December 20: Zinburger Give Back Lunch

November 28: Giving Tuesday at Kendra Scott

Hammers & Ales: November 2, 2023

Bowling for Change

Party & Fundraiser Benefiting Phoenix ToolBank

Phoenix ToolBank will host its 3rd Annual Bowling for Change Party and Fundraiser on the evening of Thursday, July 11, 2019, from 5:00 pm -8:30 pm at the AMF Tempe Village Lanes (4407 South Rural Road, Tempe, 85282).  We invite your corporation to join us in supporting high impact, sustaining change in our communities by equipping nonprofits with tools. In just the last month our tools have been used in the community to build playgrounds, rehab homes, maintain community gardens and much more!  Team check in will be from 5:30 pm to 6:00 pm, bowling from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, and ending with a wrap party from 8:00 – 8:30 pm (with awards ceremony).

All proceeds will be invested in the growth of #ToolsForChange, supporting nonprofits and charitable missions by equipping volunteers to “do more, build more, be more”!  Since beginning our tool lending program in April of 2015, we have saved the nonprofit community over $1.8 million by borrowing tools.  Join us for an evening of fun, good spirited competition, and awards!  Food, nonalcoholic drinks, shoe rental and bowling are included in sponsorship.  Additional drinks will be available for purchase.

Hammer Drill Sponsor $1,000

  • Recognition in invitation, program, social media coverage and all correspondence as Hammer Drill Sponsor
  • Recognition (verbal and visual) at the event during presentation
  • Speaking opportunity during awards ceremony
  • 2 corporate bowling teams (maximum 6 bowlers per team, including bowling, shoe rental and food)
  • Opportunity to promote company in goodie bag

Framing Hammer Sponsor $500.00

  • Recognition in invitation, program, social media coverage and all correspondence as Framing Hammer Sponsor
  • Recognition (verbal and visual) at the event during presentation
  • 1 corporate bowling teams (maximum 6 bowlers per team, including bowling, shoe rental and food tickets)
  • Opportunity to promote company in goodie bag

Claw Hammer Sponsor $250.00

**Can’t make it to our event or just don’t like bowling…..we won’t hold that against you as you can still support our mission and work by being a Claw Hammer Sponsor!

  • Recognition in invitation, program, social media coverage and all correspondence as Claw Hammer Sponsor
  • Recognition (verbal and visual) at the event during presentation
  • Opportunity to promote company in goodie bag

For more information about Bowling for Change sponsorship opportunities and payment options, please contact: Jana Smith at or 602-438-4005

Tempe Officers Supporting their Community with Tools for Change

Tempe Police Officers put down their regular, daily “tools” and picked up rakes and string trimmers to help their community last month.  Each graduating academy class starts off their thin blue line service with some ToolBank blue tools as an opportunity to gain empathy and connection with the local community they have sworn to protect and serve.

This month’s community member was an elderly woman who had recently lost her husband.  They were Tempe residents that had spent their entire married life in the same home, raising children and contributing to their community.  Rob Ferraro, President of the Tempe Officers Association said, “with all of the changes and challenges our neighbor has endured, landscaping should be the furthest thing from her mind, so our cops wanted to lift that load from her shoulders”.

Armed with string trimmers, rakes, action hoes and loppers these new officers set out to work in service of their community.  Just a few short hours later and her yard was back to normal, a burden lifted, and a place where she could once again enjoy.  Ferraro said “it is incredible to see what a few hard working officers can do for a community member when equipped with the right tools.  We wouldn’t have access to those right tools if it wasn’t for Phoenix ToolBank”.  Not only does ToolBank provide the tools necessary for each of their projects, the knowledgeable and trained ToolBank staff have provided tool recommendations to ensure each job is properly equipped.  ToolBank looks forward to more pictures of these transformational projects from the Tempe Officers Association as they continue to serve their community in more ways than one.

ToolBank Network Updates Their Look and Mission

The ToolBank network has come a long way and over the past several months we have taken some big steps forward to enhance our network.  From humble beginnings in 1991 with just one ToolBank, providing home repairs to low-income seniors in Atlanta, to the innovative tool-lending program it is today operating in 8 cities with several disaster trailers we thought it was time to make some changes (and yes, our logo was still the original logo from 1991).  Last fall the ToolBank network, led by the affiliate Executive Directors, proposed a new mission statement.  After an approval from the ToolBank USA Board of Directors, each affiliate adopted our new mission which now reads:  Phoenix ToolBank serves community-based organizations by providing tools, equipment, and expertise to empower their most ambitious goals.  Executive Director, Jana Smith, with Phoenix ToolBank said “I feel that this is a better representation of ToolBank’s work in our community.  We don’t just lend out tools, but we help fulfill the dreams of our local nonprofits by removing the barrier of tools.  We also continually strive through knowing our members and our inventory to provide guidance and our knowledge to help certify our members are efficiently utilizing community volunteers, while ensuring they have the right tools for the job.”

ToolBank embodies a spirit of collaboration and community engagement for our charitable sector.  As we move forward, expanding our services and reach, we thought it was time for a fresh new look.  And last month we took another step forward and updated our logo!  We will also be launching our new look in a variety of layouts (stacked, variety of colors and with our four focus areas) so be on the lookout for our new marketing material incorporating our new look!

Local Veteran will be Returning Home (again) Thanks to Operation Enduring Gratitude

Operation Enduring Gratitude, a local nonprofit organization supporting our veterans, recently set out on their latest project to rebuild an Army Veteran’s home in Glendale.  This will be the fourth house they have rebuilt for a local veteran in need, serving those that have served our country.  In between rebuilding homes, Operation Enduring Gratitude as also built over 50 concrete wheelchair ramps for Veterans since beginning their operation almost 5 years ago.

With the help of local businesses, volunteers, and community leaders and led by Operation Enduring Gratitude’s founder and Executive Director, Charlie Ellis; Gilbert Lopez, a 76-year-old U.S. Army veteran, will be back in a fully renovated home by July 4th.  After finding his way to Charlie through a neighbor who had reached out to the Glendale Chamber, Charlie quickly leapt into action as Gilbert had been living in “a shell of a home” for several years.  As Charlie shares, “It’s a double-edged sword.  The pride got us to the pinnacle of our career is the pride that keeps us independent. And, sometimes, we can’t do it all ourselves.”  Thanks to Operation Enduring Gratitude, Gilbert won’t have to do it all himself.  Together with volunteer hosted events, lots of hard work, and the generous donations of local contractors, Gilbert is seeing his house take shape once again.

Operation Enduring Gratitude still has several weeks of work in order to complete their mission, and if we know Charlie, their next house is right around the corner. Interested volunteers can sign up on their website at  And no need to bring tools, Phoenix ToolBank has Charlie and all his volunteers covered!

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