Posts Tagged ‘Vermont’

Thank you to WOKO-FM and to the people who shared their stories and how COTS helped them:    

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  This November, COTS is grateful to our community for their generosity and support. Be sure to check these out! TD “Bring Change”: Nov. 1-10, TD branches are collecting change to support COTS’ Canal Street Veterans Housing. (To find the branch nearest you, visit TD’s Bring Change Web site.) TD Bruins Jersey for Veterans: Now through Dec. 6, donate $10 for opportunity to win this official Bruins Jersey signed by the entire…

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Listen to the stories of COTS through the people we serve: From the Vermont Community Foundation’s Annual Meeting: Dan Smith, CEO, on Sept. 13, 2017 at Lyndon State College featured the voices of Vermonters, including those served by COTS. Other voices are from those connected with Brattleboro Retreat, Bread Loaf Corporation, Community College of Vermont, Fowler’s R&R Ranch Corporation, Let’s Grow Kids, Lyndon State College, Spectrum Youth & Family Services,…

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The following is an edited version of COTS Executive Director Rita Markley’s keynote address at the COTS Annual Meeting & Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast on October 27, 2017. Good morning and welcome to our (world famous) annual meeting and volunteer recognition breakfast.  Thank you for joining us.  This is the time of year when we slow our frenetic pace for a few hours to celebrate your many contributions to COTS. And…

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COTS hosted its Annual Meeting and Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast on Friday, Oct. 27, 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….

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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 is always the most difficult award to decide because COTS has so many incredible volunteers. This year, however, we honor one of our longest…

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Westport Hospitality’s Hotel Vermont has supported COTS by sharing their talented staff, beautiful space, and creative generosity with us. Tori Carton, formerly of Williston, from their marketing team volunteered her time to design posters and marketing materials to help promote COTS’ Phonathon, The Coolest Lunch, and the COTS Walk. Hotel Vermont has hosted the Coolest Lunch and the COTS Walk kickoff. Juniper created a flatbread fundraiser to support veterans (which…

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The Church Street Marketplace is a community champion in a multitude of ways. The team at the Marketplace – from executive director Ron Redmond of Essex Junction, to Becky Cassidy of South Burlington, to Jenny Morse of Burlington – support COTS and the people we serve again and again. They were key partners when COTS launched the #172vt campaign to raise awareness about homeless schoolchildren in 2015. They support COTS…

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Gov. Phil Scott was recognized for his work proposing, advocating, and supporting the $35 million housing bond included in this year’s state budget. This initiative will result in 550-650 new units of housing over the next two three years, creating rental opportunities and homeownership opportunities for low- and middle-income Vermonters. The bond addresses the significant need for affordable housing in Vermont, and will help alleviate homelessness and create workforce housing….

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This year is our 28th Annual COTS Walk Walk, presented by National Life Group, and our theme, as symbolized by thousands of origami butterflies, is: Inspire Hope. Empower Transformation. We are honoring the work that happens at COTS every day, as we, together, help people create new beginnings and fresh starts. We also will celebrate the opening of our newly renovated program and housing facility at 95 North Avenue. Register today:…

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