Community Resources for Support & Engagement.
First Tech’s community focus continues to be rooted in people helping people. With this mission in mind, we have put together several resources for our members and the broader community to remain supported and connected. Check out the below national and local recommendations for impactful nonprofits to donate to and innovative technology organizations ready to put your unwanted tech to good use.
Community organizations are doing more than ever before to support children, families and individuals in need. We encourage you to check out a trusted source like Charity Navigator before making a new donation to a nonprofit that you haven’t worked with before or check out some of our partners included below.
Consider these vetted nonprofit organizations that First Tech partners with year-round:
- Oregon Food Bank (Oregon)
- Second Harvest Food Bank (Silicon Valley, California)
- Placer Food Bank (Roseville, California)
- Food Lifeline (Seattle, Washington)
You can also find your local food bank on Feeding America’s website.
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)
- Oregon Mesa (Oregon)
- Adelante Mujeres (Washington County, Oregon)
- Centro Cultural de Washington County (Washington County, Oregon)
- Project Invent (Silicon Valley, California)
- Silicon Valley Education Foundation (Silicon Valley, California)
- Technology Access Foundation (Seattle, Washington)
- Geeking Out Kids of Color (Seattle, Washington)
- SMART Reading (Oregon)
- Tandem Partners in Early Learning (Bay Area, California)
- Page Ahead (Seattle, Washington)
The technology access gap, or digital divide, in the United States is a big issue. Laptops and computers are essential for learning, gaining skills, and participating in today’s modern world, but not all students have this technology at home. In Oregon alone, more than 75,000 students are without a device to support distance learning.
Free Geek in Portland, Oregon, Interconnection in Seattle, Washington and Tech Exchange in San Jose, CA accept technology donations and give them back to the community at no or low cost to empower people and help close the digital divide.
Have a piece of technology that needs a new life? You can find an e-recycler near you through e-stewards.
Thank you for taking the time to view our community resource page. We hope you found something helpful and useful.
For questions, please email Community@firsttechfed.com