The Charlotte Community ToolBank serves community-based organizations by providing tools, equipment and expertise to empower their most ambitious goals.
To equip all communities with tools for change.
We are nonprofit tool lending program that provides charitable organizations with year-round access to an inventory of tools for use in volunteer projects, facility and grounds maintenance as well as special events. We provide tools to enhance the charitable sector’s capacity to serve, facilitating hands-on volunteerism in the greater Charlotte area.
The Charlotte ToolBank maintains an 8,000 sq ft warehouse in South End and an inventory comprised of more than 250 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 Charlotte Community ToolBank officially opened its doors to the community in March of 2011. The Charlotte ToolBank is the pilot affiliate of ToolBank USA, the Atlanta-based parent organization of the national network of ToolBanks. ToolBanks in Charlotte, Richmond, Baltimore, Chicago, Cincinnati, Houston, and Phoenix are modeled after the highly successful Atlanta Community ToolBank, which has served the greater Atlanta’s charitable community for more than 27 years. Each ToolBank affiliate is governed by a local board of directors.
The ToolBank network also includes ToolBank Disaster Services, a program of ToolBank USA. TDS is comprised of three mobile trailers which respond to disasters and large scale volunteer projects through the country.