Update 6/3/2020: Free Geek TechNOW Drive Paused
We stand with the black community and are keenly aware of the extra burden they carry right now. Because of this, we have made the decision to pause the Free Geek TechNOW Drive to provide the space needed for their voices to be heard.
We promise to return. We know that many of those in need of technology are also members of the black community and that they are disproportionately affected by the digital divide in our state every day.
While our Salem drive will continue to take place at OBI on Wednesday, our remaining four collection sites will be postponed until we feel it is appropriate.
Please continue to follow social channels for Free Geek (@freegeekmothership) as well as our website for an update on when the drive will resume.
Current estimates show that more than 75,000 computers are needed by students across Oregon to support distance learning (not to mention additional essential needs like telehealth). That means tens of thousands of students are unable to access online learning, have limited ability to connect with teachers, cannot socialize with friends and more. As we look at the long term impacts of COVID-19 on our community and potential distance learning needs going into the fall, giving educators and families access to technology is a lifeline to help students continue their education and ensure they have the tools they need to thrive through this crisis.
In partnership with Free Geek, the business community is uniting to host a series of contactless drive-through technology collection sites across the Portland Metro region over a two week period beginning on May 27. Our ambitious goal is to collect 10,000 devices through both technology and financial contributions.
We'll be hosting a series of technology collection events around Oregon.
What can I donate?
In order to focus efforts on the devices most in demand, the Technology NOW campaign will only accept laptops (including their power adapters), tablets, and cellphones.
What does the donation drop-off process look like?
Donating is simple, easy and safe by following these four steps:
- Before you arrive at the donation site, please prepare your donation (e.g. untangle & tie up any cords, remove laptops from bags, and attach any power adapters to their associated equipment, etc.).
- Please have the donation in one spot, within easy reach, to unload it as quickly as possible.
- Drive to your preferred drop site and follow the signage & traffic direction to the designated line for drop-offs.
- When it is your turn simply unload the donation from your vehicle directly into the bin provided, and you are done!
Please note that in order to adhere to recommended social distancing measures, Free Geek will only be accepting drive-up donations directly from your vehicle. Free Geek will not be able to accept walk-up donations. For the safety of our community, we ask that donors wear a face covering and maintain a 6-foot distance from staff (and other donors) at all times.
Will I get a donation receipt for this drive?
Due to the expected volume of drop offs and to ensure the safety of everyone involved, Free Geek will not be offering receipts on site at these events. You can visit receipt.freegeek.org to fill out a brief form and have a receipt emailed to you.
All Collection Events will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m
Week 1: May 27- May 31
|Wednesday, May 27||825 NE Multnomah Street, Portland||Pacific Power||9th Avenue between Halsey & Multnomah|
|Thursday, May 28||9585 SW Washington Square Road, Portland||Washington Square Mall||Parking Area along Greenburg Road|
|Friday, May 29||Benton Lot - N Broadway & N Benton Ave, Portland, OR 97227||Rose Quarter||The entrance to Benton Parking Lot is from Benton Ave|
|Saturday, May 30||5100 NE Dawson Creek Drive, Hillsboro||First Tech Federal Credit Union||Enter from Dawson Creek Drive; Exit to NE 49th Place|
|Sunday, May 31||202 NE 2nd Avenue, Portland||Technology Association of Oregon||As you drive up on 2nd Avenue, the first entrance is after you pass the large black building; the yard is where you should enter|
Week 2: June 3- June 7
|Wednesday, June 3||1149 Court Street NE, Salem||Oregon Business and Industry||Enter on Court Street NE (front of OBI building). There is an OBI sign.|
|Postponed- Thursday, June 4||1731 SE 10th Avenue, Portland||Free Geek||Pull up to the parking lot on the northeast side of the building.|
|Postponed- Friday, June 5||200 SW Market Street, Portland||Cambia||Market is a one-way street headed east. The roundabout will be on the right side.|
|Postponed- Saturday, June 6||3585 SW 198th Avenue, Aloha||Intel- Aloha Campus||SW Tualatin Valley Highway & SW 198th Avenue - please enter parking lot on SW 198th Avenue.|
|Postponed- Sunday, June 7||4460 NE Century Boulevard, Hillsboro||Hillsboro Hops||4450 NW 229th Avenue, Hillsboro, Oregon 97124 Entrance & Exit through Gate B.|
Get answers to our most frequently asked questions here.
Monetary donations will help us buy parts, provide tech support and pay shipping costs to get computers to folks that need them most right now.