Volunteering & Giving
August 25, 2015

New Phoenix ToolBank will provide lift to volunteer efforts

A Wells Fargo volunteer spent four years (and thousands of volunteer hours) bringing a tool-lending organization to Phoenix — and now nonprofits can borrow an array of tools at a minimal cost.

“These tools are going to be building gardens, cleaning up neighborhoods and alleyways . . . keeping our parks beautiful, retrofitting homes and building homes,” says Iain Hamp, a Wells Fargo team member who dedicated more than four years of his volunteer efforts to bringing a community ToolBank to Phoenix.

The ToolBank provides nonprofits a vast inventory of tools at a minimal cost. The new Phoenix ToolBank is an affiliate of ToolBank USA, a nonprofit whose mission is to boost the ability of charities to serve their communities.

“These tools have a long life ahead of them, and they’re going to tell some great stories,” says Jana Smith, executive director of the Phoenix ToolBank.

Iain was introduced to the ToolBank model when working on a volunteer project in Charlotte, North Carolina, in 2011. After returning home, he dedicated his volunteer efforts to bringing the resource to Phoenix, which included a 10-week paid volunteer leave from Wells Fargo to see the ToolBank through its grand opening.