MLK Day at Hope Farms

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:

  1. Building Raised Bed Gardens
  2. Painting (and potentially building shelving and other aspects) new structures
  3. Working on the Culinary Classroom
  4. Painting other areas of the Pole Barn
  5. Shelving and other storage for parts of the Pole Barn
  6. Building formal Compost Area
  7. Planting Fruit Trees
  8. Public Art creation
  9. Building/Mulching new production area
  10. Fence and Tree Clearing

Monique Sapp, the community impact leader for the Mission Continues, spoke about what this project meant to her. She also spoke on how important it was to provide veterans a positive outlet in the community. These types of projects and messages are exactly why the Houston Community ToolBank is not only excited to visit and volunteer our time for projects that impact the community, but to lend the tools to help construct a powerful sense of togetherness and cooperation.

I decided to help work on the Raised garden beds. There were at least 40 volunteers alone working on the raised garden beds,  The process itself was pretty simple. 

The Houston Community ToolBank lent out 40 wheelbarrows, over 100 chairs, 20 tables and more to this MLK Day project. This was not the only project we had the honor of lending out tools to either. We are proud to support big projects and small projects throughout the Houston area to support community building efforts. 

You can check out the rest of the days Pictures on our Houston Community ToolBank SmugMug.

1,000 Orders Officially made!

 

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.

The Volunteer for the Martin Bailey Garden Project (Stage 1)

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 to one of the assistant principles about how one of the purposes of the garden was “In the memory of Mr. Martin Bailey,  [He] was a alumni of the first graduating class of Wisdom HS and remained a highly active alumni board member who continuously advocated and strived for the embetterment of the students at Wisdom High School.”

This was one of the many non-profit projects the Houston ToolBank lends it’s tools to. So lend a helping hand to us or a volunteer project, or even a hammer!