Peoria, Illinois, has high crime rates, low employment and older housing stock.
But Robin Berry saw a need in her community she could help meet.
Drive through the streets of Peoria’s Southside, and you’ll see the orange code violation stickers dotting homes. These stickers mean fines loom for failure to maintain their property. Sometimes that means failing to cut the grass.
The real problem, as Robin saw it: The residents often didn’t have the equipment they needed for upkeep. She decided to do something about it, and founded a free tool library for her community.
“Change starts with us,” Robin said.
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