Posts Tagged ‘community’

Prepare your wardrobe for spring, and revamp your look with some “new” duds!     Downtown Threads, one of the coolest shops in Burlington and  known for their large selection of vintage clothes and accessories, is giving back to the community in honor of their 5th anniversary. Folks are encouraged to consign their gently used clothing in the name of one of five local nonprofit organizations: Committee on Temporary Shelter…

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For the past 17 years, City Market has held a COTS Tree Sale to benefit Burlington’s Committee on Temporary Shelter. This year, City Market once again sold fresh balsams from Moffatt’s Tree Farm in Craftsbury, Vermont. The Co-op sold 656 trees from Wednesday, December 3 through Thursday, December 11 and the net proceeds were all donated to COTS. City Market staff, Co-op Members, and community volunteers assisted customers with trees…

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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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Local songwriter Jamie Bright (aka Silent Mind) plans to join us for the 25th Annual COTS Walk on May4. He will perform on the Battery Park stage. Jamie is also the creative force behind Burlington songwriters supporting their community by coming together to share their talents. Every month, Jamie Bright of Chakra-5 Records invites four local songwriters to perform monthly and help heighten awareness of those in our communities who…

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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 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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WILLISTON, VT – For the third year in a row, Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel, Darn Tough Vermont and Smartwool have teamed up to help provide warm, Merino wool socks and much-needed support to Vermont’s homeless population in preparation for the state’s colder months. From September 5-8, Lenny’s is offering 25% off socks during the 3rd Annual Charity Sock Sale. With every pair of Darn Tough and Smartwool socks sold during…

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Champlain College Convocation, August 23, 2013 COTS Executive Director Rita Markley’s keynote address (Champlain College has honored Rita with the 2013 Distinguished Citizen Award.) I am so honored to receive this award and be here with you today. (And what a great occasion excuse to wear these fabulous oversized sunglasses. Just in case you’re wondering, I did not inherit these from Jackie Onassis. I know how rumors get started so…

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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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