Charlottesville Nonprofits Host Repair Cafe to Keep Items In Use, Out of Landfill
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Two Charlottesville nonprofits are teaming up to keep your broken household goods out of the landfill by getting them back in working order. Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville's Habitat Store has teamed up with Cville TimeBank to hold their semi-annual Repair Cafe.
"We bring together a small army of volunteers with tools and skills to fix things for the community," Cville TimeBank founding member Kathy Kildea said. "We invite anyone in the community to come in and get their items repaired."
The event enlists skilled community members to help with the repairs. For the event, TimeBank says the cafe sees more than one hundred visitors on average, many with two or three broken items.
"The TimeBank is all about people using their skills to help one another," Kildea said. "This is the perfect illustration of how our core values get put into play in the community."
The event has been hosted at the Habitat Store since 2015. The store says that they're happy to help with the community-building event, but it also gets more customers into their store.
"It's a lot of vacuum cleaners getting fixed, lot of lights that just won't turn on anymore," John Fields, manager of the Habitat Store said. "It's also a chance for folks that haven't been in our store to come in and see what we've got."
The event sees community members help other community members, not just by fixing the items for them free of charge. Fixers often teach interested visitors on how to maintain the items if they break down later on.
"A lot of friendships have been formed here over it, we see the fixers working together all the time to share skills and materials to get these repairs done," Kildea said. "It's really pretty awesome."
The Cville TimeBank hosts the repair cafe twice a year. They'll begin signing up volunteer fixers for their spring event in February of 2020.