Residents, well-wishers and “do-it-yourself”types were on hand to celebrate the opening of the Tool Loan Center, located at 2500 W. Capital Drive. The event was hosted by Housing Resources, Inc., which showcased the renovation work that has taken place at the center, which included a tool donation drive. The Tool Loan Program lends tools to people who own homes in Milwaukee who are planning do-it-yourself home improvement projects. The Tool Loan Center provides low cost alternatives for finding tools needed for a job. The center stocks a wide variety of hand and power tools from screwdrivers, hammers and pipe wrenches to sanders, saws, ladders, wheel barrows and more.
Ald. Ashanti Hamilton, who was among the attendees, said anyone who has tools they are no longer using should bring them to the center and make a donation. “Your power tools, ladders screw drivers, hammers, saws and other tools will be put to good use and will make a major positive difference for someone,” he said.
There is another Tool Loan Center at 1407 W. Lincoln Ave. on the near south side. The renovation of the Capitol Drive location was made possible by donations from NeighborWorks America, the Greater Milwaukee Foundation and Wells Fargo. (Photo by Yvonne Kemp)