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Champlain College Convocation, August 23, 2013 COTS Executive Director Rita Markley’s keynote address (Champlain College has honored Rita with the 2013 Distinguished Citizen Award.) I am so honored to receive this award and be here with you today. (And what a great occasion excuse to wear these fabulous oversized sunglasses. Just in case you’re wondering, I did not inherit these from Jackie Onassis. I know how rumors get started so…

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Calling All Fashionistas In case you haven’t heard, there is an exciting local fashion show coming to Burlington this weekend. Come see the spectacle, sway to the sounds, savor the sips and snacks…yes, it will be that good. Vermont-based designers will show their work, local musicians will provide the soundtrack, and you can be right in the middle of it all, watching the wonders unfold before your very eyes. But…

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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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2012 Phonathon Coincides with #GivingTuesday This is a fun and engaging annual event in which volunteers call COTS supporters to thank them for their past donations and ask them to consider a gift again this holiday season.  And it also happens to coincide perfectly with #GivingTuesday. Everyone loves a great deal, which is why shopping extravaganzas like Black Friday and  Cyber Monday generate so much revenue, so why not help…

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It’s been much colder in Vermont these past few days, and for many, that means spending more time bundled up and inside.  But for some in our community, this is not an option.  As the weather gets colder, our homeless neighbors are forced to face exposure during the winter months. Last week, Thursday, Nov. 8 – Sunday, Nov. 11., Champlain College students participated in a Tent City solidarity event on…

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Wow! Way to put the fun in fundraiser! Our AmeriCorps VISTA, Gillian Taylor, had a blast talking to the Rock Point School students, family, friends, and staff who gathered Saturday, October 20th to raise awareness and funds for homeless services in our community. Gillian was especially impressed with the costumes: “There were a lot of people there for so early on a Saturday morning.  And the costumes were crazy!  My favorite…

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We are so grateful to have the wonderful support of First United Methodist Church and the community as we open our interim Daystation location for the coming winter season.  Having a warm and safe space away from the elements is so important as the weather gets colder. Many thanks!

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Last Friday, Sept. 28th, the Homeschoolers held their 13th Annual Bake Sale Benefit for COTS outside the Fletcher Free Library! Organized by Jessica Wagner for the 13th year running, the event was a great success! The Homeschoolers raised over $360 for COTS in just a few hours! And of course, seeing as we were at a Homeschooler fundraiser, we took the opportunity to teach the kids about Family Shelter and…

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