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Volunteer Volunteer Coordinator

Volunteer Volunteer Coordinator

The volunteer coordinator manages all elements of volunteering for the North Portland Tool Library. In particular, assessing the organization’s needs and then meeting those needs through the recruitment, placement and retention of volunteers. The volunteer coordinators will manage and monitor all volunteer activities.

Responsibilities Include:

◾Researching and writing volunteer policies and procedures

◾Generating volunteer opportunities and role descriptions

◾Ensuring there is appropriate support and training for volunteers

◾Promoting volunteering (internally and externally)through recruitment and PR strategies and campaigns

◾Recruiting volunteers and assigning them to roles that match their interests and skillsets

◾Partaking in public outreach activities

◾Nominating volunteers for awards and, with the help of the board, organizing “thank you” events

◾Offering advice and information to volunteers and external organizations through outreach activities via face-to-face,telephone and email contact

◾With assistance from the board, organizing volunteer recruitment events

◾Attending monthly board meetings

◾Monitoring and evaluating volunteer activities

◾Maintaining volunteer database

Ideal Volunteer:

◾Strongly supportive of the mission and need for NPTL.

◾Committed to enriching the community

◾Proficient in MS Word/Excel

◾Available 5-7 hours a week, during peak times

◾In possession of a take-charge attitude

◾Able to work with people of diverse backgrounds

◾Willing to work with an all-volunteer board to promote tool library activities

Volunteer Here!

If you want to volunteer for a specific task/time or have questions about volunteering, email or talk to Darin when the tool library is open.  

Great way to get involved with your community.   Bonus!  First tool selections! ( ie you get a lawn mower if it comes in! Or whatever your tool of choice is!)  Work off fines!

Saturday Front Desk.   9:00 AM — 2:00 PM   Help check tools in and out and keep the line moving.   Inspect tools and cables.  Assist in tool selection.  Socialize and have a good time! (Partial shifts are fine!)

Tuesday Evening Front Desk:  5:00 PM – 7:30 PM Help check tools in and out and keep the line moving.   Inspect tools and cables.  Assist in tool selection.  Socialize and have a good time! (Partial shifts are fine!)

Drop-in Volunteer Tasks – Come to the tool library and help out any time we’re open!

  • Tool cleaning and maintenance
  • Filing and other office work
  • Cleaning & organizing the tool library
  • Sorting donations
  • Front desk (if someone else isn’t already scheduled)

Outside the Library – You can still volunteer, even if you don’t have time to spare during our open hours.

  • Tabling at events
  • Posting flyers for workshops and events
  • Organizing workshops

Other opportunities include:

  • Data entry (putting new tools in the system)
  • Tool repair
  • Special events (e.g. the annual tool sale and other fundraisers)
  • And more!

ALL levels of experience are welcome – we’re happy to help you learn as needed!

There are also monthly board meetings.  Email info@northportlandtoollibrary if you’re interested in discussing fundraising, strategic planning, or other topics with the board.


Lead-Safe Home Projects Workshop


Community Energy Project and North Portland Tool Library are excited to provide a free

Lead-Safe Home Projects Workshop
Wednesday November 16th 6:30-8:00PM

at the Kenton Firehouse 2209 N Schofield.

Before scraping, sanding, or remodeling any painted surface in pre-1978 housing, check out this class! It’s great for people who want to do a small project that may involve exposure to lead paint, such as sanding down an old window frame or a reused door with potential lead paint, or a small renovation project in an older home. The class will also discuss the requirements for hiring certified contractors to work on pre-1978 housing. Eligible participants will receive a free kit of testing and working materials, as well as valuable information on protecting your family from lead exposure during home renovations.

This basic class is great for people who want to do a small project that may involve exposure to lead paint, such as sanding down an old window frame or a reused door with potential lead paint.
Basic background on history and uses of lead
Project planning and preparation
Lead-Safe work techniques
Project cleanup and dust testing of area
Connections to related resources
The kit for qualified participants includes a starter kit for lead-safe work practices and testing materials, as well as the opportunity borrow a HEPA vacuum.

Interested? To guarantee we bring enough materials for all, please register online at:
Or call 503-284-6827 ext 108

Community Forum “Breaking Ground News”


We’re proud and happy to announce that the North Portland Tool Library has received two very generous capacity building grants—a $49,390 North Portland Enhancement Grant from Metro and a $32,000 Community Livability Grant from the Portland Development Commission.

The grants will be used in part for upgrades to the existing tool library, but mostly for construction of an above-ground tool library annex building, which will house seasonal tools and function as a workspace for volunteers. The annex will be situated in the northwest corner of the backyard of the Historic Kenton Firehouse.

The ultimate goal is to create a structure that serves as a showcase for environmentally conscientious design—with plans to include reclaimed materials in the structure and closely integrate it with the existing native landscape (with rainwater catchment and diversion into existing bio-swales) while providing a photo-backdrop worthy façade to complement the community gatherings and special events held year-round in the garden area. We are very excited to break ground this spring.

We want your input and involvement. As members of the community and patrons of the tool library, you are part of what we do. We value your ideas, and we’d like to share this project with you.

Please join us for an open forum to weigh in on possible designs from local contractors, or just take a look at what we’re doing and get involved as a volunteer on the project.

Tools tools and More TOOLS

Tools is what were about after all and we are happy to introduce you to our newest tools available for borrowing.    Based on the results of the Survey that was given last month we were able to get the top requested items and more!  Thanks to Reb for unpacking and assembling all the tools for us!

It must be Christmas in July for NPTL
Dewalt Random Orbital
Dewalt Random Orbital
Hitachi Framing Nailer (code compliant!!)
Our new mini power horse! Dremel 3 in 1 Ultra Saw
Air Compressor


Hitachi 22″ Belt Sander
22′ Ladder


Repair Cafe Sept 2014




Thursday Sept 19 2014 




If you did not join us for the June  Repair café then you should definitely make a point to come to this one!

We will rescheduled in OCT/NOV time so keep your broken stuff.   Also, you may try for other times and locations.

Do you have something that is not working right? Does your old blender clunk when it should whirr? Do your old speakers crackle or does your turntable make Cat Stevens sound like a chipmunk? Do you have a pair of earrings missing clamps or hooks? Perhaps your bike just needs a much needed tune up or your favorite kitchen knives need a little TLC. If you answered yes to any of these questions you need to come to the Repair Café.

**We are planning to have volunteers who can help repair the following:

Clothes and linens

Bike Tune ups and diagnostics

Leather Repair

Small Engine repair


Tool Sharpening

These are just a selection of Volunteers we having coming so you definitely do not want to miss it. If you don’t see your item listed that doesn’t necessarily mean it won’t get fixed bring it by anyway we might just have someone on site who can fix your item.

And Don’t forget to bring some cash the suggested $5.00 is needed to keep these cafés going and because we believe in sustainability to build the communities we service.

This is not a closed or member only event, Please forward to your Neighborhood association or group because we all have stuff that needs a helping hand! Thanks!


** Volunteers are subject to change and we can not be guarantee anything you bring down will be fixed.   We work with everyone who walks through our doors to find solutions so even if you don’t see your item listed feel free to bring it down and we will have a look at it.    Also, repairs may require parts that you did not bring, our volunteers try to have small supplies on hand but if you know you’ll need something bring it or understand that you may have to return again with parts if need be.