Posts Tagged ‘Children’

  This November, COTS is grateful to our community for their generosity and support. Be sure to check these out! TD “Bring Change”: Nov. 1-10, TD branches are collecting change to support COTS’ Canal Street Veterans Housing. (To find the branch nearest you, visit TD’s Bring Change Web site.) TD Bruins Jersey for Veterans: Now through Dec. 6, donate $10 for opportunity to win this official Bruins Jersey signed by the entire…

Categories: Children, Community Partner, Corporate partner, Donations, Events, Families, Fundraisers, Homelessness, Veterans
Tags:, , , , , , , , , ,

Listen to the stories of COTS through the people we serve: From the Vermont Community Foundation’s Annual Meeting: Dan Smith, CEO, on Sept. 13, 2017 at Lyndon State College featured the voices of Vermonters, including those served by COTS. Other voices are from those connected with Brattleboro Retreat, Bread Loaf Corporation, Community College of Vermont, Fowler’s R&R Ranch Corporation, Let’s Grow Kids, Lyndon State College, Spectrum Youth & Family Services,…

Categories: Advocacy, Education, Families, Homeless Prevention, Homelessness, Veterans
Tags:, , , , , , ,

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…

Categories: Children, Donations, Education, Events, Families, Fundraisers, Homelessness, Volunteers
Tags:, , , , ,

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…

Categories: Children, Events, Families, Homelessness, Volunteers
Tags:, , , ,

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….

Categories: Children, Community Partner, Donations, Events, Families, Fundraisers, Volunteers
Tags:, , , , , , ,

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:…

Categories: Children, Donations, Events, Families, Fundraisers, Volunteers
Tags:, , , , , , , , , , ,

If you’ve ever worked the soil or spent time in a garden, you know it produces more than a generous harvest of food. The therapeutic element of gardening, the whole metaphor of being able to plant something, nurture it and see it grow and bear fruit is powerful and can be transformative. This year, gardens have sprouted at three different COTS facilities: our Daystation, Main Street Family Shelter, and Canal Street…

Categories: Children, COTS Shelters, Families, Veterans
Tags:, , , , , , , ,

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…

Categories: Children, COTS Shelters, Donations, Events, Families, Fundraisers, Homeless Prevention, Homelessness, Housing
Tags:, , , , , , , ,

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…

Categories: Children, Events, Fundraisers, Social Media, Volunteers
Tags:, , , , , , , , , , ,

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…

Categories: Advocacy, Children, Community Partner, COTS Shelters, Donations, Education, Events, Families
Tags:, , , , ,