You do not need to be a member to get enjoyment from Columbia Gadget Works and take part in many of our activities, but joining up certainly has its perks. In addition to the benefits listed below, you'll also get that warm, fuzzy feeling that comes from supporting our grateful organization. As an independent, non-profit hackerspace, we depend on our membership dues to keep the lights on and the solder flowing.
Currently, we can provide the following perks to dues-paying members that are not available to non-members.
- 24×7 access to the space
- Access to our machining tools
- Access to our members who know how to use machining tools (and can teach you!)
- Access to electronic test equipment
- Access to Arduino programming tools
- Access to the shop cameras
- The power to vote in accordance with our by-laws on issues and actions of the organization
- Ability to create your own Member Page on our wiki
- Inclusion on group projects
- Access to the microwave (it's a sweet microwave)
- Inclusion in the CGW community
Member Levels and Pricing
There is only one membership level in CGW. Each member gets one vote on the (relatively rare) group decisions and all have equal access to the the hackerspace facilities. We do have officers that are in charge of various aspects of the organization, but those positions are really more toil than entitlement.
Membership in CGW costs $30 per month. Every dollar of this goes toward the continuing operation and projects of the group in the effort to make us all better hackers.
Note about PayPal: We accept dues through PayPal, but unfortunately do not yet meet their requirements for non-profit organizations. Because of this, we lose a percentage of each payment which then must be unloaded onto you to make our books add up. Thus, if you are paying with PayPal, dues effectively cost $31.20 per month. The price of convenience, man.
How to Join
Joining CGW is easy, and there are a couple ways to do it.
First, you can drop by the space during our Open Hack Night. A CGW officer will be there to accept your first dues payment and ensure that your name makes it on to the appropriate lists.
If you prefer to join from the comfort of the Internet, you can set up a monthly subscription on this page.