Comp-U-Dopt Recognizes Southwestern Energy for Community Support

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With the support of corporate and individual donors, Comp-U-Dopt provides refurbished computers to children throughout Houston. The organization encourages development of technology skills in children and helps foster computer reuse and better environmental stewardship.

Children enjoy computers provided by Comp-U-Dopt.

The generous financial and volunteer support of Southwestern Energy this week helped dozens of north Houston families foster the educational aspirations of their children.

Fifty-four north Houston children were awarded computers this week by local technology non-profit Comp-U-Dopt with financial and volunteer support of Southwestern Energy (SWN).

SWN, a Houston-based energy exploration, development and production company, became the first corporate sponsor of a Comp-U-Dopt computer adoption session. About a dozen SWN volunteers helped distribute computers and provide software training to children at Evelyn Thompson Elementary School in the Aldine Independent School District.

Since 2007, Comp-U-Dopt has provided refurbished computers to children throughout Houston. The organization encourages development of technology skills in children and helps foster computer reuse and better environmental stewardship.

Comp-U-Dopt founder John Osha said, “Donations of computers, financial support and time can make an immediate difference in a child’s life. The generous financial and volunteer support of Southwestern Energy this week helped dozens of north Houston families foster the educational aspirations of their children.”

Tim O’Donnell, Southwestern Energy Vice President of Corporate Affairs, said, “We are proud to partner with Comp-U-Dopt to support the education and curiosity of children within our community. The day we spent with these third graders was an investment in their future. Having our employees work side-by-side with Comp-U-Dopt is a great example of our core value to be the 'right people, doing the right things.'”

Comp-U-Dopt awards computers to children who submit essays explaining how a computer will benefit their education. Each refurbished computer comes with Linux-based educational tools such as word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, and Internet capabilities. Children who receive computers attend a two-hour “adoption” session with parents or guardians to learn software use and computer care.

Houston companies can help Comp-U-Dopt in three ways: 1) donations of working PCs and laptops, 2) tax-deductible financial donations which cover the costs of refurbishing and distributing the computers and related educational support, and 3) volunteers – with or without technology expertise.

Donating computers to Comp-U-Dopt is a safe, reliable way to dispose of working computers and monitors that are not in use. Corporate, institutional and individual donors can be assured hard drives of donated computers are erased to U.S. Department of Defense standards. More information is available at http://www.compudopt.org.

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