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We are so thrilled that our volunteer, Peter Keny, was honored with a Building Blocks Award at last week’s Live United breakfast. Peter began volunteering in COTS family shelters last fall and has provided 2 – 3 hours of support every week since he joined our volunteer network.  He manages to volunteer despite his packed schedule attending classes, working the night shift as a janitor, and helping run the Sudan…

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One of the people who meets guests at COTS’ Main Street and Firehouse Family shelters is often Kathy Fleury. Kathy is COTS’ Family Shelters Coordinator. Kathy oversees shelter staff and programming – and ensures that all shelter guests remain as comfortable and as supported as possible as they undergo their housing transitions.  She meets with guests regularly to make sure their concerns and needs are being met. The ultimate goal…

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My name is Macy Margolin, and I am the Children’s Programming Specialist AmeriCorps here at COTS’ family shelter. When I arrived at family shelter, they had a small container garden, made out of several storage bins. My goal was to build a 100 square foot, raised bed, garden in its place, to supplement produce for our healthy snack and meal program for youth. I thought this might additionally make a…

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This past Spring semester, we proudly partnered with the Cabot Marketing Class at UVM.  With a generous budget provided by Cabot Creamery, students created and implemented original marketing tools for us! All around, it was a huge success.  Here are some of the things that the students accomplished:   Bus Advertisement Students created this ad to generate awareness and support for families experiencing homelessness in our community, and with the…

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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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Everyone knows that we love our big blue building at 95 North Ave.  It’t not easy to find a shade of blue that is the exact same as Cookie Monster’s Fur.  With our Cookies For Good Sign proudly displayed, this building basically IS Cookie Monster. Although we are hesitant to part with a color as blue as smurf skin, as we start construction on this Blue’s Clues of a building,…

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Who is Homeless? As many as 3.5 million people will experience homelessness this year.[1] 1.5 million of the homeless population are children and as many as 600,000 are children under the age of 5. Only 35 percent of the homeless population is unemployed. [2] Far too many veterans are homeless in America—between 130,000 and 200,000 on any given night—representing between one-fourth and one-fifth of all homeless people.[3] 44% of the…

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Mail it to: {Name of Representative} The Vermont Statehouse 115 State Street Drawer 33 Montpelier, VT  05633-5301   Send a copy to: Governor Peter Shumlin 109 State Street Montpelier, VT  05609 (800) 649-6825 or (802) 828-3333   -and-   Lt. Governor Phillip Scott c/o The Vermont Statehouse 115 State Street Montpelier, VT  05633-5301 (802) 828-2226     Sample Letter Template[1] (Date) To Whom It May Concern, (State your name and…

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One of the best ways to gain visibility for your organization and the issues you care about is to submit a timely, persuasive op-ed to a local newspaper.  Because Senators and Representatives pay close attention to what is happening in their districts, local media coverage can be quite effective in getting your message to them as well. [1] Writing Your Op-Ed Make only one point well. Remember to focus tightly…

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Lobbying is the act of attempting to influence decisions made by officials in the government. While the IRS places restrictions on the amount of lobbying nonprofits (designated as a 501(c)3) can engage in, individuals are free to contact their Federal and state Congressmen, city or county council members, or other elected officials about concerns they have in their community.  Every citizen has the right to seek a meeting with their…

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