The Sanctuary, a social enterprise event space operated by nonprofit organization Community Matters, makes the power of placemaking evident. Birthday parties, Scantuary wedding photoweddings, and special events are all reasons people come together, and The Sanctuary’s accommodations allow such events to come to life. What was originally St. Michael’s Church in 1847, The Sanctuary was a gift from the Archdiocese to Community Matters after the church’s closure in the 1990s. Following a series of renovations that began in 2014, The Sanctuary is now a picturesque space available for low-cost to community members who use it for celebratory purposes. Additionally, the proceeds earned from outside event rentals allow The Sanctuary to support the organization’s community-based programs, which aim to create a thriving Lower Price Hill neighborhood.

To operate as a social enterprise event space, however, the Sanctuary requires special-events equipment. Since the Cincinnati Community ToolBank opened its doors in 2012, Community Matters has recognized the importance of a partnership with their fellow nonprofit organization. “At The Sanctuary, we believe that your event matters. The ToolBank helps promote this tagline by providing necessary materials that allow us to host events at The Sanctuary,” said Patty Lee, Community Matter’s DirectoScantuary wedding photo 3r of Development and Communication.

In the seven years that The Sanctuary has worked with ToolBank, the organization has borrowed a variety of tools and materials for special events and beyond. From wheelbarrows and shovels to tables and chairs, all equipment borrowed has assisted Community Matters’ innumerable tasks. Patty joked, “I don’t think there’s a tool we haven’t checked out from ToolBank. If there is, we should borrow it just for fun!”. Patty affirmed that Community Matters will continue using the ToolBank’s services for their project and event needs, particularly with their upcoming affordable housing projects. These projects will break ground in Spring 2019 in the Lower Price Hill neighborhood where Community Matters resides.

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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