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Repair Clark County – Vancouver
January 7 @ 5:00 pm - January 14 @ 7:00 pmFree
What: Repair Clark County event, where you can bring your broken household items to be fixed, for free
When: Tuesday, January 14th, 5-7 PM
Where: ReTails Thrift Store, 5000 E 4th Plain Boulevard, Vancouver, WA
The Repair Clark County program will partner with the ReTails thrift store to offer free repairs on January 14th.
ReTails is owned and operated by the Humane Society for Southwest Washington (HSSW), and store donations and proceeds help provide shelter animals with food and housing, medical attention and adoption services. As part of its overarching goal to support pets and people, HSSW works with an array of community agencies and is proud of its partnership with Columbia Springs. “We’re so pleased to again host Repair Clark County at ReTails,” says Paul MacKay, Vice President of Retail Operations for HSSW. “This is our second year to be involved, and people loved the event last year!”
Community members are invited to bring household items needing small repairs, such as sewing projects, tools and knives needing sharpening, appliances, electronics, bicycles and other items, such as jewelry. People may bring in multiple items for repair, but will need to wait in line separately for assistance with each item.
In January, the program will include another specialty category: books. “We enjoy trying new things with this program.” says Terra Heilman, Repair Clark County coordinator. “We’re testing out new repair categories as we come across volunteers with the specialized fixing knowledge.” Community members can bring in books that need small repairs, such as repairing torn pages, reattaching pages that have fallen out and gluing loose spines.
Why would you want to bring something to be fixed? “There are many reasons people come to us,” says Heilman. “It could be a sentimental item, it helps them save money, some people just can’t bear to throw away something that they’re used to and know how it works. Whatever the reason, we’re happy to be helping our community conserve resources and reduce waste.”
Contact: Terra Heilman, Repair Clark County, Columbia Springs
Phone: 360-882-0936 X 224
About Columbia Springs: Columbia Springs, founded in 2001, provides tens of thousands of children and their families the opportunity to fall in love with nature. We continue to build a community of life-long learners and land stewards through our educational opportunities, walking trails, events and workshops.
Located on a 100 acre natural area in the City of Vancouver, Columbia Springs is dedicated to providing outdoor recreation and science education close to home. The Repair Clark County program is primarily an “off site” program for the community, offering free fixing events, repair skills workshops and other waste reduction programming throughout Clark County.
About People + Dogs + Cats…the Humane Society for Southwest Washington
We are the matchmakers in the business of completing families. In 2019, the Humane Society for Southwest Washington (HSSW) sheltered more than 8,000 animals offering adoption services, Safe Haven temporary housing, low-cost spay and neuter surgeries, and medical care. HSSW facilitated more than 5,000 adoptions in 2019 and distributed 80,000 pounds of pet food in collaboration with Animeals (Meals on Wheels). More than 950+ volunteers work with HSSW animals, and provide laundry services, assistance in the clinic, ReTails Thrift Store support, event assistance and outreach activities. ReTails Thrift Store is owned and operated by HSSW and has been named the “Best Thrift Store” in Clark County by The Columbian poll three times in a row. Likewise, HSSW was named the “Best Nonprofit” two years in a row.