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Resources

Community Resources

Reuse

SCRAP PDX - A creative reuse store and donation center in Southwest Portland.

Repair PDX - They organize repair cafés – free events that bring volunteers who like to fix things together with people who have broken items that need fixing.

Community Warehouse - A furniture bank that connects donated household goods and furnishings to neighbors in need.

The ReBuilding Center - Promotes the use of salvaged and reclaimed materials by offering affordable used building and remodeling materials.

Habitat for Humanity ReStores - Nonprofit home improvement stores and donation centers that sell gently used and low-price furniture, appliances, and more.

Recycling

Metro - Learn where to take items that Free Geek doesn’t accept.

Technology

Calagator - A unified calendar for the Portland technology community.

Portland Tech Jobs - A curated collection of links to tech-related job listings, training, events, and job search resources in the Portland metro area.

PDX Women in Tech - Strengthening the Portland women in tech community by offering educational programs, partnerships, mentorships, resources and opportunities.

Women Who Code PDX - Fostering a connected community of women in technology in the Portland metro area.

Digital Inclusion Network - Coalition of community organizations interested in raising awareness about digital equity barriers and developing solutions to bridging the digital divide.

TechRisePDX - A WorkSource Portland Metro program that provides coaching, training, and job placement for a career in tech — this includes hardware, programming, and more! The program is offered to adults aged 18-29, with a high school diploma or GED equivalent, that have a fit or interest for technology.

Code Oregon - A WorkSource comprehensive program dedicated to teaching Oregonians how to code and find rewarding careers in software development and technology. 

Train Oregon - A WorkSource Oregon online training program in a number of tech-related fields and tech certification prep courses.

ReBoot Northwest - A WorkSource program to help prepare and connect eligible participants with high-wage and high-growth careers in tech.

East Metro STEAM Partnership (EMSP) - Develops and aligns resources through collaborative partnerships to support STEAM initiatives.

Rockwood Library Makerspace - A place for teens to learn and create, this space provides access to innovative technology, equipment, software, and supportive mentors.

PLUG (Portland Linux-Unix Group) - A group of enthusiasts dedicated to teaching and learning about Linux, Unix, and related projects. 

MCL Computer Classes - A variety of computer and technology classes offered in five languages. These include:

  • Tech Help - One-on-one meetings with friendly, knowledgeable Tech Helpers, who will help you find answers to questions about technology like, mobile devices, websites, downloading, e-readers, getting started with tech, and much more.
  • Computer Help - Friendly lab assistants can help you practice your computer skills at Multnomah County Library.

Media Arts

Open Signal - A Portland-based media arts center that is committed to making media production possible for everyone.

MetroEast Community Media - A non-profit community television organization that allows staff and hundreds of volunteers to produce and cablecast Public Access, Educational, and Governmental (PEG) programming.

Education

Schoolhouse Supplies - Supporting public education in Portland by giving students and teachers free school supplies.

Fix It Fairs - Annual community events where you can learn simple ways to save money and connect with resources. Join your neighbors and talk to the experts about how to spend less and stay healthy.

Tools

Green Lents Community Tool Library - A free tool rental service for residents of Portland neighborhoods.

Northeast Portland Tool Library - Provides Northeast Portland residents of all income levels access to tools.

SE Portland Tool Library - A free resource that provides residents and business owners in SE Portland with the hand and power tools they need.

National Organizations and Initiatives

Alliance for Technology Refurbishing & Reuse (AFTRR) - A network of nonprofit technology refurbishers that provide low-cost and free computers to those in need.

National Digital Inclusion Alliance - A unified voice for home broadband access, public broadband access, personal devices and local technology training and support programs.

Partners Bridging the Digital Divide - Offering curriculum, resources, and support to organizations anywhere in the world which provide training, internet access or computer resources to people who need digital access.

NTEN (Nonprofit Technology Network) - The national membership organization of nonprofit technology professionals. 

Vets in Tech - Supporting current and returning veterans with reintegration services and connects them to the national technology ecosystem.

ChickTech - A nonprofit dedicated to retaining women in the technology workforce and increasing the number of women and girls pursuing technology-based careers.

ConnectHome USA - A movement to bridge the digital divide for U.S. public housing residents.

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Linux & Open Source

Linux Mint - The official Linux Mint site. Download system updates, dig into the documentation, stay up-to-date with their blog, and much more.

OpenSource.com - A site that publishes stories about creating, adopting, and sharing open source solutions.

Online Coding Resources

Free Code Camp - Learn to code with free online courses, programming projects, and interview preparation for developer jobs.

The Odin Project - A guide to the best videos, tutorials, blog posts and courses for learning web development for free.

General Assembly Dash - A free online course that teaches you the basics of web development through projects you can do in your browser.

Computers

World Computer Exchange - A global education nonprofit connecting youth in developing countries to the skills, opportunities, & understanding of the internet.

Tech Soup - Equips changemakers with transformative technology solutions and skills they need to improve lives globally and locally.