Repair Café is also meant to connect neighbors in a new way. And to discover that a lot of know-how can be found close to home. Wendy Mahaney: “We call them repair coaches because this is a team effort; the coach is working together with the person to fix their broken item. We were inspired hearing about the personal connections made at other Repair Cafés. If you repair a CD player or a pair of pants together with someone, you make a personal connection and the value of that connection cannot be overstated.”
Sustainable Saratoga’s Zero Waste Committee co-chair Margie Shepard points out that repairs can save money and resources, and can help minimize carbon emissions. “But just as important, Repair Café wants to show how much fun repairing things can be, and how easy it often is. We cannot guarantee that we can fix everything, but we are pretty sure you will have a good time while you are here.”
If you like fixing things, Sustainable Saratoga and the SSPL are still looking for additional volunteer repair coaches. This is a fun way to meet new people, make a difference in someone’s life, and help the planet all at the same time. If you would like to learn more about becoming a volunteer repair coach, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Sustainable Saratoga and the SSPL hope to organize the Repair Café event several times throughout the year. “The library is proud to be partnering with Sustainable Saratoga in this effort. The objectives we all hope to achieve with Repair Cafe are in direct accordance with our library’s current sustainability efforts to limit our impact on the environment,” Jennifer Ferriss, SSPL Green Team Chair.
Visit https://sustainablesaratoga.org/projects/zero-waste/repair-cafe-saratoga-springs/ for additional information.
Repair Café Foundation
The Repair Café concept arose in the Netherlands, in 2009, and was formulated by Martine Postma, at the time an Amsterdam-based journalist/publicist. In 2010, she started the Repair Café Foundation. This foundation provides support to local groups around the world wishing to start their own Repair Café, including the Repair Café in Saratoga Springs.