FREE GEEK PUBLIC DONATION HOURS: WEDNESDAY - SATURDAY | 11AM - 4PM. *Public technology donations will be closed on Saturday, 6/22.

Our Origins

Free Geek launched on Earth Day 2000 as part of a community-wide public event at Pioneer Courthouse Square in downtown Portland then in September of that year we opened the doors to our facility on Southeast 10th Avenue as a recycling/reuse drop off for electronic waste salvaging technology from the waste stream before it made its way into landfills. Over the years, we have added new Digital Inclusion programming to support education, free technology access, digital literacy, and workforce development shifting the focus and the way we define ourselves as an organization; though our reuse and recycling programs form the backbone of our work, by providing us with the refurbished devices we are able to put back into the community, our core goal is to function as a service provider whose offerings help narrow the digital divide.

We are a non-profit organization with a mission: to repurpose technology and discover sustainable solutions while providing educational resources. Our ultimate aim is to foster a vibrant community where individuals are empowered to unlock their full potential. Through our dedicated efforts, we strive to transform the world by leveraging technology, sustainability, and education to create a brighter, more inclusive future, where every individual has the opportunity to thrive and make a meaningful impact.

 

Computers help us in many ways, but the move toward a digital future isn’t without its share of hurdles.  Many individuals lack the resources necessary to purchase a computer or get the training required to use digital technology. At the same time, the rapid pace of technology consumption and turnover means that over 2 million tons of hazardous e-waste is created each year in the United States. Free Geek’s goal is to divert technology that would otherwise be recycled or thrown away, refurbish it, and give it back to our community at no or low cost.

Services We Offer
PLUG INTO PORTLAND
Plug Into Portland

Computers for K-12 students

HARDWARE GRANTS
Hardware Grants

Free and low-cost technology grants

ONLINE SHOP
Online Shop

Low-cost tech through our online store

Membership
Membership

Annual memberships to provide low-cost tech to the community year round

Affordable Tech Program
Affordable Tech Program

Partnership opportunities with organizations looking to fill technology needs at an affordable price

Technology Reuse and Recycling Services
CORP TECH DONATION
Business Partnerships

Bring corporate used tech back into the community

Personal Tech Donation
Personal Tech Donation

Bring your personal tech back to those who need it

Data Security
Data Security

Data destruction certification for your tech

Free Geek has created a unique circular model which points two existing societal problems - excess electronic waste in need of sustainable reuse and recycling, and lack of access to basic technology among vulnerable populations - back at each other to reveal innovative solutions. The computers we grant to our Digital Inclusion participants are saved from ending up in landfills, and instead go on to find a new life helping provide our community’s most vulnerable populations with the digital literacy skills they need to succeed and thrive.

Mission
Our Mission

Learn why digital inclusion is so important.

Our Process
Our Process

Learn how we go from donated technology to a device in the hands of a community member.

Get Involved
Get Involved

Learn how you can help Free Geek today!