LOGGING ON: WDOP project manager Jason Vella and Daniel Williams use the new computers funded by the Easternwell grant.
LOGGING ON: WDOP project manager Jason Vella and Daniel Williams use the new computers funded by the Easternwell grant. Julia Baker

WDOP connects community to new opportunities

WESTERN Downs Outreach Project is connecting the homeless and people suffering from poverty with jobs and education after receiving a much-needed grant.

WDOP recently installed three new computers with the help of drilling company Easternwell, which granted the organisation $2000.

Mr Vella said the computers had proved popular and were enabling the homeless and locals suffering from poverty to access free internet.

"It's for those people who don't have computers or the internet in their own home,” he said.

"They are being used quite a lot, particularly during our busier times, during soup kitchen there's been a line up for them.

"It's been great because people are using them for online courses and job seeking and use them when we're educating our volunteers as well.”

WDOP was just one of the community groups in the Surat Basin to share in more than $8000 as part of Easternwell's latest round ofgrants.

Chinchilla Community Kindergarten, Endeavour Learning and Lifestyle Centre and Wallumbilla Rural received grants aswell.

Easternwell executive general manager Tim Phelan said the program was specifically developed to provide much-needed support to local organisations that do so much in our communities.

"There are countless community groups in the areas where we operate who provide important services to their communities,” he said.

"Easternwell is passionate about supporting the regions where we conduct business and our grants program is one of the ways we are creating lasting benefits for communities.”


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