How to get started
Who can volunteer
Anyone is welcome — volunteers are not required to have any previous experience. 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
All volunteers are asked to attend an orientation (see below for description). Those who are very new to computer hardware and would like to refurbish computers, are asked to attend our Intro to computer hardware class.
Orientation (required for all volunteers)
When: every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, from 1:00pm to 1:15pm – no appointment required, you can just show up
Description: During orientation volunteers will learn the basics of Free Geek operations. Every volunteer is required to complete an orientation.
Intro to computer hardware class (for volunteers new to computer hardware)
When: every Saturday from 12:15pm to 12:30pm, no apointment required
Description: An introductory class where volunteers can learn the bare basics of computer hardware. People who can identify main PC components and their purposes can skip this class.
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. If you are interested in an Internship, see our Internships page.
If you have any questions about volunteering:
- Either send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Or fill out the form below:
Tour of the facility
When: every Saturday after orientation (around 1:15pm), no appointment required
Description: This is an introductory tour to Free Geek Twin Cities facility. Includes quick history of Free Geek, the tour of each Free Geek room and quick introduction of Free Geek’s operations.