EUGENE, Ore. – A program that lends out tools to its members is growing with the help of a $34,500 grant.
Since it began in July 2015, the ToolBox Project in Eugene has made more than 3,000 tool loans and its inventory has grown to more than 900 tools. More than 500 people have joined the program, which provides a variety of tools to Lane County residents.
The grant from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality will allow the program to expand further by hiring an operations manager, buying a tool delivery tricycle and expanding its tool inventory.
“So far the organization has been mostly volunteer-driven, so having a paid staff will help us expand and meet the growing need for sharing tools,” said board member Celeste Peterson.
The ToolBox Project’s hours are 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays and 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays. It is located at 2235 Adams Street in Eugene. More information is available on its website at www.eugenetoolboxproject.org.