Events

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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That’s because in honor of our annual Walk and the opening of our newly renovated program facility, we are celebrating “transformations” and “second chances,” as symbolized by the butterfly. “I think that by our COTS Walk, my office will be filled to the brim with origami butterflies,” Community Outreach and Volunteer Specialist Sian Leach said. We’re calling this: The Butterfly Project. Our goal: Fold 3,500 origami butterflies – 100 butterflies…

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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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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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BURLINGTON – Gov. Peter Shumlin and Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger joined COTS and Housing Vermont on Tuesday, March 29, 2016, to kick off the redevelopment of the COTS building at 95 North Avenue.  When completed in early 2017, the new facility will offer 14 affordable apartments and a new permanent home for the COTS’ Daystation program, while also enabling COTS to make its program space for family services and homelessness prevention more accessible…

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Hotel Vermont hosts an evening with best-selling author Chris Bohjalian to benefit COTS from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, 2016. The ticketed event ($35 at flynntix.org) includes welcome drinks and hors d’oeuvres. Proceeds and a silent auction at the event will benefit COTS. Among the silent auction items: A character named in an upcoming book! A book signing at “Book It for COTS” will be provided by Phoenix Books….

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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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