Are you a tinker? A fixer? A mender? A repairer? Can you fix small appliances like broken toasters or blenders? Do you know how to mend ripped clothes? Change a bike tire? Fix broken electronics? Mend a cracked vase? Repair a torn book cover? Darn socks? Level a wobbly table?
SIRCH Community Services is looking for volunteers to join our team of Repair Café Fixers.
Volunteer Fixers will help people mend their broken items at SIRCH’s new Repair Cafés.
Repair Cafés help people repair broken household items—computers, electronics, small appliances, small furniture, clothes, jewelry, books, bikes and more—that could otherwise end up in landfills. Originally begun in 2009 in the Netherlands, Repair Cafés now take place all over the world. SIRCH is excited to bring Repair Cafés to Haliburton County. SIRCH is organizing a series of Repair Cafés in Haliburton County from January to August 2020.
A recent study states that Canadians produce more garbage per capita than any other country on earth. Each Canadian generates approximately 2.7 kg of garbage each day. Communities across the country—including Haliburton County—struggle with an increasing amount of residential waste that ends up in local landfills. SIRCH’s Repair Cafés are a vital way to help reduce the amount of waste that needs to be disposed of by giving household items a new life thanks to volunteer Fixers!
“We’re especially looking for people who are handy repairing clothing, textiles, bicycles, electrical appliances, furniture, and wood items,” said Chris Varga, SIRCH’s Repair Café Coordinator. “As a Fixer, you’ll be able to put your skills to great use, helping others repair broken items that would be serviceable if fixed, or items that have sentimental value.”
If you have an item that is broken and can likely be repaired, visit www.sirch.on.ca/repaircafe to learn about planned Repair Café events scheduled throughout Haliburton County from January to August 2020.
SIRCH’s Repair Café is funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation. The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations. OTF awarded $108 million to 629 projects last year to build healthy and vibrant communities in Ontario.