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STORY #1: Single Father of Three Still Recovering

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https://vimeo.com/317296613"A single father of 3 on a teachers income explains how his insurance did not cover all of the work and upgrades needed for his home, and the difficulty of his rebuilding journey that he is doing on his own with very little support." I’m doing it all by myself, not getting much help; can’t afford any help. I know there are many of us in the same situation."Houston Responds, and its partner coalitions have launched the 'Far From Finished' campaign to raise awareness of the crisis that still exists in our communities and to engage more volunteers through local churches to expedite recovery for families in need.With the decline in media coverage of Hurricane Harvey’s aftermath, it’s easy to drive around Houston and surrounding cities and think things are…
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Southwest Houston United Responds

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 Southwest Houston United Responds, Inc. had a five day event from April 29-May 3rd in southwest Houston. Volunteers came from a variety of churches doing prison ministry in Huntsville, and this Harvey Relief project was only one of their many stops in the Houston community. Taking advantage of the relief from the heat and unpredictable weather, 29 volunteers worked on 2 homes throughout the week. They completed exterior painting and landscaping, moved two fences to improve homeowner’s security post-Harvey, and repaired a ceiling where a roof leaked. Using some of our basic tools like ladders and saws, they were able to make a big difference for homeowners who were affected by the Harvey floods. The Toolbank was great at supplying all the tools needed for out of town volunteers... We couldn’t have…
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Far From Finished

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https://vimeo.com/332543049 Houston Responds, and it's partner coalitions have launched the "Far From Finished" campaign to raise awareness of the crisis that still exists in our communities and to engage more volunteers through local churches to expedite recovery for families in need.Local churches collectively represent a huge volunteer workforce and are uniquely positioned to know the needs of their communities. So, we have developed promotional campaign materials and are asking local churches to join us by promoting the campaign to their congregations to help get them engaged in volunteering.    The work is far from finished, but together we can make a difference!
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Blue Tools for the Angel Memorial Garden at Jane Long Elementary

Blue Tools for the Angel Memorial Garden at Jane Long Elementary

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On April 27th we were proud to send our Blue Tools to help create a new garden at Jane Long Academy in Sharpstown. The garden was created in memory of Brian Angel, a student at the school.   The school was able to borrow shovels and rakes for the project, which made use of an unused and ugly area on the school grounds. During the project, the students and other volunteers were able to build garden boxes and fill them with soil in preparation for planting. Once it is complete, the garden will have vegetables, citrus trees, fountains, a potting table and concrete benches where students can enjoy the green space. In memory of Brian Angel, there is an angel logo which will be placed in the garden as well.…
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On a Mission from Ohio to Help those impacted by Harvey

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Tim Pride (left) and Gary White (right) This week, we were lucky enough to chat with Tim Pride and Gary White as they toured the warehouse in preparation for an upcoming mission trip. Last summer, Mt Carmel Christian Church and Parkside Christian Church came to Houston to help with Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts. They will return again in July with 80 plus passionate Ohioan volunteers to partner with 4B Disaster Services as they work on Harvey Rebuild efforts in League City, TX.  Tim and Gary visited the Houston ToolBank to scope out our blue tools and make a plan for the summer trip. For a larger group like this, coming from out of town means that they can't bring their own tools. By partnering with the ToolBank, they can focus on doing good rather than hunting…
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After-Hours Facility

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The Houston Community ToolBank has had our After-Hours Facility for about a year now, thanks to support from the Rebuild Texas Fund. We have found that it is very convenient for many member agencies to pick up and drop off their tools and equipment outside of our business hours. The container has 4 separate rooms to accommodate our member agencies after-hours needs. David Cobb ,an artist and member agent of one of our frequent collaborators, TXRX Labs, decorated our containers. Watch the video below to learn more about the painting project and our after-hours facility. https://youtu.be/3ftZK1Xt5p4
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Houston LGBTQIA+ Volunteer Fair

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We ended February strong at the ToolBank by participating in the Houston LGBTQIA+ Volunteer Fair. We were given our own table and signs to display the ToolBank's initiative, and explain our mission for the Houston community. We had the pleasure of chatting with various charities that give support to the LGBTQIA+ Community, and those who just wanted to spread their own nonprofit's vision and mission for the Houston community. [caption id="attachment_4414" align="alignnone" width="845"] ToolBank setting up our table for the fair![/caption] With over 15 different volunteer groups, each table at this fair had set up their table with treats and decorations highlightiner their mission for the Houston community. [caption id="attachment_4412" align="alignnone" width="845"] Association for Family and Community Integrity (AFCI)[/caption] Association for Family and Community Integrity shares their vision for a…
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MLK Day at Hope Farms

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Jan 21st was Martin Luther King Jr day. During that time there was many different volunteer activities going on and I chose to visit Hope farms to see what they were working on. Hope Farms™ is a Houston-based, nonprofit agriculture education project. A 7-acre urban agricultural operation designed to grow fresh, affordable produce in the midst of a Houston "food desert" while training and providing small business incubation, co-op services and workforce readiness for U.S. Veterans. This Recipe for Success foundation commonly partners with The Mission Continues. This project had over 300 different volunteers from various places from ToolBank, Mission Continues, Starbucks, and Chick-Fil-A and various other volunteer organizations. That day there were 10 big projects that needed to be done: Building Raised Bed Gardens Painting (and potentially building shelving and…
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1,000 Orders Officially made!

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  The Houston Community ToolBank has officially become the first Toolbank to reach 1,000 orders in a year. We reached a Milestone at the Toolbank by fulfilling our 1000th order. Thank you to all our local member agencies for helping us reach this mark. The Memorial Park Conservatory was our 1000th order, they have been a faithful borrower for at 4 years and have used our tools for volunteer events and more recently for public programs in the park, such as The Fitness Fair.
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The Volunteer for the Martin Bailey Garden Project (Stage 1)

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Volunteers Houston ToolBank is excited to not only partake in Disaster Relief, but we also like to lend our tools for local community led events. The Volunteer for the Martin Bailey Garden Project (Stage 1) was a project Hosted by Vox Culture, “This eco-garden is a green space that will produce resources for students, including food and educational opportunities.”  Nguyen T. Nguyen of the Rotary E-Club of Houston was the leader of the event. This event was planned by both him and the assistant principle of Margaret long wisdom high school. With over 30 other volunteers; students, faculty, the Rotary E-Club of Houston, and the Houston ToolBank. I had the pleasure of being present to watch the tools being put to use in a positive way that impacted the way Margaret long wisdom high school would be viewed by the current student and staff, including future one’s.  Filling the Garden Beds I had the pleasure of speaking…
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