Newburgh’s Repair Cafe A Big Hit
On Saturday, April 27th, Newburgh had it’s second Repair Café event inside of Grit Works at 115 Broadway. The event drew over two dozen area residents.A total of 32 items were brought to the Newburgh Repair Café, of which 24 were successfully repaired on site. Owners of the remaining items were given feedback on possible recommendations and ways to recycle outdated belongings. Some of the items that were brought in included bikes, irons, chairs, computers, phones, and vacuum cleaners.
“We are very excited about the success of this project and the lasting impact it has on our community and our environment. Grit Works is a proud partner of the Newburgh Repair Café and we look forward to future events.” Eric Jarmann, Managing Partner of Grit Works and Co-founder of Newburgh Repair Café“Our Repair Coaches are neighbors, friends and family members that come together and repair together to help support the needs of our community. We are glad to see the relationships that are being forged while also ensuring that fixable items are not making their way into landfills.”
Damian DePauw, CEO and Founder of IMPACT, Inc. and Co-founder of Newburgh Repair Café“We are grateful to be able to work with so many dedicated individuals, who generously offer their time and skills to support fellow Newburgh residents with this cost saving initiative. We want to thank Grit Works, the Awesome Newburgh Foundation, Repair Café of the Hudson Valley and all of the Repair Coaches for their assistance, guidance and support to help bring this project to our community. We hope to make this a permanent staple in the City of Newburgh.” Orange County Legislator and Co-founder of Newburgh Repair Café, Kevindaryán Luján
Newburgh Repair Café was recently awarded an Awesome Newburgh Foundation grant that partially funds the project’s activities. Repair Cafés, which have become very popular in the Hudson Valley, allow community members an opportunity to have broken items fixed free of charge.The next Newburgh Repair Café is scheduled for Saturday, June 8th at Grit Works located at 115 Broadway, in collaboration with Newburgh Free Academy’s P-TECH program and ‘We Are Newburgh’. If anyone is interested in becoming a repair coach, please follow them on Facebook: Newburgh Repair Café or on Instagram: NbgRepairCafe.
Captions 1: Newburgh Legislator Kevindaryan Lujan and a group ofcoaches are heling people repaire and reuse damaged items rather than having them become trash.
Caption 2: Orange County Commissioner of Planning, David Church, who is also a repair coach, repairs a bicycle.