Fundraisers

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…

Categories: Advocacy, Children, Donations, Events, Fundraisers, Homeless Prevention, Homelessness
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Every year, starting the Monday after Thanksgiving, 50-plus COTS volunteers a night go “dialing-for-dollars” to raise money for COTS shelters and services. Working seven weekday evenings, these dedicated volunteers call 6,000 COTS donors from 6 to 9 p.m. and raise more than $190,000 to support COTS shelter and services. WHAT: COTS Annual Phonathon WHEN: 5:30 – 9 p.m. Nov. 30-Dec. 3 and Dec. 7-8, 2015 WHERE: 95 North Ave., Burlington COTS has partnered with WOKO…

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COTS Fall/Winter Calendar of Events 2015 OCTOBER COTS Annual Meeting & Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast Friday, October 23, 8-9:30 a.m., First Congregational Church, Burlington Please join us! The Committee on Temporary Shelter cordially invites you to our Annual Meeting and Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast. We will honor volunteers, community partners, local businesses and other organizations, 8-10 a.m. at First Congregational Church, 38 S. Winooski Ave., Burlington (Marketplace parking garage located nearby). RSVP@cotsonline.org;…

Categories: Donations, Events, Fundraisers, Homelessness, Uncategorized, Volunteers

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…

Categories: Children, Events, Families, Fundraisers

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…

Categories: Children, Donations, Education, Events, Fundraisers, Homelessness, Social Media, Uncategorized, Volunteers
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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…

Categories: COTS Shelters, Donations, Fundraisers, Homeless Prevention, Homelessness, Social Media

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…

Categories: Donations, Fundraisers, Volunteers