Last year more than 75,000 students across Oregon were without devices to support distance learning (not to mention additional essential needs like telehealth). Although some students will return to in-person classes in April, the hybrid educational model still leaves students without computers unable to finish their assignments outside of school hours. In addition, as younger students begin to return to school at this time, many middle school and high school students are still in full time online schooling until it is fully safe to return to class.
As we look at the long term impacts of COVID-19 on our community, giving families access to technology is a lifeline to help students continue their education and ensure that every child has 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 and Vancouver region over a one month period beginning on April 3rd.
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 Portland and Vancouver.
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 11 a.m. to 2 p.m
|April 3||5100 NE Dawson Creek Drive, Hillsboro||First Tech Federal Credit Union||Enter from Dawson Creek Drive; Exit to NE 49th Place|
|April 10||Intel HF1, 5200 NE Elam Young Pkwy, Hillsboro||Intel Corporation||Hawthorne Farms|
|April 11||Intel HF1, 5200 NE Elam Young Pkwy, Hillsboro||Intel Corporation||Hawthorne Farms|
|April 11||9585 SW Washington Square Road, Portland||Washington Square Mall||Sears Parking Lot|
|April 17||Benton Lot - N Broadway & Benton Ave, Portland||Rose Quarter & Portland Trail Blazers||Rose Quarter. The entrance to Benton Parking Lot is from Benton Avenue|
|April 17||6245 SW Capitol Hwy Portland||Re/Max Equity Group & Shred|
|April 18||9585 SW Washington Square Road, Portland||Washington Square Mall||Sears Parking Lot|
|April 18||Benton Lot - N Broadway & Benton Ave, Portland||Rose Quarter and Portland Trail Blazers||Rose Quarter. The entrance to Benton Parking Lot is from Benton Avenue|
|April 24||16413 NE 50th Avenue, Vancouver||Gardner School of Arts & Sciences||Entrance is on the east side of the road|
|April 24||1201 SE Tech Center Dr, Vancouver||HP Inc.||Entrance off Tech Center Drive|
|April 25||9585 SW Washington Square Road, Portland||Washington Square Mall||Sears Parking Lot|