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3230 Macdonald Ave
(Pullman Neighborhood)
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the project

On Wednesday evening, September 6, 2017, a burglary occurred at the Richmond Tool Library (RTL) in the City of Richmond Recreation Complex located at 3230 Macdonald Ave. Department staff arriving on Thursday morning noticed a broken and open window at the library as well as a chainsaw left outside on the ground next to the damaged window. Staff immediately informed the RTL and Richmond Police Department arrived at the scene to examine the area. Investigation of the incident is ongoing.

Upon general inspection, we are heartbroken to notify our users and community members that our laptop as well as a number of our power tools were stolen. It appears nearly all power drills were stolen as well as several reciprocating saws, circular saws, jigsaws, and more.

The Richmond Tool Library has been open since August 1, 2016 and has been a free resource for Richmond residents and community organizations for over a year. We have provided, and will continue to provide, tools to allow our users opportunities to be self-sufficient, to take agency over their neighborhoods, and to build a more sustainable Richmond, California.


We are asking the community to continue support us in recovering our power tool inventory, purchasing a laptop, and replacing our damaged window. We will also be hosting a tool donation drive to supplement our inventory.

We appreciate any support from the community and hope to continue providing our residents with our free tool lending services 

Thank you,
The Richmond Tool Library Team


the steps

1. Take (ongoing) inventory of items stolen, as noted in the budget and/or intake tool donations 
2. Continue to follow up with police report 
2. Purchase tools as listed and install security alarms immediately. 
3. Inform local neighborhoods and local agencies of enhanced security procedures 

why we're doing it

Richmond’s General Plan states, “After 30 years most housing units show signs of deterioration and need reinvestment to maintain livable conditions. Without proper maintenance, housing that is over 50 years old requires major reinvestment to maintain its quality and appearance. As of 2010, 70.4 percent of Richmond’s housing units were over 30 years old and 48.5 percent were over 50 years old.”

The saying goes, “the best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” There is nothing that we can do about the lack of upkeep that our housing stock has received but we can begin to reverse that process today.

While many Richmond residents recognize the need to maintain their homes and community spaces, most do not have $400 lying around to spend on a jigsaw or shop vac. Since its opening on August 1, 2016, the Richmond Tool Library has provided free access to these kinds of tools, including those that are difficult to store and that users only need once. Additionally, local community organizations have continually used our tools to host volunteer-based neighborhood clean-ups, park builds, community garden construction, and more.

With the Richmond Tool Library, we are repairing our houses. We are maintaining our yards. We are taking ownership of our public spaces. We are collaborating with those from all walks of life. We are unifying the CIty of Richmond, residents, and community organizations into one Richmond, California, and we hope you will join us.



RAISED = $3,075.00
ioby Platform Fee  $35.00
Payment Processing Fee (3%) $88.54


STRETCH BUDGET (as of 9.28.17):

Funds raised beyond the original goal will go towards additional security measures.

SUBTOTAL = $2,879
ioby Platform Fee $35
Donation Processing Fee of 3%  $86



Tool Price (Tax not Included) Quantity Total Cost of Tool Replacement
BLACK+DECKER LDX120C 20-Volt MAX Lithium-Ion Cordless Drill/Driver $54.56 4 $218.24
SKIL 6335-02 7.0 Amp 1/2 In. Corded Drill $38.65 4 $154.60
DEWALT DWE305 12 Amp Corded Reciprocating Saw $89.00 3 $267.00
DEWALT DW4856 Metal/Woodcutting Reciprocating Saw Blade Set, 6-Piece $7.99 3 $23.97
GreenWorks 20312 G-MAX 40V 16-Inch Cordless Chainsaw, 4AH Battery and a Charger Included $206.99 1 $206.99
BLACK+DECKER LCS1020 20V MAX Lithium Ion Chainsaw, 10" $84.53 1 $84.53
BLACK+DECKER BDEJS600C 5.0-Amp Jig Saw $29.97 3 $89.91
Black & Decker 75-626 Assorted Jigsaw Blades Set, Wood and Metal, 24-Pack $18.03 3 $54.09
Black & Decker BDERO100 Random Orbit Sander, 5-Inch $24.99 2 $49.98
BLACK+DECKER BDEQS300 1/4-Sheet Orbital Sander $24.97 2 $49.94
SKIL 6445-04 7.0 Amp 1/2 In. Hammer Drill $47.99 2 $95.98
DEWALT D25263K D-Handle SDS Rotary Hammer with Shocks, 1-1/8" $184.99 1 $184.99
Samsung Chromebook 3, 11.6", 4GB RAM, 16GB eMMC, Chromebook (XE500C13-K04US) $189.99 1 $189.99
Dremel 8220-1/28 12-Volt Max Cordless Rotary Tool $79.99 1 $79.99
Window Alarms $17.99 1 $17.99
Motion Sensor Alarm $32.81 1 $32.81
  Subtotal   $1,801.00
  Tax Amount 8.25% $148.58
  Total Tool Cost with Taxes 8.25% $1,949.58
ioby Platform Fee $35   $35.00
  Cost with Platform Fee $1,984.58  
ioby Donation Processing Fee 3%   $59.54
Total ioby Fees     $94.54
Total Cost with Tools, Tax, and ioby Fees     $2,044.12
Urban Tilth Fiscal Sponsorship Fee 7%    
Total UT Fees     $143.09
Total Cost with Tools, Tax, UT, and ioby Fees     $2,187.21



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