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This weekend, the Radio Amateurs of Northern Vermont (RANV) will set up a self-contained radio communications facility as part of their unique Field Day Event. For the first time ever, this standing tradition will include COTS! Each year RANV takes part in a Field Day event, sponsored by the American Radio Relay League. Once their communications facility is set up, ham radio operators contact similarly equipped stations across the United…

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You may remember that we launched our #172vt campaign, an effort to raise awareness about the 172 homeless children in Chittenden and Grand Isle counties, in March.  The campaign was also a call to action for students in our community to get involved and stand in solidarity with their peers who may be quietly struggling with homelessness.  The Champlain Elementary School Choir took this call to heart.   On May…

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The COTS Walk is almost here! There is still time to register — and walk-ins are absolutely welcome. (Walk donations appreciated, too.) Check in for the Walk begins at 1 p.m. Sunday at Battery Park in Burlington. The 3-mile Walk kicks off at 2 p.m., winding around downtown Burlington before returning to Battery Park for Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. New this year, we have a special awareness project with Gardener’s…

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Our #172vt campaign is an effort to bring attention to the urgent and growing needs of homeless children. The number of homeless children nationally has surged in recent years to all-time record highs. Vermont has echoed these disturbing trends. Today, one in every 30 children in the United States is homeless. Every year, we examine the issue in our own community. We conduct a count of homeless students and toddlers…

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We would love to give an extra special thank you to Scarlet Stimson, who asked her teacher to have a Bubble Gum Day in her class.  Her efforts raised $77.  Next year, she hopes to involve the whole school and raise more than $200!  Want to have your own Bubble Gum Day?  You should! The idea for a Bubble Gum day was started by Ruth Spiro, author of the children’s…

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For the past 17 years, City Market has held a COTS Tree Sale to benefit Burlington’s Committee on Temporary Shelter. This year, City Market once again sold fresh balsams from Moffatt’s Tree Farm in Craftsbury, Vermont. The Co-op sold 656 trees from Wednesday, December 3 through Thursday, December 11 and the net proceeds were all donated to COTS. City Market staff, Co-op Members, and community volunteers assisted customers with trees…

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  The Giving Season is well on its way, and we are so thankful to our supporters who are looking to give back this year.   Because of your generous donations, we are able to help meet the needs of dozens of guests staying with us in shelter. If you are looking for ways to help out, we have many ongoing needs that are always demand: Razors New bath towels New…

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Born out of community partnership, innovation, and a love of cookies, Cookies for Good combines the efforts of a local farm-to-table food provider and a local nonprofit to support families in housing crises.  It’s like a bake sale every day! The program developed by three partners – the Cabot Creamery Cooperative, COTS and Sugars­nap (a local farm-to-table food producer) – is designed to generate sustainable ongoing unallocated revenue to COTS’…

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Thank you to everyone who joined at our Annual Meeting and Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast!  It was so inspiring to be in a room filled with so many people dedicated to service and volunteerism.  For those of you who we not able to attend, here are some highlights and a list of our winners. Key Note Address: On Being Homeless…Our Story by Lori Giannuzzi  Award Winners: Business Hero: Jason Fitzgerald & Dee…

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  Since 2007, Jason Fitzgerald and Dee Physical Therapy have led the Dee PT Great Diaper Drive. Last year alone, Dee collected a record 30,000 diapers for families in COTS services. And, since 2007, they have donated more than 120,000 diapers from this monumental effort. Jason and the team at Dee PT started this incredible diaper drive when they met with the staff at COTS and realized the astounding cost…

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