Dakota County is celebrating five years of hosting Fix-It Clinics, helping thousands of residents to learn repair skills, fix their broken household items and avoid throwing items in the trash.
Since 2017, more than 2,000 residents have visited a monthly Fix-It Clinic, which are typically held at Dakota County library locations. Participants are matched with eager volunteers who fix household goods and clothing. The fixers repair nearly 3 out of 4 items brought to the events. All that hard work and troubleshooting has kept 15,000 pounds of materials from landfills. Participants leave with a sense of satisfaction and knowledge of how they might fix something in the future.
Inspired by similar programs elsewhere, a group of local volunteers started the first monthly clinics with a grant. After their successful trial year ended, Dakota County took over the repair events.
Join the fun at the next Fix-It Clinic on Sunday, Jan. 22 from 1–4 p.m. at the Burnhaven Library in Burnsville. For future dates, more information or to volunteer, visit the Fix-It Clinics page.