As part of a shift in its donation policy, Vermont Coffee Company conducted two local fundraisers for area homeless shelters over the past week. We are directing our resources towards helping our neighbors, said Paul Ralston, owner of the company. Over back-to-back weekends, a total of $667 was raised for the Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS) and the John Graham Emergency Shelter. Ralston topped up that amount to an even $1,000.Staff from Vermont Coffee Company traveled to events at Burlington s City Hall Park and Castleton College and served iced-coffee shakes to attendees. Donations were collected in these Shaking for Shelter promotions. According to Deborah Bouton, Community Service Director at COTS, even small donations are important. For as little as $15, we can provide a night of emergency shelter for an adult or pay for a credit report that may help a family get an apartment, she said. For Elizabeth Ready, Executive Director of the John Graham Shelter, local fundraising is critical to their continued success. This economy not only increases the needs of our clients, it makes it more difficult for us to get enough funds from our traditional sources, she said.Information on raising money with coffee fundraisers is available at vermontcoffeecompany.com.
Bundoran teenager Katie McGloin has won the Start-Up of the Year Award at U Magazine’s 30 Under 30 awards.The awards were announced on Tuesday night to celebrate inspirational young women making significant strides in all areas of Irish life.Katie, aged 16, established her own business, K.T. Clothing Co. just last year and developed it during her Transition Year at Coláiste Mhaigh Éne. K.T. Clothing Co. is Ireland’s first completely gender neutral clothing company. Earlier this year, Katie won the Foróige Young Entrepreneur of the Year award of 2017.Now, with a 30 Under 30 Award, Katie’s company has earned her a place among Ireland’s most inspirational young people.U Magazine Editor Aisling O’Toole described Katie’s business as incredible.“Unisex is generally made for the male body, that women can wear, gender neutral is honestly something really incredible,” she said. On accepting her award, Katie said: “As a 16 year old girl I have a lot of inspirations myself. To be included in influential women is a huge thing for me.”Thanks to @U_Magazine for a awarding me Start Up of the Year at the 30Under30 Awards last night! Huge to be considered an influential women! pic.twitter.com/hiSO5UdZ7F— KT (@katiemcgloin) July 26, 2017The tshirts and sweaters of K.T. Clothing Co. are consciously made to fit the style of both boys and girls and have slogans including I AM MYSELF and STAND OUT.“I think that there is an unnecessary stigma attached to clothing and labels. I believe that clothes are just clothes until we put male and female labels on them,” Katie told Donegal Woman in an interview last March.Her ground-breaking neutral clothing line has won Katie McGloin the Start-up award #TuesdayThoughts— U Magazine (@U_Magazine) July 25, 2017 Young entrepreneur Katie McGloin earns influential women’s award was last modified: July 26th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)