The Rush IS ON…


ToolRush13Rush In – We Need Volunteers this Saturday!

The biggest tool sale in the ATL is coming soon, and we need you to make it all happen! Join Team ToolBank this Saturday for a morning of service, as we organize the Tool Rush Sale inventory for the big day. Pizza, hearty laughs and maybe even some fun Halloween treats await.

Tool Rush Prep Day!
Date: Saturday, November 1, 2014
Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location: ToolBank Warehouse – Click for DirectionsQuestions? Reach out at gina.chaves@toolbank.org or 404.880.0054 x11.


Biggest Tool Sale in ATL is 11/8/14! #ToolRush

What: Annual Tool Rush Sale – Your ToolBank’s largest fundraiser.
Date: Saturday, November 8, 2014
Time: 8:00 am – 2:00 pm   Early Bird Shopping: 8:00am-9:00am with $10 donation. Admittance after 9:00 am is free.
Location: Atlanta Community ToolBank Warehouse – 410 Englewood Avenue SE * Atlanta, GA 30315 (Click for Directions)

Interested in volunteering for the sale? Click to register!
Sale inventory board is live! Click and keep tabs as we will work to update monthly.

RUSH IN…
For one day only, the warehouse doors open wide. The annual Tool Rush Sale is your ToolBank’s signature fundraising event. The general public is invited to shop thousands of new tools and supplies – all priced 50% or more off retailAmazing deals and 100% of everything you spend directly and immediately keeps local volunteers equipped to serve across our state.

NEW FOR 2014: We’re excited to offer a new feature this year – the Pride & Joy tent sale. Featuring donations from local folks, this special area will host a diverse range of gently used tools, all for sale at the typical Tool Rush super deal! Atlanta residents are encouraged to search their garages and workshops for hidden gems – tools, in good working condition, that can help generate even more critical funds to help ToolBank increase our capacity to serve. All donations are tax-deductible, please check out the details below:

·   All donations must be in good or great condition and operational.

·   Depending on donation type, tools will either be put into inventory or used for the sale.

·   We will not take household furniture, clothing, appliances or other miscallaneous items, including paint.

·  All items must be delivered to the ToolBank warehouse. *Contact us for info on Kanga, a local delivery service, if you need help with transport. We can help you secure a discounted rate!

·  We will accept drop offs on Monday, Tuesday or Thursdays only from 8:00am-11:30am and 1:00pm-3:30pm.

·  Donation receipts will be provided.  Please note that we do not provide a value for items donated.  As per governmentrequirements, value of donation for tax purposes, must be assigned by the donor.  See http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p526.pdf for detail information about donation of property to a charitable organization.

· For more information on acceptable donations, contact CJ Clark, Warehouse Operations Manager at 404.880.0054 x12 or cj.clark@toolbank.org.

Cosby Kid Changing Lives for Atlanta Youth…

We enjoyed meeting actress (and blue tool user!) Keshia Knight Pulliam during her volunteer time with ToolBank member agency HouseProud Atlanta, Inc. and were thrilled to see her receive the Daily Point of Light Award. Read her story below and nominate someone you know as a Daily Point of Light. To learn about One America, check out www.facebook.com/joinoneamerica.

Keshia Knight Pulliam, right, hands out Kamp Kizzy shirts to last year's campers.

Keshia Knight Pulliam, right, hands out Kamp Kizzy shirts to last year’s campers.

You might know her as Rudy Huxtable, the adorable, truth-telling youngest sibling on “The Cosby Show,” or as Miranda Payne, a con artist who turned her life around on “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne.”

But to hundreds of girls in Atlanta, actress Keshia Knight Pulliam is simply “Miss Keshia” – their mentor at Kamp Kizzy.

In 2011, Pulliam took on a new kind of role that she calls her “true passion” when she launched Kamp Kizzy, an annual two-day free summer camp for girls ages 11 to 16. Kamp Kizzy is designed to encourage girls to pursue their dreams by bonding and participating in a diverse curriculum – designed by Pulliam – that includes performing arts, sensitivity and cultural diversity training, team-building exercises, creative writing, and lessons in etiquette and public speaking.

“It’s all about empowerment and self-esteem, about carving out your identity,” says Pulliam. “At this age, girls feel a need for acceptance, and sometimes that leads to bad decisions. We’re trying to help by creating a space of being listened to and a place of love, where you know everyone is there to support you and to let you know you can accomplish anything with your life.”

Each year, about 100 girls take part in Kamp Kizzy. (“Kizzy” is a nickname that was given to Pulliam by her grandfather.) The camp, which has expanded to four days, is held at Atlanta’s Spelman College, Pulliam’s alma mater. Pulliam hopes that through increased fundraising, to which she devotes much of her time, the camp will be able to serve more girls. Pulliam is also expanding Kamp Kizzy to include a boys’ group in 2015.

Pulliam says that the camp has been so popular that many participants return year after year until they reach the age limit, after which they volunteer as counselors.

“That’s one of the greatest things,” says Pulliam. “They’re excited to come back, and it’s wonderful to see them and hear how they’ve been working to accomplish their goals.”

Kamp Kizzy grew out of a lifetime of volunteer service.

“My mother and father taught me the importance of giving back,” says Pulliam, who at age 5 became the youngest person nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Emmy Award. “I’ve been volunteering help or giving money or clothes for as long as I can remember.”

Keisha Knight Pulliam, left, puts the blue tools to work with long-time ToolBank member agency, HouseProud Atlanta.

Keshia Knight Pulliam, left, puts the blue tools to work repairing a senior’s home with long-time ToolBank member agency, HouseProud Atlanta.

After “The Cosby Show” ended in 1992, Pulliam took a break from acting to pursue her education. While studying at Spelman – where she earned a degree in sociology with a concentration in film – she performed community service as a Bonner Scholar. She was also a volunteer at Atlanta’s Hosea Feed the Hungry.

Pulliam says that at Spelman, and even earlier at Foxcroft School in Virginia, she was privileged to have strong women in her life and that she wants to pass that on to future generations through Kamp Kizzy.

“My experience has been blessed, but that doesn’t buffer me from the rest of society,” Pulliam says. “It inspires me to help others. Working at Kamp Kizzy is something I’ll do for the rest of my life.”

*Article reposted via www.pointsoflight.org/blog

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