What will volunteering do for you?

Volunteering for a nonprofit is engaging and rewarding. For some it offers the chance to give back to their community or support something important to them. For others it provides an opportunity to develop new skills or build on existing experience and knowledge.

Here at the North End Makerspace we divide our operations into separate but cooperative teams (such as Facilities, Events, IT, etc). As a volunteer you will fulfill a specific role (or roles) on a team with lines of support, documentation for the actions you perform, and the agency to make decisions without restrictive oversight.

 Volunteer for NEM    Available Roles 

Application Process

1. Apply
New applicants apply through our membership portal. During this process you are asked to fill out a background check, volunteer agreement, and role interest form.

2. Accept
If your application is approved you will be sent a welcome email with information and an invitation to schedule your onboarding. This process can take up to two weeks.

3. Onboard
New applicants will meet with a volunteer coordinator at the space and learn more about the ins and outs of being volunteer staff, our introductory role at NEM. You will also receive your key and gain access to our digital library of volunteer resources.

4. Staff
For the next twelve weeks, you will attend scheduled shifts where you will give tours, support events, and onboard new members. During this time our new teammates are encouraged to attend free tool trainings, work on personal projects, and learn more about the way NEM operates using our knowledge base.

5. Train
During your first three months, you will also have opportunities to integrate with your upcoming team and start learning your intended role. As you graduate from being volunteer staff, you will more and more be training in and executing the duties of your role.

6. Role
Once in-role, you will still have access to clear lines of support, agency within your duties, and lots of great internal documentation.

7. Grow
Our volunteers are encouraged to learn and grow. At NEM you will have many opportunities for leadership, a community full of talented and kind people to meet, and access to amazing tools and classes. Some volunteers change or add roles during their time with NEM to further expand their skills.