COMMUNITY REPAIR EVENTS

"Folks who know how to fix things, getting together to help folks who don't, bringing broken things back to life."

 

Details about events and volunteering

Two Formats -- Fixit Clinics and Repair Cafés

Fixit Clinic
Berkeley Public Library

March 2, 2019
Saturday, 1:00 - 4:00

Tarea Hall Pittman South Branch
1901 Russell Street, Berkeley, CA 94703


Signup and bring your broken item using this link:
Register!
Walk-ins always welcome.

Join the effort!
Volunteer information and signup forms below.

Organized by:
Berkeley Public Library
Fixit Clinic

Co-Sponsored by:
The Ecology Center
Berkeley City Council Members
Ben Bartlett & Sophie Hahn

Generously supported by:
True Value Eastern Supply
Berkeley Ace Hardware


What Fixit Clinic Events Are:

A do-it-together, hands-on, STEM-based fix-n-learn, community-based exploration and discovery workshop for all ages.

→  A Free Workshop! 
NOT free repair services.

Fixit Clinics are participatory events!

How is a Fixit Clinic different from a Repair Café?  The heart of both is fixing.  Fixit Clinics are explore-and-discover STEM workshops focused on learning through fixing.

Neighbors and Library Patrons! 

Bring your broken things for help assessing, disassembling, and possibly repairing.  Fixit Clinic will provide: 1) workspace, 2) specialty tools, and 3) volunteer Fixit Coaches to help you. 

Fixit Clinic plans to have coaches on hand who know how to repair all kinds of things — from lamps, clothing, and toys, to mechanical, furniture, electronics, and appliances ... pretty much anything that can be brought through the door. 

Whether you fix it or not everyone will learn something about how it was made and worked.  And then didn't!


Join the effort!
Volunteer information and signup forms below.


More information on Fixit Clinics:


Transition Berkeley Repair Café and Resiliency Fair

February 23, 2019
Saturday, 11:00 - 3:00

Berkeley Adult School
1701 San Pablo Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94702

 

Signup and bring your broken item using this link:
Register!
Walk-ins always welcome.

Join the effort!
Volunteer information and signup forms below.

For more information email:
info@transitionberkeley.org

Organized by:
Transition Berkeley

Co-sponsored by:
Sophie Hahn, Berkeley City Council Member
The Ecology Center
Berkeley Times


Do you have a broken item you don’t want to send to the landfill?

Don’t put your item in the trash – bring it to the Transition Berkeley Repair Café on February 23rd, the central event of the Berkeley Resiliency Fair, held at the Berkeley Adult School.


What is a Repair Café? It’s an exciting half-day participatory event where community members come together to help each other repair what’s broken. See this Berkeleyside video from the inaugural Berkeley Repair Café in May 2018.

Neighbors get to know each other over coffee, snacks and repair projects, learning about repair, sharing knowledge and skills, and squeezing more life out of the things they have. These events are intended to educate and are not a free drop-off repair service.

A team of volunteer “fixers” will be on hand who know how to repair all kinds of things and will work together with attendees to diagnose and repair broken items. The fix rate runs about 60-70% — everyone gives it a good try and learns a lot about fixing along the way.

What type of items can be fixed?

All kinds of household items including - lamps, clothing, toys, furniture, electronics, appliances and bicycles ... pretty much anything that can be carried through the door.

Bring one or two items you would most like to bring back to life!

How is a Repair Café different from a Fixit Clinic? The heart of both is fixing. Repair Cafés are just larger and have lots of ancillary activities around repair, reuse and community well-being.

Besides Fixing ... check out the offerings of The Resiliency Fair!! Resiliency Fair activities are being organized by the Berkeley Adult School and will include information on emergency preparedness, personal health and well-being and many other topics. A café will offer refreshments during the event and be part of the MLK Middle School fundraising effort for their Washington D.C. trip. More information about the fair will be published in Berkeley Times and on the Transition Berkeley website as it becomes available.


For more information email:
info@transitionberkeley.org


Join the effort!
Volunteer information and signup forms below.


More on Repair Cafés:

Begun in The Netherlands, there are over 1400 Repair Cafés worldwide.
Here are some good sources for more information:
Excellent video from Al Jazeera
Short video from NBC Nightly News
48-Second Video made by one of our very own Repair volunteers, Christina Choate!
New York Times coverage
Palo Alto Repair Cafe was the first in the US and offers a good example of the vision.
Repair Cafe International Foundation


 

WELCOME VOLUNTEERS!

Sign up here to join the pool of volunteers for Transition Berkeley Repair Cafés and Berkeley Public Library Fixit Clinics.
We’ll pass your information on to Transition Berkeley and Fixit Clinc so they can contact you directly.

Join the Volunteer Pool Here!!

 

FIXERS

If you're handy with repairs and like to share what you know, come volunteer! 
All skills are highly valued!
Clothing, mechanics, electronics, furniture, appliances, lamps, bikes, toys, etc. etc. ... pretty much anything that can break and be brought through the door.

HOSPITALITY
& LOGISTICS

Fixit Clinics and Repair Cafés need all kinds of help organizing, hosting, and managing the flow of people and repair projects. If you'd like to help out, come volunteer!


Now Recruiting Volunteers!
Sign up for the Volunteer Pool
here


Join The Culture of Repair Project mailing list here


If It's Broke,
Fix It!