Here’s the installment of our monthly Newsletter
Much to report:
$3,000 big ones!
Earlier this month we received an incredible gift and a challenge from Asheville resident Jonathan Reily. With a goal of raising $10,000 to start this project off right and a fundraising campaign that earlier this month was only 20% complete, Jonathan offered to double all contributions up to a total of $3,000! We’re more than half way to that $3,000 goal and need your help to get over the hump in the next few days.
You can join the nearly 100 donors who have contributed to this project by clicking HERE.
$1,200 big ones!
Groundswell’s global coordination office is based in Asheville and is excited to support the Asheville Tool Library with funds raised from their 2013 Spring Seed Campaign. “We believe it’s important to invest in local leaders and innovators who are providing solutions to issues affecting our community,” says Chris Sacco, Groundswell’s Director of Operations. “Establishing a tool library in Asheville is a wonderful way to create community, reduce our impact on the environment, and generate economic well-being.”
Groundswell International is a non-profit organization that works in partnership, locally and globally, to strengthen rural communities to build healthy farming and local food systems from the bottom up. Groundswell does this by investing in communities to lead their own development processes and by linking local organizations to wider food sovereignty movements.
To learn more about Groundswell, please visit: http://www.groundswellinternational.org.
Thank you all so very much for attending our Tool Talk event held at the co-op a few weeks back. We had a smashin’ good time of getting folks together to talk about the new tool library – we were gifted tools, money and loads of advice from people like you. We put together a SURVEY for everyone to take during the event which had questions like, tools you want, classes you want, volunteer interests, etc – if you haven’t taken it, take it: http://bit.ly/HkFLYN.
Pictures from the event taken by our friend, Grant Adkisson here: Tool Pics
Let’s Build it Together!
Anyone interested in helping to get this project off the ground? 2014 is just around the corner and we need some more community support before we can open the doors and start lending tools.
An open-to-the-public community meeting:
Wednesday November 13th from 6:30-8:30 we will be meeting at the office of the Dogwood Alliance (129 Biltmore Ave Asheville, NC 28801).
Please join us if your interested in volunteering and have 1 hr/month or 10hr/wk… we know everyone in town has something to offer.
Hey, ho – we’re accepting tool donations!
That’s right, if you’re interested in donating a new, or kindly used tool please get at us! Drills, saws, garden tools, BCS Tiller (!), painting supplies, wrenches, sewing machines, generators, ladders, cobbling tools, leather working tools, wood working tools, bungee cords, etc etc… Bring em’!
Contact us here:
How to get in contact with us:
For general Inquires: email@example.com
Volunteer Inquiry: Volunteer@aashevilletoollibrary.org
And finally, now something completely different…
Co-Creator of the Asheville Tool Library, Julian Dominic, will be giving a cooking class on corn! More specifically, Nixtamal:
One of the oldest techniques of corn preparation, Nixtamal (knee-shta-mal), refers to the process by which the revered grain is cooked in an alkali, hulled and eaten with your neighbors. Come enjoy the old method of cooking, hand-grinding, and eating the regional Kentucky Butcher Dent Corn – making tortillas from scratch!
Let’s start lending tools!
Nick, Tom, Julian and the growing tool team
P.S. We’ve extended our fundraising campaign ’till November 22nd!. Please consider a donation today.
In October over 20 residents gathered together to share food and brainstorm a very comprehensive list of all the sharing, collaborative and community supporting based resources, businesses, organizations and places in Asheville. We used a toolkit developed by Shareable.net and joined more than 50 cities nationwide and around the world who participated in the 2 week Shareable Cities “Map Jam.”
The map is still under development and we welcome any suggestions for things that should be added. Please fill out this form and let us know!
Earlier this year Asheville resident and writer for Shareable.net, Amy Hamilton, published an awesome guide to many of the sharing based resources that Asheville has to offer. You can find it here: http://www.shareable.net/blog/asheville-a-shareable-mountain-town
Lea Mclellan wrote an article about SHARE Asheville and the Map Jam we hosted on October 23rd and it was published this week in the Mountain Xpress: How well does Asheville share?
Have questions? Wanna get involved?? Contact Tom Llewellyn: firstname.lastname@example.org