Our Charity. Our Community.
Chicago Community Tools is a nonprofit tool lending program that provides fellow not-for-profit organizations, community organizations and doers of good deeds with year-round access to an inventory of tools for use in community benefit projects, facility, grounds maintenance and all types of volunteer efforts improving our communities. We provide tools to enhance the charitable sector’s capacity to serve, facilitating hands-on volunteerism in the greater Chicago area.
Access to Chicago Community Tools eliminates the need for agencies to incur the expense of purchasing, repairing, and storing tools, reducing the costs associated with service projects and allowing these agencies to focus more of their resources on their mission.
Chicago Community Tools opened its doors in February 2020 as a completely Chicago based and operated foundation after operating for several years under a national affiliation. With the help of our sponsors and local volunteers, Chicago Community Tools is able to continue working on fulfilling our critical mission.
Chicago Community Tools serves community-based organizations by providing tools, equipment & expertise to empower their most ambitious goals.
Putting tools in hands to make a difference in our community.
Please note that we are working on getting our entire inventory added to the lending platform. We are only about 2/3 done. If you are familiar with our inventory, and you want to borrow a tool not listed, please call or put it in the comments for your reservation.
- Tool maintenance
- Warehouse support
- Tool lending support
Individual and Corporate sponsors are critical to sustaining our mission. Please contact us for information.
Our Fiscal Sponsor, Life Quilt Foundation, maintains the funds necessary to support our mission. Please contact us for information on how you can support us.
News & Updates
We built and delivered over 200 desks across Chicagoland. We started a new batch of 47 desks utilizing wood left over from other projects and new lumber subsidized by a Home Depot grant! We know that schools are reopening for in-person learning, but we also know that...
Welcome to Chicago Community Tools, where we are remaking communities with each tool we lend. We encourage you to post your pictures of our tools helping doers of good deeds do their thing!