Vermont Business Magazine Last month, City Market offered its 21st Annual COTS Tree Sale to benefit Vermont’s Committee on Temporary Shelter. City Market once again sold fresh balsams from Moffatt’s Tree Farm in Craftsbury, Vermont. The Co-op sold almost 700 trees starting on Wednesday, December 5 and the net proceeds were donated to COTS. This year, City Market added a new component to the COTS Tree Sale called “Buy a Tree, Plant a Tree”. For each tree purchased, City Market donated funding for the Intervale Center to plant a tree in Vermont; these plantings will take place in the spring of 2019. City Market staff, Co-op Members, and community volunteers assisted customers with trees throughout the sale.
City Market’s Annual COTS Tree Sale is one of a number of ways that the Co-op works to support the entire community and this particular sale has truly become a community event! A successful sale takes almost 90 volunteers working 213 volunteer shifts and community members supporting COTS through tree purchases and additional donations. COTS is Vermont’s largest service provider to people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. They are a nationally recognized, Vermont nonprofit that provides emergency shelter, services, housing and prevention outreach to families and children.
John Tashiro, City Market’s General Manager, shares the Co-op’s enthusiasm for this annual event. “It takes a large group of the City Market community to coordinate our Annual COTS Tree Sale and many of us look forward to it all year round. We’re grateful for the ways we all come together to affect positive change in our world, and this Tree Sale is just one great example of that! The teams at both COTS and the Intervale Center are leaders in their work to improve our community and we’re proud to partner closely with them to both support and highlight that work.”
Tashiro presented a check totaling $10,500 to the COTS team in early January and a check totaling just over $8,969 to the Intervale Center team. The Annual Tree Sale to benefit COTS has been held at the Co-op for the past 21 years, bringing the total donation to over $146,000. If you missed the tree sale and would like to donate to COTS, please visit them online at https://cotsonline.org/make-a-donation-now/.
Source: Burlington, VT – City Market, Onion River Co-op. 1.22.2019