CLIFTON PARK, N.Y. — The Clifton Park GREEN Committee (Government Rethinking Energy and the Environment Now) has scheduled its first Repair Café for Sept. 21 and is seeking volunteers, especially skilled ones, who can help make the event a success.
A Repair Café is a free, volunteer-operated, program where community members with a variety of skills, volunteer their time and expertise to collectively repair small items brought to them by their owners. The Café’s repair sessions generally last three hours and are held intermittently throughout the year. The one scheduled next month will be the town’s first.
The Clifton Park Repair Café will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 21 in the second-floor programming room of the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Library, 475 Moe Road, Clifton Park.
The most common items brought to Repair Cafés are clocks, chairs, small tables, jewelry, digital devices in need of reconfiguration, and clothing and textiles. Dolls, stuffed animals, toys, tools that are in need of sharpening, microwaves, toaster ovens, lamps, and vacuum cleaners are other items also seen by “coaches." Items having gas engines are not allowed.
To prepare for the Repair Café in Clifton Park, the GREEN Committee is holding two volunteer opportunities. The first will be held from 11 a.m. to noon Aug. 26th at the Clifton Park Senior Center 6 Clifton Common Boulevard in the Clifton Commons area near the town ice rink.
The other will be held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 5 at the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Library, 475 Moe Road, Clifton Park.
GREEN Committee members have said there is a need for volunteers with many levels of skill. The event will need volunteers to be event greeters and work the registration table as well as others who can help with electrical, carpentry, and sewing questions.
“We are sure we can find a niche for everyone,” said GREEN Committee member Joanne Coons.
The movement of repairing rather than tossing was started in 2009 in Amsterdam, Netherlands as an alternative to a throwaway society. By repairing those items that could be repaired, the amount of trash going into the country’s waste stream or landfills could be reduced and cherished or beloved items could be brought back to life for further use and traditional skills would be preserved and passed on.
Another benefit of the Repair Café movement is showing those having the hands-on skills they are valued by society. Having fun is also part of the plan.
For those who can’t make either date but want to volunteer for the event, contact the Repair Café at email@example.com