Volunteer

Join the Free Geek community

Want to learn how to build computers, save the environment from toxic e-waste, and transform the lives of people in your community? We have a place for you here at Free Geek!

Free Geek volunteers are the driving force behind our mission. Our volunteers make a difference by disassembling computers for recycling, sorting equipment from donors, refurbishing computers, and much more.

As a volunteer, you’ll receive:

Who can volunteer?

We encourage people of all ages, backgrounds, and areas of interest to get involved at Free Geek.

  • No computer experience is required
  • Our facility is mostly ADA-accessible
  • We are sensitive to and can work with people with different abilities

We only require that volunteers be able to follow instructions and that those under 16 years old are accompanied by an adult who can work alongside them. Whatever your reason for donating your time, we’d love to welcome you to the Free Geek community.

Interested in bringing a group to volunteer? Please submit a request online

What do volunteers do?

At Free Geek, we are proactive in creating an accepting community that provides meaningful opportunities for all. Volunteers can work in either Recycling or Reuse

Recycling Volunteer Shifts

Volunteer at Recycling Bench
Recycling Bench

Disassembling desktop systems for recycling.

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Recycling Table

Disassembling smaller electronics for recycling.

Staff working in sorting receiving
Sorting Table

Sorting and moving around incoming items.

Reuse Volunteer Shifts

To participate in the Reuse Program, all volunteers must complete two prerequisites: 

  1. Attend the Anatomy of a Computer class and complete the assessment.
  2. Volunteer in a Beginner Reuse Workshop (Desktop or Laptop) to learn Free Geek's method of refurbishment. Volunteers may also fulfill this requirement by attending Laptop Bootcamp.
Kids volunteering in build room
Desktop Shift

Refurbishment and quality control of computers.

Laptop refurbishment
Laptop Shift

Refurbishment and quality control of computers.

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Mac Shift

With instructor approval, refurbish Mac computers.

How to volunteer

  1. Read and agree to follow our General Conduct Guidelines.
  2. Take a 30 minute volunteer orientation tour, offered at 11am and 4pm on Tuesday through Saturday. Please arrive 10 minutes early to fill out paperwork.
  3. Schedule up to two shifts at a time during Free Geek’s open hours.

Requirements to volunteer

  • Individuals under 16 year of age must have an adult with them while volunteering.
  • Individuals who are not legally able to be around children cannot volunteer at Free Geek.
  • Individuals with restraining orders against them may not be able to volunteer at Free Geek, depending upon the situation. Please check with a staff member about your situation.
  • Court-ordered community service not related to theft or violent crime can be done in Free Geek’s recycling center. Please bring all relevant paperwork and court documents with you for the tour.

I saw the most diverse students and volunteers learning and working together at Free Geek. (Thank you!)

Stephanie Pino-Heiss, volunteer

Want to level up your skills even more?

Free Geek offers a variety of competitive and challenging internships for those who have the time, interest, and motivation to work outside the scope of our main volunteer program.