Ed Day, Rockland County Executive

May 15, 2023

Contact: Beth Cefalu, Director of Strategic Communications(845) 638-5645

Rockland County Youth Bureau Seeks Handy People for Repair Café

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New City, NY – The Rockland County Youth Bureau is seeking volunteer Repair Coaches for the 2023 Spring Repair Café, scheduled for Sunday, June 11th at the Rockland County Fire Training Center in Pomona.

Repair Café is a community event where people can bring broken household items to be repaired for free by volunteer Repair Coaches. There will be several repair stations, including electronics, lighting, furniture, toys, small appliances, and jewelry.

Repair Coaches are social people at least 18 years old with repair experience in trades or crafts such as small appliances, woodworking/carpentry, electrical, electronics, and costume jewelry. People of all ages are welcome to be a Repair Coach, and no formal experience is necessary.

Volunteers are needed for four hours, 10 am to 2 pm on Sunday, June 11. Repair Coaches will collaborate heavily with the public, with other repair people, and with students looking to learn more about trades.

The event is coordinated by the Rockland Conservation & Service Corps (a program of the Rockland County Youth Bureau and the County of Rockland) and Rockland Green.

The Repair Café mission is to fix rather than dispose of beloved but broken objects, while passing down valuable repair skills, building community, and keeping things in circulation rather than the landfill.

County Executive Day said, “we increasingly are becoming a throw away society, in which so many of our possessions are replaced at the first sign of a glitch. Preserving repair know-how skills by passing them on to the younger generation is critical to Rockland’s shared future. We hope you will bring your expertise and join us.”

Interested in helping? Please contact Kathy Galione, Volunteer Coordinator for Repair Café at 845-364-2932 or by e-mailing as soon as possible.