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.

 

 

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

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/

Tsunami Animal-People Alliance

Posted: February 24, 2011
Filed under: Grants

“Our mission is to reduce the threat of rabies and dog bites in the Tsunami Zone of Sri Lanka while humanely controlling the animal population through Catch-Neuter-Vaccinate-Return. The laptop from FreeGeek is being used to maintain clinic records and statistics, prepare grant proposals, manage photos from the field, and communicate from the field via email using a CDMA phone. ”

http://www.tsunami-animal.org/

Portland Bridge Festival

Posted: February 24, 2011
Filed under: Grants

“We now have a desktop that is wifi-capable and can allow interns or other temporary researchers to use it for grant, database, and historical research. YOU GUYS ROCK!”

www.pdxbridgefestival.org

Newberg High School Radio

Posted: February 24, 2011
Filed under: Grants

“The monitors we received saved us from having to purchase monitors using our small budget, which probably wouldn’t have allowed us to pay for our annual licensing fees to play music.”

Estacada High School Newspaper

Posted: February 24, 2011
Filed under: Grants

“We have been able to get our newspaper out more quickly…This helps us establish and maintain credibility as a news source. “

The City Repair Project

Posted: February 24, 2011
Filed under: Grants

“Hardware is hard to come by and utilizing computers for new volunteers has been so empowering. An all volunteer organization means that we don’t really have money to throw around. Thanks.”

http://earthday.cityrepair.org/

Northstar Infoshop

Posted: February 24, 2011
Filed under: Grants

“We’re working on opening a community bookstore and free school, and we needed a computer to do everything from preparing our business plan to emailing folks. Since neither of us have a home computer, the Free Geek grant helped tremendously…once we open our store we’ll use the computer in our public computer lab.”

http://www.northstarinfoshop.org/

Time With Santa

Posted: February 16, 2011
Filed under: Grants

“Free Geek has meant an awful lot to the success our organization has had in both 2009 and 2010…Specifically, the desktop computers and the lap top were invaluable resources for us. We work directly with the US Marines through their Toys For Tots program giving away thousands and thousands of toys each holiday season. Throughout the year our mission is to help others. The computers help us organize and stay in touch with people as well as setting up yearly box office ticket sales…By using the lap top you provided for us you helped us do more by having what we needed in a very quick manner. We also use it to organize, email, create videos and audio downloads as well as run our software to upgrade our website/s as needed. Needless to say, it would not have been easily possible without the help from our good buddies at FreeGeek. We are now in the process of organizing a new license for our business with new focus for 2010 and the computers will again play an important role in reaching our goals to reach out to others.” Phil Verry

The Oregon Cat

Posted: February 16, 2011
Filed under: Grants

“The computers are great…We are now Clackamas county’s largest feline rescue with over 400 adoptions to date. I thank you all again for your generosity and the service you provide.” Dana Lionel, Executive Director

http://www.theoregoncat.org/

Portland Radio Authority

Posted: December 22, 2010
Filed under: Grants

http://www.praradio.rg

Friends of Family Farmers

Posted: December 22, 2010
Filed under: Grants

http://www.friendsoffamilyfarmers.org

FIRST Robotics Competition Team 1432

Posted: December 22, 2010
Filed under: Grants

http://team1432.org/

KBOO Foundation

Posted: December 22, 2010
Filed under: Grants

www.kboo.org

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