Archive for October, 2017

The following is an edited version of COTS Executive Director Rita Markley’s keynote address at the COTS Annual Meeting & Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast on October 27, 2017. Good morning and welcome to our (world famous) annual meeting and volunteer recognition breakfast.  Thank you for joining us.  This is the time of year when we slow our frenetic pace for a few hours to celebrate your many contributions to COTS. And…

Categories: Advocacy, Children, Events, Families, Homeless Prevention, Homelessness, Staff and Board, Volunteers
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COTS hosted its Annual Meeting and Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast on Friday, Oct. 27, 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….

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Twenty years ago, a kind and generous anonymous donor asked our community to take the “challenge” and raise at least $1,000 for the COTS Walk to help end homelessness in Vermont. If a walker reached this goal, their donations would be matched. Thanks to this incredible donor, many walkers have taken that challenge each — and four walkers have taken it every single year: 20 Challenges completed, and often exceeded….

Categories: Children, Donations, Events, Families, Fundraisers, Homeless Prevention, Homelessness, Staff and Board, Volunteers

Charlotte Central School prides itself on creating a positive learning environment. This past year, they implemented a school-wide “Be the Change” program, building upon that call-to-action. “Be the Change” was about recognizing that students’ positive behavior not only affects us as individuals, but has a positive impact on the school and the greater community. Throughout the 2016-17 school year, a student’s positive action was acknowledged by a penny. Pennies 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 is always the most difficult award to decide because COTS has so many incredible volunteers. This year, however, we honor one of our longest…

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Westport Hospitality’s Hotel Vermont has supported COTS by sharing their talented staff, beautiful space, and creative generosity with us. Tori Carton, formerly of Williston, from their marketing team volunteered her time to design posters and marketing materials to help promote COTS’ Phonathon, The Coolest Lunch, and the COTS Walk. Hotel Vermont has hosted the Coolest Lunch and the COTS Walk kickoff. Juniper created a flatbread fundraiser to support veterans (which…

Categories: Community Partner, Corporate partner, Homelessness, Volunteers
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The Church Street Marketplace is a community champion in a multitude of ways. The team at the Marketplace – from executive director Ron Redmond of Essex Junction, to Becky Cassidy of South Burlington, to Jenny Morse of Burlington – support COTS and the people we serve again and again. They were key partners when COTS launched the #172vt campaign to raise awareness about homeless schoolchildren in 2015. They support COTS…

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Gov. Phil Scott was recognized for his work proposing, advocating, and supporting the $35 million housing bond included in this year’s state budget. This initiative will result in 550-650 new units of housing over the next two three years, creating rental opportunities and homeownership opportunities for low- and middle-income Vermonters. The bond addresses the significant need for affordable housing in Vermont, and will help alleviate homelessness and create workforce housing….

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