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

BPL hosted a terrific event on March 2nd. The next will be posted here when the date’s set.

In the meanwhile, check the Fixit Clinic website for other nearby community repair events:

Click to go to Fixit Clinic

Click to go to Fixit Clinic


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

Transition Berkeley organized a super event on February 23rd. The next will be posted here when the date’s set. In the meanwhile, check out Transition Berkeley’s website for information about them and the many activities they host and enable:

 
Click to go to Transition Berkeley

Click to go to Transition Berkeley


Organized by:
Transition Berkeley

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


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.


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!