COMPUTER GRANT FOR KA JOOG

Ka Joog is a local Somali organization in our neighborhood. The non-profit “exists for the sole purpose of our youth. We are committed to motivate our youth to attain a higher education, to realize their potential and to achieve their dreams.” This week we donated five computers and a network switch through our Grant Program to Ka Joog to help them in their efforts.

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.
Volunteers break computers down to their base materials to be recycled. In the background, computers and components are evaluated in the Test room.

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.

UNPACKING IN OUR NEW HOME

Our new home for Free Geek

Last week we moved all our stuff to our new location. This week we put the banner up, and started unpacking everything and figuring out where to put it. While we had taken great care in placing “materials for building computers” and “materials to be recycled” into separate boxes when we were packing, all those boxes ended up in one big pile at the new place (see the previous blog entry). We assembled much of the shelving previously donated and used that to sort out the big pile.

Printers & computers placed on shelving…
…creates space where we can actually work

One of our favorite features of this new space is the front desk. It gives us an actual vehicle for greeting visitors and volunteers, taking donations, minding the thrift shop, and acting as the “ship’s bridge” for the day’s activities.

Super volunteer Andy Mac took charge of the front desk
Super volunteer Andy Mac took charge of the front desk

We even had a few donations come in today, along with some new volunteers.

 thanks to Megan & Sophie for making floorplan
Floor Plan

We must give a special thanks to Megan & Sophie for making floorplan that is actually to proper scale. We’re using it to plan out where we want to put things, where we want to have things like classes, building, teardown, and so forth.

Zoey & Andy hang up the whiteboard
Zoey & Andy hang up the whiteboard

There is still a lot of work to be done, unboxing, unpacking, finding homes for things. But we got much of that done today, and we may be able to resume at least tearing down computers & printers for recycling next week. It will probably be another week before we can resume the Build program as we are still working on identifying and unpacking all of our “known good” components.

Nevertheless, all are welcome, so come pay us a visit and check out our new home. There’s always plenty of free parking.