Volunteers

The following is an edited version of COTS Executive Director Rita Markley’s keynote address at the COTS Annual Meeting & Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast on October 27, 2017. Good morning and welcome to our (world famous) annual meeting and volunteer recognition breakfast.  Thank you for joining us.  This is the time of year when we slow our frenetic pace for a few hours to celebrate your many contributions to COTS. And…

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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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Twenty years ago, a kind and generous anonymous donor asked our community to take the “challenge” and raise at least $1,000 for the COTS Walk to help end homelessness in Vermont. If a walker reached this goal, their donations would be matched. Thanks to this incredible donor, many walkers have taken that challenge each — and four walkers have taken it every single year: 20 Challenges completed, and often exceeded….

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Charlotte Central School prides itself on creating a positive learning environment. This past year, they implemented a school-wide “Be the Change” program, building upon that call-to-action. “Be the Change” was about recognizing that students’ positive behavior not only affects us as individuals, but has a positive impact on the school and the greater community. Throughout the 2016-17 school year, a student’s positive action was acknowledged by a penny. Pennies were…

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The Wilma Rayta Volunteer of the Year Award is given each year in memory of longtime COTS supporter, Wilma Rayta. Wilma is the only person in COTS history to be honored twice with the Volunteer of the Year award for unquestioning commitment and hard work. This is always the most difficult award to decide because COTS has so many incredible volunteers. This year, however, we honor one of our longest…

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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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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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This year is our 28th Annual COTS Walk Walk, presented by National Life Group, and our theme, as symbolized by thousands of origami butterflies, is: Inspire Hope. Empower Transformation. We are honoring the work that happens at COTS every day, as we, together, help people create new beginnings and fresh starts. We also will celebrate the opening of our newly renovated program and housing facility at 95 North Avenue. Register today:…

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2017 Walk Map FINAL BURLINGTON – The 28th Annual COTS Walk kicks off at 2 p.m. SUNDAY (May 7, 2017) from Battery Park with thousands of origami butterflies to celebrate the new beginnings made possible through COTS’ work to end homelessness. This year’s Walk theme, as symbolized by the butterflies: Inspire hope. Empower transformation. Guests at the COTS Daystation, children staying in COTS family shelter, students, volunteers, supporters, and staff…

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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