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Charity

COTS calling

The Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS) is holding its annual phonathon through Dec. 10 to raise money to fight homelessness in Vermont.

If you'd like to volunteer to help, they have a number of different opportunities available.

Mittens for King Street Youth Center

In a couple weeks, VHFA staff will take part in the Agency's long tradition of "mitten stuffing," to benefit our neighbors at the King Street Youth Center.

Staff donate mittens, gloves, scarves and hats, and fill them with candy before giving them to the kids who attend the center.

Food drive wraps up

VHFA just finished its latest food drive to benefit the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf.

Staff and the VHFA Board of Commissioners contributed 250 pounds of food, as well as $25 in cash donations.

This doesn't include donations collected from attendees of last week's Statewide Housing Conference (pictured), which likely rivaled or exceeded the amount collected at VHFA's offices.

Conference kicks off tomorrow

Months of planning are coming to an end, and we're just a day away from the 2008 Vermont Statewide Housing Conference.

Registration will begin at 8 a.m. tomorrow at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center in South Burlington. Our first session starts at 9 a.m.

We've placed directions to the Sheraton and floormaps of the venue on our Web site.

Community Awareness Program: Adopt-a-Family

The VHFA Socially Responsible Committee's Community Awareness Program (CAP) will hold its second event Nov. 10.

Barbara Rachelson from the Lund Family Center in Burlington will speak on how to "adopt" a family for the holidays. She'll walk staff through the steps of the process and will outline the typical needs and challenges faced by families in need.

Jeans on

If you drop by the Agency this week and think things look a little more casual than usual, it's all for a good cause.

All week long, employees who donate to the United Way of Chittenden County "buy" the right to dress casual.

The price? A very reasonable $2 a day.

Sign me up ...

Help us help the hungry

Bring a non-perishable food good to the Nov. 18 Vermont Statewide Housing Conference, and drop it off at the registration desk.

All donations will benefit the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf, the largest food shelf in Vermont, serving more than 10,000 people a year.

VHFA launches Community Awareness Program for staff

VHFA's Socially Responsible Committee, a group of staffers helping assure the Agency conducts its business in a socially responsible manner, has launched its Community Awareness Program (CAP).

CAP is a voluntary program that encourages staff members to gather on designated lunch hours to hear from a variety of presenters speaking on issues pertinent to our community and how we can help make it a better place to live.

VHFA food drive collects 135 pounds

VHFA's recent food drive to benefit the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf collected nearly 135 pounds of food.

Staff members could "buy" the right to dress casual each day last week, by bringing in a non-perishable food item for the food shelf, or donating $10 for the week.

In addition to the food collected, staff contributed $60 in cash.

VHFA food drive underway

Staff members have begun to fill up the VHFA food pantry to benefit the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf.

By bringing a non-perishable food good each day this week, staffers can "buy" the right to dress casual for the day.

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