It's like a library, but instead of books you can check out tools!
The Asheville Tool Library will provide tools at low or no cost to citizens and local community organizations in addition to low or no cost educational classes enabling members to become deeper engaged in home maintenance and repair, bike and automotive repair, garden projects, community work days, hands on educational classes, art projects, creative experimentation, business incubation, projects just for fun, as well as countless other things.
About co-founders Nick, Julian and Tom:
Nick Letts worked as a site manager for an urban demonstration project that housed a tool library for 18 months culminating in 2007. Starting a tool library in Asheville has been a project on the back of his mind since that time but it never got much further than a casual conversation.
In the fall of 2012 Nick started a permaculture apprenticeship with Zev Friedman and Dylan Rylas-Hamilton and was blessed with co-apprentice, great friend, and co-founder of the ATL Julian Dominic who quickly partnered on a community donation garden that Julian was just breaking ground on called Charlotte Got Crops. Over the next few weeks they recognized their own need for tools as well as hearing similar stories from many people involved in community projects. It became clear they had identified a need in the community and had a solution that benefits everyone of every race, economic status, age, sexual orientation etc. in our community. Ultimately the biggest tool we will ever have is the ability to build community and the ATL is one tool in that toolbox.
Enter Tom Llewellyn. With an extensive history of organizing on local and national levels with REAL Cooperative and Sustainable Living Roadshow Tom brings great energy and desire for change along with an experienced point of view that leaves our team confident and ready to guide this project into the future as a leader for a new western NC.
In addition to these three coordinators there is a growing team of dedicated volunteers that are supporting the growth of this project with their many many skills.
Start the Project - Completed
Build community support - Completed
Find a Location - Completed
Begin to Network in the Community - Completed
Get chosen as a finalist in the Get2Gether Neighborhood Challenge (Thanks Center for a New American Dream) - Completed
Become a Fiscally Sponsored Non Profit (Thanks Empowerment Works) - Completed
Setup website (Anyone want to help?)
Launch a fundraising campaign (thanks ioby) - Completed
Tool Forum- Find out what our community is looking for in a tool library (Join us on Tuesday Oct 8th 6pm at the co-op)
Raise $10,000 in donations - We're really gonna need your help with this one!
Rent Shipping Container (to store tool donations)
Tool Drive- Collect 1,000 donated tools
Volunteers! (We’re gonna need you)
Open for lending (February 2014 here we come)
Build and serve a diverse membership
Move into a permanent location
why we're doing it
We will be providing low cost access to a wide range of tools, literature, and knowledge to citizens of western NC. The community-driven project aims to empower individuals and the community at large through affordable access to resources that encourage rehabilitation, creativity, entrepreneurship, livability, and community development in Western NC.
The Asheville Tool Library will directly address the issue of socio-economic inequality that exists in Western NC by providing low/no cost access to tools, education, and other resources to all members of our community.