Free Geek is a bustling organization with over 2,000 active volunteers each year! On a daily basis volunteers make Free Geek work. Volunteers evaluate and refurbish incoming hardware, volunteers disassemble obsolete hardware, volunteers ring up sales in the Thrift Store, and volunteers make the coffee that fuels other volunteers. People volunteer at Free Geek for a diversity of reasons and there are plenty of opportunities to plug in. Volunteers at Free Geek are doing more than reducing e-waste and helping to bridge the digital divide, they are also gaining valuable job skills!
Blaine Deatherage-Newsom, You’re Awesome!
Can you believe that 10 years ago today (June 26th) a young man –who just about everyone who has volunteered at Free Geek will recognize– first showed up and said “I’m ready to volunteer at Free Geek!”? Blaine Deatherage-Newsom has been an amazing Build Instructor, supporter and friend to so many who have passed through the halls of Free Geek. Everyone comments on his patience, positive attitude and amazing approach to life. He has donated well over 4,000 hours of his time to Free Geek, helping everyone learn the ins and outs of building well over a thousand computers. In honor of his amazing service, we’re celebrating our first-ever Blaineversary!
Blaine says, “You know, I realized I’ve been here a long time when I saw that I was teaching more than a few new builders how to work on their first computer…who weren’t even born when I started at Free Geek.”
We’d love for you to share a comment on our Facebook Page or send an email to blaineversary (at) freegeek (dot) org with your favorite Blaine stories, thoughts and pictures.
Blaine, you are a rockstar, we love and appreciate you and look forward to our next ten years together!