ToolBank Disaster Services Deploys for Hurricane Idalia
Our TDS team has been on the road to kick off the beginning of fall and hurricane season. After spending a week in Denver with our friends at The Home Depot Foundation on one of their community builds, Trey Bearden and Bill Hess started work on a new trailer. This trailer will reside at our Denver Disaster Services Hub, which we got off the ground with help from the American Red Cross. We will be co-locating with the Salvation Army. Check out the button below to see how they build out a TDS trailer to get prepped for our blue tools.
Long-Term Efforts Continue in New Orleans for Areas Impacted by Hurricane Ida
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Cincinnati ToolBank Update:
In August, the Cincinnati ToolBank received a big gift that brings them one step closer to finishing their second floor training center and office space remodel. The Haile Foundation provided a $50,000 grant to the ToolBank. The 10,000-square-foot space will function as a collaborative educational center. The goal, according to executive director Kat Pepmeyer, is to use it to “bridge gaps in the areas of tool use, repair and safety, workforce development, youth and young adult introduction to tools and trades and disaster preparedness.” Beyond the dedicated training area, the center will have spaces for co-working, a conference room, meeting spots, offices and a kitchenette. Use the button below to read the full article from Movers & Makers.
The ToolBank also hosted a group of volunteers from California Closets. These volunteers outfitted the second floor build out with some incredible storage options in four different areas including office closet storage, paper storage above the copier, shelving and a coat rack behind the wet bar, and tool storage by the training center.
Also, if you are in or around the Cincinnati area on Thursday, October 19th, come check out their Hammers & Ales event at the Fowling Warehouse!
Houston ToolBank Update:
The Houston ToolBank is hosting their first Axes & Aces Charity Poker Tournament on Thursday, September 21. Your ticket will include entry into the tournament, food, adult beverages and loads of fun with friends of the ToolBank. Join the at 5:45pm for check-in, as game play will start promptly at 6pm. There will be lots of great prizes and a chance to rebuy-in.
Houston secured a ton of amazing sponsors who helped provide great prizes for the tournament. Prize sponsors include: Alley Theatre, Berg Hospitality, Brookstone Construction, Capt. Matt Parrish, Gents Place, Hai Hospitality, Houston Dash, Nice Winery, Pappas Restaurants, Tito’s Vodka, Total Wine & More, Valencia Hotel Group and more!
Galena Park Ace Hardware will also be providing the Top 5 Players with their very own AXE!
Also, if you’re in the Houston area on Saturday, October 14, join the ToolBank team for their Tool Trot. This year, the Tool Trot will be virtual with an in-person kick-off event. Join the ToolBank team for the kick-off at 10AM at Selena Quintanilla Perez Park in Denver Harbor. Participants can pick up their packets and trash grabbers, enjoy a light breakfast, and download the app to get started. There will be a celebratory walk around the Park and neighborhood to get everyone a jump start on their step and cleanup goals. After the kick-off, participants will take their trash grabbers and use the app to track their steps while cleaning up their own neighborhoods and communities until the virtual event closes on October 31st.
Phoenix ToolBank Update:
The Richmond ToolBank was able to provide picnic tables to their friends at Shalom Farms as part of their Building Change program. These tables were built with volunteers from Capital One and have made a wonderful addition to the Northside Farm. Also, Shalom Farms was able to rent tables from the ToolBank for their Open House and the group said, “Having the ToolBank as a resource really made it possible to hold the event.”
Just a friendly reminder, that the Richmond ToolBank will be hosting our ToolBank National Awards on Thursday, November 16. Please join us in-person or virtually as we recognize all of the great people and outstanding work being done across our network.