The Tool Bus provides tools and resources for home repair and maintenance.
Welcome to the Topeka Habitat for Humanity Tool Bus! This free mobile neighborhood revitalization resource is a one-of-a kind resource in Shawnee County.
A large number of Shawnee County residents have identified not having access to proper tools and equipment to perform home repairs as an obstacle to home maintenance. The Tool Bus can be requested for deployment to individual neighborhoods, or for larger revitalization projects. The Tool Bus allows individuals in the surrounding area to access the resources free of charge.
The Tool Bus is stocked with lawn equipment, power tools, hand tools, ladders, etc. that can be checked-out for use free of charge during a neighborhood event. Residents will access the resources via a sign-in and sign-out system; first providing proper proof of address and then leaving proper identification and to-be identified collateral, for the free rental of the items. Volunteers can also be requested to assist individuals in completing the home repair and improvement projects, from tree and limb removal, to exterior paint assistance, to porch repair. Topeka Habitat staff and volunteers will also be on site to help coordinate Neighborhood Clean-up Days and work with neighbors to engage their neighborhood and make the largest impact possible.
Please review the instructions on how to request the Tool Bus, and the Frequently Asked Questions below. For more information on requesting the Tool Bus, or to volunteer with this program, please contact Nikki MacMillan, Director of Community Engagement, at 785-234-4322.
How to request the Tool Bus
Submit a Request Form – Indicate your requested date and tell us about your project and specific needs for the workday. We encourage residents to partner with local community groups, non-profits, neighborhood improvement associations, etc, when making a request to strengthen the impact of the workday. Requests must be made 60 days in advance of the planned workday.
Confirmation – Staff will review your request and check availability of the Tool Bus on the date requested. If approved and available you will receive an email confirmation that your workday has been approved and booked, and a follow-up phone call to confirm details and answer any questions you may have. (If your requested date is not available a staff member will contact you for an alternate date.)