April 28, 2015 | Giving Back

April "Dress Down Day" raises $650 to tackle homelessness

Our monthly "Jeans Day" on April 10 benefited the Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS) in Burlington, Vermont. This organization provides emergency shelter, services, and housing for people who are homeless or marginally housed in Vermont. 

Burlington Labs raised $650 for COTS, which is enough to provide 20 nights of safe shelter for an individual, feed 50 people a midday meal at their Daystation, and buy new school supplies and backpacks for two kids. Who knew denim could do so much?

Burlington Labs organizes a "Dress Down Day" each month on which employees can wear jeans to work in exchange for a small donation. Each month's cause comes from an employee nomination, and is one of the ways our company culture of "giving back" extends beyond the corporate checkbook. If you have a cause you think could benefit from our employees' collective giving spirit, please let us know

And by the way - the annual COTS Walk to raise awareness about homelessness (and funds for services) is happening on Sunday, May 3, in Burlington. You can find out more about that event on the COTS website