Charity

COATS for COTS

Burlington's Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS) is looking for donations of winter coats to help its clientele of homeless Vermonters prepare for the cold weather.

VHFA's Socially Responsible Committee has started a campaign to encourage employees to purge their closets of unneeded coats and jackets to donate to the cause.

If you have new or gently-worn winter coats you'd like to donate, contact COTS Director of Development Kim Borsavage at kimb@cotsonline.org or 802.864.7402 x107.

VHFA wins United Way "President's Award"

VHFA received the President's Award from the United Way of Chittenden County.

Executive Director Sarah Carpenter accepted the award on behalf of the Agency at Wednesday night's United Way of Chittenden County Annual Meeting at the Sheraton Burlington Hotel and Conference Center in South Burlington.

VHFA has won the award a number of times over the years.  In 2005, we won the "Campaign of the Year," the United Way's top award.

Tickets for "Taste of Home" on sale

Tickets for HomeShare Vermont's annual fundraiser, "A Taste of Home," are on sale now.

The event, scheduled for Friday, May 29, 5-8 p.m., is an evening of local food and entertainment all to benefit HomeShare Vermont of South Burlington.

Food will be donated by Leunig's Bistro, A Single Pebble, Three Tomatoes Trattoria, Bevo and Wildtree Products.

Record donations for mitten-drive

sylvia white stuffs mittens with candyThis morning, VHFA staff members took 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.

This year we saw the highest level of donations in several years, and perhaps ever: 239 pairs of mittens, gloves, hats and scarves.

VHFA "adopts" family for the holidays

VHFA is participating in the Lund Family Center's "Adopt-a-Family" program this holiday season.

The program matches organizations, families or individuals with needy families in the Burlington area that don't have the resources to celebrate the season the way others might.

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.

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