TOOLBANK serves community-based organizations by providing tools, equipment & expertise to empower their most ambitious goals.
The ToolBank concept was created in Atlanta in 1991 with the idea of neighbors helping neighbors by giving their time and loaning their tools to do home repairs for their neighbors in need. In 2008, ToolBank USA was launched to replicate the model and establish ToolBanks throughout the United States. The ToolBank’s signature lending model allows charities to focus on their mission by relying on ToolBanks to provide, store, and repair critically-needed tools and equipment. ToolBanks share their resources with charitable groups so they can equip volunteers to efficiently complete work in less time, with the right tools, at minimal costs. Using ToolBank tools, community-based organizations avoid the expense of purchasing, repairing, and storing tools. Each year, the ToolBank recognizes a ToolBank Affiliate who has been outstanding in furthering the mission and vision of the ToolBank.
Our Mission & Values
The mission of the ToolBank is to serve community-based organizations by providing the tools, equipment, and expertise needed to empower their most ambitious goals. Our vision is to equip all communities with tools for change.
We believe in diverse and inclusive participation in our communities and we intentionally strive to create a welcoming environment for all people, regardless of race, sex, age, gender identity, sexual orientation or creed.
We are committed to the highest standards of personal and professional integrity. We support transparency in our financial and operating standards and commit to accountability.
We are committed to accessibility, professionalism, and open communication focused on those we serve. Our goal is to exceed the expectations of all member agencies, volunteers, donors, and visitors.
We believe in our responsibility to foster and maintain strong relationships with our member agencies that promote responsible usage and care of ToolBank tools. We acknowledge our duty to practice sound stewardship in all activities with our member agencies related to the promotion of safety and responsible usage and care of the tools.
Heidi works for the Home Depot in the Merchandising Team and lives in Atlanta, GA
Adam works for Risk Strategies and lives in Chicago.
Patty works for ToolBank USA as the CEO and lives in South Carolina
What drew you to Windy City ToolBank? I am the CEO of ToolBank USA and I am excited to play a role in establishing the Windy City Toolbank.
What excites you about WCTB? ToolBank is a unique nonprofit that will serve the Chicago area very well. And I can’t wait for more people and groups to learn about it, utilize the resources and they realize they can’t live without a ToolBank!
What is your favorite tool? Nifty Nabbers
I love being among a group of people who not only love tools and working with their hands, but also use that knowledge and passion to empower our communities. I love radical sharing and what it means for our resilience and capacity building.
I get really excited about what people can do when they come together. WCTB provides access that magnifies collective action. A need can turn into a plan, which turns into action. Eliminating the humongous burden of having to purchase the needed tools means all of that can happen sooner and more effectively.
My Leatherman. I have owned that multi-tool for twenty years and I still use it weekly. I love a good table saw or planer, but my Leatherman is the tool that has seen me through countless repairs and projects.
I want to see more tools that will help farmers tend to the land. There is a need for radical sharing so no farmer or organization has to purchase things they will only use a couple of times a year.
Jess lives in Chicago with her partner and works for Addepar
Jon lives in suburban Chicago with his partner and 3 children and works for UPS
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