Free computers for Portland students who give!
Do you know a K-12 student who attends school in Portland and would benefit from 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. Unfortunately, we do not currently have enough computers available to extend this offer to students outside of Portland city limits.
For more information, or to request your free computer, please visit our Plug Into Portland information page.
Let us pick up your organization's outdated tech!
If you can't drop off your used technology, we can send you our 16' truck! There is a base charge of $120 for pickups, and we're looking to develop mutually-beneficial ongoing relationships. Because we're a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, your donations of hardware are tax-deductible--and we do our best to reuse as much technology as possible to support your community.
If you'd like more information, or already know you'd like to request a pickup, please tell us about your organization and we'll follow up.
Give to Free Geek
As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, your equipment and monetary donations to Free Geek are tax deductible. Learn more about us.
We know how important your personal information is and take the security of your data seriously. We make every effort to ensure any data-containing gizmos we receive are either wiped clean using Department of Defense standards, or physically destroyed on-site.
Learn more about our data destruction process.
More than computers
We take almost everything and, for the safety of our volunteers, we have a short list of items we cannot accept: household appliances (including air conditioners), styrofoam, smoke detectors, fluorescent light bulbs, alkaline batteries, microwave ovens, dehumidifiers and copiers. Please contact us at 503-232-9350 for more details.
More than just used computersFree Geek accepts computers and nearly everything that plugs into a computer or uses electricity without a required fee whether or not it’s in working condition (including smart phones, tablets, e-readers, video game systems, printers, ink, and any old gadget you can think of). We DO NOT accept: Household appliances (including air conditioners), styrofoam, smoke detectors, fluorescent light bulbs, alkaline batteries, microwave ovens, dehumidifiers and copiers. We're happy to recommend locations for you to drop off those items.
Where does it go?We try to reuse as much material as we can by giving it away through our Adoption and Hardware Grants program or selling it to support our job-training and education programs. Those items we can't reuse are handled with the highest ethical and environmental standards. Free Geek proudly participates in Oregon E-Cycles, offering free and convenient recycling of computers, monitors, televisions and more for all Oregonian households.
Drop off your gearWe're ready to accept your used and new technology from 10am-6pm Tuesday-Saturday at our convenient location at 1731 SE 10th Ave in SE Portland. Please call ahead if you have many items so we can be prepared to provide you excellent service.
Increase your organization's impactYour business may already have a plan in place to ethically and environmentally dispose of your e-waste, but are you currently realizing maximum impact? Because we're a 501(c)3 nonprofit, your donations of hardware are tax-deductible and we do our best to reuse as much technology as possible including free technology for volunteers, nonprofits, schools, students and community change organizations. We request tax-deductible donations to help cover the cost of processing materials and provide community services like free classes and job training, and only charge minor fees if you are a company with greater than 10 employees and donate over 7 CRT monitors/all-in-one computers at a time.
More than just used computersFree Geek accepts computers and nearly everything that plugs into a computer or uses electricity whether or not it’s in working condition (including smart phones, tablets, e-readers, video game systems, printers, ink, and any old gadget you can think of). We DO NOT accept: Household appliances (including air conditioners), styrofoam, smoke detectors, fluorescent light bulbs, alkaline batteries, microwave ovens, dehumidifiers and copiers. We're happy to recommend locations for you to drop off those items.
Drop off your gear or let us pick it upWe're ready to accept your used and new technology from 10am-6pm Tuesday-Saturday at our convenient location at 1731 SE 10th Ave in SE Portland. Please call ahead if you have many items so we can be prepared to provide you excellent service. We're also happy to pick up materials from your location. Submit a pickup request so we can create a personalized quote for you.
Get a free computer
Our Hardware Grants Program connects qualifying non-profits, schools, religious, and community change organizations with needed and available refurbished computer equipment. Since our inception in February 2000, we have granted out over 7,500 PCs, 1,900 laptops, and many other assorted items to these organizations.
We are only able to fulfill grants for organizations that can arrange to pick up granted materials at our location in Portland, OR. Please plan on spending about twenty minutes filling out our grant application and expect a response from us within two weeks.
Free Geek receives donated used computers from the public and businesses, and Build volunteers refurbish them with care. These computers are then “adopted out” to our Adoption volunteers in exchange for 24 hours service or after successfully completing our Build Program (one free computer per year). Portland k-12 students can also earn a free computer through Plug-into-Portland.
Get a free computer by volunteering
Free Geek supports granted PCs and laptop hardware/software up to one year for free, with limited restrictions. Adoption volunteers must take the Getting Started class in order to receive free software tech support. Computers sold through our Thrift Store also benefit from a 6-month hardware and software warranty. Tech Support is currently open 12-5:45 Tuesday-Saturday.
About Free Geek Tech Support
Our Thrift Store caters to the novice and tinkerer alike. We sell everything from cables and cards to complete (warrantied) computer systems, cell phones, audio-visual equipment and much more, all at reasonable prices. Knowledgeable staff are happy to answer your questions and help you find the technology you need.
As with any thrift store, available products constantly change. It's best to come in to see what we have or ask us through Twitter.
We apologize that we don't have a phone to distract us while we provide the best service we can to customers in our store. Visit us so we can give you the same great service!
All new volunteers must take a 30 minute orientation and safety tour at either 11am or 4pm Tuesday-Saturday and agree to adhere to our policies and procedures. Come on in and learn more!
- Free Geek receives donated used computers from the public and Build volunteers refurbish them with care. These computers are then “adopted out” to volunteers in exchange for 24 hours of service to our Adoption volunteers.
Volunteers in the Adoption Program
- disassemble computers for recycling
- help receive computer equipment from donors
- test basic computer components
- help keep our facility clean
- Free Geek also teaches volunteers how to refurbish and build computers. This program often takes much longer than the 24-hour Adoption Program. Those who successfully build five computers get to keep the sixth computer they build. Computers you build may go to those in the Adoption Program, local non-profits, or the thrift store.
In the Build Program, you'll learn:
- Hardware Identification - All of the components of a computer
- System Evaluation - How to test the basic functions of a computer
- Workshop - System assembly and quality control
Free Geek offers a variety of unpaid internships to those who have the time, interest and motivation to work outside of our main volunteer programs. We try hard to ensure your internship will provide you with learning and skills you can apply to paying jobs. Interns volunteer on a set schedule, learn valuable skills and play a vital role in the health of Free Geek as an organization.
These are competitive, challenging and highly valued positions. While we cannot pay our volunteer interns, we offer job skills training, letters of reference, and professional feedback. Find out if there's an internship that's right for you.
Want to bring in a large group to volunteer? We provide an excellent experience for up to 20 coworkers or group members to give back to their community and help protect the environment. Please use the contact form below to ask about scheduling your group today and keep these requirements in mind when submitting your request:
- All volunteers must wear closed-toed shoes for safety reasons, or we will have to turn them away. Please ensure that everyone in your group comes with proper footwear!
- For most groups we require 1 chaperone for every 5 members under 16 years old.
- For best consideration, please make arrangements for your group at least 4 weeks in advance.
Please come prepared with a Volunteer Application filled out for each person who will be volunteering. All volunteers under 16 must have a parent or legal guardian sign their form.
Everyone must be treated with respect in order for Free Geek to be a safe and comfortable environment for all volunteers and staff. If you see anyone engaging in any of the below activities on Free Geek premises, please let a staff member know immediately so we can follow up appropriately. If you are not sure of the best way to find a staff member, please ask at the front desk. The following are not acceptable behaviors at Free Geek:
- Acts or threats of violence, including intimidation, harassment, and/or coercion.
- Sexual harassment.
- Attitudes, judgments, jokes and language that are discriminatory or demeaning on the basis of race, class, gender, sex, age, spoken language, nationality, culture, physical appearance, sexual orientation, or ability/disability.
Opportunities for everyone
We try to offer volunteer opportunities to people of all ages and abilities. Those under 16 must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times. We’re happy that you choose to be one of our over 3,000 essential annual volunteers!
Classes (many free)
Free Geek offers a wide range of classes free to our volunteers and the general public, unless otherwise specified. Classes range from basic introductions to computers, to starting your first website and learning how to program.
We're constantly adding new classes and looking for volunteer instructors. Please check back often to see what classes we have available.
Students should sign up in advance by visiting the volunteer desk at Free Geek or calling us at 503-232-9350.
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1731 SE 10th Avenue
Portland, OR 97214
Donate/volunteer: Tue-Sat 10am to 6pm
Shop: Mon-Sat 10am to 6pm
info (at) freegeek (dot) org