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Hospital treats SEPTL volunteer as VIP


There are so many benefits to becoming a SEPTL volunteer, but here’s one we had not recognized ’til now.

For the past few weeks, Thursday night visitors may have noticed that I have been trying, poorly, to fill in for Joe who injured a knee and is out of commission for a while.  Here’s how Chelsey first told me about their ER visit:

Yuk. He’s got a brace on and crutches. Funny story too- he was wearing his SEPTL volunteer t-shirt and one of the ER nurses is a member and exclaimed “omg are you guys the joe & chelsey on the website?!” Well yes we are….I swear we got special treatment after that. It was pretty funny.

Now, we are not able to promise VIP treatment for every volunteer, but, well, you never know. So, just in case, sign up to volunteer now!

Want to leave a message for Joe?, Add a Comment below. And thanks.

Recent tool purchases


Overdue fines and your generous donations allow us to purchase new tools. Recent additions are: PORTER-CABLE  Oil-Free UMC Pancake Compressor with 13-Piece Accessory Kit #31869 ___________________________________ DEWALT  2.4 Amp 1/4 Sheet … [Continue reading]

Neighborhood Fairs and Picnics, oh my!

Steve Couche, the driving force who made SEPTL a reality in 2010, is still out at every opportunity letting our neighbors know about the wonder that is the Tool Library. On July 26th, Steve will have a table set up at the Division/Clinton Street … [Continue reading]

Rules changed

1) Tools are now due back by NOON on Saturday rather than 10am, and due back Tuesday and Thursday by 7 pm closing time. 2) The rest of this post was clear as mud, so I've rewritten it. This rule change is about borrowing or renewing when you have … [Continue reading]

Seismic Retrofit Workshop – July 2014

When our last Seismic Retrofit Workshop filled to overflowing in January, we promised you a repeat engagement, and here it is for all of you who were turned away. For this Workshop we are once again tapping the skills and generosity of Michael Wieber … [Continue reading]

Tool Sharpening May 10, 2014


GET YOUR TOOLS SHARPENED AND HELP SEPTL TOO! DATE: Saturday, May 10, 2014 TIME: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm WHERE: Parking lot of St. David’s Episcopal Church on the corner of SE 28th and Harrison Street. See the flyer This is the time to get a … [Continue reading]

Sheetrocking, pizza continue


We we were at it again. Not all the sheetrock got hung but we made good progress and all of us gained new skills. And of course we had a great time together. Pizza included, as always. - e michael Photos credit: Julie, our new volunteer … [Continue reading]

New Rule about Late Fines

Simple Rules

At SEPTL we have a love/hate relationship with Late Fines. On the one hand we really want tools to be returned on time so they are available for others to borrow. On the other hand Late Fines are our primary source of income which we use to buy new … [Continue reading]

April Volunteer of the Month – Chelsey Churchill


Chelsey Churchill, SEPTL’s April volunteer of the month, has a nearly contagious enthusiasm for volunteering with the tool library. She confesses to having told her husband that her goal when she became a volunteer was to be selected volunteer of the … [Continue reading]

Fred Meyer wants to give us their money!

Fred Meyer Community Rewards image

You can help SEPTL earn donations from Fred Meyer just by shopping with your Fred Meyer Rewards Card! Fred Meyer is donating $2.5 million per year to non-profits in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington, based on where their customers tell them to … [Continue reading]