All Previous Grants

Free Geek Helps Metropolitan Learning Center Reduce Energy Use

Posted: January 31, 2012
Filed under: Grants

The Metropolitan Learning Center, a Portland Public Schools alternative program, contacted us a few months ago to see if we could help them replace 25 aging CRT monitors with LCD monitors to reduce their energy use in the computer lab. Thanks to a generous institutional donation, and the hard work of volunteer monitor testers, we are gradually shifting them over to a more environmentally-friendly program:

 

This is all possible as part of our Hardware Grants program, a predominantly volunteer-powered branch of Free Geek committed to getting computers and related electronics into the hands of deserving community-change and community-service organizations.

 

Thank you donors, volunteers and Hardware Grants interns for making a difference!

 

Cathlamet Teen Library says thank you!

Posted: November 24, 2011
Filed under: Grants

Patrick Carrico, the new teen librarian at the Cathlamet, Washington Library, sent us this video to show us how excited they are to setup their new teen computer lab thanks to a grant of five computers from Free Geek. Many of the teens in their area do not have computers or Internet access at home, so offering this service in the library is going to be a wonderful way to help them get connected with each other, local schools’ on-line grade monitoring software and the world at large.

Thanks for sharing this with us, Patrick! We can’t wait to hear more about the great things that are happening in your library.

 

 

Laptops Support Southeast Communities

Posted: September 13, 2011
Filed under: Grants, News


Louisa from SE Uplift shows off a new laptop.


This year we granted a half dozen laptops to SE Uplift to be used by staff in order to support Southeast neighborhoods. The employees at SE Uplift are involved in a variety of organizations and participate on various boards and advisory committees. Laptops allow them to serve their community members in a more efficient and professional manner as much of their work takes place outside of their office headquarters. The mission of SE Uplift is to assist the citizens and neighborhood associations of Southeast Portland to create communities that are livable, socially diverse, safe and vital.

The Coolest Thing We Granted Our During The Week of 6/7

Posted: June 15, 2011
Filed under: Grants, News

Free Geek Volunteer and Grant Shepherd Nate Lee chats with Ani Haines of KBOO


The donation of a double record cleaner presented a dilemma: it was too large to store for long and definitely too cool to recycle. We needed someone who needed a record cleaner and could pick it up fast.  It was time for the Hardware Grants team to play matchmaker–we called Ani Haines at KBOO, and she was happy to pick it up that day and take it to its new home. Matchmaker, Matchmaker, make me a match….!


Last Week’s Grant Recipients:


Portland Organic Productions Serenity Homes of Oregon

Grace Peck Terrace Apts

Paranormal & Occult Research Team

Our United Villages/The Rebuilding Center

Salem/Keizer Coalition for Equality

Oregon Food Bank

Rebuilding Dreams, Washington County Adult Drug Court Alumni Association

Salem West Foursquare Church

Synod of Livingstonia, Church of Central Africa, Presbyterian (CCAP)

Do Jump

Boy Scouts of America Troop 542

The Coolest Thing We Granted Out During The Week Of 5/12

Posted: June 1, 2011
Filed under: Grants, News

Check out this picture of the awesome light array we granted to the NE Portland Rotary Club!

The NE Portland Rotary Club is holding a fundraiser with Scream At the Beach in the form of a haunted house. Stay tuned for more details closer to the event in October. The Rotary Club will also be using Free Geek computers, printers, and speakers to do some of the behind-the-scenes work in making the haunted house as creepy as possible.



Last Week’s Grant Recipients:

Oregonians for Renewable Energy Policy
Adorned in Grace
North Portland Bible College
St. Johns Main Street Coalition
Oregonians for Renewable Energy Policy
The Inn Home for Boys
Roosevelt High School
Richmond Oxford House
Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
Village Child Care
Outside In
Metropolitan Learning Center
Oregon Crystal Meth Anonymous
Neighborhood House
Westside Community Focus
Stop Child Trafficking Now

Common Ground Wellness Center and Last Week’s Grants

Posted: May 24, 2011
Filed under: Grants, News

“Free Geek has enabled us to develop our technological capacity enormously! We’ve used grant boxes to set up our new, web-based POS and appointment system, as well as providing workstations for our staff and practitioners to use. They’ve also provided responsible and affordable e-cycling of our old equipment. Free Geek helped us grow our business while keeping costs down AND reducing waste. We are delighted to have them as a local Portland resource.”

-Joel Brock, Common Ground Wellness Center


Last Week’s Grant Recipients:

Common Ground Wellness Center

The Freshwater Trust

Portland Industrial Workers of the World (IWW)
Woodlawn Elementary School
Fraternal Order of Eagles, Hermiston Aerie# 2909
Rebuilding Dreams, Washington County Adult Drug Court Alumni Association
Art Waves
Maranatha Church Missions Dept
Portland Homeless Family Solutions
Common Ground Wellness Center

Free Geek Computers Travel To Idaho!

Posted: May 18, 2011
Filed under: Grants, News

Representatives from St. Maries Christian School made a 7 hour drive from Idaho to pick up computers from Free Geek! Here are the computers in action.


Last Week’s Grant Recipients:


World Vietnamese Buddhist Order

Oregon Chapter of the Scleroderma Foundation

Friends of Columbia Park – Tinker Camp

Salem Area Chamber of Commerce Outside In

Kiwanis Camp Wa-ri-ki

Oregon City Preschool

More Roads To Learning

Oak Grove Learning Tree

Faithful Savior Community School

Bridges To Change

Greater Faith Baptist Church

Bike Farm

Last Week In Grants

Posted: May 11, 2011
Filed under: Grants, News


Computer Solutions Baja California Picks Up A Large Grant From Free Geek


Story of the Week: Steve Harris Oxford House, Albany, Oregon


“We provide clean and sober living for addicts and alcoholics in recovery. The equipment we have received from Free Geek is used to assist the residents of our house with the ability to perform work searches on line, access e-mail, build resumes, as well as being used to help manage the house. Despite initial concern with OS familiarity our residents have found the Linux/Ubuntu system to be extremely user friendly and have adapted very well indeed.”


Other Grant Recipients:
SnowCap Community Charities
Oregon City Preschool
Vancouver Baracks Military Organization (VBMA)
Unconditional Love
Project Access NOW
Young Men of Awareness
Peace Planet Project
Through The Storm-Kern Park Christian Church
More Roads To Learning
Goldendale Christian School
Cascadia Wild
Mental Health Association of Portland
Richmond Oxford House Read More…

Computers To Serve Youth At Straightway Services

Posted: May 4, 2011
Filed under: Grants, News


Representatives from Straightway Services Pick Up Their Computers




Straightway Services exists to provide at-risk youth the skills they need in order to be successful academically and in the working world. During there annual summer program 10 to 30 youth receive employment, environmental education, and valuable experience serving their community. Free Geek provided Straightway Services with ten computers, which will be used as part of the computer skills training program.



Other Grant Recipients:


Lake Oswego School District CNS
Geo Answers
Dignity Village
Edwards Center
Elkhorn Eagles Auxilary #3456
Lewis & Clark Plaza

Learn About the Mid-Valley Literacy Center, Cascadia Wild, and other Amazing Organizations We Granted to Last Week

Posted: April 14, 2011
Filed under: Grants, News

Mid-Valley Literacy Center
“The desktop computers will be used for a student computer lab that we are in the process of developing. Most of our students don’t have computers or internet access. We need a computer lab where our tutors will be able to provide additional instruction for GED and ELL students so they can improve their skills faster and learn basic computer operations. On-line GED exercises are free and will support and enhance the current instruction provided by our tutors. Computer access will also better enable our unemployed students to increase their job search efforts. The laptop computer will be used in our tutor training sessions to assist our trainers in conducting the training presentations. Our training takes place in a variety of locations and a laptop computer will enable our trainers to enhance the training program through the use of power point presentations.”

Cascadia Wild
“Cascadia Wild is a Portland-based nonprofit organization dedicated to connecting local citizens with nature. We combine modern ecology with knowledge of the ancient ways of living with the earth, teaching a unique curriculum of animal tracking, edible plants, wilderness survival, and sensory awareness. By providing individuals with a greater understanding of the natural world, Cascadia Wild seeks to instill a sense of place in nature and to transform how people perceive their role in the cycle of life. The computers will be used for office functions such as communications, website maintenance, and bookkeeping. Programs we will run on them include: word processing, web browsing, bookkeeping, document creation, photo editing, and TOPO! mapping program.”

Hunde Nagaya
Mid-Valley Literacy Center
IT HELPS
Global Deaf Connection
Paranormal & Occult Research Team
Urban Progress
Kiwanis Camp Wa-ri-ki
Mill Park Elementary School
OryCon
NAMI Clackamas County
KBOO
Northwest Children’s Theater and School
Bradley Angle
Hacienda Community Development Corporation

During The Last Fortnight Free Geek Granted Hardware to 22 Awesome Organizations

Last Week Computers Went To Educate Homeowners And Keep Robotics Teams Running

Posted: March 22, 2011
Filed under: Grants, News

Powers To Be Church of Christ
North Santiam Gleaners
Portland Homeless Family Solutions
Lincoln High School Robotics Team
Comprehensive Housing Consultant
Mt Tabor Little League

Last Week, Free Geek Computers went to New Orleans, an Art Academy, a Marching Band, etc

14 Organizations Received Free Geek Grants Last Week

Posted: March 10, 2011
Filed under: Grants

“One laptop saves lives of hundreds.”

-Josphat Waruhiu, Imani Project, an HIV/AIDs awareness group

Portland Village School
Oregon Chapter of the Scleroderma Foundation
Westside Community Focus
Milagro Theater Group
Youth Employment Institute
Portland Women’s Crisis Line
Full Holy Ghost Mission
Outside In
The Inn Home for Boys
Unconditional Love
Leach Garden Friends
Imani Project / CIC
Lake Oswego School District CNS
North Portland Bible College

Learn About Last Week’s 10 Grant Recipients

Posted: March 3, 2011
Filed under: Grants, News

“I’d like to thank Free Geek for their generous donation of 11 modeling computers. I can’t even imagine completing this project without this resource. This donation saved me an uncountable number of hours. Thanks, solely to this donation, I was able to run 13 models at any given time. Many of these models would take 5 days to run. I would still be running models were it not for them.”

Jeff Doughty, Portland State University Sánchez Nano-Development Lab



Portland State University Sánchez Nano-Development Lab
The Braindump @ Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science
Northwest Housing Alternatives
Community Help Institute for Learning and Development
Gunners Baseball Club Association (GBCA)
Organizing for Communities
Outside In
Caritas Villa (Catholic Charities)
Steve Baker Colorectal Cancer Alliance (SBCCA)
St. Maries Christian School

North Portland Tool Library

Posted: February 24, 2011
Filed under: Grants

“As a grassroots effort and free community resource, we couldn’t function without the equipment we received from Free Geek. ”

http://www.northportlandtoollibrary.org/

Centro de Ayuda

Posted: February 24, 2011
Filed under: Grants

“With the equipment we are able to provide internet access to our community members who have no internet access at home and computer classes for them too.”

StreetReach NW

Posted: February 24, 2011
Filed under: Grants

“As a new nonprofit just starting out, the focus at StreetReach NW has been
offering ways to help the homeless in Vancouver and Portland. The generous
gift of computers that Free Geek has given us is wonderful and has made doing
this work so much easier! It is allowing us to communicate not only with the
public, and between ourselves, but to also create a website that directs
attention to the work we are doing. Thank you Free Geek staff for your
kindness and personal attention to our needs; you have impressed our entire
group, and we would like to let everyone know that you deserve to be
recognized for being such a terrific asset to the community.”

http://streetreachnw.webs.com/

Portland Fruit Tree Project

Posted: February 24, 2011
Filed under: Grants

“Free Geek helped our organization by providing equipment and support to serve our office needs. This has been a greatly appreciated as it has enabled us to focus more of our very limited resources on direct program administration. Thanks, Free Geek!”

http://portlandfruit.org/

Youth Employment Institute

Posted: February 24, 2011
Filed under: Grants

“Much of our equipment is 10+ years old. Now we can read email.”

http://www.yei.org/

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