COTS Annual Meeting and Volunteer Opportunities

COTS: November 2019
Volunteer Appreciation; Phonathon; Tree Sale
Buy a tree; plant at tree at this year’s City Market Tree Sale
In conjunction with City Market’s Annual Tree Sale and December’s Rally for Change, COTS and the Intervale Center are teaming up on #GivingTuesday.
When you give a gift to both COTS and the Intervale Center on #Giving Tuesday (Dec. 3, 2019), to show our mutual appreciation, the Intervale Center will plant a locally grown, native tree in your honor in the spring.
The annual City Market Tree sale begins Dec. 4 at the downtown location (82 S. Winooski Ave., Burlington). All trees cost $40 and come from Moffatt’s Tree Farm in Craftsbury, Vermont.
Barbara Duffield, a national advocate on childhood homelessness, spoke at the COTS Annual Meeting & Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast on the rise of family homelessness and negative impact that is having on children.
Duffield was part of the “Sesame Street” team that introduced the world to Lily, a 7-year-old Muppet who is homeless, last December. The goal, Duffield said, was not to normalize homelessness but to ask: “What does (homelessness) look like from a child’s perspective?” Through that lens, “Sesame Street” has explored the anxiety and instability that children often feel when experiencing homelessness.
COTS Phonathon begins Dec. 2: Want to volunteer or donate?
The COTS Annual Phonathon takes place 5:30- p.m. Dec. 2-5 and Dec. 9-10, and again 9 a.m.-noon Dec. 11, at COTS’ main office, 95 North Ave., Burlington. Enthusiastic volunteers “dial for dollars” to raise money for COTS shelters and services. They call and write past COTS supporters to ask them to consider a gift again this year. We are proud to partner with WOKO-FM to share our guests’ stories and information about our programs.