"Everyone should have the tools to accomplish any projects they have"
HISTORY OF THE CORPS
Greg Trainor, Executive Director, learned how to deconstruct buildings in 2006 as an AmeriCorps NCCC Corps Member working for several disaster response organizations in the post-Katrina Gulf Coast. In 2009, Greg was struck by the idea that later became the Philadelphia Community Corps after reading “A Prayer for the City” by Buzz Bissinger. With 40,000-60,000 abandoned properties costing the city of Philadelphia upwards of 20 million annually plus 70 million in noncollectable property taxes, this is clearly a city facing a catastrophic disaster.
Tacony Tool Library provides career training programs that empower underserved citizens to revitalize blighted neighborhoods by deconstructing vacant buildings and salvaging materials for reuse.
Trainees gain the skills and experiences necessary to succeed in the deconstruction, material salvage, and other building trade industries. Additionally, they receive OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) certification and an introductory course based on curriculum from the Building Materials Reuse Association. Ultimately, we aim to connect trainees to employment opportunities.
We aim to utilize deconstruction as an engine for economic growth by creating jobs, removing blight, inspiring community driven neighborhood revitalization, and creating a hub of sustainable reuse.