Adopt Program

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FAQ 1. How do I register for the adopt program?

   Signup by sending an email to learn@freegeektoronto.org
   Include in the email message: 
   Your name, email telephone so we can contact you when a class is scheduled.
   Clearly indicate if you would like to take a computer home at the end of the adopt program

FAQ 2: If you don't need to take a computer home, there is no need to sign up for the adopt program.

   We can give you a certificate if you wish to receive one when you achieve 24 hours.

FAQ 3: If you have not sent an email, you have not signed up!

   For those individuals just getting used to email, ask someone how to do so, or let a keyholder know you want to be a part of the Adopt Program, and we will sign you up.

FAQ 4. Who are the people currently signed up for the adopt program:

- to be updated -


If your name is not on the list and you want to be part of the adopt program see FAQ 1 above.

Note: Checking "adopt" on the volunteer signup form does not automatically enter you in the adopt program, its an expression of interest similar to indicating interest in different workgroups.


FULL ADOPTION PROGRAM POLICY BELOW


1) IF you would like to take a computer home at the end of the adopt program:

  • Signup by sending an email to learn@freegeektoronto.org
  • Subject: Adopt Program
  • Include in the email message:
    • Your name, email telephone so we can contact you when the class is scheduled.
    • Clearly indicate if you would like to take a computer home at the end of the adopt program

If you don't need to take a computer home, there is no need to sign up, we can give you a certificate if you wish to receive one when you achieve 24 hours.

2) Adoption requires 24 hours of directed work:

  • There are many things to be be done at Free Geek Toronto, therefore the work has to be directed to complete tasks the organization requires.
  • Directed work can be completed at Free Geek, or elsewhere, such as manning an outreach booth.
  • If in doubt ask the keyholder for the shift as to what needs to be done, and they will direct you to work to be done.

3) The following activities are absolutely allowed at Free Geek Toronto, but they simply do not count as adopt hours:

  • Working on your own projects do not count for adopt hours, unless it is directed by a keyholder.
  • Completing your own personal email and websurfing does not count as adopt hours.
  • Using our wireless internet services does not count as adopt hours.

If you are in the adopt program, you are of course welcome to do any of the above activities, but do not put adopt in the details of the activity on your timesheets for these hours. Only directed hours count towards the 24 hours required for the adopt program.

We have an honor based system and we assume people are honest in their reporting unless proven otherwise.

4) Personal time surfing the internet does count for adopt hours:

  • Work done as requested or directed by staff or the E.D. DOES count as adopt hours.
  • Maintaining and cleaning up the facilities DO count as adopt hours.

5) Adopt program graduates are required to take the Introduction to Linux course before receiving a computer.

  • The purpose is to ensure graduates become familiar with what they can do with their computer.
  • An exemption to the Introduction to Linux course will be granted on a case by case basis.
  • For example if a person is already familiar with Linux, they don't need to take the course to get the computer after completing 24 hours.

6) Adopt program graduates receiving a computer will be provided with a working CRT Monitor, Mouse and Keyboard along with their Geek Box FREE of charge if they need these items. These items are usually selected from our inventory in the warehouse and not the store.

7) Finally as some of you are successfully coming to a one year anniversary, and that entitles you to another computer on completion of a program. If you need another computer, please follow the same process as everyone else to maintain fairness:

  • send an email to learn@freegeektoronto.org
  • put in 24 directed hours
  • if the computer is for someone else, encourage them to take an Introduction to Linux course at Free Geek Toronto.