Clinton Avenue United Methodist Church
122 Clinton Avenue
Kingston, NY 12401
(in mid-town Kingston)
Kingston Transition sponsored the first Kingston Repair Café in June 2014. Our events are now sponsored by Bike-Friendly Kingston and the Kingston Climate Smart Commission as well! Thanks to the generous support of the Clinton Avenue United Methodist Church we have a great space and a growing group of "repair coaches" for mechanical, electrical and electronic items, things made of wood, and even metal repairs thanks to Vince and his welding truck. We have a team of sewing coaches, a jewelry expert and book restorer. Bring us broken ceramics and other things that require glue and patience. Se habla Espanol--we welcome Spanish speaking clients to the Café. All repairs are free and there is no need to make an advance appointment.
Call or email and let us know if you have a skill you would like to volunteer. We would love to hear from you! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 646-302-5835.
Bring a donation for the Food Pantry if you can.
When you bring something to the Repair Café, keep in mind that one of the reasons for the Repair Café movement is to re-learn skills we have lost in our disposable society. So we invite you to watch and learn about the item you brought. Our volunteer coaches are exactly that, volunteers for the day. Some may do this for a living, and you can reach them at their professional locations for further repairs, but while at the Repair Café all the coaches are there to show you how they do it – or advise you what needs to be done if they do not have the means to fix it there. If they feel it is not repairable, they will explain why.
Kingston Transition is part of the Transition movement, a global grass roots, community based response to the certainty that we will have to live in a post fossil fuel economy and with climate change and economic uncertainty. Communities can build resilience to these challenges and in the process develop communities that are more connected, more vibrant and more fulfilling. Among other solutions Transitioners look to rediscover skills that have been abandoned but will be needed as we return to thinking local and sustainably.