Junior League of Champlain Valley members makeover family room at COTS

For immediate release
April 19, 2012

Stacy Orbacz
Phone: 949.466.2202

BURLINGTON, VT: The Junior League of Champlain Valley (JLCV) was “sprung into action” with a room makeover at the Committee On Temporary Shelter (COTS). JLCV members volunteered approximately 100 hours in the past week cleaning, painting, and moving furniture to rehab the living room at the Firehouse Family Shelter.

JLCV members transformed the space from gloomy to cheery and bright in just a few short days. Mission Possible Chair Sarah DeShaw of Burlington oversaw the project from start to finish. “It’s inspiring to see our members work together and accomplish so much in a short amount of time. All of our members contributed to the effort either soliciting donations, picking up necessary tools, or completing the actual work to finish the room,” said JLCV President-Elect, Stacy Orbacz of Shelburne.

“We cannot thank the Junior League of Champlain Valley enough for their incredible commitment to our community and support of COTS. The makeover of the living room at Firehouse Family Shelter is amazing, and we are so grateful to the Junior League volunteers who envisioned the plan, solicited additional business support and rolled up their sleeves to complete the work. For families who are in crisis, this remodeled space provides solace and refuge – to relax, to do homework, to search for apartments or jobs. This gift also says to guests that they live in a community that cares about them, believes in them and offers hope, too,” said Rita Markley, COTS executive director.

The Firehouse Family Shelter is the first shelter COTS created specifically for families with children. Located in Burlington’s Old North End, the shelter can accommodate five families at a time. Nearly 15 years ago, Junior League members renovated the main play space on the shelter’s first floor. “Our members built a colorful and functional playroom where fire trucks once parked,” said JLCV President Sara Munro of Burlington. “We were thrilled to return to the shelter to help with a new project during our spring fundraising drive, Spring Into Action.”

Donations from several local businesses supplemented the Junior League’s fundraising including: Able Paint Glass and Flooring, Flooring America, Gordon’s Windows, Homeport, and The Superstore. JLCV continues to collect funds for future projects including Camp Knock Knock online at: www.jlcv.org.

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