YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Residents seeking a helping hand in repairing malfunctioning household items attended Yorktown’s first-ever Repair Café, held Saturday at Grace Lutheran Church.
Between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., a staff of volunteers, called “coaches,” were sorted into various groups: electronics, computers, wiring, woodwork, plumbing, sewing and bicycle repair. They worked on lamps, leafblowers, dehumidifiers, children’s games and more. Often, the items were fixed. Sometimes, they were beyond repair.
The volunteers don’t just fix the items, said Sarah Wilson, the event’s organizer. They also share their skills, helping residents to become self-reliant.
“We call them ‘coaches’ for a reason,” Wilson said. “Sometimes, people are very willing to learn.”
By repairing busted items, the Repair Café also has an environmental benefit.
“There’s so much ending up in the landfill,” Wilson said.
The first-ever Repair Café was held in Amsterdam in 2009. Since then, it has become a non-profit foundation with Repair Cafés sprouting up all over the world.
Wilson said she learned about the foundation a year-and-a-half ago when she saw a Repair Café in Ossining. She then set out to bring one to Yorktown.
The free event was co-sponsored by Sierra Club Lower Hudson Group and Grace Lutheran Church’s “Green Team,” with assistance from Home Depot and Bikeway Bicycles.
Wilson said she intends on organizing a quarterly Repair Café in Yorktown, with the next one being held on Oct. 20.
For more information, visit repaircafehv.org/calendar.