Posts Tagged ‘COTS’

COTS hosted its Annual Meeting and Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast on Oct. 23 at the First Congregational Church of Burlington. The event is an opportunity to honor the extraordinary contributions by volunteers, community partners and local businesses that support COTS work to end homelessness. The recipients were chosen for their outstanding service and commitment to assist and advocate for our neighbors struggling with homelessness or those who are marginally housed. The honorees for…

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COTS is proud to partner with KeyBank, Kinney Drugs, Staples, WCAX, and Star 92.9  on the #172vt Back to School Drive! In response to the 172 homeless children in Chittenden County, we launched the #172vt campaign as a call to action. This community driven #172vt Back to School Drive directly addresses the needs of these children. You can help a child in need, beginning with just a pencil. KeyBank is donating 172 backpacks, and we need your help…

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This weekend, the Radio Amateurs of Northern Vermont (RANV) will set up a self-contained radio communications facility as part of their unique Field Day Event. For the first time ever, this standing tradition will include COTS! Each year RANV takes part in a Field Day event, sponsored by the American Radio Relay League. Once their communications facility is set up, ham radio operators contact similarly equipped stations across the United…

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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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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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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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The following blog post is an edited contribution submitted by Kathrine Mansfield. I am a member of the Vermont Youth Development Corps (VYDC) branch of AmeriCorps, serving as the Children’s Programming Specialist at COTS Family Shelters. VYDC members provide opportunities for youth to learn how to live healthy lifestyles. As part of my VYDC service, I incorporated dance classes into the children’s programming at COTS family shelters. I created the…

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Today is moving day! COTS has moved its Daystation program to a second interim home. COTS and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington reached a lease agreement for the facility at 113 Elmwood Avenue, Burlington. The facility is currently shared with Joseph’s House. The COTS Daystation, was destroyed by a July 4, 2012, flood. The First United Methodist Church of Burlington generously donated the use of their parsonage for the…

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