Community Partner

  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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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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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…

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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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COTS kicked off its 3rd Annual #172vt Back-to-School Drive at the Lake Monsters game last night. Thanks to help from KeyBank, Staples, Rhino Foods and, of course, Champ, the benefit got off to a great start with donated supplies! With the help of the community, we hope to fill 172-plus backpacks for local kids who might otherwise not have the supplies they need to be successful in the coming school year….

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BURLINGTON – COTS and Housing Vermont were joined by Congressman Peter Welch, Governor Phil Scott and Mayor Miro Weinberger to mark the re-opening of the COTS building at 95 North Avenue following extensive renovations. COTS and Housing Vermont partnered on the capital project to rebuild a permanent home for the COTS Daystation, the nonprofit’s daytime center for homeless adults to connect with services; create 14 affordable apartments; and renovate COTS’…

Categories: Advocacy, Children, Community Partner, COTS Shelters, Donations, Events, Families, Fundraisers, Homeless Prevention, Housing, Staff and Board, Volunteers

Annually, the Green Mountain Chorus hosts their annual singing Valentines Day fundraiser for COTS. It’s a wonderful gift for a friend, family member or significant person in your life. Each valentine includes a song, personalized card and box of Lake Champlain chocolates. Costing $50, a portion of the proceeds are given to COTS!   They’ll sing anywhere you request, including schools, offices and in public, and are bound to create…

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Annual fundraiser for COTS, Comic Relief— a Benefit for COTS will be happening on February 7th at ArtsRiot on Pine Street. This will be the fourth installment of the show, which was established by Vermont comedian Kathleen Kanz. Kanz was inspired by the national fundraiser in 1986 by the same name. In 2013, Kanz began producing the Burlington-area Comic Relief event to benefit COTS, and it has been going strong…

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Want to support COTS during National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week? National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week occurs between November 12th to November 20th! Come and show your support to COTS! Community Night at Bluebird Barbecue, Featuring COTS! November 16 from 4:30 pm to 9:30 pm Bluebird Barbecue will be hosting COTS on November 16 from 4:30 pm to 9:30 pm! COTS will receive 10% of the sales from the evening….

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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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