It’s no secret that we love being in Parkdale. It’s a hugely diverse neighbourhood with a rich network of grassroots, community-engaged organizations. But sometimes it’s hard to know how to get involved! In order to share the organizations, we created a platform for both new and old residents to learn about and get involved in the projects happening in their community backyard.
That’s where the West-End Yimby comes in. There will be over 20 organizations in the Ballroom sharing what they’re all about on Sunday, May 22. We sat down with one of the participating tabler’s Free Geek Toronto, an organization bridging the digital divide by refurbishing and re-selling technology at an accessible price, to learn more about how they’re contributing to the West-End and what they’ll have to share at the YIMBY.
Photo by Victor Fraser
Why is it so important to bridge the digital divide and how do you work to make computers accessible?
The primary goals of Free Geek are to provide technology to those who need it, while reducing the environmental impact of waste electronics. It serves all people regardless of race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, mental or physical disability. Free Geek’s products and services cater to many such as low-income individuals, computer hobbyists, non-profit organizations, IT professionals, waste management companies, as well as environmentally-conscious consumers. Computers are vastly becoming life essentials because corporations, schools, governments and we’re helping to bridge the digital divide so everyone can have access to this vital tool.
What’s a simple step anyone can take to get involved?
The best way for people to be involved is by thinking about their own electronics and by setting up a electronic waste plan where they pass on their working electronics to FreeGeek Toronto or take it upon themselves to get their electronics to those who may not be able to afford it.
Why, in your opinion, is community-building and getting out there to meet your neighbourhood organizations so important?
Organizations in the neighbourhood contribute vastly to the well-being of that neighbourhood through the products or services they offer. We love being involved in community events like the West End Yimby because it helps us build relationships with like-minded organizations and people.
What are you looking forward to about connecting to the Parkdale community at the Yimby and what kinds of conversations are you hoping to have with visitors?
We are looking to meeting the community and starting the conversation on how consumers use their electronic and what they have set up as an electronic waste plan.
Join us at the West-End Yimby on Sunday May 22 to chat more with Free Geek Toronto and the other 19 participating organizations that are eager to meet you over the May long weekend.