Cleon did send an email in November 2015, but, as far as I can see, that didn't go anywhere. The next contact was in June 2016 in person. As I recall, I gave two options (both of which I figured were valid): Go though an approval process for the donation (which might take quite a while) or have a number of people go through OpenBuild and earn credits for machines (as far as I know, there's never been an issue with that). As far as I recall, we never discussed advertisements, or else I would've wanted to review the contents of said advertisements in order to make sure there wasn't an implied relationship between the organizations. To add, I don't think the ads were made maliciously, just a bit of miscommunication between us -- I likely should've been clearer with what was said.
FreeGeek Chicago's volunteer Build Program sorts through donated equipment and refurbishes computer systems, parts, and accessories that can continue to serve your computing needs. Items that are not donated to organizations or to volunteers through our rewards program are resold in our on-site ReSale Shop or our online eBay Shop .
Basic PC systems start at $40. Basic laptops start at $75 (inventory is very limited, please contact us in advance to check on inventory).FreeGeek Chicago is a GNU/Linux shop, and we install GNU/Linux operating systems on every computer sold.
1.60 GHz Intel Atom or better processor (or AMD equivalent)
1.0 GB Random Access Memory (RAM)
60.0 GB Hard Disk Drive (HDD) or better
CD-R / DVD-ROM Optical Disk Drive
Matt WFreeGeek Chicago is a GNU/Linux shop, and we install GNU/Linux operating systems on every computer sold.
All FreeGeek Chicago systems are pre-installed with eitherXubuntu 14.04 or Kubuntu 14.04, with both being fast, simple, and beautiful desktop operating systems. They are both "Long Term Service" releases and will provide security updates until April 2019.
In addition, we load up all our systems with a TON of awesome apps, including:
LibreOffice, an office productivity suite
FreeGeek Chicago believes that you will absolutely LOVE the refurbished equipment available at our Thrift Store and our Online Store. However, to give you even more confidence in your purchase with us, we have a clear Return Policy and Warranty for certain items. As always, we are happy to answer any questions you have about returns and warranty information.
For the "Back to School Sale" from late August to early September, sales were at $3,339.70, gross (original price: 5,515). There were two online sales that totaled $67.26. If we add that group of sales in, then the total is $3,406.96. There was also a $300 donation through PayPal.
Rent goes up to $929.08 in September. Already sent the check.
Got donations or pledges of donations from several organizations, including Salesforce, Google (pledge -- hasn't come in yet), Jellyvision, and Namaste Charter School. We also got a nice donation of books from Naomi Ceder around the 1st. Also (probably, in that it's listed as a donation) a PayPal donation of $300 (well, $293.10 net) on the 26th.
Made $1,737.83 this month so far (PayPal). $1,209.90 in cash (rough number, not including donations) as of the 26th. Rough total: $2,947.73. $2,112.34 in PayPal as of the 29th.
Janet: We have a lot of new staff, and the organization is in a state of flux. Once new staff get their sea legs, we can talk about it more.
Janet: FGC finances tend to be cyclical. Lots of money when we do recycling, but then we get dinged for utilities and staff wages.
Deborah: How do we get more money to get a better facilities? Janet: It all boils down to how our sales are doing. In fall and winter we do better, in spring and summer not so much.
Erick: What about FG Portland? Do they have advice or help? Alex: We hear from them periodically, but we have not for a while. Janet: Terri has had the most interaction with them.
Alex: FG Portland has a connection with the state of Oregon that provides computers to build, also a contact with several local companies that provide stuff. We don't have that sort of clout at the moment.
Bob Stein: We get periodic visits from other FreeGeek people from other states.
Should we hire someone to clean the washrooms? Put a notice up, and we'd get a lot of bids for the job. Again, finances are an issue, but cleanliness is important.
Alex: Deb, could you get some figures from local organizations? Deborah: I'm not local, someone else should do research.
Alex: Call to someone in the community: See what janitor / maid service would cost, then report back to CC.
Dan Marco's manual for building a computer is very helpful. We need more manuals for all areas in FreeGeek. Safety and the volunteer experience can be improved with something to read.
Alex Hanson: Most documentation is on the hackpad. Get an account on the hackpad and jump in. Deborah: I like print documents. Alex: Well, we can print these documents printed once they are in good order.
Scott H: Build Sheets could also be improved. Explanation of apt-get commands would be helpful