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Today we're here with Jana Smith, the Executive Director of the Phoenix Community Toolbank. This is a great organization that lends tools to other charitable organizations, schools, non-profits, or neighborhood associations for mission-related impact.

The Phoenix Community Toolbank is part of a national Toolbank organization. The concept of Toolbanks has been around for 25 years. A group of churches in Atlanta had folks get together and put their tools in a shared space so more people had access to them. In 2008, a parent company formed with the goal to replicate Toolbanks throughout the United States. 

An interesting aspect of the Toolbank model is that Toolbank will not open in a city that doesn't want or support it. First we gauge if there is interest and support in a community. We first started looking at Phoenix in 2011, and when it was determined that there was a community need, we started fundraising to open one in 2013.

At the Phoenix Community Toolbank, we have a 10,000 square foot warehouse filled with everything from power tools to rakes. To qualify to borrow tools from Toolbank, you simply need charitable intent. If you are out there doing good work, Toolbank will work with you so you can use their tools.

Toolbank is located at 3801 East Alioney Street. Although their business hours are 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday, Jana says they will work with organizations who need to pick up tools on the weekend. If you have any questions, you can contact Toolbank at (602) 692-2473, or visit for more information.

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