Archive for September, 2014

We are consistently amazed by the efforts of our community partners to create a healthier, more equitable Vermont. One of which, Vermont Energy Investment Corporation(VEIC), is developing and implementing a 4-phase employeeengagement program called LEAD.  As an organization with a love of acronyms, LEAD stands for “Learn, Engage, Act and Discuss”.  Each of the 4 phases is defined below: Learn – TED Talks, Speakers, Videos, Books, Articles Engage – Facilitated…

Categories: Homelessness, Housing, Staff and Board
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With the support of trained staff, our Vermont Housing and Conservation Board (VHCB), and AmeriCorps Family Programming Specialist, COTS works with children and parents in the shelter to ensure success in school, promote children’s healthy social, emotional and physical development, and strengthen family relationships.  Volunteers provide evening respite care in our playroom, planning activities, help with homework and read stories with kids. The COTS Children’s Education Advocate works with schools…

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The Governor’s Service Awards, honoring Vermonters who are dedicated to helping their communities, took place on Friday and coincided with AmeriCorps’ 20th anniversary.  Overall, it was a day full of joy, appreciation, and dedication to service. Winner Governor’s Service Award in Corporate category has been incredibly supportive in the COTS mission.  Since our partnership began three years ago, Dealer has been a corporate sponsor of our COTS Walk…

Categories: Events, Staff and Board, Volunteers
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If you’ve been keeping up with any of our online platforms, you know that we love donations. Right now our biggest needs are pillows, pillow cases, bath towels, blankets, and sheets in twin or full size.  Plus, we always need new and unopened toiletries – shampoo, body wash, deodorant, lotion, razors, tooth brushes*, and baby wipes. Oh wait, what’s that? You’d like to help?  Thank you so much, that’s wonderful. …

Categories: Donations, Fundraisers
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We are thrilled to announce that our longtime volunteer Howard Longway has won a United Way 2014 Building Blocks Award in the “income” category. Howard began volunteering and making in-kind donations to the community at Canal Street Veterans Housing when the program first opened in February 2011. Howard is passionate about assisting veterans in need. His generous support and volunteer service have helped many Canal Street veterans return to financial…

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The Power of Giving: Thank you to Citizens Bank

Posted On September 4, 2014 By | Comments Off on The Power of Giving: Thank you to Citizens Bank

We are always so thankful when we receive donations, and it is especially touching when we hear about the effect they have had on our clients.  Sharon Snow, one of COTS’ Family Services Case Managers, had the privilege of watching families take the school supplies donated by Citizens Bank through the Gear For Grades Initiative.  She has some powerful reflections that we would love to share: “Every year in August the…

Categories: COTS Shelters, Donations, Staff and Board
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