Free Volunteering

Volunteer south america for free- Participate in a GIC Volunteering in Argentina program and make your time in South America an unforgettable experience! Free Volunteering

Topic by andydavidson   |  last reply

New Group: Volunteers

I've been thinking that this group / service has been necessary for some time, so I've finally gone and done it.If you're willing to be singled out as a helpful individual, then please join Volunteers. You may want to start a thread detailing what in areas you are willing or able to offer help or advice.If you want help, check out the membership of Volunteers, and either PM the appropriate member directly, or start a thread with Volunteer in the title and as a keyword.Oh, and my own specialities? Science, use of English and general know-it-allness.

Topic by Kiteman   |  last reply

Volunteers: Introduce yourself

This is a place for the volunteers from the new volunteer group to introduce themselves and how they can offer advice/help, if they haven't already done that. I'll start. I know a lot about coffee. Roasting, brewing, serving, etc. Feel free to ask me if you have any questions about coffee, or coffee related machines. (roasters, airpot brewers, espresso machines, etc.) I've also been doing a lot with biodiesel, and I can offer advice on that subject. (Instructables coming as soon as I finish them)

Topic by drinkmorecoffee   |  last reply

Dog or Cat volunteer

Hey everyone. I'm working on an instructable which will end up on a dog or cat collar. Problem is, I don't have either. I'm looking for someone to volunteer their cat or dog's name for the tag I'm making. I'll send it to you and hope that in return you'll provide a picture of your pet wearing it for the instructable. If you're up to it, upload a picture (below in the comments) of your pet with this post in the background . I'll use the first pet posted. Thanks Brent.

Topic by Mrballeng   |  last reply

New members: help is at hand.

You may feel puzzled or confused by aspects of the site - things that others seem to know, but you think are so simple you are embarrassed to ask about them.There is a group of members who have volunteered to help where they can.The members of the Volunteers group, are all happy to help - just send us a PM, and we'll do what we can, or pass you on to somebody who can do more.(Needless to say, if you want to be identifiable as somebody willing to help, then join the group.)

Topic by Kiteman   |  last reply

Contest Judge Volunteer Info

Please use a different method to take contest judge volunteer info. While it's great that so many people have been volunteering to judge, it's really frustrating to consistently see a new comment in the contest category only to find that it's just someone volunteering to judge contests. I know a google form has been used in the past. Perhaps that's an alternative?

Topic by Brooklyntonia 

Calling for volunteers and help for a food bank in Victoria, Australia

I hope it is ok to post this, is not please delete it. I am a volunteer for Northpoint Church Tullamarine in Tullamarine, Victoria, Australia. Before becoming jobless I had no idea about food banks at all and I was sent there by my job agency to "work for the dole". What I soon realised is that a food bank is not just a place handing out food.... We have people from all sorts of social background coming every week to get help in the form of basic foods, fruits, vegetables and baby food. They all have one thing in common: Not enough money to feed the family or themself. When I started I only saw it as a "must do to make the job agent and gouvernment happy" thing, but after a few days I realised it is so much more. The gratitude people show for giving them things we otherwise might take for granted is sometimes hard to ignore and their stories can make your eyes run like a waterfall. Unlike food services run by councils or other organisations we don't judge! This means you can come every week with your "Healthcare Card" and get some food withoug someone asking questions or judging. I could not get any up to date videos but here is a short video showing the services provided and how we all work together: If you have some spare time and like to help other people in need please contact Northpoint using their website:!contact/c24vq Pastor Loren Pratt will welcome anyone with a good heart :) People with office skills, good organistional talents highly welcome. If you have a small van and would be willing to transport the food parcels from the headquarter to one of the outlets it would be fantastic! Commercial size fridges and freezers are thing in great demand with our client base growing faster every month, if you have some to spare we would be happy to use them if they are in a good and clean condition. All the food we can provide is either paid by members of the church through donations or provided by bakeries, supermarkets and state wide food services. If you run a food business and can provide vegetables, fruits or eggs it would be great if you could join us. Having a financial sponsor would also be great as the entire system only works through volunteers and donations, bills build up and costs are rising, so every dollar counts. Northpoint is a non profit organisation backed by the Northpoint Church and entirely run by volunteers. If you have questions and would like to get more information feel free to contact Northpoint through the above link or send me a PM.

Topic by Downunder35m   |  last reply

Cheap way to see Galapagos - Volunteer

I am assisting locals from Galapagos with creating a volunteer program that supports conserving the environment and allowing people to see the Galapagos in a more sustainable way.   We are really geared to people similar to Instructables that are crafty.  For those that dont know, Galapagos has a real problem with invasive species changing the natural habitat and threating the unique animals.  As a volunteer you will work between erradicating introduced plant species (i.e. getting out any rage with a machette), growing and transporting new native species (testing out how green your thumb is) and introducing green technologies to the Hacienda (we are already composting and using the energy produced by wind power).  Volunteers can stay for as little as one week or up to 3 months.   No particular skills are needed but we would love to have people that can help to introduce new green technologies. Check out more information on our website: They are wonderful people and its a wonderful place.  We hope you can assist!

Topic by galapagosesperanza   |  last reply

Full Belly Project

GUESS WHAT!It turns out that Full Belly Project has their headquarters in my town!!!!!!!!!I already met Mr.Jack(the creator, i forgot his last name) and his wife at their lovely used book store and i get to volunteer this saturday at the headquarters inventing new shelling devices and helping others with their projects!!!!Im soooo excited to be part of Full Belly!!!!and Mr.Jack mentioned an MIT student coming down in the near future(i cant remember when he said so) and i was wondering if its any of you guys on this site.

Topic by ledzep567 

European Voluntary Service in Netherlands

European Voluntary Service (EVS) is an Erasmus+ program for young people (17-30 years old) who want to spend a long time living in a different country and with almost all the cost paid: apartment, wifi, transport, food... Bataviawerf (Lelystad, Netherlands) is a dockyard with special ambitions. Ships from the golden century which has been important in our maritime history, are reconstructed here. Our organisation is depending on the work of volunteers for some years already. A lot of foreign volunteers helped to build the ship “Batavia” and are now helping to build the new ship “Het water schip”. The Bataviawerf could not exist without the help of numerous volunteers which help in showing everybody the way of building ships in the 17th century. We are seeking for 3 new EVS with the next profile: Tasks Create technical drawings, finish the 3D Digital Model of the Batavia, create nice videos and photos about the Bataviawerf and handwork (rebuild some parts of the Batavia -mast, yards, etc.-, forge, wood work,...) Criteria Technical background with knowledge about SolidWorks, AutoCad and similar or experienced in graphic, digital and multimedia design (Adobe Premiere, InDesign, etc). Also creative, self-motivated and interested in shipbuilding and handwork. Procedure If you are interested and you think your profile is suitable for one of our tasks, send us your CV and a motivation letter to the email: More information We are seeking for 3 new European volunteers for the next periods: 1) From August 2016 to August 2017. 2) From September 2016 to September 2017. 3) From December 2016 to December 2017. This voluntary service is available for young people from the next countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, United Kingdom, Slovakia, Spain and Sweden. (More information about EVS:

Topic by Bataviawerf 

I feel like I'm not using my talents. Help? Answered

I feel like I'm not using my talents and I'm dissatisfied.  I try to volunteer at a local food bank as often as I can and I help my friends with school when they need it.  I just feel like there's so much potential and I'm not doing anything with it.  I'm a senior in college studying genetics.  It's taken me a long time and a lot of hard work to amass this knowledge and I want to put it to good use.  So I know genetics, I'm handy with computers, I can use power tools well although I don't often have access to them, I keep up with world events (CNN every day), I have a little bit of money, and I like outdoor activities.  Can you help me come up with something to do that I can benefit society and preferably use my skill set that others may not necessarily have?  Thank you!

Question by cdubnbird   |  last reply

Looking for someone to write the code required for my Arduino project?

I do some volunteer work at a remote hospital in Zimbabwe and travel there every couple of years from Canada with a group to do some project work. A couple of years ago we did a lot of work on replacing their water supply infrastructure. Basically they have two pumps from a water source that feeds 5 large holding tanks which are elevated. The various houses and buildings on the site are then gravity fed from these tanks. Right now, they manually control when the pumps run and what tanks they fill with manual gate valves. When they see a tank over flowing, they either shut down the pumps and/or redirect flow to other tanks. Tanks often empty completly before pumps are turned on again, and water is often wasted while over flowing a particular tank. I have a system designed using electrical actuated valves and float switches where the pumps will start automatically when the level drops below 1/2 full in a particular tank and will automatically redirect the pumps to the next tank once full and will shut down the pumps when all tanks are filled. My expertise is in "old school" relay logic, so I would like to use an Arduino Mega 2560 as the brains of the system to control the supply of water and display tank levels, pump status and valve status at a single location. I have no problem designing the system, controlling pumps and valves, my problem is my lack of experience with Aruino programming. I'm looking for a "volunteer" to develop the sketch....... I can provide all the schematics and sequences for the design including all wiring back to the Arduino, again, it's the sketch I need! It's a tall order, but maybe someone would enjoy the challenge!

Question by 01221   |  last reply

Getting sponsorship?

Hello everyone, I am currently by the end of my studies and I am also working as part-time.  Now I applied to be a volunteer for the Olympics and Paralympics for 2016 in RIO and have been selected for both which I am really excited for, but the only problem is that to be able to go over there It is very costly as I live on the other side of the world and I don't have enough funds and time is very limited to acquire those as well.   So what I need is to find a way so that I can get sponsored for my air tickets and take care of my accommodation.  Here are the things that I have been thinking and trying to do as well. First I looked for a job and I got it but the problem is that the pay isn't enough so that I can get the required amount to cover all my expenses.  I cannot get another job as I need to complete my studies before June so time isn't in my favour again.  However I think that I can work freelance online for short jobs such as 1 day to 1 month and If I can get as many as possible It should help.  SInce those won't be enough I need to look for sponsors but I do not know where to look for and how to do it and I was also thinking of getting a job in the US or even south america so as to be able to stay and work there for a while after the event so that I can take care of myself and explore at the same time before returning to my home country.   Any help. I really appreciate it.

Question by Chamburn   |  last reply

Tips on working/talking with teenage kids? (Teachers, parents... help!)

Specifically teenage girls. 10-13. Right now I'm helping teach an after school program for middle school girls. We teach them about being healthy - eating right, having good body image, exercising properly, etc. We have very few volunteers, but next week it's just going to be me and the site leader. I called my mom to ask for advice, and she laughed and said she never figured any of this stuff out, but if she thinks of something, she'll call me. :P We have 20-30 girls depending on the day. Any ideas for keeping them focused and on task? This is really my first time working with kids where I'm in an authority position, so I do need a little help and encouragement. Normally I'm just on the sidelines helping out and not stepping in and telling people what to do! Any words of advice? :D

Topic by jessyratfink   |  last reply

Research on DIY: Looking for Volunteers in- and around Amsterdam

Hi all, My name is Tal Amram, graduate student of Industrial Design at the Delft University of Engineering. For my graduation assignment I’m setting up a study about the potential benefits of ‘connected objects’ in an Internet of Things for creative processes of the Maker community. More specifically, I am aiming my study at ‘Home Improvement’, interpreted also as the making of furniture, lighting, home decoration or domotics.  For this study I am looking for volunteers in Amsterdam (or its proximity) to execute a small Home Improvement design assignment (for your own home) that takes a week, on which you will spend about 20-30 minutes per day. You eligible if you have experience with making things to improve your home environment and have worked with 3D-printers before. You will be provided by me with a package that contains a logbook with short assignments and some materials to use for simple prototypes or inspiration. This week starts on Monday, November 23rd and ends on Monday November 30th with a session in the Waag FabLab from 19:00 - 20:30. During this session, I will host a group discussion with all six participants during which we will share our experiences and discuss our separate processes. I will reserve the 3D-printer for (- and preceding) this session so as to make it possible to materialise your design. I would love to hear if you, or perhaps anyone you know, would be interested in participating in this study! Please contact me via my e-mail address as provided below. Feel free to contact me also in case you have any questions or remarks about this study or my project in general. Best Regards, Tal Amram

Topic by talamram 

Possible way to help the economy?

So, I was thinking for a few days, and have came up with a few questions, and some possible answers(solutions?) 1) Companies and buisnesses are loosing employees because they can't pay them, or employees are quiting because they aren't payed enough, and therefor, companies are loosing more money, correct? Well, what if people volunteer to work at buissnesses(for this example, we'll use a restaurant) to help out. Obviously, they wold have to be qualified, and still be "hired" In doing so, companies would more help, better work efficiency and hopefully, more buissness(more money) When they get more income, they can pay their volunteers and both the buissness, and the (now paid) vounteers make more income. 2)How are we loosing money? I never really understood how we're loosing money as a nation, and why the government can't make more. Who's to say that we can't print more money, and give it to people, and companies, and even other countries? 3) People can't buy products because of the price. Companies are raising prices, which means more people can't buy products. If companies and buisnesses were to lower prices, people would be able to buy the products, thus companies would make money. Maybe at a slower rate, but eventually companies would have more money to pay employees, and more money to hire and pay more employees. Employment rates would possibly go up, and so would the economy. What are your guys thoughts?

Topic by Rock Soldier   |  last reply

T.O. Chapter of Tetra needs machinist

Hi, the Toronto chapter of the Tetra Society is looking for a machinist within the city who can volunteer some time and a machine shop. Tetra is a volunteer organization dedicated to designing and building assistive devices and adaptations that improve the quality of life for people with disabilities. Tetra would pay for the materials used, and the volunteer machinist may receive a tax receipt for the hours the machine shop is used for Tetra projects. If you know of a machinist in Toronto who's willing to volunteer time and shop space please let us know. Thanks.

Topic by Cruzin 

I volunteer to gather eyewitness info on water into hydrogen.

I'm a beginning engineering student and my dad is also an engineer. He is pretty skeptical and he recently told me of someone he knows who is using electrolysis to get better gas mileage in a Toyota pickup. I'm not sure, but it seems he is using secondary voltage to power the split and then burning it. He claims 60 mpg. If you guys would like to give me a series of questions/tests, I would love to go to my hometown and ask/perform them, then report back. Any takers?

Topic by bowakowa   |  last reply

MRI scan? Answered

Has anyone had an MRI scan? How good/bad was the experience. I have the opportunity to volunteer for a research project which is gathering MRI data from Asthmatics and I am not too sure about volunteering. I have had several Ct scans but know the MRI process is very different.

Question by rickharris   |  last reply

Searching for volunteers to test NEW San Diego Social Network Have you ever been a part of something great in San Diego and wanted to tell all your friends? Have you ever been 'in the know' about a well kept secret or breaking news and were itching to "Unload"? That's where The Unload comes in. It's a gathering place for people to discover and "Unload" the latest news and happenings in and around San Diego. Stop by, register and unload on your favorite topic!

Topic by TheUnload 

Volunteer : Need Help : English language : Past and Present tenses

Hi !The use of English past and present tenses are not that intuitive ......... and I find them quite limiting and rigid ........Let's say I need to write a story. Traditionally, that's the past tense that is used :Bob entered the office of Mister P, his boss.The old man was looking seriously angry. He was red like a tomato."Sit down Bob ! We have to talk !", he yelled, moving nervously some files on his desk.Bob sat down and was smiling politely, with the hope that his boss was going to calm down a little.But showing his beautiful teeth did not had the expected effect :"Why are you smiling at me like that ?!, yelled the old man.Bob jumped on his seat. Like by magics, the fear changed his smile into a giant contracture.etc ..."Is the use of past tense correct ?Now, let's say I need to tell the same story, but using Present tense, like if it was happening in real time :Bob enters the office of Mister P, his boss.The old man is looking seriously angry. He is red like a tomato."Sit down Bob ! We have to talk !", he yells, moving nervously some files on his desk.Bob sits down and smiles politely, with the hope that his boss is going to calm down a little.But showing his beautiful teeth don't have the expected effect :"Why are you smiling at me like that ?!, yells the old man.Bob jumps on his seat. Like by magics, the fear changed his smile into a giant contracture.etc ..."My natural reflex is to use present simple (like I'd do in my language). But present simple is described as a tense for generalities .......How do you tell a story in present tense ? Do you make heavy use of present continuous (which is not really beautiful) ???Thanks for your help =o)

Topic by chooseausername   |  last reply

(solved) Need a Volunteer : Science : How do they guess the chemical composition of things ?

Hello :-) Here is one of my many unanswered questions ... I googled a lot about this one, but so far, I failed to find anything usefull, probably because I don't have the correct vocabulary. That's why I'm asking to you ... I'm still wondering how scientists manage to guess the chemical composition and molecular structure of things ... For example, how do they know that saccharose is C12 H22 O11, and that it's molecular structure is like the picture below ... About crystals, I've read that they use Crystallography to determine the arrangement of the structure ... But how do they do with organic elements ??? Thanks in advance for your help :-) PS : I can't post this thread into the "Volunteer" group forum. It says that I don't have the autorisation. Do I have to join the group too ?

Topic by chooseausername   |  last reply

Help the Mythbusters!

The Mythbusters want you!From MAKE:Blog:Because it's been so popular with our viewers, this will be our third attempt at a story called Archimedes Death Ray. The myth is that the Roman army defended themselves from invading Greek ships by lining the shores with 300 soldiers. But these soldiers did not use conventional warfare. By using their mirrored shields to focus the sun's rays at the invading ships they could, the myth alleges, set the invading ships on fire and save the city.WHAT WE NEED300- 350 Volunteers to operate mirrors for the one day of experiment (engineering and science backgrounds preferred)VOLUNTEERSWe would require volunteers to be 18 years or older and to Pre-register with us prior to the experiment date by email.All volunteers would be required to sign a Participant Release/Liability waiver.Experiment will take place in September (date still to be determined).Volunteers will need to be available from 9am to 7pm and would have to bring their own lunch and transport themselves to the location (similar to going to an outdoor concert). Possible locations include the Greek Theater, Oyster Point Marina or Alameda NAS.We'll supply volunteers with a MythBusters T-shirt, a signed autograph card and possibly a group photo with Jamie and Adam.HOW TO GET INVOLVEDSend and email to: provide Full Name, Age and Contact InformationPlease write [*MythBusters - Death Ray*] in the subject header.MythBusters will then follow up and contact them with more details verysoon.Anyone in the Bay area fancy it? Could be fun, but also very dull, standing still with a mirror and all.I'd say it's worth it for the TV factor, meeting the Mythbusters and the free T-Shirt.I envy you Bay-dwellers...

Topic by whatsisface   |  last reply


Looking for someone to write an arduino sketch for a stepper motor driven XY table Only looking for a basic, simple code Willing to pay but willing to accept volunteers also :)  Thanks!

Topic by PhillipF9   |  last reply

Internship in India

Would love to intern or volunteer in a DIY/makers group/company, etc. Preferably in south-India but elsewhere in India wouldn't be a problem. Any suggestions ? Thanks in advance :)

Topic by Ashwin e i    |  last reply

DIY Satellite (BBC Orbiter competition)

Ever fancied making your own satellite?Now you can! The BBC is running a challenge to build a modern equivalent of the old Sputnik 1.Do you fancy building you own Sputnik? We've given you an idea how easy it could be, now the Magazine wants to hear from willing volunteers. We can even come and film you putting it together. We'll also investigate how to get your Sputniks launched.I've already volunteered - just imagine the Instructable that could result; the first DIY website in space!

Topic by Kiteman   |  last reply

Charity Shops - A Bountiful Haven for Project Parts

I've been a member of Instructables for some time now, and browse the site daily, but I have never really engaged in the Community, So this is my First Community Post!I wanted to share with you a great source of Parts for all you projects, ideas, plans and schemes. Charity Shops! Any decent sized town or city will have at least one, if not several different charity shops which are almost all run by volunteers. These shops get hundreds of items donated to them each week, all of which have to be catalogued, tested, cleaned, priced and sold. Working as a volunteer in one of these shops not only helps a worthy charity, it can also give you experience in fixing/testing electronics and other items. And typically, you can have your pick of any items deemed unsuitable for sale, which would otherwise be binned. These shops are almost always desperate for Volunteers, and will be happy to have new people to help.Charity Shop - Do's and Don'tsDoHelp out because you want to help the charity, this is not just for freebies!Donate any of your old or unwanted items/clothes/books to the shop.Volunteer as many hours as you can.Get to know the other Volunteers, these are your coworkers, treat them with respect.Don'tExpect to take things, ask politely and ensure that is is OK with your supervisor.Take too much, take only what you need, this isn't a free for all.Be annoyed if nothing turns up in the first few weeks, You're helping a worthy charity, freebies are only an added bonus.Personally I work in Save the Children which has a local shop in my town. I typically worked for several hours on a Wednesday afternoon, as an initiative within my School. I also worked Saturday mornings, and ran collections whenever they were required. All of the other volunteers are really friendly, it is a great source for components for my projects, they have an extensive book selection, and I can use my two years experience there as Retail Experience for Job Applications. In my two years of Volunteering, I have been given/salvaged a lot of awesome things, but there are a few highlights:> Full Size Projector Screen - Almost New Condition, amazing for Movies/Games> Mini-Television - Given to me because they could not Sell it, Works perfectly, with all Cables> Numerous broken Electronic Toys - Great source of Components>Board Game Parts - Scrabble Tiles, Dice, Game Pieces - Great for Craft Projects/SparesI hope that you have found this information useful, and I hope that you go out and help a worthy charity near you.Best of Luck, Tj Cosgrove

Topic by cosgrove   |  last reply

Help semi auto Knex gun!!!

Can someone help me to make a semi auto Knex gun that shoots pieces mine just needs a mag. The more popular person to volunteer to help will be accepted.

Topic by Megatezzz 

A Special Thanks To All Instructables Staff Members, Feature Team Members, Volunteers, AND Members!

I wanted to give some positive feedback to everyone here at instructables because I feel they have earned it. When I first signed up I must admit that I was very frustrated because everything was new to me. I kind of felt alone in a vast world of the unknown. I felt bad at times to email staff members or volunteers because lets face it everyone is busy. Thanks for being patient with me. In time I have learned a lot. I have seen some very positive changes in the value of the contest prizes and the quality of the winners entries as well as the instructables staff working hard on the issues here. I personally wish to thank you all for your hard work and say I have noticed it! I also wish to thank everyone who has corresponded with me and answered my questions because you have been so helpful. A special thanks of course to Eric, Scoochmaroo, and Instructables Robot. A special thanks to Nizerbean because she has worked very hard helping me become better and better at editing my entries. I value all of her time and hard work and well, thank you! I know the amount of time it takes to email back and forth and tweak here and there. It takes time away from you doing your own thing but know that I appreciate all you have done! All of you volunteers Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I hope you feel appreciated. I also wish to thank the members because they too make up the instructable site. Thank you for awesome instructables that we can learn from, have fun making, and exchange creative ideas! You rock! A special thanks to wilgubeast, Chrysn, and Stumpchunkman. If any members wish to join me in giving this team some positive feedback please tell these wonderful people you value them also. How about an online Thank You Instructables party with cupcakes, pies, bbq, drinks, and diy patches! Thanks for reading this. Sunshiine  

Topic by sunshiine   |  last reply

Creating Database

Hi All, To be honest, I don't know if my inquiry fits within this forum, but I really had no idea where to post what I need. I am currently interning at a non-profit nature center which relies heavily on volunteers. As art of my internship, my supervisor would like several databases created. I don't know what program would work best for my needs and I was hoping somebody could give me a few ideas for what I need to create. Here is what she would like: 1. A volunteer database that is searchable by the training and expertise each volunteer has received. Let's say for instance, that we are having an insect program and only those who have been trained for the program can volunteer. I need to be able to search a keyword or from a drop down menu individuals who have received this training. A spreadsheet would suffice, but some individuals have so many training sessions that it would get a bit long. We also have over a hundred volunteers. 2. A teacher database that shows the grades and classes each teacher in our system teaches. We have school groups come out, and if their is a fourth grade program, there is no reason to contact every other grade teacher. 3. This is the really challenging one. We have rental programs, and all users must complete rental information which includes name, contact information, type of rental, and emergency contact. I would like to go paperless with this and if somebody rents more than once they have to fill in the information every time. I would like to be able to search their name and have all of their information come up, then input their rental type and time, which would give me a list of how many rentals we have had per day/week/year and how much money we have made. As I said, I could just make a spreadsheet for the first two but I would like something a bit more sophisticated. If I was not clear about anything, please let me know.

Topic by Blinktwice   |  last reply

Eco buildings for free?

I'm organizing a community lead market garden project within Wales (UK) to help those most in need within our community. We have little to no money for this project as almost 90% of the volunteers are unemployed, privet funding for our project is hard to come by  we have only found about £400, so we are intending to use as much recycled stuff as we can. I really need plans for a con and tire or wattle cob storage shed/ shelter for myself and my volunteers to hide out in when the weather turns bad And also some plans for a soda/plastic bottle green house. If you can help please do as i've not done anything like this before!

Question by brambles market garden 

CDS Cell Help

I need help with a project I am working on. I need A list of parts and a simple diagram for a CDS circuit cell that will turn on a LED(s) when there is no light. It is a circuit that will be powered by a 9 volt battery, and will power 2 5mm LEDs. If you can help me, I will give you credit in the instructable.

Topic by XOIIO   |  last reply

UK Charity needs the help of Makers

I visited the Grand Henham Steam Rally today, and came across a stall with a clearly hand-made sign with individual letters moving back and forth on small cams.It was manned by a couple of chaps from the local "panel" of Remap.Remap is a very special charity, working through a nationwide network of dedicated volunteers. These inspiring people use their ingenuity and skills to help people with disabilities to achieve much-desired independence in some aspect of their lives, or to enjoy leisure opportunities previously closed to them.Remap's unique pieces of special equipment are tailor-made by volunteer experts and given free to the people who need them. Because, as well as being inventive and skilful, they also care about people in their local communities who have disabilities - even a combination of them - which mainstream services have not been able to counteract. Our volunteers think these people matter a great deal - enough to give their time and energies for free, taking the trouble to ensure that each item they make really suits the individual person concerned and does the job it is meant to do.Remap already has 85 panels across England, Wales and northern Ireland, and helps over 3000 people with disabilities each year. With your help this number can be greatly increased.The chaps I talked to said that Remap was "just a name", but they reckoned it stands for Real Engineers Make Anything Possible.The things they make are not rocket science, or even very complex. They are just sensible solutions for people who have unique needs. Like making a toilet seat with a smaller hole for a child lacking in the motor skills to balance on a narrow seat. Or adding extensions to tap-handles for arthritic pensioners. Or making custom hooks so that a woman who suffered a stroke could reach to close her windows. Or even just adding short extensions to the arms of a chair so that the user can get enough leverage to stand.They are a nation-wide charity, and need help everywhere. You can find a local panel or contact them centrally.If other areas are like my local panel, they especially need younger volunteers. The youngest member of the local panel here is in his early sixties, and they recently buried their (ex) oldest member, still Making at 84.RemapCase studiesHow to volunteerFind your local panelRemap in Scotland

Topic by Kiteman   |  last reply

SF Neighbors Project Needs Intern

The San Francisco branch of the Neighbors Project is looking for an intern to work part-time posting Instructables based on their Neighbors Checklist.They're a volunteer-based non-profit dedicated to improving the quality of city life by building and supporting grassroots local culture. Check them out- it should be a fun project!

Topic by canida 

Who here will be at the 2012 NY Maker Faire?

Who here will be at this year's Maker Faire in NYC? I will, and might even be participating in a booth! (On ) Otherwise, I will be there visiting (Why, O Why can only 16+ volunteer :( )

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Boom-box ambulance

An emergency siren that alerts drivers by making their vehicles vibrate is being tested by doctors in Hampshire, England.The Howler is being used by BASICS Hampshire, a charity made up of 20 volunteer medics who attend about 750 road traffic accidents every year. The Howler sends out low bass sound that makes the car in front "shake".Dr Rob Dawes, a volunteer doctor whose full-time job is as an hospital anaesthetist and military doctor, said people get out of the way quicker when the device is used.He said: "The main problem is on the motorways where people can't hear the sirens or see you, because often they either don't look in the mirrors or they've got the radio on quite loud."What this new siren aims to do is, because they can't see you and they can't hear you, we hope that they'll be able to feel you." BBC Story.

Topic by Kiteman   |  last reply

Newbie Anxious About Judging Deadlines

Hi all! I am a new contributor, and have entered some contests. While I don't think I am going to win a prize right out of the bat, (but MAYBE!) I still am anxious to see results of the judging (which is fun in itself, and will give me more feedback on how to do an Instructable better!) for one I entered that the judging deadline keeps changing. I know the judges are volunteers and such, and I don't want to complain because this is an awesome site... but I've noticed one that had a judging deadline in December that results aren't posted yet - I was wondering if that happens often?  Or maybe because of the holidays things got wonky?  I think I'll go to the judging thread and volunteer also - so I can help out when I'm not in a contest.  I really dig Instructables!   Leslie

Topic by AustinLLS   |  last reply

Quantitative Measure of Attempts to Influence Vote in Ohio

A good friend, who lives in Ohio, sent me this about various attempts to influence his voting in the democratic primary: So despite being towards the end of the calendar, Ohio is once again at the forefront of presidential election silliness. I submit for your consideration the number of attempts to influence our household vote via various means: calls by volunteers(a): obama 2, hillary 0 robocalls: obama 1, hillary 4 door-to-door visits by volunteers: obama 2, hillary 0 negative attack mailings sent by candidate: obama 1, hillary 3 unprompted invocations of candidate's name by one's toddler(b): obama 1, hillary 0 (a) Possibly but unlikely paid operatives (b) "Barack! Obama! Barack! Obama! Barack! Obama! Barack! Obama!" counts as only 1 invocation.

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Head to Head Contest: You Choose.

I've decided to test an idea for some friendly competition. The rules are simple: two volunteer members will be given a week to create an Instructable based on a common subject. Whoever creates the better Instructable (higher quality, cooler, featured, most voted for, etc) will win a patch similar to the images below. Because this is the first run, and I can't think of a subject, the competing members will have to agree on a subject of their choosing. If there is a flood of volunteers, the community will vote on who they want to see face off. In this trial, I will allow up to four separate pairs to compete. If this doesn't make any sense, well, I just woke up! :PThe stats are as follows:Lithium Rain VS. gmjhowe: Card, any kind of card, and it has to plug into a computer. Deadline: to be determined. Matt1497 VS. watermelonhead : Duct tape hoodie. Deadline: 10th of August. _x_VS._x_ :subject. _x_VS._x_ :subject.

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I just volunteered to take this old laptop off a friend of mine. Anyone have any ideas on parts to salvage? Or something to use the LCD for...??? It won't turn on, it has a battery, and no charger. Maybe some goodies inside to use for other projects???? If you have any great ideas, please let me know.

Topic by fleanine   |  last reply

vu meter?

I have just been volunteered to run the sound board in our church which is small.I had never seen one before,but as I keep working with it,I noticed that only one side of the vu meter lights up,and the lights move up and down as the volume goes up and down,but the other side does nothing.Any help. It looks like the one in step one.

Question by jimmywilkins   |  last reply

All my tomatoes have black spots?!? Answered

So I just started my own small garden this year. It's ontop of where we used to have our chicken run, so there are alot of volunteer tomatoes from the scraps we fed our chickens. I have about 3 tomato plants (which are all massive) and an eggplant. The eggplant is doing well as are the volunteers, and the one tomato I planted.  However tomatos on the one I planted (I believe it was Better Boy or Big Boy) all have large black/brown bruises/spots on the bottom. I tried eating one, and discovered it goes a part way into the tomato as well. How can I combat this? Especially naturally or organically. Is it to late to do anything?  Thanks! 

Question by shadowfeet   |  last reply

Please help my dog rescue - Labradors and Friends, win $10,000

Hello, The dog Rescue I volunteer with is involved in a contest sponsored by the Petco Foundation.  Basically, you "Like" the Petco Foundation's Facebook page, then Vote for our rescue.  The top 10 rescues of the 100 in the contest will receive a $10,000 grant from the Petco FOundation <--- Just click this link I know this is a bit off topic for Instructables, but it would be a great help. Labradors and Friends is an all volunteer based, 501(c)3 non-profit group dedicated to rescuing Labrador Retriever and Lab mix dogs in Southern California.  Many of our dogs require surgeries or other medical care the far exceeds our adoption fee.  We rely heavily on donations and grants to cover our operating expense and care for these dogs. Robert Maudsley Labradors and Friends Dog Rescue Web: Facebook: Blog:

Topic by rsmaudsley 

FIRST Group Now Open!

Heads up FIRST Fans! We've got a FIRST Group on Instructables now:  If you're a student team members, coach, mentor, teacher, volunteer or work with FIRST in some capacity, hie thee over to our new group and join in to help build our FIRST creative community on Instructables! Go Teams!

Topic by EurekaFactory 

Analysing your test results for Aspergers Syndrome

A free for all, discussion on self analysis of your test picture (a pie graph) or Aspie-Rating-Picture (ARP) and final score Please try not to post pictures here, leave that for Can somebody volunteer their non-Aspie picture, for the purposes of this discussion. Mine is here temporarily.

Topic by Lateral Thinker   |  last reply

Handheld LED Stop/Slow sign - How to make one?

I would like to make a combination Stop/Slow sign with the use of LED lights to use for traffic control at traffic accidents at night where visibility is limited. I'm a volunteer firefighter and getting tired of having "close calls" because the person said they couldn't see me even though i'm wearing tons of reflective material. Thanks! :-)

Question by hrdcruser   |  last reply

(SF Bay Area related) Very cool Mexican Cartoneria class at The Crucible

I actually posted this listing on Craigslist, as a volunteer with the Crucible, and thought I'd share it since it's with a very awesome artist Ruben Guzman. The class is to learn to make those neat Mexican paper sculptures which I've attached a pic of! It never occurred to me to learn to make these.

Topic by susie 

True collaboration

I had a crazy idea - a few people will each build a component of an electric bass guitar from scratch, and post an instructable of it. Then, once they have built it, they will send it to instructables hq, where an instructables team member will assemble it. These components are: 1. body - I am volunteering to construct a body out of plastic 2. bass pickups + electronics 3. Neck 4. steinberger style tuning system

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