Power Tools to the People!

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For over a decade, the North Portland Tool Library has been getting folks in touch with their inner contractor–helping DIY’ers like you turn your homes and businesses into spectacular places. We’ve helped you to maintain your gutters and lawns, gardens, basements, bathrooms and baby rooms. How do we do it? Well, it ain’t easy. We’re overworked and unpaid–that’s right, we’re an all-volunteer board. Luckily, we have our great Tool Coordinator, Marci, and we keep her paid using all the tools in our financial work box. But there’s so much more we’d like to do than just keep the doors open and lights on; our goal for 2016 is to become financially more secure, so that we can keep building community here in North Portland.

Many of you drop money into our “tip jar” when you come in to rent tools. Thank you, THANK YOU! Would you consider giving more? Currently, we have over 5K members; if each of you made a $5 tax-deductible donation this holiday season, that would add up to a cool $25,000. WOW! Of course, if you’d like to pledge more, we’d be happy to oblige! As members of the community, you’re our investment. Please consider making a deeper investment in us.

Consider giving at one of these contribution levels:

Steel: $50 – gets you a snappy NPTL baseball cap

Copper: $100 – gets you an all-cotton NPTL T-shirt

Solid Gold: $250 – $500 – gets you a cap, a T-shirt and a tool from our secret stash

We can receive a check or cash during open hours, you can send a check by mail, or you can contribute via PayPal by clicking the “Donate” button below.


Our mailing address is:

2209 N. Schofield St.

Portland, OR 97217

Thank you for your support! We wish you all the best in 2016.

Most Sincerely,

The NPTL Board of Directors,

Gerry Howard, Teri Thomas Petersen, Franny French & Preston Browning




 Fred Meyer is donating $2.5 million per year to non-profits in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington, based on where their customers tell them to give. Here’s how the program works:

  • Sign up for the Community Rewards program by linking your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to (non-profit) at fredmeyer.com/communityrewards. You can search for us by our name, North Portland Tool Library or by our non-profit number 81557.
  • Then, every time you shop and use your Rewards Card, you are helping (non-profit) earn a donation!
  • You still earn your Rewards Points, Fuel Points, and Rebates, just as you do today.
  • If you do not have a Rewards Card, they are available at the Customer Service desk of any Fred Meyer store.
  • For more information, please visit fredmeyer.com/communityrewards.


We would like to personally thank each and every volunteer who has spent time with us during our “busy” season.  We also want to thank those who have worked during a fundraiser or event.  It is with your continued support that we are able to offer more to our community and in turn we all grow stronger together.    The volunteer opportunities are going to be fewer going forward, but we will still need folks who can give our tools some love,  this includes cleaning, sharpen and oiling all the garden tools for winter storage, and moving and reorganizing our shelves for a more convenient winter mode  operation.    As always, you can come be tool librarian for a few hours to share the love with our community.

Thank you!

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The North Portland Tool Library (NPTL) is a community resource dedicated to building community and fostering sustainability by providing residents with tools and the power to use them. We loan a wide variety of tools to community members free of charge. The NPTL benefits North Portland residents by reducing the costs of maintaining and improving the places in which we live, work, and play. The NTPL support diverse, livable neighborhoods and fosters community pride.