Free Geek is a Portland, OR group which operates a thrift store,
offers training / education plus support, does builds, is
volunteer-based and recycles old equipment

    FREE GEEK is a 501(c)(3) not for profit community organization
that recycles used technology to provide computers, education,
internet access and job skills training to those in need in exchange
for community service.

Free Geek was founded in February 2000 (and incorporated as a
501(c)(3) in April 2000) to recycle computer technology and provide
low and no-cost computing to individuals and not-for-profit and social
change organizations in the community and throughout the world.

In the eight years since its formation, Free Geek has recycled over
1,500 tons of electronic scrap and refurbished over 15,000 computer
systems that are now in use by individuals and organizations in the

Free Geek does most of this work with volunteers (at any given time,
about 500 are active). The volunteers disassemble the donated
equipment and test the components, which are either recycled as
electronic scrap or recycled into refurbished systems. These
refurbished computers are then loaded with Open Source Software, such
as GNU/Linux, Open Office, and other Free Software.

We are proud of being a democratically-run organization, and use
consensus in our meetings. Our policy decisions are made by a group of
volunteers and staff called the council, and those policies are
executed by our staff collective. FREE GEEK is a proud member of the
Portland Alliance of Worker Collectives. Our board keeps an eye on our
financial and legal decisions.

If you want to learn more about FREE GEEK, please join one of the
informative tours we offer at noon and six pm Tuesday through
Saturday. [ Find Us ]

They also have the 'associate chapter' thing
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