Archive for October, 2015

COTS hosted its Annual Meeting and Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast on Oct. 23 at the First Congregational Church of Burlington. The event is an opportunity to honor the extraordinary contributions by volunteers, community partners and local businesses that support COTS work to end homelessness. The recipients were chosen for their outstanding service and commitment to assist and advocate for our neighbors struggling with homelessness or those who are marginally housed. The honorees for…

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We would like to say thank you to two of our most dedicated volunteers and board members, including our longest-serving board member, ever: Joyce Hagan and Mike New. Joyce Hagan served on the COTS Board from 1996-2002, and again from 2005 until retiring from the Board today. In that time, she has been Chair of the COTS Board, volunteered on just about every board committee, including her incredible help on…

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COTS is honored to salute KeyBank, an engaged partner and dedicated supporter. KeyBank has been a longtime supporter of COTS’ homelessness prevention efforts, a past event sponsor for the COTS’ What the Fix Slam, our COTS Walk and our 30th Anniversary celebration, and they have served lunch at the Daystation and organized Walk teams and event volunteers. They’ve helped with inkind donations of office furniture and other needs. They dine…

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COTS is proud to honor the University of Vermont – and the many partnerships COTS has with individual schools and departments. First, we would like to thank the College of Education & Social Services. For the past three years, students in the Early Childhood Special Education Program, under the coordination of assistant professor Jennifer Hurley, have worked with children in COTS family shelters. The families in shelter know them as Club…

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The Leahy Leadership Award was created in honor of Sen. Patrick Leahy to acknowledge advocacy and leadership on behalf of those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Today, we are delighted to bestow this high honor on Sheila Crowley, the departing CEO of the National Low Income Housing Coalition.  With this award, we recognize her over three-decade long dedication to advocating for, as well as supporting, low-income…

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When COTS launched the #172vt Campaign, it was designed to be a call to action. And, boy, was it! From across the community, students answered the call to help children who were facing the crisis of homelessness. They did so in creative and different ways – from a concert at The Spot, to lemonade stands and car washes, from Catchy Cards at farmers’ markets, to collection drives. Their efforts were…

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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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In honor of Maree Gaetani’s departure from Gardener’s Supply, her co-workers decided to donate sheets, comforters, and towels to COTS in her name.  To magnify the impact of the gift, Gardener’s Supply decided to match its employees’ gifts, resulting in a $600 in-kind donation of much needed linens!   Maree is a former COTS Board member and longtime dedicated volunteer, helping personally and coordinating support from Gardener’s Supply Co. to help with gardens…

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Every day, the Daystation offers guests Chittenden County’s only free noontime meal – a program that has been around nearly as long as the Daystation itself. Guests depend on the Daystation’s lunchtime meal not only for the food, but also for the sense of community and belonging it provides. Every effort is made to ensure that the lunches are as nutritious and balanced as possible. Chili, beans, pasta, salad, and…

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COTS will celebrate the 5th anniversary of Canal Street Veterans Housing in January 2016. To mark the occasion, we decided to talk to Maggie Merriam, Program Coordinator and Case Manager at Canal Street, about her experiences there and her thoughts on what Canal Street means to the local community. Maggie became involved with COTS nearly 10 years ago while she was studying social work as an undergraduate at the University of Vermont….

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