DTRC-logo_red

The Dare to Repair Cafe is a community event where individuals can bring broken items (lamps, small electronics, vacuums, toys, etc.) to the repair cafe and have volunteer “fixers” try to repair the item alongside them for free!

We’re reducing waste by connecting those with a need to those with the know-how. By saving people money, diverting usable items from landfills, and teaching basic repair skills, Dare to Repair is helping to build the circular economy.

Since 2017, the Tool Library and its partners in repair have hosted 18 repair cafes, which successfully fixed 359 items and diverted 3,186 lbs. of trash from the landfill.

Good with your hands? Want to help us fix something else? 

WHY REPAIR?

As a society, we throw away vast amounts of stuff. Current estimates put the amount of trash generated by Americans each year at 254 million tons! As current recycling technologies reach their limits of usefulness, reducing, re-using, and repairing the things we consume has become increasingly important to creating sustainable solutions to addressing the challenge of the global waste stream.

The problem is we often lack the knowledge or confidence necessary to make even the most basic of repairs. The Dare to Repair Café is Western New York’s take on the global Repair Café movement, which started more than 10 years ago in Amsterdam. Conceived as a way to rethink waste and transform our throw away economy at the local level by teaching traditional, hands-on repair skills, the Repair Café model is helping to rekindle fixer culture across the globe.

Repair Cafés connect highly skilled volunteer fixers to individuals with broken items and, through hands-on instruction and troubleshooting, teach people the value, ease, and sense of accomplishment repair can bring. Small shifts in our thinking and habits can have a huge impact on one of our world’s most pressing challenges.

Dare to Repair is best when shared! Download our flyer to post online or around your neighborhood.

Join us at one of our upcoming Dare to Repair Cafes!

  • Thursday, February 27th 5-7pm Dudley Branch Library (2010 South Park Ave)
  • Saturday, March 21st 10am – 1pm Reinstein Woods Educational Center (93 Honorine Ave)
  • Saturday, April 4th 9am-11:30am Highgate Heights Elementary School (600 Highgate Ave)
  • Saturday, May 16th 10am – 1pm Isaias Gonzalez-Soto Branch Library (280 Porter Ave)

Please note repairs are not guaranteed and all participants will be required to sign a waiver. Replacement parts are limited, so bring ‘em if ya got ‘em!

FIXING ITEMS SUCH AS

Small Appliances

Tools

Bikes

Lamps

Clothing

NEWS & UPDATES

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Become a Fixer

Add your name,
contact information, and expertise to our list of volunteer fixers

Make a Donation

Donate materials,
refreshments, or funds to help make our Dare to Repair Cafes a success

Spread the Word

Hang up a flyer at your local coffee shop, tell a friend or family member, or share our events on social media

PROJECT SPONSORS