Free Geek’s mission is to sustainably reuse technology, enable digital access, and provide education to create a community that empowers people to realize their potential.
At the turn of the millennium, Free Geek was founded to create digital equity through environmental sustainability.
Computers help people 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 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.
Free Geek aims to provide the following services to those in the Portland metro area:
Free computers in exchange for community service
Computers for K-12 students
Community classes on digital skills like graphic design, online safety, hardware, and computer troubleshooting
Hardware grants to nonprofits and community change organizations
Low-cost computers and accessories offered through our store
Internships providing valuable hands-on experience
Technology donation pickups
Certificates of Data Destruction
How Free Geek Works
Free Geek accepts donations of computers and other electronics at our Portland facility. Free Geek takes data security seriously — that’s why everything that comes through Free Geek's doors goes through a strict data destruction process.
Free Geek uses as much technology as we can by giving it a new lease on life through one of its many community programs. These programs provide volunteers, nonprofits, and community change organizations with free, refurbished technology. The Free Geek Store also makes computers and accessories available for the community at affordable prices.
Items and components that can’t be reused or sold are recycled according to the highest ethical and environmental standards.