Free Geek Toronto volunteer Eric loads surplus computer equipment donated by Home Trust. Read more on the Home Trust Mortgages Blog.
Founded in Portland, Oregon in 2000, Free Geek began as a one-person effort to donate a handful of refurbished computers to deserving members of the local community. The idea was extraordinarily simple – rather than merely discarding older but still functioning computer equipment, why not make it available to those in need of functioning computers? Not only would this help make technology more affordable, but it would also reduce the amount of electronics and plastics going to waste.
Fast forward to today and the original concept is still going strong. Free Geek continues to donate equipment through a series of programs and also resells computers to fund job training and education programs. Free Geek now includes more than a dozen locations across North America including Free Geek Toronto which started operations in 2009.
Earlier this year, Home Trust contacted Free Geek to offer a donation of recently retired computer equipment.
“At Free Geek Toronto, we love technology, and we know it makes lives easier and is increasingly becoming a day to day essential,” said Free Geek Toronto Business Development Manager, Michael Bolé. “But we also understand the negative impact this equipment can have on the environment and as a team, we are dedicated to redirecting what could have been a working computer, away from the land fill. By redistributing this equipment, we are helping to bridge the technical divide and increase digital literacy. On behalf of Free Geek Toronto staff, I’d like to thank Home Trust for contributing to the cause through these donations.”
Before any equipment is permitted to leave the premises, all Hard Drives are removed from the computers. These remain in HTC care, and are duly shredded per HTC schedule. The equipment is then packaged for shipment, and a Free Geek Toronto volunteer arranges to pick up each new consignment.
“Home Trust is delighted to partner with Free Geek and we’ve made this program part of our Environmental Committee’s corporate green initiatives,” noted Home Trust’s Executive Vice President Operations, Dinah Henderson. “It is very rewarding to know that our surplus equipment is being put to good use and we’re pleased to be able to help the community.”
For more information on Free Geek Toronto, see their website at freegeektoronto.org/.
This post is intended for informational purposes only and is not to be considered financial advice.