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Volunteer with FreeGeek

FreeGeek Chicago currently holds open volunteer hours, known as "OpenBuild", on Fridays and Sundays. The OpenBuild program provides an excellent opportunity to get tons of hands-on experience with a wide variety of computer hardware and to learn first-hand the challenges and satisfaction of building a working system. Anyone interested in volunteering with FreeGeek Chicago must complete our new volunteer orientation (see below). Volunteers typically spend their time:

  • Disassembling computers and learning about their components
  • Testing individual computer parts, cards, and peripherals
  • Building computers from good componets
  • Learning about and installing the GNU/Linux operating system
  • Mentoring new volunteers
  • Learning about the environmental impact of e-waste
  • Having a really good time


New volunteers must complete the FreeGeek Chicago orientation before beginning as a volunteer. Orientation is currently held at 11:30AM on Fridays and Sundays during OpenBuild and usually lasts around 3 hours. New volunteers should arrive for orientation at least 15 minutes in advance to sign-in.

Who Can Participate?

Anyone who is 14 years of age or older can participate as a FreeGeek volunteer. All volunteers under the age of 18 MUST provide FreeGeek with their date of birth and have a parent/guardian signature on our liabilty waiver form.

Other Volunteering

In addition to volunteering on OpenBuild days, FreeGeek is always looking for those who:

  • Want to teach a class in our classroom
  • Can help pick up donations and volunteers with transportation needs
  • Drivers with commericial truck experience for our recycling runs

Check out our calendar for volunteer opportunities or Contact us to learn more.