Summer 2023 Community Partner: Fix-It CLE

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On the fourth Monday of each month, the Sears think[box] hosts Fix-It CLE, a free workshop where community members can learn how to fix everyday appliances and objects with the help of experienced coaches. The goal of Fix-It CLE is simple: to reduce landfill waste and to save money on repairs. 

The workshop is presented by a number of community partners that include think[box], Circular Cleveland and the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District. 

“Everyone knows about the three Rs—reduce, reuse, recycle. Recycling is certainly important, but the other two can be more impactful,” explains Matt Walters recycling programs coordinator at the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District. “The Fix-It clinics were developed as a way to encourage people to reuse.” 

Community members who attend Fix-It CLE bring in all types of appliances: vacuums, leaf blowers, broken desk drawers, small electronics, clothing repairs, even broken music boxes. 

Initially, the concept for the clinics was one that several community organizations, including think[box], had been working on independently or in small clusters. When they learned of their shared goal, the groups decided to come together to form Fix-It CLE and host clinics around the county. 

“Working together helps us to reach different audiences and to spread our message,” Walters says. “And having think[box] as a host site has been helpful. It’s a great community resource and it’s a place where you can go to learn skills and use equipment that can help you to reduce and reuse.” 

Members of the community are invited to attend an upcoming Fix-It CLE workshops at think[box]:

  • 3-7 p.m., Monday, July 24, 2023
  • 3-7 p.m., Monday, August 28, 2023

Fix-It CLE clinics are held on the second floor of think[box]. Learn more about Fix-It CLE online.