“If you want to change the world, start by making your bed.”

U.S. Navy admiral and University of Texas, Austin, alumnus William H. McRaven gave seniors 10 lessons from basic SEAL training when he spoke at the school’s commencement.

McRaven, the commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command who organized the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, stressed the importance of making your bed every morning, taking on obstacles headfirst, and realizing that it’s OK to be a “sugar cookie.”

All of his lessons were supported by personal stories from McRaven’s many years as a Navy SEAL.

“While these lessons were learned during my time in the military, I can assure you that it matters not whether you ever served a day in uniform,” McRaven told students. “It matters not your gender, your ethnic or religious background, your orientation, or your social status.”


Project VIP Shopping Spree Completed!

CAN would like to thank everyone who helped make our first project a success! We collected 25 bags of children’s clothes for A Place of Hope !

Thank you again for all you do to bring attention to the plight and needs of our community’s neediest and most vulnerable children. The clothing collected and provided by the Community Angel Network is a huge blessing and is already at work in the lives of children right here in Palm Beach County. What makes Place of Hope special is the partnership we share with those in our community who care deeply and take action on behalf of our many children and youth in daily care. This particular collection drive and donation is super special for us – knowing that the work was spearheaded and accomplished by children and youth who desire to help others!

Thank you again so very very much for choosing the children of Place of Hope! WE appreciate you and the Community Angel Network so much!


Charles L. Bender, III
Founding Executive Director

Place of Hope, Inc.
9078 Isaiah Lane
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418

CAN Project #1: Place of Hope Photo