Starting a Repair Cafe in your community is a rewarding way to connect with your neighbors, welcome strangers, preserve and teach “tool literacy” skills, and reduce waste. The Repair Cafe Community is united in the goal to help people extend the life of the items they value and depend upon.
Any community can start its own Repair Cafe and there is a whole USA community to support you! There are 2105 Repair Cafes around the world–over 100 in the USA.
To be an official Repair Cafe you must register with the international community based in the Netherlands and purchase the starter kit. The funds support the work of the international community. Once you notify the organization that your Repair Café is up and running, you’ll be put on the map so anyone, anywhere, can find you!
REPAIR CAFE USA
In order to be embraced and supported by the community, every Repair Cafe must be a grassroots effort, grown from within its own community to meet its members unique needs. There is no one right way to start or manage a Repair Café, but we’ll share advice, tried and true “best practices,” and suggestions gathered from RC organizers and their volunteers from across the US.
You’ll learn how to attract volunteers and keeping them coming back, the kind of tools and equipment they need to operate safely, and the ideal location. You’ll learn how to attract partners and sponsors to help promote your events and defray expenses.
For more information including how to organize volunteers, set up repair stations, what type of tools and signage are needed read Chapter Seven “How Do I Get One of These in My Town?” page 161 in Repair Revolution – How Fixers Are Transforming Our Throwaway Culture published by New World Library.