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Bolton Repair Cafe
By Ray Pfau
ray.pfau@oracle.com
Acknowledgements
• Most pictures by Ken Horton
• Group volunteer picture by Catherine Pfau
Bolton Repair Cafe 2
Repair Cafe Purpose
• Reuse things
– Less things in landfills
• Save $
• Less raw materials and
emissions making new
thing...
How it Works
• Guests bring in items
• We fix them for free
• Guests only pay for
needed parts
• Guests can help, watch,
a...
Types of Items We Can Fix
• It all depends on the
volunteers
– Electrical
– Sewing
– Furniture
– Sharpening
– Computers
– ...
Future Plans
• Hold events 3 times a
year
• Reach more people
– Get the word out
– Help others start Repair
Cafes
Bolton R...
Tricks – To Start a Repair Cafe
• Find an existing
organization that might
be interested
• Talk to them
• Cannot find one,...
Tricks – Register with the Repair Cafe
Foundation
• repaircafe.org
• For a small one time fee
you get a lot of help
– “How...
Tricks - Get Good Volunteers
• Talk to friends
• Contact local service
groups
• Ask people to suggest
others
• Talk it up
...
Tricks – Miscellaneous
• Find a location
• Get people to come
– Press Releases
– Flyers
– Emails
• Cover costs
– Put out d...
Ongoing Issue – Liability
• Have guests sign a
waiver
• Volunteer homeowner’s
insurance
• Other insurance for
organization...
Come to Our Next Event
• Sat May 31 from 9 am –
1 pm
• See boltonlocal.org for
more details
Bolton Repair Cafe 12
Want More Information?
• boltonlocal.org
• repaircafe.org
• Contact me
– ray.pfau@oracle.com
– (978) 779-5545
Bolton Repai...
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  1. 1. Bolton Repair Cafe By Ray Pfau ray.pfau@oracle.com
  2. 2. Acknowledgements • Most pictures by Ken Horton • Group volunteer picture by Catherine Pfau Bolton Repair Cafe 2
  3. 3. Repair Cafe Purpose • Reuse things – Less things in landfills • Save $ • Less raw materials and emissions making new things Bolton Repair Cafe 3
  4. 4. How it Works • Guests bring in items • We fix them for free • Guests only pay for needed parts • Guests can help, watch, and/or have a snack • Open to anyone • Not competing with professional repair shops Bolton Repair Cafe 4
  5. 5. Types of Items We Can Fix • It all depends on the volunteers – Electrical – Sewing – Furniture – Sharpening – Computers – Bicycles Bolton Repair Cafe 5
  6. 6. Future Plans • Hold events 3 times a year • Reach more people – Get the word out – Help others start Repair Cafes Bolton Repair Cafe 6
  7. 7. Tricks – To Start a Repair Cafe • Find an existing organization that might be interested • Talk to them • Cannot find one, you can still do it Bolton Repair Cafe 7
  8. 8. Tricks – Register with the Repair Cafe Foundation • repaircafe.org • For a small one time fee you get a lot of help – “How To” booklet – Sample documents – Logo files – List location on web site • You agree to – Use the Repair Cafe name – Use the logo – Refer to the web site Bolton Repair Cafe 8
  9. 9. Tricks - Get Good Volunteers • Talk to friends • Contact local service groups • Ask people to suggest others • Talk it up 9Bolton Repair Cafe
  10. 10. Tricks – Miscellaneous • Find a location • Get people to come – Press Releases – Flyers – Emails • Cover costs – Put out donation jars • Keep things positive and fun • Use written registrations Bolton Repair Cafe 10
  11. 11. Ongoing Issue – Liability • Have guests sign a waiver • Volunteer homeowner’s insurance • Other insurance for organization sponsoring the event • Event insurance Bolton Repair Cafe 11
  12. 12. Come to Our Next Event • Sat May 31 from 9 am – 1 pm • See boltonlocal.org for more details Bolton Repair Cafe 12
  13. 13. Want More Information? • boltonlocal.org • repaircafe.org • Contact me – ray.pfau@oracle.com – (978) 779-5545 Bolton Repair Cafe 13

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