The Tacoma Tool Library is powered by incredible volunteers like Chris Caruso. It’s stories like Chris’s that inspire us, and we’re grateful that he and our other volunteers are willing to invest their time and energy to make the Tool Library a welcoming community space for all Tacomans.
Chris started volunteering with the Tool Library in 2018 after purchasing a home nearby. He is an engaging, humble, and knowledgeable person to talk to, and we couldn’t be happier to have him be a part of our Volunteer Team. Next time you see Chris at the Library, be sure to give him a “thank you!”
TTL: What is the biggest personal benefit you receive as a volunteer at the Tool Library?
CC: Meeting people—every TTL member I meet is someone who is trying to solve a problem or has an idea, and all of them are working to better their surroundings. That sort of contact inspires me and leaves me feeling energized at the end of a shift.
TTL: What have you learned through volunteering?
CC: Volunteering here has given me enough knowledge and confidence to tackle home repair jobs that I would never have considered doing myself in the past.
TTL: Is there anything you would like to see the Tool Library doing that we aren’t already doing?
CC: I’d love to have training sessions for both commonly tackled projects and technically challenging tools. I’d also like to see a way for members to easily share what they’re working on with each other or to collaborate on projects.
TTL: What do you like about living in Tacoma?
CC: Proximity to great outdoor activities. Where else can you take a break from foraging for mushrooms to watch salmon spawning in a city park’s creek?
If you’re curious to learn more about how you can volunteer at the Tool Library, you can learn more on our volunteer page, here.