Posts Tagged ‘COTS Walk’

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…

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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…

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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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SUNDAY, MAY 3, 2015 The annual COTS Walk is a 3-mile trek around downtown Burlington starting from Battery Park, following the route a person who is homeless might travel to receive shelter and services. This is the one day of the year that we open our shelters to the community so people can see how their pledges are put to use. Registration opens at 1p.m. and at 2 p.m., participants…

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For the past several years, Star 92.9 and Planet 96.7 have sponsored the COTS Walk. They brainstorm with us on creative ways to reach their listeners and encourage them to be part the annual Walk, which raises awareness and much needed funds to address homelessness in our community. This spring, Jennifer and Star went above and beyond with their support of COTS – by bringing “American Idol” finalist and pop…

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The COTS Walk was founded by two amazing volunteers, Lucy Samara and Gail Anderson. The first Walk kicked off in 1990 – and has been a spring tradition in our community for now 25 years. We are incredibly grateful to the many volunteers, walkers and sponsors who have made this event a huge success, year after year. We asked our supporters to share some of their favorite Walk memories. We…

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The 25th Annual COTS Walk kicks off at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 4. The fundraiser is a 3.5-mile trek around downtown Burlington starting from Battery Park, following the route a person who is homeless or at risk of becoming homeless might travel to receive shelter and services. This is the one day of the year that the nationally recognized nonprofit opens its programs to the community so people can see…

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Having signed up for the COTS Walk, or any event where fundraising is necessary, getting pledges to flow in can be intimidating.  Not everyone is the best at going around to friends, or even strangers, and getting them to donate for nothing in return. The New York Times Sunday Review had an interesting Op-Ed this past weekend by Arthur C. Brooks on the many benefits of fundraising to the fundraiser personally: “Charitable giving improves…

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As COTS celebrated its 30th Anniversary Gala, keynote speaker and Vermont author, Stephen Kiernan, asked the audience to remember their first meeting with a person experiencing homelessness. Growing up in a small rural town in Maine, I had no memorable experiences with homelessness until I took a trip, at age 13, with my best friends to Queens, New York. I remember the experience with incredible clarity. My friends, my friend’s…

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Recently a friend asked what I found most surprising about working for COTS, the Committee on Temporary Shelter. My simple answer was that I hadn’t realized how varied the causes of homelessness are and how thin the veil can be between those who have a home and those who don’t. I told this friend the story of my first meeting with a homeless person. Last spring we were planning for…

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