Every once in a while we get some pretty exciting donations. This Area 51 Alienware desktop came in last Saturday. I had someone give it a thorough cleaning and an Ubuntu 10.04.3 OS install. It is being offered for sale tomorrow for $180. If you want to see it you better come in this week. It only has a P4 3.00 GHz CPU (1MB L2 cache & H.T.), 2 1GB sticks of 533 DDR1 RAM and a 200+GB SATA hard drive. I pretty sure someone will just use the case and replace the motherboard.
It’s official! Last week we received a letter from the IRS stating that Free Geek Twin Cities is now a formally recognized 501c3 non-profit charity. This means that donations to FGTC are tax-deductible. Since we received the certification in 2011, any donations made this year can be deducted, not just those made going forward. This certification will enable us to work with businesses and other groups that might not otherwise donate their old computers to us if we weren’t a “formal” non-profit.
Ka Joog will use the computers in their youth community center which they’ve built as place for high school and college kids to hang out, providing a safe, positive atmosphere.
Meanwhile, our recycle, test, and build operations are in full swing.
Volunteers break computers down to their base materials to be recycled. In the background, computers and components are evaluated in the Test room.
In fact, we’ve gotten to be such a well-oiled-machine in our ability to receive, dismantle, test, and rebuild computers that we are actually running a bit low on fodder for our pipeline. So, we need YOU to dig that old computer out of the closet and bring it to Free Geek where we’ll put it to good use teaching people about computers and helping groups like Ka Joog build a stronger community.
We had a table again this year in Powderhorn Park where the May Day Parade reaches its climax. Various staff members took turns manning the table, telling passers-by about what we do at Free Geek. The weather was a bit brisk, but so was the interest in Free Geek. We gave out all the flyers we had printed.