Posts Tagged ‘Children’

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
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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…

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We are deeply saddened by the passing of Cynthia Hoehl. We extend our heartfelt sympathies to the entire Hoehl Family. In March 2008, COTS honored Cynthia with our Milestone Hero Award. We share that tribute from Rita Markley again with you today in memory of Cynthia: The milestone hero we are honoring this evening is Cynthia Hoehl, a well-known philanthropist and longtime supporter of COTS.  Fortunately for us, Cindy is not the…

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By Becky Holt From The Burlington Free Press, Dec. 20, 2015 Sometimes a question sticks with you long after it’s been asked. The seemingly most innocent ones often have the deepest meanings and stay with us the longest. Virginia O’Hanlon’s question — “Please tell me the truth, is there a Santa Claus?” — to a newspaper editor more than a century ago is one we ask ourselves today. Do we…

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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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We would like to say thank you to two of our most dedicated volunteers and board members, including our longest-serving board member, ever: Joyce Hagan and Mike New. Joyce Hagan served on the COTS Board from 1996-2002, and again from 2005 until retiring from the Board today. In that time, she has been Chair of the COTS Board, volunteered on just about every board committee, including her incredible help on…

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When COTS launched the #172vt Campaign, it was designed to be a call to action. And, boy, was it! From across the community, students answered the call to help children who were facing the crisis of homelessness. They did so in creative and different ways – from a concert at The Spot, to lemonade stands and car washes, from Catchy Cards at farmers’ markets, to collection drives. Their efforts were…

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Through the month of August, the Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS) is proud to host the #172vt Back-to-School Drive through partnerships with KeyBank, Kinney Drugs, Staples, WCAX, and Star 92.9. The goal: Collect supplies to stuff 172 backpacks for children in need in our community. COTS, the Boys and Girls Club of Burlington, the Sara Holbrook Center, and the King Street Center will distribute the backpacks. In March of this year, COTS launched…

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With more than 1,500 Vermonters without housing on any given night and families with children now making up half of all people in emergency shelters, Gov. Peter Shumlin and Human Services Secretary Hal Cohen made an announcement at COTS regarding a statewide strategy for ending child and family homelessness in Vermont by 2020. The governor and secretary made the announcement while celebrating a grant of more than a half-million dollars…

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With the support of trained staff, our Vermont Housing and Conservation Board (VHCB), and AmeriCorps Family Programming Specialist, COTS works with children and parents in the shelter to ensure success in school, promote children’s healthy social, emotional and physical development, and strengthen family relationships.  Volunteers provide evening respite care in our playroom, planning activities, help with homework and read stories with kids. The COTS Children’s Education Advocate works with schools…

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