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Free It Athens

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Community & Neighborhood Development, Economic Development

Mission: Our mission is to advocate for free software, reduce the negative impact of ewaste, and eliminate digital inequality.

Target demographics: Our mission is to advocate for free software, reduce the negative impact of ewaste, and eliminate digital inequality

Geographic areas served: Athens Ga

Programs: Received 2011 donated items sold 524 refurb items donated 78 computers to volunteers and nonprofit groups provided tech support to 212 indiv recycled 23000 lbs of ewaste

Community Stories

26 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great place to recycle your old computing equipment and learn about free-as-in-free-speech software.

Elijah H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The staff is wonderful, and the care they take with all of their processes is top-notch! I have to remind myself that I don't have to come in EVERY day they're open, but it's a tough battle =D

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have on many occasions needed assistance in technology and Free It Athens have always been ready and willing to help me find what I need. Even my sons (who are tech savy have gone to them and learned things for free. We as a family don't have a lot and it has been a life saver many times when I would not have been able to get us the support we needed - for work and school.
Thank you

Bill W.5

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer at FRITA for over 4 years and have enjoyed it very much! Quality products for sale at very reasonable prices. I am very proud to be a part of this non profit!

Donor

Rating: 5

We've donated many times and will keep doing so. This nonprofit is terrific -- everyone is very helpful, they are pleased to see you whether you are a client or donor, and leadership is terrific. Have also purchased refurb hardware from them; they do excellent job offering good quality hw at fair price. Outstanding organization all around.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I used to volunteers with them for a while during my summers as a teenager. It was this place that allowed me to further my IT skills while still serving my community. I was also able to be creative and reuse the old parts to create a "mother board" wall that allows young volunteers and visitors to understand how a computer would work. I think Free IT Athens is a great non profit that exists in a time when new problems are emerging due to technology, and it is a vital non profit, especially in a city that ranks dead first in poverty rates.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great & fast service! Also, taught our son years ago to rebuild & fix computers!!! Thanks so much!!!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great people great service an great price's..
The people make sure you're get what you looking for or a greater technical assistant that know what you need.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Every time I've gone into Free IT Athens I've come home with something (usually what I was looking for, sometimes it's something else) but the staff are always friendly and helpful, and the products are well-tested and do what I need them to. It's a great community resource for college students on a budget or the tech-deficient who might not know what they need. I've made donations as well and have been happy to Support Free IT!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wow. Where do I start…prepandemic, in the store, knowing I was going to leave with a jam-up, better computer/monitor than I am using. I moved 2 hours away but planning a trip here late Jul or early Aug!!!! I also have a box to donate (if they deem current enough) of wiring/switches/drives.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

When my daughter had trouble with her computer they very willingly offered to help and were patient with our questions. They even have a great selection of cords, chargers, keyboards, and other peripherals that are either free or cheap! I plan to donate our old laptop to them so their mission can continue!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I drive 2 hours to donate my old computers to Free IT Athens because then teach people how to repair and maintain them, they are not warehousing them until scrap prices rise for an easy buck. I feel they do a terrific job at keeping useable tech out of landfills. Also the store is a great place to find hard to find items at very fair prices.

1 Dennis R.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Fixed my laptop. Had taken to a computer repair shop and they said it was mother board and not worth fixing. Took to Free I.T. Athens and they correctly diagnosed as a problem with the charger and connection and fixed on site. If you take your computer in please make a donation (it is not required). They also accept computer donations.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered at Free IT Athens for about 2 years. It was an awesome experience with some wonderful people. They truly live up to their mission of sustainably recycling tech and bridging the digital divide between the "haves" and "have nots". If you have recently upgraded your computers or gadgets, donate you old equipment here where it may serve the underserved and stay out of our landfills and ground water!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Free It Athens is a great place to get your first computer, a secondary computer, or just a simple computer for a project or hobby you might want to try. Every computer I have bought here has been well done and the staff is exceptional!
I have recommended all of my friends to come here and buy a computer.

1

Client Served

Rating: 4

I love this place and have purchased several computers from here. I now have two from Free IT Athens in my home right now and the one I am using right now was the last. I have bought many monitors from there at such a reasonable price. I send friends there all the time and recommend them every time someone asks. You guys rock!!!!!

1 Matthew E.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've always been impressed by how well Free I.T. Athens has been able to both recycle and refurbish computers for those who need them. Their dedication to open source software is inspiring, and I appreciate the attention to detail they put into recycling e-waste without just shipping it to China without accountability for how it gets recycled. I've given plenty of electronics to them over the years, and they always accept it expediently and graciously.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so happy to find this great place
Every time I have been there, everyone was so very pleasant and have helped me with my computer and then my lab ( which I thought was gone.)
Our community is blessed to have such a group of people helping so many.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Fantastic service, theyre so great for the community!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

All the pieces of my computer have come from Free IT. The monitor, the computer and the printer they all work perfectly and are very high quality.. They helped me upgrade so I can watch my great granddaughter dance on streaming live from the National Dance Competition. I

1 Rebecca K.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I received excellent assistance with a computer issue from Free IT Athens. The volunteers are generous with their time and folks can also buy computers and accessories at great prices. Highly recommend!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It's great seeing electronics get a second chance. The people there are great and are about free software and digital inclusion

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Provides a vital community service by 1. Reducing land fill of electronic residue/parts 2. Providing a low cost avenue for buyers of used parts.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization changed my life. So much wonderful support of each other. A true community.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization has helped my son so much in allowing him to volunteer and eventually become a staff member. I can never express my gratitude for that. Free IT Athens has an amazing ability to enhance the lives of so many of the under served of the Athens area. They are an incredible group of people who truly have a heart for helping others.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Free I.T. is a great non-profit organization that provides it's volunteers with a friendly learning environment, knowledgeable staff and the opportunity to earn a free laptop computer after a certain number of volunteer hours (working on refurbishing donated computers). The staff is very friendly and easily approachable. Even if you know nothing at all about the inner workings of a computer, or how it's put together, there's always someone there to help you learn. It's been a great experience for me, and I really enjoyed getting to know the other volunteers and staff!