Innovative Partnership Celebrates 10 Years and Over $100,000 for Homeless Prevention
Vermont Business Magazine It all started with a cookie. Well, nine of them. Plus three creative, forward-thinking local organizations: one large business, one small business and one nonprofit.
Now, 10 years and over 300,000 cookies later, Cookies for Good has raised more than $100,000 for the Committee on Temporary Shelter’s homeless shelter and prevention programs.
“Cookies for Good is the absolute sweetest way -- in every sense of the word -- to support COTS’ work to end homelessness in Vermont,” said Rita Markley, COTS Executive Director. “This partnership between business and nonprofit is an important example of how together we use the best of our state’s entrepreneurial spirit to solve problems.”
To celebrate, Cookies for Good is introducing a new seasonal flavor for the holiday giving season -- and inviting people to join the Committee Of TasterS to choose the flavor. Plus, Sugarsnap is offering cookies for holiday gifts, including local delivery and nationwide shipping.
How it all began
Cookies for Good began when Cabot Creamery, on behalf of their farmer-owners, started working with the Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS) in 2008 to help them find a way to make money throughout the year. They explored a number of ideas and landed on cookies.
In Sugarsnap, Cabot and COTS found a partner with delicious cookie recipes and the ability to handle baking, sales and distribution. Cookies for Good was launched in 2010 with 35% of all cookie purchases going to support COTS homeless shelter and prevention programs.
“Such good can come from buying holiday treats from Cookies for Good. Our farm families’ investment in a sustainable income stream for COTS honors our entire community thanks to Sugarsnap,” said Roberta MacDonald, Senior Vice President of Brand Strategy at Cabot Creamery Coop.
Cabot Creamery provided money, resources and marketing to launch the program. COTS also invested money in the program to help Sugarsnap expand. Ten years later, Sugarsnap has fully paid back the COTS initial investment with an additional $20,000 donation.
Committee Of TasterS
What will the new seasonal flavor be? The four choices are: Mexican Hot Chocolate, Pumpkin Chocolate Chip, Roasted White Chocolate Cranberry or Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal with Maple.
Anyone can purchase a sample box of cookies for $20, including shipping or delivery. Net proceeds are donated to COTS. Voting is open until Nov. 16 and the winner will be announced Nov. 17.
Cookies are also available in 4-packs, boxes of one-dozen, metal tins of one dozen or platters of 30 or 60 cookies. Cookie box prices include local delivery or shipping and a customizable gift message. Ordering online link from: www.thesnapvt.com
“Cookies make great holiday gifts for friends, clients, really anyone you want to make smile,” said Abbey Duke, owner of Sugarsnap, “and our bakers are standing by!”
Source: BURLINGTON -- COTS 11.9.2020