All Previous Events

Posted: November 6, 2013
Filed under: Awards, Events, News

Thank you for voting us the #1 local nonprofit using technology in outstanding ways as part of PDXTech4Good’s Thanks4Good event! We were excited to learn more about other top-nominated organizations including App Camp For Girls, Autism Service Dogs of America, Street Roots, and Aloha Community Library Association at their November 6th information session and awards ceremony. While PDXTech4Good initially planned to give all funds raised to Free Geek, we announced we’re going to share portions of the donations with the #2 and #3 spots, Autism Service Dogs of America and App Camp for Girls. There’s still time for you to donate to these three amazing local organizations.


Food, Drink, Friends, Art and a Great Cause (Hint: It’s Free Geek)

Posted: September 6, 2013
Filed under: Donate, Events, News

sienna-morris-Doctor-StrangePlan on stopping by 5136 NE Garfield Ave Thursday 9/26 between 4:30 and 9pm for an Alberta Street Last Thursday event unlike any other. Oregon First will host Portland Giveback, an art show benefiting Free Geek. Sienna Morris, the originator of Numberism (using numbers to create drawings) is generously donating 50% of all proceeds from art sales to Free Geek! Sienna’s intricate work uses numbers and equations to make up the subjects of her artwork. We’re currently displaying one of her pieces behind the Donor Desk, and have been wowed by the positive responses of visitors.


Oregon First has also solicited wonderful partners for food and beverages including The Great Escape, Rail Side Brewing, and ArborWork Vineyards. Other sponsors include Bear Printing, Cascade Radon, IMPAC Mortgage, and Speedy Septic. We’d also love the opportunity to feature your business on our website, social media and at the event. Please consider becoming a matching donations sponsor at a level that works for you. To request more information or offer your support please write to info (at) freegeek (dot) org or give us a call at 503-232-9350 (x111).


Thank you for another excellent Volunteer Appreciation BBQ & Town Hall Meeting!

Posted: August 19, 2013
Filed under: Events, News

Thank_you_pinned_noteThank you to everyone who came out the Town Hall Meeting & 2013 Volunteer Appreciation BBQ! Without the dedication, time and skills of our wonderful volunteers, we wouldn’t be able to have anywhere near the same impact providing access to computers and education while diverting e-waste from landfills.


We also wouldn’t have been able to offer such an amazing event without the generous support of the many local businesses who provided goods to make the BBQ happen: Better World Club, Bridgeport Brewing Company, Common Ground Wellness Center, Dave’s Killer Bread, Everyday Music, Fit Right Northwest, Full Sail Brewing, Gales Meadow Farm, Gathering Together Farm, Grand Central Baking Company, KEEN, Kiyokawa Family Orchards, Lucky Labrador Brewery, Ninkasi Brewing Company, Northwest Children’s Theater, Pacific Pie Company, Portland Children’s Museum, Portland Taiko, and Voodoo Doughnut.


Win prizes valued over $250 in the Free Geek Tshirt Design Contest

Posted: July 3, 2013
Filed under: Events, News

Free Geek is pleased to announce our Summer 2013 T-Shirt Design Contest! This competition is open to the public including volunteers, donors, and Free Geek aficionados.


Entrants must submit their design, along with a signed Design Submission Terms and Conditions by 11:59pm, July 13, 2013 for a chance to win prizes valued at over $250 including: (1) $100 gift certificate to the Free Geek Thrift Store; (1) $100 Threadless gift certificate; (2) t-shirts with the winning design; (1) hoodie with the winning design. Your awesomeness will also be immortalized on new Free Geek t-shirts and hoodies!


Ready to submit your prize-winning design!? Check out the contest rules, then download our logo and submission guidelines.


Blaine Deatherage-Newsom, You’re Awesome!

Posted: June 26, 2013
Filed under: Events, News, Star Volunteer

One of the best volunteers in the world!Can you believe that 10 years ago today (June 26th) a young man –who just about everyone who has volunteered at Free Geek will recognize– first showed up and said “I’m ready to volunteer at Free Geek!”? Blaine Deatherage-Newsom has been an amazing Build Instructor, supporter and friend to so many who have passed through the halls of Free Geek. Everyone comments on his patience, positive attitude and amazing approach to life. He has donated well over 4,000 hours of his time to Free Geek, helping everyone learn the ins and outs of building well over a thousand computers. In honor of his amazing service, we’re celebrating our first-ever Blaineversary!


Blaine says, “You know, I realized I’ve been here a long time when I saw that I was teaching more than a few new builders how to work on their first computer…who weren’t even born when I started at Free Geek.”


We’d love for you to share a comment on our Facebook Page or send an email to blaineversary (at) freegeek (dot) org with your favorite Blaine stories, thoughts and pictures.


Blaine, you are a rockstar, we love and appreciate you and look forward to our next ten years together!



Two Burgervilles Supporting Free Geek Wednesday 3/20

Posted: March 18, 2013
Filed under: Events, News

Consider visiting either the Burgerville at 16211 SE Division St or 1122 SE Hawthorne Blvd between 5 and 8pm on Wednesday the 20th to help support Free Geek. They’re both donating 10% of their proceeds from this evening to Free Geek.


Live Music, Video Games, $3 Drafts and More to Support Free Geek 2/21

Posted: February 19, 2013
Filed under: Events, News

Join us for a Free Geek all-ages party Thursday 2/21 7-10pm at Ford Food & Drink and enjoy special guests The Doubleclicks, a geek sister duo from Portland (who happen to have written the Cards Against Humanity theme song). After their set, enter the video game tournament on the big screen with a Free Geek Thrift Store gift certificate grand prize. Don’t forget to bring some cash for the laptop raffle. Thanks to Lompoc Brewing, we’re able to offer $3 pints of Rye IPA and Fool’s Golden Ale with a portion of proceeds going to Free Geek. $5 recommended donation, but more is always appreciated ;)


We have tons of beautiful posters created by Caitlin Hansen Design & Illustration at the Free Geek front desk. Please come by to pick up one, ten or twenty for yourself or to share them around your neighborhood.


Pacific Pie Company to Donate a Portion of Proceeds 2/12 to Free Geek

Posted: February 7, 2013
Filed under: Events

Pacifc Pie Company logoTuesday 2/12 Pacific Pie Company (1520 SE 7th Ave) will donate a portion of the proceeds from all sales to Free Geek! They make tasty, tasty sweet and savory pies, so definitely consider eating a lighter diet than usual two or three days before the 12th to prepare your stomach for their amazingness. Please tell your friends, families and anyone you see on the street to visit Pacific Pie Company this Tuesday so you can help Free Geek fulfill our mission.


Followup from Free Geek Town Hall Meeting

Posted: October 17, 2012
Filed under: Events, News

Thank you to all of our volunteers who attended the Town Hall Meeting Saturday, September 22. We appreciate your feedback and are striving to implement many of the changes you have recommended. If you would like to see more about the Town Hall Meeting, and various ways you can keep in touch with Free Geek, please visit our page devoted to the event.


For those who were planning on attending the presentation on similar organizations this Saturday (10/20), please note we have pushed the presentation back one week to the 27th. More information can be found in the Free Geek lobby.


Free Geek’s 10-year Anniversary Party!

Posted: September 15, 2010
Filed under: Events, News, Press Releases

This October, Free Geek will be celebrating the conclusion of their first successful decade by coming out of our geeky shells to throw a party recognizing all the people and organizations in the Portland community who have helped create a culture where Free Geek would thrive.

The celebration, on October 2nd at the Bossanova Ballroom (722 E Burnside), will feature local reuse partner Junk to Funk in a recycled fashion show, along with high energy dancing and music from The Beauty, geek-turned dance-party-performance-band Dat’r, and Holocene regular DJ Ted Thieman. Read on for more info about the awesomeness that will be Free Geek’s 10th Anniversary Celebration.

Trashion Show!

Junk to Funk is a collective that inspires individuals towards responsible consumerism, creative re-use and conscientious disposal by providing unique fashion based entertainment and educational opportunities. Junk to Funk will be performing a trashion show, followed by the models hanging out with the crowd and dancing.

And more!

  • DIY Geek-sessory table hosted by SCRAP. Make a statement with your own reuseful fashion accoutrement!
  • Full Bar
  • Pool Tables
  • Photobooth fun!
  • A visual history of the evolution of Free Geek
  • Door prizes!


Tickets are available here and will be sold at the door. Please note that the ticket price is a suggested donation. It’s more important to us to have you share this day with us, so give what you can at the door if a pre-paid $10 ticket is beyond your budget. Can’t attend the party, but want to give a donation in place? Click here!

ReUse Week, June 10-18

Posted: June 9, 2009
Filed under: Events, News, Press Releases

Free Geek is teaming up with the Community Warehouse, The ReBuilding Center, The Habitat ReStore, SCRAP and Schoolhouse Supplies to promote ReUse Week! Read More…

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