Special to the Bulletin

Central Texas Opportunities Inc. Community Services is giving away computers to graduating seniors of 2007 who demonstrate how poverty has touched their lives.

Newly refurbished computers by Computex are being awarded to seniors who submit a one- to two-page essay explaining why poverty exists in the United States. The students must write what they would do about poverty and how it affected them personally. Winners will be judged on these two areas.

Central Texas Opportunities has a mission of assisting low income families transfer out of poverty by addressing the households’ needs in developing goals for energy self-sufficiency through case management, education and a co-payment utility plan. Assistance provided by the Community Service Block Grant Program to individuals may be obtaining employment, form completion, referrals, case management, computer access, scholarships and emergency assistance. The Comprehensive Energy Assistance Program offers utility assistance to low income elderly and/or disabled households most vulnerable to high cost of energy for home heating and cooling.

The deadline for submission is Aug. 31. Seniors who graduated in 2007 and are interested in entering the essay contest should send submissions addressed to Attention: Computer Scholarship Program, Central Texas Opportunities Inc., P.O. Box 820, Coleman, TX 76834.

For more information, call Hanna Adams at (800) 625-4167.