The Tool Library is free and available to anyone in Bloomington-Normal. (Photo Courtesy Facebook/The Tool Library)
By Paul Morello
BLOOMINGTON - A local organization recently got a "Neighborhood Assist" from State Farm.
The West Bloomington Revitalization Project's Tool Library won a $25,000 grant through the insurer's "Neighborhood Assist" program, which awarded 40 grants to organizations nationwide that received the most votes on Facebook.
Tool Library manager Todd Anderson, an Illinois Wesleyan University junior, said Monday the money will go towards buying more tools.
"We wanted to also use it to get another intern in the fall, to keep the Tool Library going and staffed, plus we have a couple projects and programs that we're going to be using it for," he said.
The Tool Library is a free tool lending service available to anyone in the Bloomington-Normal community that supports West Bloomington revitalization efforts.
Anderson said he was surprised the Tool Library got so many votes and was chosen among 3,000 entries.
"We stayed up all night when the voting started to network and send the information out to everyone. At first we were doing okay and then we just kept moving up the leaderboard," he said.
The Tool Library was one of six Illinois organizations to get a grant.
The New Holland-Middletown School District, in Logan County, also received a grant to help provide laptops for students.
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