What do volunteers help Free Geek with?
Volunteers can choose to volunteer in either:
- Recycling room – take apart old electronics and sort the components into buckets for recycling.
- Computer refurbishing room – refurbish usable computers, test computer parts, test other electronics
- Audio/Video testing room – test audio / video devices such as TVs, speakers, amplifiers, stereos etc.
How to become a volunteer
No orientation is necessary to help take apart electronics in recycling room. Just show up any time during normal volunteer hours (Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday between hours of 12pm and 5pm).
Computer and Audio/Video testing rooms
Note: due to ongoing changes in our refurbishing process, there is a backlog in processing applications for refurbishing rooms. Applications can be submitted, but it may take a few weeks before they are reviewed and processed. We encourage people to volunteer in our recycling room before they are contacted for a refurbishing orientation.
Testing and refurbishing equipment requires knowing Free Geek’s procedures and rules. All volunteers looking to do testing and refurbishing are asked to apply. Once volunteer’s application is reviewed, we will send the applicant information on further steps (orientation and available hours for volunteering).
To apply to volunteer at computer or audio/video refurbishing rooms submit the form below:
Normal volunteer hours:
- Wednesday: noon to 5 pm
- Saturday: noon to 5 pm
- Sunday: noon to 5 pm
Volunteers under the age of 16
Volunteers of any age are welcome, but if you are under 16 years old we ask that you come in with a parent or other adult.
Free Geek is happy to help with job references for regular volunteers — just let us know if you’re interested in this when you come in and we’ll set you up with a supervisor who can give an informed recommendation.
There are volunteers who have contributed a great deal of time and effort to further Free Geek’s mission. They are part of a core group of volunteers who do tasks such as training new volunteers or develop new processes that help optimize refurbishing workflow. Core volunteers can request Free Geek email addresses to help with their volunteering work. Please note that all email requests need to be approved either by the Volunteer Coordinator or by the Free Geek board.
To request a new Free Geek email address, submit a request via the: Request a new Free Geek Email Address form.
To request a new or to modify an existing gSuite Group, submit a request via the gSuite group management form.