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Tool Replacement Fund

Help us rebuild the DC Tool Library after devastating break-ins

UPDATE: Wow! We are incredibly encouraged by the outpouring of community support for our small project! Any money given over our goal will go towards setting up and putting the finishing touches on our second location in Ward 7 as well as setting up a fund for future tool libraries in other Wards. We've bumped our goal by an additional $5,000, so that we can get our Lederer Tool Library up to speed.

Our beloved, all-volunteer DC Tool Library lost many vital tools and equipment during break-ins in early February. This free neighborhood resource has been empowered by DC residents’ tool donations since 2020, and in turn, has empowered residents by providing access to tools for home repairs, maintenance, community projects, and more. Now, the Library’s ability to carry out its mission is at risk. The replacement value of the tools stolen is about $11,000. For the time being, we’ve made the decision to close this library branch while we resecure the building and work to rebuild our stock of tools.

While we have pursued every possible avenue to get the tools back, we expect the losses to be permanent. Besides replacing the tools—through donations and repurchasing—we urgently need to invest in insurance and improved security measures, including an alarm system, lighting, and cameras. The total estimate is about $15,000, which we can reach with your help. 

Every dollar helps—please consider giving what you can, whether $5, $50, or $500.

Our Twin Oaks Tool Library branch represents the spirit of community and empowerment within our local neighborhoods in DC. With your support we can rebuild a Tool Library that serves our community for many years to come. Thank you for believing in the tool library as much as we do.

For more information about the break-ins and our route going forward check out the website.

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Goal $20,000 USD

Amount raised

$19,019.50 USD

Still to contribute

$980.50 USD

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310 individuals and 1 organization have contributed to this goal

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Guest

Tool Replacement Fund

$1,000 USD

Yael

Tool Replacement Fund

$800 USD

Sharon Forsyth

Tool Replacement Fund

$500 USD

Guest

Tool Replacement Fund

$500 USD

Guest

Tool Replacement Fund

$500 USD

Anonymous

Tool Replacement Fund

$300 USD

Donna

Tool Replacement Fund

$300 USD

Lynne

Tool Replacement Fund

$250 USD

Denver Tool L...

Tool Replacement Fund

$250 USD

Shree Sharma

Tool Replacement Fund

$250 USD

Guest

Tool Replacement Fund

$250 USD

Chris Richter

Tool Replacement Fund

$250 USD

$20,000 USD goal

$19,019.5 USD raised (95%)

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