Over the course of 2020, through a closure and a pandemic, The Tool Library has made a total of 4,647 tool loans
Members have saved an estimated $141,380.13 in tool purchasing costs this year by borrowing from us!
Our members have rented 934+ unique tools since January!
Help us meet our goal: 750 new tools in our inventory by November 30!
Dear Tooligan Friends & Family, The Tool Library is kicking off the 2020 Toolraiser! The Tool Library is an all-volunteer nonprofit community resource tool-lending library located off of Main Street in Buffalo’s University Heights neighborhood. This Toolraiser will allow our organization to continue to serve our growing community of tool borrowers in light of COVID-19 by updating and bolstering our inventory, purchasing necessary sanitation supplies, and more.
Our goal to serve Western New York is even more vital during this difficult time, with many people in our community experiencing layoffs and financial insecurity, and everyone spending many more hours at home. We have heard from borrowers that using Tool Library tools can strengthen their food security and sow gardens, and improve their mental and emotional health by working on projects, and that they have learned new skills.
Contribution to The Tool Library will strengthen resilience and the power of the sharing economy in Western New York, and allow us to come out on the other side stronger, sharing, and better than ever. We are now asking for your support to make sure our tools are up for the job.
We know that not everyone has the capacity to give in the same way. See below for the many ways to support this campaign.
Each week we’ll run a Facebook fundraiser for a high-need tool.
Let us know if you need a tax receipt for your donation
Donate a gently used tool or funds for a new tool
If you are buying a new tool to donate — don’t go to a big box store, buy local!
Building materials/supplies (screws, nails, bolts, paint, stain, plumbing/electrical materials, etc)
Rusted or broken tools
Battery powered tools unless they are one of the brands identified
OTHER WAYS TO SUPPORT THE TOOL LIBRARY:
Volunteer at a Service Day
Sponsor a membership for someone who can’t afford one
Buy a gift membership for a friend
Choose to auto-renew your membership
Become a monthly sustainer
We know there is a great love for The Tool Library in this community — now is a great time to show it! Tag us @thetoollibrary on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, and #Toolraiser2020 to share your story.