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Maple Ridge Repair Cafes will return bigger than ever thanks to Vancity grant

Ridge Meadows Recycling Society received $10,000 for its Repair Cafes
More than 600 items were fixed at the 2023 Repair Cafe events in Maple Ridge. (Ridge Meadows Recycling Society/Special to The News)

With the final Repair Cafe of 2023 wrapping up in Maple Ridge on Nov. 18, the Ridge Meadows Recycling Society is now looking forward to the upcoming season next year, which will be even better now thanks to a recent $10,000 grant from Vancity.

The Ridge Meadows Recycling Society was just one of 25 community groups in the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island that received grants as part of Vancity’s enviroFund Program.

Each year, these grants are distributed to local businesses and groups that are actively working to promote climate-related programs, with more than $1 million being handed out in 2023.

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Leanne Koehn, community engagement manager for the Ridge Meadows Recycling Society, explained that the group is very grateful to have been selected by Vancity as one of the recipients.

“This funding will go directly into providing monthly Repair Cafes for the community in 2024,” said Koehn. “The funds will cover things like venue and insurance costs, tools and materials to do the repairs, and volunteer food and expenses.”

The next Repair Cafe will return to Maple Ridge in February, with the 2024 season schedule yet to be announced.

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Brandon Tucker

About the Author: Brandon Tucker

I have been a journalist since 2013, with much of my career spent covering sports and entertainment stories in Alberta.
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