Volunteer Spotlight: Teresa Frakes and Guillermo Hernandez
Volunteers are what make Free Geek what it is. Since Free Geek started, over 18,000 different people have come in to volunteer their time! We love them all, but we also like to highlight the dedication of super all-star volunteers. In this edition of the Free Geek Gnusletter, we shine our volunteer spotlight on two spectacular long-term volunteers: Teresa Frakes and Guillermo Hernandez (also known as “GMO”).
Teresa has been volunteering with Free Geek since July 2007. She started with the Build Program, then spent a couple of years in MacLand, and is now “happily ensconced in laptop build.” She is a familiar face in Laptops, but you may also recognize her for the tasty homemade treats she sometimes brings in to share! When asked what her favorite thing about the ‘Geek is, Teresa replied, “If there’s a heaven, I think it will be a lot like Free Geek. Everybody busy on the same productive project in an atmosphere of cooperation and good cheer. The gray-haired pony tails and spiky green hair are a bonus.” When not busy working on laptops, Teresa can be seen participating in political demonstrations, attending theater productions, or enjoying the wide variety of live music Portland has to offer. Thank you, Teresa, for your continued support over the years! You add immensely to the Free Geek community.
Guillermo began volunteering at Free Geek in 2008 at the tender age of 10. After completing the build program in 2010, GMO started interning in the thrift store, and has been a beloved fixture there ever since. Last summer, GMO worked nearly full time in the store, putting in countless hours working the till, assisting customers, keeping the store stocked, and generally serving as a morale-boost for the thrift store staff. When asked what GMO likes so much about Free Geek, he responded, “You know, the helping, helping others—it’s a good feeling. Community, recycling, helping people who can’t afford computers making it affordable, keeping bad stuff out of the environment.” In the thrift store, though, Guillermo is all about “the jokes—the sense of humor around here, and, you know, the food.” In his free time, GMO plays video games, practices guitar, sleeps, and participates in joke contests. He requested that we include a GMO quote:
GMO: “My mind is like a walrus…”
Ian: “What do you mean?”
GMO: “It’s all lazy, till it’s GO time.”
Thanks, GMO, for all that you bring to the Thrift Store and the Free Geek community!