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August 9, 2011 > Yes you CAN!

Yes you CAN!

Submitted By Sara Lamnin

Make a difference with just a small amount of time! Support the Hayward Community Action Network (CAN) and South Hayward Parish, a collaboration of faith-based organizations, with a daily click of your mouse. Vote for the Homeless Angels Project at

What's It All About?
The Homeless Angels Project has been approved to compete in August's Pepsi Refresh Project to win $5,000. We need everyone to vote for our project, EVERY DAY.

When asked to identify solutions to homelessness, the primary recommendation of those on the street was "jobs." Based on the interests and abilities of those involved in Hayward CAN, we launched four job training/creation opportunities earlier this year: computer skills training; urban farming; sewing and alterations classes; beading, jewelry and art making. All opportunities are led by community volunteers, including some individuals who are homeless and/or low-income, who share their expertise with their peers.

The beading and jewelry component arose from a simple request during a CAN program, "Teach me?" Not only was the answer, "Yes," but the community and donors' response has been invigorating. On Tuesdays and Wednesdays, (regular Hayward CAN program hours), two to ten CAN members sit around the office's kitchen table making jewelry, key chains, bookmarks and more. The more experienced teach; those with ideas, share them and those in need, find support.

The opportunity to develop marketing plans, implement plans and ideas, and conquer the frustrations of the creative process, inspires people to overcome their personal obstacles to self-sufficiency. Empowerment.

"I can't remember the last time I worked an 8-hour day," said one artist. "Maybe things can be different for me."

"This program gives me a reason to get up in the morning," said another. "It gives me hope!"

Ready to join in?
Step 1: go to and click on "Vote for this idea"

Step 2: you will be asked to "Sign in with Pepsi". If you have an account, please sign in and your vote will be counted. If this is your first visit to vote, you will need to set up an account. There is no cost and you will not receive Pepsi spam.

Spread the word. Forward this information to as many people as possible and encourage them to vote, too. Put a notice in your club bulletin, tell all your friends.

Tomorrow, repeat steps 1 and 2. The next day, repeat steps 1 and 2, and so on until August 31, 2011.

An easy way to remember to vote each day is to set your homepage

Thank you for your support.

For more information about Hayward Community Action Network and South Hayward Parish, visit or call (510) 432-7703.

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