Los Angeles resident Susan Burton has been nominated as one of CNN’s top 10 heroes of 2010, and is now in the running to become the network’s hero of the year. Burton, founder of A New Way of Life Reentry Project, which provides sober living accommodations and helps formerly incarcerated women get their lives on track, now needs the public to go online (CNNHeroes.com and vote for her through Nov. 18 at 6 a.m. (ET). Individuals are allowed to vote more than once.

As one of the semi-finalists, Burton receives $25,000 and will be honored during the program “CNN’s Heroes: An All-Star Tribute” airing from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles Nov. 25 at 8 p.m. Additionally, the person receiving the most online votes receives $100,000 more.

Burton, once incarcerated herself fought the ravages of drug addition to change her life, and decided to give back by helping other women, especially those with children.