About the ToolBox Project
The ToolBox Project serves the Eugene-Springfield metro area by providing members with low-cost access to building repair and garden tools to transform their homes, businesses and neighborhoods. Our goal is to help individuals, families and neighborhoods thrive by creating a space where we can all share, build and grow together.
The ToolBox Project began in November 2013 and a year later launched a fiscal sponsorship partnership with Eugene-Springfield based Neighborhood Economic Development Corporation (NEDCO). At the Friendly Area Neighbor's 2014 summer picnic we met the Friendly Street Church of God's pastor, whose congregation generously offered to donate space to us.
In Fall 2014, we were recognized as an Oregon Domestic Nonprofit and in Spring 2015, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Contributions to the ToolBox Project are tax deductible to the extent provided by law. Our board consists of seven members: Babe O'Sullivan, President; Isaac Pino, Treasurer; Keli Osborn, Secretary; Anya Dobrowolski, Laura Keir, Scott Morris, and Deveron Musgrave. Learn more about our board.
About Tool Libraries
Tool libraries are brick and mortar places where members borrow tools for a low fee. The formal tool library concept has been around since the 1970s and more than 40 exist today in American cities. One of the first tool libraries in the United States was opened in 1979 in Berkeley, CA. This video gives a brief introduction to the Berkeley Tool Library and to tool libraries in general. The closest tool libraries to Eugene are the Northeast Portland Tool Library, North Portland and the Southeast Portland Tool Library.
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