iQ Power Tools, manufacturer of premium power tools with integrated dust collection systems, has made a major donation of its unique products to the North Carolina-based 501(c)(3) organization, Hope Renovations.

Established in 2020, Hope Renovations is a one-of-a-kind non-profit entity, aiding underemployed women to pursue living-wage jobs in the construction trades. Additionally, Hope Renovations also provides repairs and renovations allowing older adults to stay in their homes as they age. Trainees gain hands-on practice in the trades by assisting with aging-in-place remodeling and repairs alongside experienced construction crews.

“Our firm has taken great strides to support education programs within the construction industry,” said Jim Mackall, iQ Power Tools, president. “From masonry to landscaping, tile to stone, we believe that investing in these trades is not only an investment for our organization... but also, one for the communities in which these organizations serve."

 “iQ first met Hope Renovations’ CEO, Nora Spencer, in Orlando at the 2022 International Builders Show,” added Bryant Figueroa, iQ’s marketing and creative director. “The organization was making great strides within their community. And with its two-fold cause, we clearly wanted to get involved. Clearly, the teaming of a women’s trades training program and an aging-in-place repair and remodel program is brilliant.”

“I was obsessed with iQ’s dustless tile saw, and really excited to reconnect with them again at the Builders Show in Vegas,” exclaimed Spencer (who was recently named National Association of Home Builders “Woman of the Year 2023.")  “In fact, that was one of the first things our Director of Construction asked me when I got back... 'Did you get us one of those tile saws?'”

Not only did Hope Renovations receive one of "those tile saws," but they were presented with two iQTS244 10” Dry Cut Saws and an iQ426 HEPA Cyclonic Dust Extractor.

Figueroa added. "It's not just about donating tools. It's about the training aspect of it, as well."  iQ’s Vince Hollis (pictured with the trainees) delivered the equipment personally, followed by an engaging and most professional equipment training session. For some of the trainees, this was their first time working with a tile saw. 

“The wonderful gifts from iQ are real-game changers for our organization,” stated Kat Reach, Hope’s director of construction operations. “Not only are we able to save time and money passing those savings to our seniors; we are concurrently providing a safe work environment from the hazards of silica, for our team and the homeowners.”

"Teaching is imperative to our industry as a whole. If we can help offset some of the costs for these organizations, communities and students, it becomes a win-win for everyone,” concluded Mackall.   "iQ Power Tools recognizes that students who work with innovative, safe, and efficient tools during their studies, will be motivated to demand these very same products during their forthcoming careers."