College Students Descend on the New Orleans ToolBank

Our New Orleans ToolBank has been hosting a number of college students who were eager to volunteer. The players participating in the HBCU Legacy Bowl Game joined the ToolBank and our neighbors at Rebuilding Together NOLA for a day of community service. They helped to organize, inventory, and “blue” tools for the ToolBank. The HBCU Legacy Bowl is a football all-star game for NFL draft-eligible players from Historically Black Colleges and Universities, presented by the Black College Football Hall of Fame.
Another group of college students from The College of LAS Honors Program at the University of Illinois generously volunteered their time as well. The students gave the exterior of our warehouse a much-needed new coat of paint, replacing the old mint green with a welcome neutral gray. In addition, the volunteers also helped us with inventory, swept the warehouse, and even touched up our blue tools.
We want to express our deepest gratitude to the volunteers, Councilmember Eugene Green, who came to welcome the students and to the Green Project for donating the recycled paint. Thank you all for your support and dedication to our cause!


In March, a new member joined the ToolBank USA team! We are delighted to introduce Lynsey Georgen, a Colorado native with over a decade of experience in nonprofit leadership. She’s joining our ToolBank Disaster Services Team as the Rocky Mountain Territory Manager at our Denver location.

Lynsey’s professional background as an artist and photographer has enabled her to volunteer for various organizations in hands-on roles. She is enthusiastic about bringing this experience to ToolBank. Lynsey’s children are now grown up, and she spends her free time with her two one-eyed dogs, who have hobbies like neighborhood watch duty and cheese tastings.

Favorite Tool: Power Drill – it’s the most versatile tool!


Check out what’s going on at each of our ToolBanks across the nation. Scroll down to each affiliate and expand the text block to read more about your favorite ToolBank team. All of our affiliates are doing amazing work and we can’t wait to share their updates with you monthly.

Make sure and scroll through the images to the right of our affiliate updates. Most of the updates come with a couple of images related to their article.

Atlanta ToolBank Update:
As the vibrant spring blossoms adorn Atlanta and cover our cars in pollen, the Atlanta ToolBank has some exciting news to share. They proudly announce the arrival of not one, not two, but three extraordinary and invaluable new members to our ToolBank family. Join us in celebrating these wonderful additions to their team and our network!
  • Jean Arnold has joined as our Manager of Marketing & Special Events.
  • Torry Holmes has joined as our Tool Lending Specialist.
  • Julia Mayfield has joined as our Director of Development & External Affairs.
If you are in or around the Atlanta area, check out their upcoming events:
Summer Sips & Stories
📅 Date: June 21, 2024
🕒 Time: 3:30 p.m.
📍 Location: Atlanta ToolBank
The ToolBank staff and Board would like to invite all our clients to the ToolBank for some much-needed refreshments, conversation, and bonding. This is a time to come meet the TB staff, see our facility, share stories, and relax before the upcoming weekend.
Please RSVP to so we are able to keep an ongoing count for food and beverages.
Save the Date – Boards & BBQ:
Join us for a day of fun, food, and fundraising in support of the Atlanta ToolBank!
📅 Date: July 27, 2024
📍 Location: Atlanta ToolBank
🎉 What to Expect:
* Cornhole Tournament: Compete for glory and unique prizes for the winning teams
* Unique Auction: Bid on exciting items and experiences, all to support a great cause!
* Mouthwatering BBQ: Indulge in delicious barbecue delights that’ll tantalize your taste buds!
Mark your calendars and get ready for a memorable evening of camaraderie and community spirit. Stay tuned for more details and to purchase tickets.
Baltimore ToolBank Update:

In March, the Baltimore ToolBank paid tribute to AmeriCorps Week by participating in their Connect podcast. Notably, all three of the Baltimore ToolBank’s full-time personnel are AmeriCorps alumni. Their episode provides valuable insights into their service and how it contributes to social justice work at the ToolBank. We encourage you to listen to this episode to gain a deeper understanding of ToolBank’s operations in conjunction with AmeriCorps.

Speaking of Social Justice, here is a message from the Baltimore staff about what they’ve most recently accomplished at their ToolBank: We are proud to share successes from our recently completed service year. These accomplishments relate to our pillars of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Accessibility+. It is vital that our intention to serve equitably has action behind it to make it actual. Action includes expenses in our budget correlating to tangible outcomes. We do not treat these as checklist items that are considered and completed just once. Rather, we interrogate ourselves daily about how we can continue to serve equitably, sustainably, and for the economic benefit of our partners and region.

ID – A background image tinted in blue depicting a ToolBank generator in the foreground and volunteers in an outdoor setting in the background. Over the image, these words are written in white:

Action Items –

  • Participated in the Baltimore Pride Parade.
  • All staff attended the American Sign Language 101 course.
  • Implemented social media policy for enhancement of visually impaired audience.
  • Collected ‘Why Statements’ from all board members.
  • Opened rolling applications for potential board members on the website.
  • Added accessibility trainings to weekly staff meetings.
  • Empowered all staff to choose their own holidays.
  • Implemented progressive parental leave policy.
Charlotte ToolBank Update:


Check out 13 years of stories from the Charlotte ToolBank! Use the buttons to the right to navigate to Charlotte ToolBank’s dedicated 13 Years of Service website.


 Here we are in 2024, celebrating 13 years of Charlotte ToolBank! We have come a long way, and we aren’t stopping now!  

The time has come to reveal our new ToolBank t-shirts! Thanks to a referral from our friends at Charlotte is Creative, we met artist Julia Rojas of SALT + LIGHT Creative Co. Julia took our very rough idea and created an amazing image for us! You can buy your very own ToolBank Skyline tshirt today! All proceeds from your purchase go directly to the Charlotte ToolBank!

Cincinnati ToolBank Update:
The Cincinnati ToolBank is kicking off spring by helping out their member agencies with some massive cleanups. In March, Price Hill Will borrowed $2,875 worth of tools and safety equipment to clean out several historic homes in their neighborhood. Over 40 volunteers from their community came out to help and filled two large dumpsters. Contractors are working with the organization to help revitalize these homes. Price Hill Will spent only $97 to borrow all of these tools, including 5-gallon buckets, trash bins, sledgehammers, trash grabbers, safety glasses, gloves, face masks, tables, and ice chests.
If you’re in Cincinnati this summer, join us for our 3rd annual Par-Tee for the ToolBank golf outing on June 7th at the Mill Course. For more information, visit
Houston ToolBank Update:
The Houston ToolBank hosted its annual Tools for Change volunteer event at the end of March. The event was held at Spindle Brewery, and they were joined by sponsors and volunteers from Frost, Smith, TC Energy, Fred Stow & Dixie Menier, Air Alliance Houston, Cox Automotive, Diesel Fuel Maintenance, and TBG Partners. The plan was to build 20 picnic tables for the Houston community and then distribute the tables to Title 1 schools or non-profits that are in need of outdoor space for their programs.
Phoenix ToolBank Update:
The Phoenix ToolBank has been making a significant impact in the community, with its numbers tracking at a 70% increase compared to last year. The ToolBank’s support has been essential in providing tools and equipment for all the spring planting events, outdoor fundraisers, and spring festivals, and its efforts have not gone unnoticed. In the first three months of 2024, ToolBank had a 74% increase in the number of tools loaned, and they have provided tools and equipment to 104 unique organizations. The ToolBank’s dedication to helping the community is truly inspiring, and we look forward to seeing them continue their work in Phoenix.
Richmond ToolBank
🌷 With the arrival of spring, Richmond ToolBank’s member agencies have been gearing up for their bustling season. The warehouse has been buzzing with activity as they prepare to complete local projects and host community events throughout the River City. In March, the Tools for Change program provided essential equipment to 21 member agencies including Salem’s Light and Chesapeake Bay Foundation, inspiring them to make a positive impact on their communities.
🐶 Salem’s Light hosted a FREE veterinary clinic focused on serving pets of the homeless and at risk of homelessness. The clinic provided basic vaccinations, exams, and microchips.
🌳 Chesapeake Bay Foundation, with the help of 20 volunteers, completed a tree planting session at Jefferson Park.
✅ Number of projects COMPLETED: 39
⚒️ Number of tools BORROWED: 1,285
⚒️ Number of tool orders COMPLETED: 25
💪🏽 Number of VOLUNTEERS: 899
🫱🏽‍🫲🏽 Number of member agencies SERVED: 21
⭐ Number of NEW member agencies welcomed: 7
💸 VALUE of Borrowed Tools: $41,609.42
Windy City ToolBank
WE’RE HIRING! If you know anyone in or around the Chicago area, please pass this information along.
ToolBank Disaster Services (TDS) Midwest Territory Manager and Warehouse Manager ToolBank is seeking an energetic and professional candidate to join our team as TDS Midwest Territory Manager to lead our operational initiatives within the prescribed territory. This job is stationed out of our Windy City ToolBank in Chicago, IL.
ToolBank Midwest Territory Manager must have excellent communication skills with the ability to speak to organizational leaders with confidence and service knowledge. They must possess a passion for the ToolBank mission and the organizations we serve. Team members must react to change with urgency and efficiency. The ideal candidate will bring personal initiative, strategic thinking, and a natural ability to develop relationships through clear communication and personal warmth with various constituencies.
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