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BURLINGTON – The 28th Annual COTS Walk kicks off Sunday, May 7, with thousands of origami butterflies to celebrate the new beginnings made possible through your support of COTS as we work together to end homelessness: Inspire hope. Empower transformation. Guests at the COTS Daystation, children staying in COTS family shelter, students, volunteers, supporters, and staff are busy folding butterflies – and the COTS’ offices are beginning to overflow with…

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If you’ve ever worked the soil or spent time in a garden, you know it produces more than a generous harvest of food. The therapeutic element of gardening, the whole metaphor of being able to plant something, nurture it and see it grow and bear fruit is powerful and can be transformative. This year, gardens have sprouted at three different COTS facilities: our Daystation, Main Street Family Shelter, and Canal Street…

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We recently asked our staff to share some of the stories of the people they work with every day — parents, children, and individuals facing the crisis of homelessness in our community. These stories are the reasons we will walk at at the COTS Walk on May 1st. Please join us: Register today. … For the single mom who called crying … She had good news to share on housing and…

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Two students — one in elementary school and one in college — teamed up with COTS to create a video Web series about the 2016 COTS Walk, and we could not be more grateful! Please meet our COTS Walk 2016 Ambassador, Ellie LaMontagne! Ellie, 11, stars in the six video shorts. She is a longtime COTS Walker and a sixth-grader at Christ the King School in Burlington. (Ellie previously starred as…

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It’s time to play the music! It’s time to light the lights! It’s time to meet the Puppets at the Puppet Show tonight!   While the children in shelter (and many of our younger staff) aren’t old enough to remember the original “Muppet Show,” we can still relate to the hours spent as children with imaginary play, creating courageous heroes and vile villains. Now, thanks to the generous support of…

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Off to the races – “The Reading Race,” that is! Led by teacher and author Abby Klein, students from Orchard School in South Burlington put on their running shoes, er – their reading shoes – and busted out a successful “reading race.” Inspired by their teacher’s book, the students asked friends and relatives to donate one penny for every minute they read. The money earned would then go to a…

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Are you ready to “Book it to the Walk“? Register today! And, invite your friends and family to join you: www.classy.org/cotswalk2016. The COTS Walk is our largest event each year to raise funding to support services and increase understanding about homelessness. Our fundraising goal this year: $200,000! Through the support of our sponsors, all the money raised by walkers goes directly to services. This year’s COTS Walk theme centers around…

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Through the month of August, the Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS) is proud to host the #172vt Back-to-School Drive through partnerships with KeyBank, Kinney Drugs, Staples, WCAX, and Star 92.9. The goal: Collect supplies to stuff 172 backpacks for children in need in our community. COTS, the Boys and Girls Club of Burlington, the Sara Holbrook Center, and the King Street Center will distribute the backpacks. In March of this year, COTS launched…

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COTS is proud to partner with KeyBank, Kinney Drugs, Staples, WCAX, and Star 92.9  on the #172vt Back to School Drive! In response to the 172 homeless children in Chittenden County, we launched the #172vt campaign as a call to action. This community driven #172vt Back to School Drive directly addresses the needs of these children. You can help a child in need, beginning with just a pencil. KeyBank is donating 172 backpacks, and we need your help…

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There is nothing more inspiring to us than kids helping their peers in need.  That is exactly what Mr. Kellogg’s class of 3rd and 4th graders at Williston Central School did earlier in the month, using incredible artistic skill and entrepreneurial prowess. As a part of their unit on business and entrepreneurship, students researched and developed their own business model, budgeted, created a very desirable product, and then gave their…

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