Archive for April, 2014

The COTS Walk was founded by two amazing volunteers, Lucy Samara and Gail Anderson. The first Walk kicked off in 1990 – and has been a spring tradition in our community for now 25 years. We are incredibly grateful to the many volunteers, walkers and sponsors who have made this event a huge success, year after year. We asked our supporters to share some of their favorite Walk memories. We…

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Local songwriter Jamie Bright (aka Silent Mind) plans to join us for the 25th Annual COTS Walk on May4. He will perform on the Battery Park stage. Jamie is also the creative force behind Burlington songwriters supporting their community by coming together to share their talents. Every month, Jamie Bright of Chakra-5 Records invites four local songwriters to perform monthly and help heighten awareness of those in our communities who…

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The 25th Annual COTS Walk kicks off at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 4. The fundraiser is a 3.5-mile trek around downtown Burlington starting from Battery Park, following the route a person who is homeless or at risk of becoming homeless might travel to receive shelter and services. This is the one day of the year that the nationally recognized nonprofit opens its programs to the community so people can see…

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The following blog post is an edited contribution submitted by Kathrine Mansfield. I am a member of the Vermont Youth Development Corps (VYDC) branch of AmeriCorps, serving as the Children’s Programming Specialist at COTS Family Shelters. VYDC members provide opportunities for youth to learn how to live healthy lifestyles. As part of my VYDC service, I incorporated dance classes into the children’s programming at COTS family shelters. I created the…

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Parents can appreciate the challenges of getting your children to make healthy eating choices – from costs, to creative cooking, to ultra-picky eaters. Sometimes, it’s a difficult to simply get a family meal together. Kathrine Mansfield is a VYDC AmeriCorps member, serving in COTS children’s programs this year. Her service mission is to help improve nutrition and wellness for children experiencing homelessness. And, she thought one way she could achieve…

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Many of the buildings owned by COTS in downtown Burlington, Vermont, are historic (including several built in the 1800s). As a result, they aren’t as energy efficient as we would like. To address this, COTS has implemented an overall plan to update these inefficiencies across our facilities. These planned updates benefit our residents and guests in two ways. The improvements: * Allow for a more comfortable stay in our buildings;…

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Having signed up for the COTS Walk, or any event where fundraising is necessary, getting pledges to flow in can be intimidating.  Not everyone is the best at going around to friends, or even strangers, and getting them to donate for nothing in return. The New York Times Sunday Review had an interesting Op-Ed this past weekend by Arthur C. Brooks on the many benefits of fundraising to the fundraiser personally: “Charitable giving improves…

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