Help The Tool Library Hit Our 10th Anniversary Capital Campaign Goal!

If we raise $25,000 by the end of the year The John R. Oishei Foundation will match our campaign dollar for dollar!

The Tool Library Board of Directors announced an ambitious $25,000 capital campaign at its 10th Anniversary Fundraising event in August.

Now with more than 90% of the goal raised, The John R. Oishei Foundation has announced it will match the campaign dollar for dollar with a $25,000 challenge grant if the goal is reached by the end of the year.

Funds raised through the campaign will help The Tool Library add a part-time Operations Manager by the end of 2021, grow its inventory, and continue to tackle quality of life issues across Western New York.

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, The Tool Library’s membership base has swelled to 1,000 active members, more than double the amount at the start of 2020. And in 2020, these members saved  $223,000 on tools by borrowing rather than buying while the organization invested $300,000 into the community through volunteer projects such as tree plantings, community gardens, and park cleanups.

Keeping up with this growth as an all-volunteer organization has proven challenging. Individuals donate time for every email, tool loan, Instagram post, tool repair, storage upgrade, and more. Work is done by many talented, dedicated volunteers, but to ensure long term sustainability and avoid volunteer burnout, The Tool Library has identified paid staff as a top priority.

STEPS TO JOIN

1. Fill out membership form
2. Pay annual membership fee
3. Get access to 1000’s of tools
4. Change the world!

A membership to the Tool Library gives individuals and organizations access to an inventory of thousands of tools for an annual fee starting as low as $20. With no rental fees and a week-long loan period, stop spending hundreds of dollars to buy tools you’ll only use once and start borrowing ours today!

By supporting the Tool Library through a membership, you’re not only gaining access to thousands of tools, you’re also supporting dozens of hands-on projects and programs working everyday to make our city a little better.

"When you share tools with a community, they begin doing things they never could have done before."

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We've planted over 1,400 trees across University and Masten Districts since 2014

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We've invested over $2,500,000 in volunteer hours since 2015 through service events

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We've loaned out over 38,000 tools since 2015, saving our members over $1,000,000 in the process!