For Immediate Release - March 1, 2023
The Guelph Tool Library, a member-based lending library with over 1200 tools and appliances, achieved their $5K to Save the Day Fundraiser goal with incredible support from the Guelph community and tool library members.
The Guelph Tool Library is volunteer-run and managed on a shoestring budget. The Guelph community and organization members came to the rescue over the past 2 weeks to help the organization close a funding shortfall.
“The community really showed their support for us,”
says Claire Cowan, a member of the Guelph Tool Library Board of Directors and the Steering Committee.
“This support really re-affirms our efforts to find more sustainable funding so we can keep delivering an amazing service to the Guelph community.”
In addition to providing access to tools for over 1,400 members since 2016, the Guelph Tool Library also delivers programming that supports efforts to reduce waste and promote the Circular Economy. Programming includes:
Repair Cafes - events where people can bring broken items to be repaired by volunteer fixers
The Guelph Seed Library - which provides garden seed to members and non-members
The GTL Circular Store - a brand new mini thrift store and recycling centre
The Urban Sugaring Project - which helps community members collect sap from their own maple trees for a community syrup boil
The Grow Community Garden - a place for community members to grow fresh produce for themselves and for donation
Sew on the Go - a service offering clothing repairs to residents in retirement homes
Backyard Caring - a program focused on accessible skill sharing on urban food production, gardening tools, backyard chickens, houseplants and cooking with homegrown harvests