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Volunteer for the FSF and GNU

Volunteers have always been and will continue to be key to the success of projects organized by the Free Software Foundation and the GNU Project. An important part of our role at the FSF office is coordination. People write to us to say they want to help, and we connect them with tasks that need to be done, projects that need contributors, and ideas that could be developed.

We're also a place that receives and collects the ideas that people send to us for new projects, resources, and campaigns. If you think of something that needs to be done, send it to us at and we will try to integrate it with this list.

There are many different jobs and ideas listed here, but all are contributing toward the same movement and the same goals. We recognize all the contributors together on the GNU's Who page.

Are you an activist, a rabble rouser, an organizer?

  • Be a Regional Contact. Oragnize in your state, region or country, and keep us informed. Help us plan and have a presence at events you organize. Write to us at
  • Start a GNU/Linux or Free Software User's Group in your area. Contact us at for information about how to go about doing this. If you already participate in such a group, you could encourage your group to connect with FSF. Write to us at
  • Attend local free software events and government hearings. Right now we post these events either at, or at In the future, with volunteer help, we hope to be able to organize and distribute alerts by region. Write to us at if you see an event you'd like to attend on behalf of the FSF.
  • Organize member events on behalf of the FSF, either independently or in connection with an existing event. We will be happy to recomend speakers and provide materials and some helpful instructions for how to do it effectively. Contact us at with some basic information about the size and kind of event you want to have.

Are you a writer, a ranter, a thinker, a politically minded individual?

  • Write a free software blog. We will be publishing blog entries from people in the community at Please let us know about free software issues that are going on in your local community. Is your school requiring the use of proprietary software in order to complete coursework? Do you help people in your town convert their systems to free software? Send your entries to
  • Write for our Bulletin. Twice a year we publish a printed newsletter with articles of long-term interest to our supporters. Much of it is written by FSF staff and board members, but we welcome outside contributions as well. Send your article or article proposal to

Are you a news junkie, a professional web surfer?

  • Be an Issue Coordinator. Choose one of the issues that the FSF focuses on or should focus on and follow it closely over time. If you have a sustained interest in an area such as DRM, Treacherous Computing or Free BIOS and would like to be responsible for coordinating news gathering and posting on this topic, let us know at
  • Send us links to and summaries of news stories you read about that are related to free software. We do our best to monitor all of the relevant news, but in the end we depend on people to write to us and let us know that something we should be concerned about is brewing. If you hear about something, let us know at

Are you a hacker?

  • Contribute code or documentation to an existing project. You can find information for projects that are looking for contributions at You can find information about many different projects with developer contact information in the Free Software Directory.
  • Help with projects on our High Priority Projects list. These are not always GNU projects, but they are always projects that are important to the free software world, often because they do something that replaces a prominent proprietary program.
  • Make your program GNU. If you have written a program that you would like to contribute to the GNU Project, send a description of the program and why you think it should be GNU to

Are you a GNU/Linux user?

  • Send us information about what hardware your GNU/Linux system runs on, so that we can build a searchable resource for people who want to make sure that they are buying hardware that is compatible with free software. We have started this resource at, but we need a lot of help to get it going.
  • Send us a testimonial describing how you use free software in your business or personal life. We post them at You can send them to
  • Contribute to the Free Software Directory. We have over 4,000 packages listed in the Directory already, but there are plenty more that we don't know about yet, and sometimes the entries that we do have fall out of date or have errors. Read the full instructions for how to help.

Are you a web monkey?

Are you multilingual?

Are you an artist?

  • Contribute graphics and design ideas. We are always looking for new logos and graphics to use on our web pages and in our printed materials. A recent example is the logo for the GPLv3 process, which was designed by a volunteer. If the graphics are small, you can send them right to us, otherwise please send a link to

Are you a law geek?

  • Be a Licensing Volunteer. Help us answer the many questions we receive every day at the FSF regarding the use and abuse of free software licenses. Write to and tell us a bit about your background if you are interested.

Are you bored?

  • Stuff envelopes. Sometimes we do mailings, and we have to stuff a lot of envelopes. If you are in the Boston area and want to be available on-call for this exciting work, let us know at

Please also don't hesitate to contact our GNU Volunteer Coordinators <> for help in deciding how you can best contribute.

In addition to this list, we keep a general running to-do list at, and additional information at

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Last modified 2006-03-29 12:09 AM

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