February 25, 2016
Recently, Human Rights Campaign borrowed our blue tools to equip their volunteers for a community give back project. Shana Chase, from HRC, shared about their experience:
“On MLK Day of Service, volunteers with HRC Arizona came together for service projects at Mulligan’s Manor (MM) and Native American Connections (NAC). We honored Martin Luther King Jr’s life and teachings by engaging in activities that benefit a vulnerable population: homeless LGBT youth. At NAC, volunteers did deep cleaning and organizing. At MM, volunteers moved and spread 20 tons of landscape rock. What a privilege it was to be able to use actions to express to the youth that we care! Between the two different organizations, we had 35 volunteers plus the youth who helped. MLK DOS with HRC Arizona provided me with a wonderful chance to follow my heart as a Christian and an ally to actively be involved in opportunities to support the LGBT community!
The tools we borrowed from The Phoenix Toolbank were used for the moving and spreading of 20 tons of landscape rock at Mulligan’s Manor. Mulligan’s Manor is a group home that serves LGBT youth who are in the foster care system. These are youth who may not have any biological family in their lives and the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) wanted to show them that they do still have a family who cares for them and supports them. Being able to provide them with a nice living environment will go a long way towards helping them to feel safe and secure, and HRC was happy to partner with Mulligan’s Manor for this project.
As you can imagine, spreading and moving 20 tons of landscape rock is an incredibly large task and we were in need of many tools for the project. The Phoenix Toolbank provided us with a total of 30 tools (shovels and rakes), which greatly aided us in completing our task. I’d never used the Toolbank’s resources before, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. Jana Smith was absolutely fantastic! She walked me through the process, she was very kind and accommodating, she was willing to work with me to ensure that I had what I needed in order to be able to complete the service project for the group home. I would recommend the Toolbank to any organization that is in need of tools for their service projects! Thank you so much for your program! It is greatly appreciated and it meets a need in the community.”