The Atlanta Community ToolBank expands its toolbox to include PPE

The Atlanta Community ToolBank provides tools and equipment for charitable organizations. Individuals that are interested in building or maintaining their own garden can also borrow tools through the Resurgence Garden initiative. Courtesy of Atlanta Community ToolBank

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The Atlanta Community ToolBank provides tools and equipment for charitable organizations. Individuals that are interested in building or maintaining their own garden can also borrow tools through the Resurgence Garden initiative. Courtesy of Atlanta Community ToolBank

The Atlanta ToolBank has been supporting the Atlanta community for 30 years, saving nonprofit organizations millions of dollars by lending tools and equipment at 3% of their retail value and offering training and classes.

“Service project to service project, our tools have been used by dedicated volunteers, improving the diversity, landscape and face of our great city,” said Adam Meade, director of community engagement of The Atlanta ToolBank.

When the coronavirus pandemic started began to effect the Atlanta area, The Atlanta ToolBank shifted its focus to include PPE, working with the Georgia Center for Nonprofits, MedShare and FODAC (Friends of Disabled Adults and Children), to donate and distribute over 168,000 pieces of PPE to health institutions, member agencies, first responders and shelters.

“The need shifted from borrowing items such as tools and equipment for community service projects to donating and distributing consumable PPE like masks, face shields, sanitizer and gloves,” said Meade.

Additionally, the group also provides free tool lending to organizations performing COVID-19 testing, response and relief, and it lends urban agriculture farming equipment to local farmers and community gardens so they can help provide much-needed food for those in need.


Who’s helping?

The Atlanta ToolBank

Services: The Atlanta ToolBank serves the community by providing tools, equipment and expertise to charitable organizations and individuals interested in personal farming during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Where supplies have gone: These tools and supplies are supporting charitable organizations, schools, nonprofit organizations, government agencies, churches and urban farmers.

Where to donate: Donate to the Atlanta ToolBank by visiting www.atlantatoolbank.org

How to get help: Charitable organizations are eligible for aid, and individuals that are interested in building or maintaining their own garden can also borrow tools through the Resurgence Garden initiative.

If you are involved in or know of an organization working to bring relief to the Atlanta community during the coronavirus pandemic OR you are with an organization with supplies that you don’t know where to donate, please email us at Shannon.n.Dominy@gmail.com.