November 14, 2019 Keep Houston Beautiful hosted the 35th Mayor’s Proud Partners Awards. That award ceremony spotlighted 19 exceptional projects and programs, supported by businesses, individuals, youth and community groups that have made a positive, lasting impact while giving back to the City of Houston’s environment.The award ceremony was held at the Hilton Americas hotel and included a delicious brunch breakfast. Second Servings, a fellow member agency of the ToolBank, took the excess prepared food from the ceremony and delivered it promptly and safely to charitable meal providers. This Is one example on how the ceremony hosted and coordinated by Keep Houston Beautiful's Executive Director, Amy Reed, worked tirelessly to ensure that it exemplified it's theme with a perfect…
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Happy Birthday ToolBank

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The Houston Community ToolBank has had many proud accomplishments over its 5 years of serving Houston and its surrounding communities. We want to thank our member agencies for working hard with their community building projects, especially during disaster recovery. This year we would also like to highlight our special private zombie protection initiative we have been spearheading since our doors first opened.  Thank you for helping us keep Houston zombie free and our community strong.
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Volunteer Appreciation Fair

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Houston’s first annual Volunteer Appreciation Fair was held on October 5, 2019. This fair was not only a way to say thanks to the volunteers that have dedicated their time to the community, but also to reward them for their commitment to uplifting those in need during hard times.The fair celebrated people who have given their time; doing everything from mucking and gutting houses with Houston or Katy responds, to signing up for Volunteer Houston to be a part of projects that are aligned with their interests and talents.This fair was the spark of an initiative to give volunteers recognition for their efforts. They are needed and are valuable pillars of strength and stability, especially in the non profit community.Each nonprofit or volunteer agency was asked to choose a volunteer…
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Kaboom Playground Build

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 The Houston ToolBank and Kaboom! have been partners since the ToolBank opened in 2014. This long time collaboration has been a mutual relationship between the non-profits for the benefit of children in the community. KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to bringing balanced and active play into the daily lives of all kids, particularly those growing up in poverty in America. KaBOOM! often provides grants and equipment to schools for new play equipment, as well as helping to organize projects across the country. Rebuild Texas *(another ToolBank partner) sponsored the Bay Colony Elementary, KAboom! Build. It was a two-week effort to tear down the old playground, and afterward it took 3 days to prepare the area for the volunteers.  The build day consisted of over 80 volunteers, all of whom had different…
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Second Servings

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Although this member agency is a recent addition to our ToolBank family, it has been a staple in the Houston community since 2014. Second Servings of Houston strives to alleviate hunger and reduce waste by rescuing excess prepared and perishable food from hotels, caterers, sports venues, distributors, retailers, and other regulated food businesses, and delivering it promptly and safely to approved charitable meal sites. A ToolBank representative was not able to visit the Texas Restaurant Association Marketplace trade show that occurred on July 14th and 15th. Barbabra Bronstein, the president and founder of second servings, was kind enough to have an email correspondence with us. "Thanks to the ToolBank equipment rental, we were able to efficiently rescue a huge amount of incredible food for people in need, including adults in…
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Positive Payload by American Trucks

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The Houston ToolBank was selected to receive a small grant from the Positive Payload program, which has donated over $20,000 to nonprofits across the USA since 2017. The program gives to organizations that use trucks to support their day-to-day operations, and we are fortunate to have access to a truck donated by Ford to ToolBank Disaster Services following Hurricane Harvey. This truck has allowed us to make some very important deliveries of tools and donations to nonprofits doing great work across the state, and will always be an asset to TDS. Thanks to Positive Payload and Ford for the ongoing support! To Learn more about Positive Payload, click here.
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