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The COTS Walk, presented by National Life Group, welcomes everyone to our annual celebration of our community coming together to end homelessness. We strive to create an event that embodies our core values, including recognizing the dignity of every individual. Walkers include volunteers, sponsors, students, businesses, faith groups, community organizations and leaders, and current and past guests in our programs. Each year, we select a Walk theme to bring attention to…

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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Want to get your loved one a special gift this Valentine’s Day? Want to try something different than just flowers or chocolate? Well, now you can mix things up by getting a Singing Valentine. The Green Mountain Chorus’ annual fundraiser features Barbershop Quartets, in jackets and bow ties, delivering a lyrical message, a box of Lake Champlain Chocolates, and a personalized cards. The…

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COTS Walk

Posted On January 19, 2018 By | No Comments on COTS Walk

COTS Walk registration page is now open! This year’s COTS Walk is presented by National Life Group.     WHAT: 29th Annual COTS Walk WHEN: May 6, 2018; check-in begins at 1 p.m. and the Walk kicks off at 2 p.m. WHERE: Battery Park, Burlington. The Walk begins and ends at Battery Park. The 3.5-mile full walk (shorter 1-mile route available) follows the path a person who is homeless might take…

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Thank you to WOKO-FM and to the people who shared their stories and how COTS helped them:    

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  This November, COTS is grateful to our community for their generosity and support. Be sure to check these out! TD “Bring Change”: Nov. 1-10, TD branches are collecting change to support COTS’ Canal Street Veterans Housing. (To find the branch nearest you, visit TD’s Bring Change Web site.) TD Bruins Jersey for Veterans: Now through Dec. 6, donate $10 for opportunity to win this official Bruins Jersey signed by the entire…

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Listen to the stories of COTS through the people we serve: From the Vermont Community Foundation’s Annual Meeting: Dan Smith, CEO, on Sept. 13, 2017 at Lyndon State College featured the voices of Vermonters, including those served by COTS. Other voices are from those connected with Brattleboro Retreat, Bread Loaf Corporation, Community College of Vermont, Fowler’s R&R Ranch Corporation, Let’s Grow Kids, Lyndon State College, Spectrum Youth & Family Services,…

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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…

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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….

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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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