Get Involved


It’s easy to overlook the fact that we are a nonprofit and run on volunteers.  We have been lucky this year to have had some great volunteers come on board to help. But we could always use more of you!

Volunteers play an essential role at the NPTL, and are always welcome and appreciated. Whether you want to help out at the library during open hours, pitch in on special projects, or just work to maintain tools, we have a place for you. Got a an applicable skill we haven’t covered here? Let us know what you’d like to do for us. We look forward to welcoming you into our organization’s fold.

Can you spare 2 hours on a Saturday?  We need folks who can help check in/out tools,  help keep the library clean and orderly, and help members find solutions to their DIY dilemmas.  All of this is done in conjunction with our Tool Coordinator or a board member, so you’re never out there in “tool land” alone.  If you’re interested in volunteering–even one weekend–please follow the link to Volunteerspot below or email us at

From the bottom of our tool box, we thank you!

We are seeking additional financial support from public sources, private foundations, business and individuals to help expand the number of tools and services that we can provide. We accept financial contributions (if writing a check, please make it out to to North Portland Community Works–a 501C3 non-profit) and may accept some tool donations upon inspection.
We also welcome partnerships with organizations and skilled trades people, particularly to volunteer to staff or sponsor our free skill-building workshops. In addition, we welcome anyone who would like to volunteer to help with general operations or outreach to please give us a call. We appreciate any help you are willing to give! The Tool Library is building partnerships with organizations and agencies, including: Peninsula Community Development Corporation (affordable housing), Growing Gardens (low-income household garden installations) and the Bureau of Environmental Services Downspout Disconnect program (clean rivers).

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