Inspired by the “repair cafe” movement in Amsterdam, Carla Bruni and Ally Brisbin decided to found Community Glue Workshop in 2012. The Edgewater-based organization’s goals are to divert repairable items from the waste stream (or repurpose them if need be), encourage critical thinking, debunk the relentless myth that newer is better, and foster community. We love where we live and we love a hive mind to solve pretty much every problem out there, no matter how big or small.
We host free, monthly repair clinics at Edgewater Workbench, a local maker space, and local, mechanically-inclined volunteers will work on just about any busted, torn, or short-circuited item you can fit through the front door. Volunteers range from engineers to carpenters to seamstresses to jewelry makers to comic book nerds, and they often combine their knowledge to tackle particularly weird issues. After over four years of clinics with incredible volunteer retention, you’d better believe that we’re always up for a new challenge.
Bring it on. And bring some beer.
-Carla and Ally