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Second-Hand Tech Equipment Distributor Serves as Reliable Community Resource

Ripple Effect

Portland-based company Free Geek is now offering team building exercises during the week to organizations interested in providing community-rewarding opportunities to their employees. During these team building events, Free Geek staff guide volunteers through the computer refurbishing process in one of two shifts (9:30 AM to 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM to 5:30 PM).

During a typical shift, volunteers can refurbish computers or manually deconstruct them to recycle technology Free Geek is unable to refurbish. The refurbished computers will end up directly in the hands of community members most in need of digital access throughout the Portland Metro area.

“For the past five years the folks at Free Geek have done an outstanding job of handling our decommissioned computing equipment in a socially and environmentally responsible manner,” says Marty Ringle, Chief Information Officer of Reed College.  “Moreover, they have been impeccable with respect to data security.  We couldn’t ask for a better partner.”    

Stan Johnson, infrastructure project manager with Multnomah County also attests to its successful partnership with Free Geek.  “In 2016 we donated over 1000 devices. This has saved the county money in recycling costs, enables FreeGeek to have quality systems for its’ services and keeps our computers local.”

Free Geek procures sponsorships for corporate workdays in order to defray the costs of refurbishing computers during these events.  In order to better accommodate the wide range of organizations who want to volunteer, Free Geek charges $5,000 for a half-day event, ranging from eight to sixteen group members.  This teambuilding day includes a Free Geek t-shirt for each participant, a thank you message from the group benefiting from the refurbished computers, and big smiles all around!


  • Volunteers will perform all steps of our refurbishing process from Triage to Final Test & Inspection. Experienced volunteers and staff will be on hand to guide your team through our process.


  • Volunteers can take their revenge on technology and see what’s inside by tearing down and recycling old, broken computers that we can’t use in our programs. Your volunteers will love it and it’s good for the environment!


  • Who says volunteering can’t be both rewarding and fun? Your team + t-Shirts with Free Geek’s logo + snacks + your favorite Pandora station + doing good = FUN.

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