COTS Walk coming Sunday

Burlington's Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS) is holding its annual COTS Walk fundraiser Sunday.

About 1,500 people are expected to take the three-mile trek to raise money and help draw attention to the needs of the homeless. The route follows the path a homeless person might travel to receive shelter and services in the Queen City.

Mitten drive on Fox44

VHFA's 2010 Mitten Drive was the subject of a piece on WVNY-TV Channel 22 and Fox44-TV last night.

Executive Director Sarah Carpenter appeared in the segment talking about the Agency's 2010 Mitten Drive to benefit the King Street Center in Burlington.

VHFA staff have donated mittens and gloves stuffed with candy to the center for many years. This year, the Agency's tied the drive to a social media campaign: We'll donate a pair of mittens or gloves to the center for every new "fan" who "likes" the VHFA Facebook page.

VHFA "adopts" Lund family for the holidays

VHFA is again participating in the Lund Family Center's Holiday Giving Program.

As part of the program, the Agency "adopts" a young family in need, and staff members donate items to help assure the family has gifts for the holidays.

This year, VHFA has been paired with Sarah, a 16-year-old mother, and her 1-year-old daughter, Sonia.

VHFA to donate clothing, candy to King Street Center

VHFA will donate a pair of mittens stuffed with candy to Burlington’s King Street Center for every new fan that joins the Agency’s Facebook page through Wednesday, Dec. 15.

Food drive at Nov. 18 conference

We'll be collecting non-perishable food goods at the Nov. 18 Vermont Statewide Housing Conference.

Like our last conference in 2008, all donations will benefit the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf (CEFS), the largest food shelf in Vermont, serving more than 10,000 people a year.

According to CEFS, these items make the best donations:

VHFA "adopts" a Lund family

lund logoFor the second year, VHFA participated in the Lund Family Center's "Adopt-a-Family" program.

Staff members donated gifts and household staples to benefit an area family in need.

Mittens stuffed with care

Quick follow-up to yesterday's post about VHFA's annual mitten stuffing to benefit the King Street Center in Burlington:

VHFA staff members managed to collect and stuff with candy 166 pairs of mittens, gloves and hats to donate to the center.

Season's Greetings to our King Street neighbors across the street!

Mitten stuffing for charity

mitten stuffing

The VHFA elves this hour are stuffing donated mittens and gloves full of treats for the King Street Center in Burlington.

The holiday tradition goes back years and years.

The center is a non-profit community organization that provides children and families the core life-building skills necessary for a healthy and productive future.

Final day of VHFA food drive

foodVHFA's Social Responsibility Committee is holding a food drive, which wraps up today.

It benefits the Food Shelf’s Grocery Distribution Program, which provides a five-day supply of food support once a month to approximately 1,872 families/households.

If you'd like to contribute, today is the final day. Feel free to bring non-perishable foods to VHFA's offices at 164 Saint Paul Street in Burlington.

VHFA collecting mittens for King Street Center

VHFA has kicked off our annual tradition of collecting mittens and gloves for the King Street Center in Burlington.

Every year Agency employees stuff mittens and gloves — and the occasional scarf — with candies and treats before presenting them to the King Street Center during the holiday season.

If you'd like to add to the pile, please drop off your donation at VHFA no later than Dec. 10.


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