How to Donate
Donations may be taken to our workspace on Sunday from 1-5pm, Wednesday from 6-8pm and Friday from 3-7pm.
For the sake of time it is suggested that you organize or sort your donations in a manner that makes categorization easy.
If you are wanting a tax receipt, it is advised to have a written list of the items in question that are being donated; this will make your donation time quicker and will help our volunteers efficiently sort items.
If you represent an organization or business with a large amount of hardware to donate, please email us to arrange a pick-up or drop-off.
Your Personal Data is Secure
When you donate your computer to Free I.T. Athens, our volunteers remove its hard drive and put the drive through a data wiping process using free software called DBAN. DBAN removes data by writing random numbers to the disk.
After your data has been wiped from the hard drive volunteers will refurbish your computer using a free operating system called GNU/Linux. Your computer will either be granted to a volunteer for completing community service, sold to an individual or family that cannot afford a new computer, or granted to a non-profit organization/community group. If your computer cannot be refurbished, it will be recycled through an e-Stewards certified recycler. Don’t donate to those other guys, they could be shipping e-waste overseas to be dumped!
Fund Free I.T. Athens
Monetary donations are sincerely appreciated. You may donate via cash, check or card during our open hours, via mail (please mail donations to P.O. Box 81931 Athens, GA 30608), or electronic funds transfer. You may also donate using a credit card through the PayPal “Donate” button on the right hand side of this page.
Your donation will make a direct impact as we have absolutely no paid staff. We thank you for donating to Free I.T. Athens.
Free IT Athens, Inc. is a recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization (EIN 27-2381518) so your donations made are tax deductible. We do not valuate donations made.
We’ve registered with the AmazonSmile program, where Amazon donates “0.5% of the price of eligible AmazonSmile purchases to charitable organizations selected by you.” You can help us by shopping through http://smile.amazon.com and selecting Free I.T. Athens as the charity to donate to every time you order something from Amazon! Thank you for your support.
There are Many Reasons to Donate
Did you know..
- It takes 539 lbs of fossil fuel, 48 lbs of chemicals, and 1.5 tons of water to manufacture a single computer and monitor.1
- E-waste is the fastest growing municipal waste stream in America.2
- E-waste represents 2% of America’s trash in landfills, however, equals 70% of overall toxic waste. Toxic chemicals found in electronics can damage the central and peripheral nervous systems, blood and kidneys.3
- 20 to 50 million metric tons of e-waste are disposed worldwide every year. 4
- Each year, 80 to 85% of electronics are thrown away.5