Posts Tagged ‘homeless solutions’

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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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.  At COTS Annual Meeting in the fall, an award recognizing tremendous service to the COTS Walk is given in Lucy and Gail’s names. We are incredibly grateful to the many volunteers, walkers and sponsors who have…

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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 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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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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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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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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