“We’re a community for you and because of you.” What does that mean, well for the 2,500 members of the West Philly Tool Library (WPTL), those words mean everything. Established in 2009, the West Philly Tool Library has become what I like to call the hidden gem of Philadelphia, a true community resource that has loaned over 58,000 power tools and hand tools to our member’s over the past 9 years. With more than 75% of the houses built before 1950 and with a median household income of $25,826.00- keeping up with a Philadelphia home can be challenging. Located on 47th and Woodland, in West Philadelphia, the tool library directly addresses this challenge by offering annual memberships for as little as $20.00, because we believe that EVERYONE—no matter their income—should have access to the tools they need to maintain their biggest investments, their homes.
As the 10th anniversary of the WPTL is approaching, our team is looking forward to enriching the lives of our members by providing a deeper sense of community to those we serve. Our goal is to expand our space and create a workshop that will provide the community with the opportunity and knowledge to utilize our current inventory of 4,000 tools in a safe and affordable manner by offering a variety of tool safety, homecare and DIY classes. Yet, before we dive deep into the world of expansion, the West Philly Tool Library is in need of support from YOU, our community! We are in need of your time, your talents, your network, and yes your MONEY! We are in need of Your Time – join our Volunteer Ambassador program and help with calling references, reorganizing the library, checking in and out members, attending events and so much more! Your Talents – help us diagnose and fix issues on tools that need repair by joining Volunteer Tool Mechanic program. Your Network – We need YOU to spread the word about how the WPTL has made an impact within your life, and lastly, but most importantly Your Money, we are truly in need of Monetary Donations. As this is #GivingTuesday we thank you so much for taking the time to view our website, (http://westphillytools.org/donate/donate-money/) and learn how you can become involved and DONATE today!