Mission and history
FreeGeek Chicago is a not-for-profit community organization that
recycles used computers and parts to provide functional computers,
education, internet access and job skills training to those who want
FreeGeek Chicago was founded in August 2005 as a collaboration of
NPOTechs and Logan Square CTC to recycle computer technology and provide
low- and no-cost computing to economically disadvantaged individuals
and not-for-profit and social change organizations. FreeGeek Chicago does most of this work with volunteers, who
disassemble the donated equipment and test the components, which are
either recycled as electronic scrap or reused in refurbished systems.
FreeGeek Chicago is a democratically run organization that uses
consensus for decision-making. Our policy decisions are made by a group
of volunteers and staff called the council, and those policies are
executed by our staff collective. Public meetings are posted on the calendar and discussed
on the FreeGeek Talk mailing list.
We are proud to be an affiliate of FreeGeek
Portland, the founding FreeGeek.
Press / Media
- Feder, Emily. "How One Organization Increases Computer Access in Chicago". AVODAH: Jewish Voices Pursuing Justice. 2013-05-03.
FreeGeek helps make technology accessible to everyone, so that by the
time they have earned their computer, volunteers will have not just
gotten the machine that they came here for, but they will also leave
with a better understanding of how it works.
- Chicago International Social Change Film Festival. "CISCFF Presents FreeGeek Chicago". Video. 2012-09-11.
- Dymowski, Gordon. "Meet Your Neighbor: Free Geek Chicago". One Cause at a Time. ChicagoNow. 2012-08-27.
Now, I would like to introduce you to Free Geek Chicago
- they're a local organization who is dedicated to recycling old
computer equipment and encouraging adoption of open source software.
- Cottrell, Megan. "The geeks shall inherit the earth". Tonic.com. 2010-12-24.
FreeGeek Chicago has taught hundreds of people how to take computers
apart and put them back together, allowing them to volunteer weekly to
eventually earn their own refurbished computer.
- Chicago Revealed. "Free Geek Chicago". Video. 2010-11-02.
FreeGeek Chicago is a Not-For-Profit Corporation, incorporated on December 21, 2007 in the State of Illinois. FreeGeek Chicago has received 501(c)(3) tax exempt status as a public charity from the United States Internal Revenue Service.
- Incorporated Name: FREEGEEK/CHICAGO, NFP
- Federal Tax Identification Number (TIN, EIN)(Link): 26-1852070
- Illinois, Secretary of State File Number (Link): 65933357
- North American Industry Classification System Code (NAICS):
Current staff are:
- Aaron Howze
- James Slater
- Robert Stein
- Terry Topczewski