The Green Lents Community Tool Library is here to serve you, FoPo. And, well, a few other neighborhoods, too (Mt. Scott-Arleta, Powellhurst-Gilbert, Brentwood Darlington, Pleasant Valley, and Lents).
Yes, SE Portland has its own tool library (SEPTL), too, but we all know that inner-Southeasters view the Foster area as some outpost. Technically speaking, we can borrow tools at the SEPTL. And before Portlanders got all spoiled and stuff, this was a novel idea and worth the trek to the inner lands. But now we have our own. And we have for the better part of a year now.
If you haven’t been already, the community tool library at 9211 SE Ramona Street (just off 92nd, one block north of Foster) makes home and garden tools available for rent—actually for borrow, because it’s free—on a weekly basis. Need to cut down a tree? They have saws. Want to de-pave your backyard? Get a sledge hammer. And do it for free, and with accompanying smiling faces from the volunteers who run it.
Here’s the catch, though: it’s free for a reason, and it’s success will count on you using and supporting it. The using part’s easy. But how does one support it? Good question. Start with a donation. If you have spare tools or want to upgrade your current stock, donate the old ones to GLCTL. If you have a couple hours free on a weekend, donate your time. The tool library operates on the backs of volunteers, and they can use your help. For more information and to learn how to get involved, email email@example.com or call (971) 266-1768. Or, stop in and say hey. They’re open on Saturday, from 8 a.m. to noon; Sunday, from noon to 4 p.m.; and on Wednesdays, from 6-8 p.m.