Posts Tagged ‘Thanks’

Thank you to everyone who joined at our Annual Meeting and Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast!  It was so inspiring to be in a room filled with so many people dedicated to service and volunteerism.  For those of you who we not able to attend, here are some highlights and a list of our winners. Key Note Address: On Being Homeless…Our Story by Lori Giannuzzi  Award Winners: Business Hero: Jason Fitzgerald & Dee…

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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 Wilma Rayta Volunteer of the Year Award is given each year in memory of longtime COTS supporter, Wilma Rayta. Wilma is the only person in COTS history to be honored twice with the Volunteer of the Year award for unquestioning commitment and hard work. This honor is one of the most difficult to decide because we have so many generous and dedicated volunteers who make it possible for COTS…

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The Leahy Leadership Award was created in honor of Sen. Patrick Leahy to acknowledge advocacy and leadership on behalf of Vermonters who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. We are delighted to bestow this high honor on Brenda Torpy. Brenda has more than 30 years of experience in the affordable housing field starting with community organizing, rural community development and affordable housing advocacy in northern Vermont. As the…

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This past year, COTS collaborated with the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation – VEIC – on a multi-prong approach across COTS programs to reach out to low-income households to increase their awareness and understanding of the benefits of energy- efficiency upgrades in their homes. Through this partnership, we helped residents living in COTS transitional and permanent housing by installing energy-efficiency improvements, such as CFL light bulbs, smart power strips and low-flow…

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  Since 2007, Jason Fitzgerald and Dee Physical Therapy have led the Dee PT Great Diaper Drive. Last year alone, Dee collected a record 30,000 diapers for families in COTS services. And, since 2007, they have donated more than 120,000 diapers from this monumental effort. Jason and the team at Dee PT started this incredible diaper drive when they met with the staff at COTS and realized the astounding cost…

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The Governor’s Service Awards, honoring Vermonters who are dedicated to helping their communities, took place on Friday and coincided with AmeriCorps’ 20th anniversary.  Overall, it was a day full of joy, appreciation, and dedication to service. Dealer.com: Winner Governor’s Service Award in Corporate category Dealer.com has been incredibly supportive in the COTS mission.  Since our partnership began three years ago, Dealer has been a corporate sponsor of our COTS Walk…

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The Power of Giving: Thank you to Citizens Bank

Posted On September 4, 2014 By | Comments Off on The Power of Giving: Thank you to Citizens Bank

We are always so thankful when we receive donations, and it is especially touching when we hear about the effect they have had on our clients.  Sharon Snow, one of COTS’ Family Services Case Managers, had the privilege of watching families take the school supplies donated by Citizens Bank through the Gear For Grades Initiative.  She has some powerful reflections that we would love to share: “Every year in August the…

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On June 13, the community came together to honor the men and women who serve and served in our military and to recognize the amazing supporters who helped make the Canal Street Veterans Housing possible. “Veterans have sacrificed so much for this country, and we are so proud to have this beautiful building to let them know how much we appreciate their service,” said Rita Markley, COTS executive director. “Canal…

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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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