10/04/2019 Release from the Cville TimeBank:

The Cville TimeBank is partnering with the Habitat Store to hold the Fall 2019 Repair Café on Saturday, October 12, 2019 at The Habitat Store, 1221 Harris Street in Charlottesville.

Visitors may bring up to three items and are invited to sit down and watch, ask questions, and even help fix things. Items that may be fixed include small appliances, clothing, bikes, jewelry, toys, and other household items. Popular items include vacuum cleaners, fans, lamps, wool sweaters, costume jewelry, broken dishes, and small pieces of furniture. (Visitors are asked not to bring televisions, microwave ovens, or gasoline-powered equipment.) If it’s broken, cheerful volunteers will do their best to fix it, free. Kids of all ages can work with tools under adult supervision at the Take-Apart Table and see what’s inside our stuff.


The first Cville TimeBank Repair Café was held in November 2015 at Portico Church. More than 80 people brought 100+ items that were fixed and put back into use. There has been a Spring and Fall Repair Café in Charlottesville ever since, plus two small pop-up events (Timberlake Place Senior Apartments in 2017 and The Haven in 2019).


The Repair Café is presented by the Cville TimeBank, a reciprocal service exchange organization whose members earn and exchange “timedollars” by helping one another, with no money involved. The Cville TimeBank organizes this event in order to keep useful items out of the landfill, preserve repair skills that have fallen into disuse, and bring the community together for a fun, family-friendly event.

The Cville TimeBank Repair Café won a nationwide competition for grant funding through the Center for a New American Dream Get2gether Neighborhood Challenge in 2015. In 2016, the Repair Café was awarded grant funding from the Bama Works fund of Dave Matthews Band through the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation. The event is now operated entirely through sponsorships and donations.


The Repair Café concept arose in Amsterdam in 2009 and has spread to more than 1,000 locations worldwide. Estimates are that each American contributes about 1600 pounds of trash to landfills every year. Items that can be repaired are used longer and kept out of the waste stream. With each item repaired, we conserve material resources, reduce the consumption of energy by manufacturing, cut CO2 emissions, divert waste from landfills, and save money that would have been spent on new products.

Repair Cafés teach people to see their possessions in a new light. Fixing things helps change people’s mindset. This is essential to kindle people’s enthusiasm for a sustainable society. Repair Cafés pass on valuable skills and knowledge from person to person. Communities are strengthened when people engage one on one and help each other.

For more information about the Cville TimeBank, visit www.cvilletimebank.com.