Vote Early, Vote Often: HHH’s Community Garage & Pepsi’s Refresh Everything contest –

By on September 30, 2010. Posted in . Tagged as , , , , , , , .

Helping Hand House has applied for $250,000 in funding from the Pepsi Refresh Everything project, a unique vote driven grant program. Grants are given on the basis of who gets the most votes by people across the country – people like you. You can vote everyday (please do!). You can vote through Facebook, let people know via Twitter – get the word out and make it happen. And that’s what our families need – for your help to make it happen.

Spread the word – post it to your Facebook wall, email the link – vote early and often.

CLICK HERE TO VOTE NOW

Transportation is the key

Transportation is a significant key to success for our families, opening doors for stable jobs, childcare, and education. Studies conducted by the Alliance for Youth & Families show that average income increases by 41% with reliable private transportation. In addition, our families can easily save hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars by eliminating the need to use public transportation. This gives them the capacity to get and keep a living wage job in communities outside the immediate area in which they live, as well as utilize affordable childcare options and continue to advance their education. Many of our families are living in rural East Pierce County, where there is limited or non-existent public transportation; in effect, without a reliable car, they are stuck at home and on a swift path to again becoming homeless.

The Community Garage

To this end, Helping Hand House has initiated a partnership with Scott Chestain, owner of a local garage Car Clinic, to creatively resolve the transportation issue for the homeless families in Helping Hand House programs. This program, once fully established, has a great potential to be replicable elsewhere throughout the country for other organizations facing similar challenges.

Car Clinic is providing the usage of their shop as an in-kind contribution, as well as leveraging relationships within the community to support some of the most vulnerable families in our region. Families in Helping Hand House programs will have access to a dedicated Auto Repair Technician to perform auto inspections, repairs on vehicles, and routine maintenance.

We anticipate eventually having the ability to receive reliable donated vehicles for the families in our programs, allowing them to experience the full benefits of vehicle ownership.

The Community Garage will also provide an innovative training ground for apprenticeship of adults in our housing programs, helping them acquire job skills for a well-paying career in the auto repair industry.

Deliverables:
*  Fund a service and mechanic that provides homeless and low income families a safe reliable resource for work on their vehicles.
*   Provide an apprenticeship program for those families wanting to learn the mechanic/automotive technician profession.
*   Provides a safety inspection service for family’s vehicles to ensure they are safe for road operation.  All of our families have children.

241209122031pepsi_refresh_projectHelping Hand House has applied for a $250,000 grant from Pepsi’s Refresh Everything contest to fund the program – but we need your help!

Grants are given on the basis of who gets the most votes by people across the country – people like you. You can vote everyday. You can vote through Facebook, let people know via Twitter – get the word out and make it happen. And that’s what our families need – for your help to make it happen.

Spread the word – post it to your Facebook wall, email the link – vote early and often.

Click here to Vote Now!