Want to Volunteer?

Orientation is at 2pm every Saturday!

  • E-Cycle

    Computers that are obsolete or broken are separated into their basic components by volunteers to be recycled.
  • Equip

    After 24 hours of volunteering, volunteers receive a free refurbished computer or $40 in our thrift store!
  • Educate

    Education or other learning opportunities abound at Free Geek, but most are less formal than classes.


Complete desktop computer systems giveaway contest

Free Geek set aside part of donated computers for a giveaway campaign dedicated to Earth Hour 2018 event (expected to run March 18 to March 25). All of the computers in a campaign have been fully tested and pre-loaded with productivity software.

To enter the contest, please send a short email to info@freegeektwincities.org and in one to two sentences tell us why you need a computer. If you know anyone who can benefit, please share this post with them or send us a note.

To reach the people who are in need of a computer the most, we ask that potential recipients:
* Have a need for a computer (ex. job search, school work, disability companion etc)
* Cannot afford to purchase a computer

The systems have the following minimum specifications:
* Dual core processor (Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Athlon X2 or similar)
* At least 2 Gb of memory
* At least 80 Gb of hard drive capacity
* Internet ready
* Have Linux OS, current internet browser, Libre Office productivity suite (word processing, spreadsheets etc) and few other software titles pre-loaded

* LCD monitor, Keyboard, Mouse and speakers are also included

Currently 10 computers have been set aside for the campaign. We have more computers to give away right now but are limited by a low stock of monitors. If we get more monitors during the electronics collection event described below, we will increase the number of systems for this giveaway event!

We are also running a collection campaign for the earth hour:
Earth Hour Electronics recycling event
Earth Hour Electronics collection event at 9Round Fitness Eagan

Part of the computers collected during that event will be refurbished and given away in a similar future giveaway campaign.

Please, post any questions about the campaign on the facebook post page:

Complete desktop computer systems giveaway contestFree Geek set aside part of donated computers for a giveaway…

Posted by Free Geek Twin Cities on Sunday, March 18, 2018

Spring Painting and Rearranging!

A sneak peak of the new recycling layout.

After a generous donation of shelving from Ryan Co. during their move downtown, we are taking a bit of time to rearrange and replan our space in the recycling area. Please excuse the mess as the walls get their first coat of paint in years.  Thank you to Welna’s Ace Hardware for the great help picking the colors!  The plan is expected to take a few weeks but we see this having a great benefit for handling greater numbers of volunteers and material to recycle!

2 coats of primer and a topcoat were needed.

Holiday Hours

Free Geek will be closed Christmas and New Year’s Day to observe the holidays, please keep that in mind.

Have a great holidays!

We’ve upgraded the Free Geek Thrift Store

Windows!  Carpet!  More stock out!

We are happy to announce our store has been moved to a new area of the facility. This means more stock viewable, more stations to test gear before you buy, and fun things called windows, which we hear are nice.

But seriously, no running into the back caverns to find a computer, our entire stock is within reach finally. We’re happy to be able to serve customer’s needs better. This is all part of the plan to keep scaling to meet the community’s need for our mission.

Thanks to Art, Charlie, Eric, Todd, Dan, Karen, and more that pushed hard this past month to get our store moved and running again.

Printer and CRT Donation Fee

Unfortunately, we have to post about an update to the donation fees.

Ideally, Free Geek could process CRTs (Cathode Ray Tubes) and printers for free. Due to changes in commodity prices we will be charging to accept these donations. We want to be open about these costs and why we are stuck charging them. To a certain amount, we keep working printers available to be reused, but due to storage and volunteer-power constraints, we end up recycling printers too.

We are already seeing costs of $300 per transaction with our recyclers to handle printers and CRTs.

The fees for CRTs are :

  • <20″ $15
  • 21-25″ $25
  • >26″ $50
  • Bare tube, broken CRT, or damaged plasma screens $15

And for Printers :

  • Inkjets $10
  • All-in-one $25
  • Large printers $45

We feel this represents the ‘at cost’ by the pound rate we receive from our recyclers and will adjust these rates when we can to keep the costs to donators down.

Free Geek Website Changes

We’re happy to be moving forward with a new look at freegeektwincities.org. Over the years we have accumulated a fair number of pages, which we will also be updating!

Some things to watch for in the coming weeks:

  1. The ability to browse our current thrift store stock
  2. More posts about new learning opportunities
  3. Meeting minutes and Non-profit documents
  4. Social media feeds and more ways to connect than ever!
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Wednesday 12-5 Donations, Store, Volunteers
Thursday-Friday 12-5 Donations and Store Only
Saturday-Sunday 12-5 Donations, Store, Volunteers


2537 25th Ave S

Minneapolis, MN 55406

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