MAMARONECK, NY – Residents of Mamaroneck will have the chance to get to know their neighbors better and maybe finally get this karaoke machine back up and running.
The town of Mamaroneck will host its first Repair Café, touted as a friendly, community-based approach to being more sustainable.
The Repair Café will be held at the Mamaroneck Senior Center at 1288 W. Boston Post Rd on October 16 from noon to 4 pm. People visiting the Repair Café are welcome to bring their broken items from home. Toasters, lamps, hair dryers, clothes, toys, dishes, costume jewelry, electronic equipment (which can be easily repaired) or any other item that is broken, inoperative or can be repaired and can be carried by one person are welcome.
City officials say the aim of the program is to help reduce waste by promoting repairs, rather than having the items end up in the landfill.
“We throw a lot of stuff in the United States, even things that could easily be reused after a simple repair,” said Kevin Crowe, a volunteer with the Town’s Sustainability Collaborative. “Unfortunately, we tend to think ‘buy new’ and Repair Café wants to change that mindset.”
The concept also aims to connect neighbors in a new way and to discover that a lot of know-how and practical skills can be found close to home.
“If you’re fixing a toaster, CD player, or pants with a previously unknown neighbor, you look at that person in a whole new light the next time you meet them on the street,” said volunteer George Roniger. . “Doing repairs together can lead to pleasant contacts in the neighborhood. “
Volunteer repair experts are needed. Those interested are asked to contact the office of Supervisor Nancy Seligson. Volunteers should be available to help with repairs free of charge. Tools and materials will be provided.
“I am delighted that our volunteers organized this event. As a NYS-certified climate-smart community, this aligns with our goal of creating less waste and being a more sustainable community, ”said city supervisor Nancy Seligson. “The Repair Cafés also show that repairing items can be a fun community effort.”
Repair Café Foundation
The Repair Café concept was created in the Netherlands in 2009 by Martine Postma, who at the time was a journalist / publicist based in Amsterdam. In 2010, she launched the Repair Café Foundation https://www.repaircafe.org/. This foundation provides support to local groups around the world who want to create their own Repair Café.
Collaboration for the sustainability of the city of Mamaroneck
The Sustainability Collaborative is a voluntary committee created to advise the City on environmental issues. Please see https://www.townofmamaroneckny.org/324/Sustainability-Collaborative
Those interested in volunteering for the Repair Café or who have questions are asked to call the office of Supervisor Nancy Seligson at 914.381.7805 or email [email protected].