Archive for October, 2014

Thank you to everyone who joined at our Annual Meeting and Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast!  It was so inspiring to be in a room filled with so many people dedicated to service and volunteerism.  For those of you who we not able to attend, here are some highlights and a list of our winners. Key Note Address: On Being Homeless…Our Story by Lori Giannuzzi  Award Winners: Business Hero: Jason Fitzgerald & Dee…

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Individuals: Scot Barker; Anna Buckley; Beckie Bull; Denise Danyow; Bob Duncan; Joyce Hagan; Sydney Holt Barker; Jack Kearnan; Alexandra Lehmann; Michael Lipson; Rita Markley; Nan Mason; Lucy Samara; Stacey Sheehan; Nicole Stefanowicz; Casey Therrien; Father Richard Tinney.   Business: Booska Movers; Champlain Investment Partners; Flat Fee Real Estate; Gardener’s Supply Co.; General Dynamics; Law Line and Vermont Legal Aid; Logic Supply; Murphy Sullivan Kronk; MyWebGrocer; Northern Lights; People’s United Bank;…

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For the past several years, Star 92.9 and Planet 96.7 have sponsored the COTS Walk. They brainstorm with us on creative ways to reach their listeners and encourage them to be part the annual Walk, which raises awareness and much needed funds to address homelessness in our community. This spring, Jennifer and Star went above and beyond with their support of COTS – by bringing “American Idol” finalist and pop…

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The Wilma Rayta Volunteer of the Year Award is given each year in memory of longtime COTS supporter, Wilma Rayta. Wilma is the only person in COTS history to be honored twice with the Volunteer of the Year award for unquestioning commitment and hard work. This honor is one of the most difficult to decide because we have so many generous and dedicated volunteers who make it possible for COTS…

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The Leahy Leadership Award was created in honor of Sen. Patrick Leahy to acknowledge advocacy and leadership on behalf of Vermonters who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. We are delighted to bestow this high honor on Brenda Torpy. Brenda has more than 30 years of experience in the affordable housing field starting with community organizing, rural community development and affordable housing advocacy in northern Vermont. As the…

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This past year, COTS collaborated with the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation – VEIC – on a multi-prong approach across COTS programs to reach out to low-income households to increase their awareness and understanding of the benefits of energy- efficiency upgrades in their homes. Through this partnership, we helped residents living in COTS transitional and permanent housing by installing energy-efficiency improvements, such as CFL light bulbs, smart power strips and low-flow…

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  Since 2007, Jason Fitzgerald and Dee Physical Therapy have led the Dee PT Great Diaper Drive. Last year alone, Dee collected a record 30,000 diapers for families in COTS services. And, since 2007, they have donated more than 120,000 diapers from this monumental effort. Jason and the team at Dee PT started this incredible diaper drive when they met with the staff at COTS and realized the astounding cost…

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