Posts Tagged ‘Chittenden County’

Flourishing gardens, Pinterest-inspired crafts and evenings at Centennial Field — the idyllic Burlington, Vermont summer is spent outdoors, and with a community. At COTS’ Daystation, community is an essential value to the success of the guests. “We try to build community on different levels, and you know in the community, some people like to go to bingo, or do other things that aren’t focused on what’s wrong with you,” Daystation…

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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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National Hunger & Homeless Awareness Week – COTS Calendar of Events Social media: Wear purple & share your pictures Nov. 16 – Dec. 17 – Wear Purple for COTS #purple4cots Help raise awareness during National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week by wearing PURPLE for COTS. Take a picture, and then post your photos on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook with the hashtag #purple4cots to help raise awareness as we head into…

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My name is Shelby, and I am a student at Big Picture South Burlington, an alternative high school. My  program gives me the opportunity to learn through real world experiences and my passions. After briefly learning about homelessness in the Boston and Burlington communities, I decided to take action, and gain as much knowledge I could about the subject in an effort to destroy apathy. I am now an intern…

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Wear Purple for COTS COTS Instagram Contest #purple4cots Nov. 14 – Dec. 12 Help raise awareness during National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week by wearing PURPLE for COTS. Take picture, and then post your photos on Instagram with the hashtag #purple4cots to be entered into a contest for cool prizes. Be sure to visit the COTS “Instagram Contest” tab on Facebook (facebook/cotsonline) to vote for your favorite pictures. Tent City Nov. 15-18,…

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On Oct. 25, 2013, COTS held its Annual Meeting & Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast. COTS Executive Director Rita Markley gave the following keynote address.  Good morning, and welcome to our Annual Meeting and Volunteer recognition breakfast. This is the time of year when we celebrate your many contributions to COTS and reflect on why they matter. This is also the day when we thumb our noses at nutritional convention and offer…

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With the giving season approaching and the holidays sneaking up on us, now is the perfect time to get the word out on what sorts of in-kind donations (gifts of goods and services) COTS accepts.   At COTS, we believe in the dignity of every human life. For many people, living with dignity means taking pride in the things they use and own. Be it a fresh, clean pillow for…

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When: 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10 Where: FlynnSpace, 147 Main St. Burlington, VT 05401 Tickets: $40 until 10/31/13 (includes $15 additionaldonation), $25 after Halloween. Buy Tickets Now Details: The event is a fundraiser for COTS. After expenses, all money raised will be donated to COTS. In order to maximize the benefit to COTS, tickets will be sold for $40 until Halloween and will drop to $25 on Nov. 1, 2013. The…

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When you think homeless, what is the first face you see? Take a moment and answer honestly. Did you think of a young woman living in poverty and trying to raise her infant child? Did you think of an elderly veteran who suffers from PTSD and lives in chronic pain from a wartime injury? Did you think of an entire family that encountered challenges in the recession and lost their…

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You’re probably pretty familiar with the concept of the haircut. Everyone needs them from time to time. I didn’t think there were any more surprises to be had from a visit to the stylist. Sure, every once in a while you walk away with a bad haircut, but the experience itself is fairly predicable. You sit down, explain the cut you want, and have a little chat with the man…

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