The Windham Area Hour Exchange and The First Congregational Church Partner to Host Repair Café & Workshop

What do you do with a dress that has a tear? With a toaster that no longer works? Toss it? No way! The Access Community Action Agency’s Windham Area Hour Exchange is organizing the region’s first 2016 Repair Café Saturday, April 9th, from 10:00 am-2:00 pm at the First Congregational Church’s Arnold Auditorium, 199 Valley Street, Willimantic.

A Repair Café is a free event during which volunteer “fixers” are available to help make all possible repairs free of charge except for the cost of replacement parts. People visiting the Repair Café can bring their broken items from home. Toasters, lamps, hair dryers, clothes, bikes, toys, crockery — anything that is broken that can be carried in is welcome and can more than likely be repaired. The fixers in Repair Café almost always have the know-how.

The Repair Café has expanded by providing workshops that will educate the public on building their skills to fix their own items. Back by public demand, the next Repair Café plans to host a Basic Sewing Skills Workshop at 10:30 a.m. The community is invited to bring their own projects to learn how to repair them.

Members of the community interested in volunteering to be fixers for this or future Repair Café events are asked to contact Eva Csejtey, Director of Volunteer Engagement at 860-450-7400, x 7458. Members of the Windham Area Hour Exchange who provide repair services at the event will earn “time dollars” for their efforts. Individuals handy at repair in the areas of book binding, sewing, furniture, electrical appliances, electronics, bicycles, blade sharpening, small engines, tools, ceramics, and more are welcome.

The Repair Café helps the environment by fixing manufactured items and decreases the need to buy replacements. Organizers of the Repair Café include community members inspired by the Transition Town principles. These principles seek to build resilience in response to peak oil, climate destruction, and economic instability and promote the idea of community learning, assisting and relying on each other for goods and services. The Repair Café is a way to meet those means and to build community, skills and relationships.

Repair Cafés are scheduled for the following Saturdays in 2016: April 9, June 18 and October 1. For cancellations, please view the www.accessagency.org website or call Valerie, at FCC (860) 423-6827.

Windham Area Hour Exchange

In October 2012, the Access Community Action Agency launched the Windham Area Hour Exchange, a time bank of individuals, businesses, and organizations focused on improving conditions for low-income community members. There are currently more than 200 members in the Hour Exchange who have exchanged over 3,000 hours of services. For more information about the Windham Area Hour Exchange, contact Eva Csejtey, Access Director of Volunteer Engagement at (860) 450-7400, ext. 7458, volunteer@accessagency.org, or visit www.accessagency.org.

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