Posts Tagged ‘community’

Getting out into the community and connecting with people who want to learn more about what we do is one of my favorite parts about being the Community Outreach Specialist at COTS. We have a robust Speaker’s Bureau, which means that anyone can reach out to schedule a guest speaker from COTS to talk to their school, business, or community organization. Members of our Bureau include COTS staff members, seasoned…

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Ellen Reader, VHCB AmeriCorps State Daystation Community Support Specialist, and Maggie Thuma, former Daystation and Single Case Management BSW intern, have brought their vision and passion to the Daystation’s Women’s Group. Driven by a common interest, Ellen and Maggie put their heads together to provide an unmet need to the womanly presence that frequently (albeit in smaller numbers than the men) passes through the Daystation doors. They wanted to create a space…

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Thank you to all our COTS friends (old and new) who helped make our 30th Anniversary Gala so much fun! It was clear from the start that attendees enjoyed seeing familiar faces during the cocktail hour hosted by Presenting Sponsor REMN.  Many were flowing from cluster to cluster sharing memories and their personal connections with COTS. After cocktails, it was the dinner hour.  And similar to special occasions at home, co-hosts Chris Bohjalian and Stephen…

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The COTS 30th Anniversary Gala is Wednesday March 20. The last chance to reserve your tickets to this unique event is coming up quickly!  Reserve your tickets by end of day Sunday, March 17. Trust us, you don’t want to miss out on this night of fun at the Burlington Hilton.  Share a delicious homey-style meal with friends while celebrating COTS’ 30 years of work to end homelessness in our community!…

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Every year in January, homeless service providers from across Vermont gather at the Statehouse to report to their representatives which strategies are working and which ones need work. Together they make a case to the state’s Housing Committee to advocate for the strongest and most effective homeless state policy.  Take a look at the Homeless Awareness Day Album. COTS Executive Director, Rita Markley, opened the Housing Committee meeting with testimony about…

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This year’s Coolest Lunch was a blast! We had 130 online reservations plus walk-ins and raised over $3,000!  Groups of students, coworkers, and friends ventured into the nippy outdoors and did their part to raise awareness for those who face exposure to the elements all day long. Cheer and good spirits were high among participants.  The food was donated by the restaurants allowing 100% of proceeds to go straight towards helping fund homeless services and programs during…

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2012 Phonathon Coincides with #GivingTuesday This is a fun and engaging annual event in which volunteers call COTS supporters to thank them for their past donations and ask them to consider a gift again this holiday season.  And it also happens to coincide perfectly with #GivingTuesday. Everyone loves a great deal, which is why shopping extravaganzas like Black Friday and  Cyber Monday generate so much revenue, so why not help…

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It’s been much colder in Vermont these past few days, and for many, that means spending more time bundled up and inside.  But for some in our community, this is not an option.  As the weather gets colder, our homeless neighbors are forced to face exposure during the winter months. Last week, Thursday, Nov. 8 – Sunday, Nov. 11., Champlain College students participated in a Tent City solidarity event on…

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In 2008, COTS launched the Housing Resource Center in an effort to prevent homelessness from overtaking struggling households.  The main purpose of the HRC is to help prevent at-risk households from losing their existing housing due to unforeseen circumstances and to allow those who are without permanent shelter to move more rapidly into stable housing. In our outreach, the top reason for becoming at-risk of losing housing between July 2009 and June 2012 were…

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