Team Rubicon: Operation Drew It Again

Community Involvement, Member Agencies
The Team Rubicon team has been a great addition to the ToolBank family during the pandemic. Erin Twichel is a volunteer for disaster relief, humanitarian aid, and community assistance at Team Rubicon. One of their most recent projects, Operation Drew It Again, was held in August in Rio Grande Valley, Texas. They had 14 volunteers from all over Texas that participated. Team Rubicon deployed to The Rio Grande Valley in response to Hurricane Hanna. They provided muck out work, debris removal, expedient home repairs, and chainsaw operations to affected homes. "The Houston ToolBank has helped our organization by providing Team Rubicon with essential equipment in order for us to provide our services while following optimal Covid-19 safety precautions and standards." -Erin
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Target Hunger

Community Involvement, Member Agencies
Target Hunger is one of our many member agencies that have been positively involved in the Houston community during this challenging time. Check out their response to Covid-19 and how they manage to still impact the community below!How has Covid-19 affected the way you serve the Houston community? Our normal day-to-day includes picking up surplus food from grocery stores, produce distributors, retailers, hotels and convention centers, sports arenas, etc. and delivering this perfectly edible prepared and perishable food to over 90 charities across the city. COVID has affected the way we serve the community in many ways. With events being cancelled, hotels, convention centers sports arenas and caters, do not have the food they ordinarily donate. However, we received an abundance of quality items as kitchens temporarily closed, allowing us…
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New partnership with Green Mountain Energy Sun Club

Community Involvement, News
The Houston ToolBank is excited to announce a grant from Green Mountain Energy Sun Club to support an increase in sustainability at the ToolBank. The first part of the grant is in support of our new rain capture system, which includes the installation of a 500 galloon metal rain tank to gather the water that falls on the ToolBank's roof. The roof, which is over 12,000 square feet, will collect 85 gallons per inch of rain that falls. This rain will be used by our staff, members and volunteers to clean tools, saving water and reducing runoff into the Denver Harbor neighborhood. Rainwater capture system, with information panel to teach visitors! The second element is support for two off-the-grid shipping containers that will be placed in Katy and League City…
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Living Paradigm CDC Volunteer House Project

Community Involvement
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

Community Involvement
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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Volunteer Appreciation Fair

Community Involvement
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…
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Kaboom Playground Build

Community Involvement, Member Agencies
  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,…
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Second Servings

Community Involvement, Member Agencies
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

Community Involvement, Houston Community Toolbank
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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College Memorial Park Cemetery

Community Involvement
College Memorial Park Cemetery is one of three remaining African-American cemeteries established in Houston in the era of racial segregation.  It is located at 3605 West Dallas at Dunlavy in the historic Fourth Ward, on Lot 3, Block 48 of the O. Smith Survey in Harris County, Texas. Four thousand, four hundred graves, many of them unmarked or unidentifiable, occupy 5.2 acres.   They regularly have volunteer opportunities to preserve the cemetery and maintain its sanctity with careful attention to its history.The second Saturday of every month from 8am to noon, community volunteers are working to clean up our historic cemetery. All skill levels of work are available from chain saws to mowers to simply picking up trash. They are working from 8 am to noon, any amount of time…
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