Spend a “day ON, not OFF” through service projects this Martin Luther King Day!

On Monday January 15th, 2018, volunteers all across Cincinnati and throughout the United States will be participating in a day of service. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day commemorates the civil rights movement and honors the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by celebrating Dr. King’s birthday as a “day ON, not a day off” through service projects. “The holiday must be substantive as well as symbolic. It must be more than a day of celebration . . . Let this holiday be a day of reflection, a day of teaching nonviolent philosophy and strategy, a day of getting involved in nonviolent action for social and economic progress.”

The Cincinnati Community ToolBank is proud to support several local services projects with out blue tools during their successful day of service this Jan 15th. We encourage you to give back or get involved in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s National Day of Service!

Here are a list of volunteer opportunities taking place on or around the 15th:

Jan 15th: Moved to Action; MLK Day of Reflection

  • Public · Hosted by Public Allies Cincinnati 12:30-3:30PM                                                                          Carl Lindner YMCA 1425 Linn Street Cincinnati, Ohio 45214
  • A guest registration and release form will need completed for Carl Linder YMCA is necessary to attend this event. Please call for details 

Jan 15th: Postponed – MLK Federation of Colored Women’s Club Workday

Here are a list of events taking place in Greater Cincinnati on or around the 15th:

Jan 13th Gallery Talks: Have We Achieved MLK’s Dream?

Jan 13th Just Listening: A Workshop on Listening as an Act of Justice

Jan 13th -“13th on the 13th” Ava DuVernay Film Showing

Jan 15th MLK Day 2018: If Not Now When? #MLKNowOrNever

Jan 15th- The Killing of History: MLK & How to Build the Movement Today

Jan 17th- More than a dream: Dream Act 2018

Jan 20th- 2018 Cincinnati Women’s March – Hear Our Vote!

Jan 23rd Violins of Hope

General Volunteer Opportunity Search:

PS: Planning on attending an event OR are you hosting one of your own? Make sure to share pictures and comments with us on FB, Instagram or Twitter using the hashtags #MLKDay and #ToolsForChange and tag @cincinnatitoolbank

Happy volunteering!

The Cincinnati ToolBank Team

ToolBank board appoints new members and bids farewell to outgoing veterans

Outgoing Board Members Cincinnati ToolBank 2017

The Cincinnati Community ToolBank is pleased to announce the addition of four members to its Board of Directors. While the start of 2018 introduces fresh talent to the board, it also means that the ToolBank will be bidding farewell to several board members including four founding members of the ToolBank.

The following individuals represent new additions to the ToolBank’s Board of Directors:

  • Brandon Black, Owner of Drawnversation- The ToolBank welcomes Brandon Black to our Board of Directors in 2018. Brandon first became involved with the ToolBank during his time as a Fellow in People’s Liberty Haile Fellowship Program. During the fellowship he explored intergeneration community building through DIY home improvement projects. As a believer in the saying, “Doing the job right requires having the right tools,” he is a huge advocate for the ToolBank and its mission to equip volunteers with tools of change. Brandon is also the Chief Illustration Officer of Drawnversation–a facilitation business specializing in real-time visual notation for group discussions, processes and presentations.
  • Mark Bruner, Rental Divisions Operations Executive at Messer Construction Co – The ToolBank is excited to welcome Mark Bruner, who has been with Messer Construction Company for 18 years. He started his career working as a co-op and became a full time employee working in the Rental Division department overseeing the equipment for the company. During his time with Messer Construction, Mark has led many initiatives during his career which include; lean daily management, GEMBA, management of equipment services, and two different software implementations. Mark was also a key leader in the facility move and designed the layout for the Rental Division’s new office.
  • Conrad Culbertson, Commercial Insurance Agent at Roeding Insurance Group -Conrad Culbertson joins the Cincinnati ToolBank with a strong background in risk management and business development. Conrad is a commercial insurance agent for Roeding Insurance Group in the Cincinnati Region with a focus on Construction and Manufacturing. He looks to leverage his network in the community to build upon the success of the ToolBank. Conrad resides in Ft Wright Kentucky with his wife Katie, and son Grayson.
  • Nate Strahm, Audit Manager at Grant Thornton LLP – Nate Strahm joins the Cincinnati ToolBank with a strong background in accounting and is the Audit Manager in the Cincinnati office of Grant Thornton. Nate has 8 years of full time experience in public accounting, providing business and accounting advice to public and private clients. Nate has been involved with the ToolBank in a volunteer capacity since 2017. Nate played an instrumental role to plan the agency’s annual Hammers & Ales fundraiser and was involved with Building On Our Community.

The following individuals represent board members whose terms have recently ended:

  • Mike Arnoult Jr., Regional Vice President at Jo-Ann Stores, will be stepping down after two years of service with the ToolBank.
  • Doug Brauch, Vice President, Treasury & Insurance at Macy’s Inc and Founding Board Member will be stepping down after 7 years of service.
  • Allison Kloos, Capital Analyst at Macy’s Inc and Founding Board Member will be stepping down after 7 years of service.
  • Michelle Rummel, Business Development Associate at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and founding Board Member will be stepping down after 6 years of service.
  • Mike Schneider, Vice President and CPO at Baker Concrete Construction, Inc. and Founding Board Member will be stepping down after 7 years of service.

“Our outgoing board members made tremendous contributions to our organization and has allowed the ToolBank to provide even more “tools of change” to the community. In 2017, the ToolBank celebrated its 5th year of operation which would not have been possible without the support of our Board of Directors. We sincerely thank them for their efforts over their combined 29 years of service,” says Kat Pepmeyer, Executive Director of the Cincinnati ToolBank. “We look forward to the potential of the incoming board members and we have several exciting initiatives planned for 2018.”

In addition to our incoming and outgoing board members, the Cincinnati ToolBank announces that Paul Stautberg, Operations Manager at Republic Services, will be stepping down as Board President and will be replaced with Stephen Burch, Vice President, Global Treasury Solutions Officer at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. The ToolBank would like to thank Paul for his dedication to the board during his time as President.