Hennepin County Fix-It Clinic presentation
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Hennepin County Fix-It ClinicHow to start your own!p-rrr2-01aWhat? At monthly Fix-It Clinics, volunteers with repair skills help residents disassemble, troubleshoot and fix their household appliances and clothing. Fix-It Clinics reduce the amount of stuff that gets thrown in the trash, teach valuable skills and build community connections.In Europe, we throw out so many things.- Martine Postma, Amsterdam mother of two who started Repair Cafes there. How it got startedIts about the peopleand their storiesWhen I gave the radio to my girlfriend she freaked, and she has been listening to it non-stop. I just wanted to thank you and the Fix-It crew for all of your help!Finding volunteersThe right volunteers They can fix stuff, but do they have the patience to teach people who dont know a screwdriver from a wrench? Will they ask for help if they get stuck? Why they keep coming back Thank you so much for the opportunity to be involved with the Fix-It Clinics. It is an absolutely brilliant program! Thanks again, Nancy, for providing us all this wonderful opportunity! I had so much fun! I got more than what I came for I learned from other volunteers. I loved how happy people who brought their items in were, even if their item was not repairable.Getting the word out Newspapers (local + Star Tribune) City newsletters County website County/city news releases Facebook and Twitter TelevisionSupplies Volunteers bring most of their own tools A scale Electrical cords Power strips Waivers, surveys Trays for holding screws Canned air, tape,batteries, rubbing alcohol,adhesives Laptop Snacks and drinksHave the site help promoteChoosing a location Large enough to accommodate 12-15 large rectangular tables plus chairs Wi-Fi access A television (for testing repaired DVD, VHS players) Adequate lighting Plentiful electrical outlets Centrally located site with promotional options Sufficient parkingThe check-in tableMeasuring results At check in, record the item, problem, weight. Sign waiver. As resident is leaving, did item get fixed and how, fill out a survey cardCrunching the numbers Number of items fixed vs. number of items brought in, calculate the weight of items diverted from the trash. Diagnoses and partial fixes are considered fixes. Outcomes 6 events so far Total people: 300 Pounds diverted: 1,900 Average fix rate: 74 percentFeedback I am not at all handy and do not even relish the use of a screwdriver but I found the experience of replacing the part very empowering, and the clinic itself very energizing. "Outstanding service! Thank you very much and especially to Roger -- for his patience and tenacity! "We are thrilled at being able to attend. Brian did the work, and he was very methodical and knowledgeable! THANK YOU!" "Clone Michael! He is a real craftsman and effective teacher." "This is awesome! Nice volunteers." "Keep it up -- you are all saints!" "Good folks/ kind and welcoming!" "It's a most worthwhile effort to save equipment, reduce trash!" "Great community event! Thanks.Kids are welcome!Sewing/mendingWhy do these? hennepin.us/fixitclinicNancy Lo612firstname.lastname@example.org
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