More and more, a home computer is becoming a necessity. But for many low-

income Long Islanders, the cost of a computer is out of reach.

The Community Computer Connections program, a part of the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of Suffolk County, provides refurbished computers to financially disadvantaged families and low-income seniors. To find out if you qualify, call 631-979-9490, ext. 13.

For those who want to help, the program needs volunteers with the technical knowledge to refurbish computers. Volunteers also are needed to install the computers in recipients' homes and transporters to pick up computers at donation sites. Send an email to program coordinator Joel Becker at cccp. Companies or organizations with computers to donate also can email him. The program is partnering with Project Independence, the Town of North Hempstead's service that helps seniors stay in their homes. To reach Project Independence, call 516-869-6311.