National Hunger & Homeless Awareness … and more

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Wear Purple for COTS

COTS Instagram Contest


Nov. 14 – Dec. 12

Help raise awareness during National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week by wearing PURPLE for COTS. Take picture, and then post your photos on Instagram with the hashtag #purple4cots to be entered into a contest for cool prizes. Be sure to visit the COTS “Instagram Contest” tab on Facebook (facebook/cotsonline) to vote for your favorite pictures.

Tent City

Nov. 15-18, Champlain College

Tent City is an annual four-day event that takes place each year during National Hunger & Homeless Awareness Week on the Champlain College campus. Students participating agree to sleep outside, eat a simple soup kitchen style dinner, and give up their technologies (cell phones, iPods, laptops, etc.).

The Shack
& Homeless Schoolchildren Awareness

Nov. 18-21, Saint Michael’s College

The student group MOVE (Mobilization of Volunteer Efforts) educates the Saint Michael’s community about hunger and homelessness through the Shack, a wooden structure located outdoors on campus. Students can sign up to sit in the Shack for an hour or overnight. The Homeless Schoolchildren Awareness display includes 140 yellow flags installed in the ground; each flag represents one homeless schoolchild in our community.


Nov. 18, 8:30 p.m., Champlain College’s Perry Hall, Perry Presentation room

At this COTS Talk, a COTS family case manager will discuss what homelessness looks like in our community today and what kinds of services are available to those in need. We will talk about some of the challenges members in our community face as they try and find safe, dignified and affordable housing. Questions are welcome.

Children’s Art Exhibit reception

Nov. 19, 4 p.m., Barnes & Noble Booksellers

Join us at this art reception as we enjoy these paintings created by children, staying in COTS family shelters. Most of the paintings created were done by children ages 0-3. The exhibit of their work will hang for the month of November in the Barnes & Noble Cafe in South Burlington.

Purple Person Sighting

Nov. 20, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Saint Michael’s College

Can you spy the Purple Person? Keep a look out for Purple Person sightings on St. Mike’s Campus.


Nov. 20, 5:30 p.m., Saint Michael’s College, 2nd floor Alliot Hall, Eddie’s Lounge

At this COTS Talk, a COTS family case manager will discuss what homelessness looks like in our community today and what kinds of services are available to those in need. We will talk about how poverty, hunger, and homelessness often go hand in hand. Questions are welcome.

Boloco benefit for COTS

Nov. 21, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Boloco, Church Street Marketplace

20% of all proceeds go to COTS

Stop in at the Church Street Marketplace Boloco location and learn more about COTS’ work in the community serving the homeless and those at-risk of losing housing while enjoying a tasty burrito. That day, 20% of all sales will be donated to COTS, so make sure to bring your friends and co-workers and head over to Boloco for lunch. Be sure to ask for the COTS Burrito.

Purple Person Sighting

Nov. 21, Noon-2 p.m., Boloco, Church Street Marketplace

Can you spy the Purple Person? Keep a look out for Purple Person sightings on at Boloco on Church Street.

Phonathon: Need volunteers 

Dec. 2-5 & 9-10 5:30-9 p.m., 95 North Ave., Burlington

Our Annual COTS Phonathon is right around the corner, and we need volunteers! We will have six calling nights this year and one day-shift on Dec. 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Help us raise $175,000 for shelter and services this winter.  Callers reach out to past supporters to ask them to consider a gift again this year.  It’s a really fun event with great energy, raffles, dinner, and the excitement of seeing immediate results as we calculate how much is being raised as we go. Come join us!

The Coolest Lunch

Dec. 12, Noon-2 p.m., Church Street Marketplace, Burlington

The Coolest Lunch raises awareness about the hungry and homeless by having diners eat lunch in the cold. Yes, you pay to eat outside!  Your $20/person donation buys you an entrée and non-alcoholic beverage (Boloco will offer regular burrito prices and 20% of proceeds between noon-2 p.m. will go to COTS). Choose from the FarmHouse Tap & Grill, Halvorson’s Upstreet Café, Leunig’s Café & Bistro, The Scuffer Steak & Ale, Boloco and Nika. Reserve your seats at

Candlelight Vigil

Dec. 19, 5:30 p.m., Burlington City Hall steps, Church Street Marketplace

Each year, during the week of the Winter Solstice, people in Burlington pause to reflect on those who are homeless in our community. Advocates and supporters gather outside City Hall to share brief vignettes about some of the people who have turned to COTS for help this year. Read more.

Questions? Want to volunteer? Email Gillian at

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One response to “National Hunger & Homeless Awareness … and more”

  1. Maybe, just maybe, this story will show homelessness the way it really is instead of the rose-colored glasses way some people see it; if you think homelessness is the guy with the sign around his neck at the interesection or the guy livng under the bridge, you have one hell of a lot to learn. You have tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of homeless working families with kids in this country. I happen to live in a state with a state park and campground which is basically a colony for homeless working families with kids; some are year-round residents while others move with the seasons to avoid cold weather and find work in more temperate climates. The school system of the town which is home to this state park, consequently, has one of the three highest populations of homeless school children in the state. By demographics, this town qualifies as a middle to upper middle income coastal community. One of my former clients owns a convenience franchise in that town, and he’s number one in firewood and propane sales in the entire region; almost all of this business comes from the campground, which is a stone’s throw from his store.