December classes and evening workshop online
Unless otherwise indicated, all classes require pre-registration and are free and open to the public. You can do so by stopping by or calling the Free Geek Volunteer Desk at 503-232-9350. You do not need to be a volunteer or donor to attend!
Featured classes & workshops this month:
Humane Holidays: Exploring The True Price of Electronics and Other Gifts
Wednesday 12/11 6:30-7:30pm
Enjoy an interactive, hands-on activity and short film that will help you make sustainable, peaceful and just choices for the holidays. You’ll also learn about H.E.A.R.T.’s role in creating “Solutionaries” – young people who are solving community and world problems – and find out how you can become one! No signup required.
Humane Education Advocates Reaching Teachers’ (H.E.A.R.T.’s) services are specially designed to provide a combined focus on human rights, animal protection and environmental ethics. Our direct services to educators and students, as well as our city and state level advocacy efforts, enable us to significantly impact the way young people think about their responsibility to one another, animals and the natural world.
Learn About Programming Careers
Thursday 12/12 12:00-1:00
Interested in working as a professional programmer? It’s not as hard as you might think. Learn about available jobs, skills you’ll need, areas where various programming languages often are used, some options to start your education, and get your questions answered.
Update your skills & resume as a volunteer intern
Free Geek is a great place to gain work experience in areas that translate well into real-world jobs while helping your community and environment. Alongside our numerous casual volunteer opportunities, we also offer a variety of unpaid internships for those 16 and older. Our volunteer interns can expect a set schedule, the opportunity to learn valuable job skills, and letters of reference after successful completion. While there are many different opportunities available, right now we’re highlighting a few key areas where we could immediately benefit from volunteer help (and benefit you, of course):
Printer Testing Internship – Interns in this track will gain valuable experience learning how to test printers & basic troubleshooting and how to research resale potential for printers and deconstructed printer parts. Find out more about the Printer Testing Internship to see if it’s the right fit for you.
Office Support Internship – Here you will learn and practice skills that quickly translate to office employment situations including scheduling volunteers, answering questions about Free Geek, and preparing materials for orientations. Find out more about the Office Support Internship to see if it’s the right fit for you.
Thrift Store/Sales Internship – Learn all aspects of the sales floor, from stocking and pricing material, to helping customers and cash-handling skills. Find out more about the Sales Internship to see if it’s the right fit for you.
Use bitcoins in the Free Geek Thrift Store
What’s a person to do with all their bitcoins now that Silk Road has closed down? (Just kidding, we know you weren’t on Silk Road.) Why not get awesome gear at the Free Geek Thrift Store? We stock laptops, desktops (including gaming and XBMC rigs), cards and other components, printers, cell phones, A/V equipment, cables, logo gear, and tons of fun odds and ends — all at reasonable prices. And now you can buy all of this goodness using those hard-earned/mined bitcoins! We can only accept bitcoins in our Thrift Store, as Amazon and eBay do not allow us to use this currency online (go figure).
Donation address: 1B5g1PKc8oHQrS3TaBHec1F3L924Xk8cNa
Free Computers for K-12 Portland Students
Do you know a K-12 student who attends school in Portland and can use a free computer? Help us spread the word to parents, teachers and principals that Free Geek offers free computers to Portland K-12 students who complete 24 hours of volunteer service. Students can complete their volunteer service in any number of ways including in their communities, schools, churches or other community-oriented organizations.
Students should be able to provide supervisor contact information, so we can confirm the volunteer hours were completed successfully. Before getting a free computer, monitor, speakers, mouse and keyboard they must also attend a “Getting Started” class so they will know how to setup and use their computer when they bring it home with them that day.
For more information, or to input your request for a free computer, please visit our Plug Into Portland information page. If you know a teacher, principal or school director who might be interested in more information, please give them this flyer explaining the program.