Posts Tagged ‘Volunteers’

Many of the buildings owned by COTS in downtown Burlington, Vermont, are historic (including several built in the 1800s). As a result, they aren’t as energy efficient as we would like. To address this, COTS has implemented an overall plan to update these inefficiencies across our facilities. These planned updates benefit our residents and guests in two ways. The improvements: * Allow for a more comfortable stay in our buildings;…

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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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You’re probably pretty familiar with the concept of the haircut. Everyone needs them from time to time. I didn’t think there were any more surprises to be had from a visit to the stylist. Sure, every once in a while you walk away with a bad haircut, but the experience itself is fairly predicable. You sit down, explain the cut you want, and have a little chat with the man…

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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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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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We are so thankful to the Seventh Generation staff volunteers who came in last Thursday to paint the dinning room and kitchen of our Main Street Family Shelter.  Eric Dutil, who works at the Family Shelter, directed the volunteers and had lots of great things to say about them. They did a wonderful job, they were great volunteers…and everyone’s happy, the guests are all happy and the staff are all…

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