The Richmond Community ToolBank is a nonprofit tool lending program that provides fellow not-for-profit organizations with year-round access to an inventory of tools for use in volunteer projects and for facility and grounds maintenance. We provide tools to enhance the charitable sector’s capacity to serve, facilitating hands-on volunteerism in the greater Richmond area.
The Richmond ToolBank maintains an 10,000 sq ft warehouse in Scott’s Addition and an inventory comprised of more than 200 different types of tools and equipment in volumes large enough to equip thousands of volunteers at a time. Access to ToolBank tools eliminates the need for agencies to incur the expense of purchasing, repairing, and storing tools, reducing the costs associated with service projects and allowing these agencies to focus more of their resources on their mission.
The Richmond Community ToolBank officially opens its doors to the not-for-profit community on January 19, 2015. The Richmond ToolBank is the pilot affiliate of ToolBank USA, the Richmond-based parent organization of the new national network of ToolBanks. The Richmond ToolBank is modeled after the highly successful Atlanta Community ToolBank, which has served greater Atlanta’s not-for-profit sector for more than 20 years. Though an affiliate of the ToolBank network, the Richmond ToolBank is independently operated, governed by a local board of directors, and relies solely on local funding to fulfill its mission.
To learn more about the impacts of ToolBanks across the country, check out our 2013 Impact Fact Sheet.