How to Help

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There are lots of ways to help, here are a few: jump in on one of our current projects to improve the space for everyone, teach a class, help out with "behind the scenes" administration, donate money or supplies.

If every member volunteered just 4-6 hours per month, our space would be even more awesome than it is now!

Current Projects[edit]

Routine Laser Cutter maintenance (contact Bryan Lee, #laser_engraver slack channel)

  • Ongoing procedure development

Shop Bot CNC setup in new space (contact Stills #cnc slack channel)

  • Install & level bed
  • Set up computer

Wood Shop setup in new space (contact Chris VerKuilen, #wood_shop slack channel)

  • Set up dust collection system

Clear out donation / storage area (contact Adrian Martinez, #members slack channel),

  • Set up date tagging system & display area for items members are free to take
  • Dispose of unusable items and excess "hackable bits"
  • Organize items to be kept

Other Ways to Help[edit]

- Pitch in on routine upkeep tasks: clean up after yourself, clear off tables, throw away trash, refill TP / paper towels, put tools away, clean bathrooms, restock fridge beverages, sweep floors, take garbage out to dumpster, ...

- Volunteer at an upcoming event, especially Kids' Open Make days (contact Tracey Birch, #kids slack channel)

- Teach a class (contact Bill Shaw)

- Volunteer for our Making The Future program (contact Bill Shaw)

- Help fundraise. Ever wrote a grant application before? (contact Tracey Birch)

- Update this wiki with information useful to our members - see the Style Guides for example pages - copy & paste from the edit box to save yourself some typing! (contact Alex Wingeier for a wiki account)


Donations needed[edit]

Cash is nice but we're happy to get donations of materials, especially for our Kids' Open Make projects, such as:

  • White glue
  • Wooden craft ("popsicle") sticks
  • Arts & Crafts kits (if pieces are missing, PLEASE let us know!)
  • Polymer clay
  • Yarn and embroidery floss
  • Felt and fabric remnants
  • Card stock, drawing/watercolor paper, scrapbooking paper
  • Rubber bands, paper clips, binder clips, paper fasteners
  • Batteries (9-volt, AA, and coin cell / 2032)
  • Electronic components: LEDs, resistors, switches & buttons, wire
  • Paint smocks / shirts (or other cover-ups, for messy projects)
  • Hot glue guns and sticks