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COTS Drive Past Events

2009

Helping to build a successful community is part of Wayne State University's urban mission. Lending helpful hands to uplift those in need is a critical building block. Wayne Cares is a university outreach initiative that brings together the university community for the purpose of charitable giving. Its primary goal is to help university units work together and collaborate with each other for the good of the community.

From November 30, 2009 through December 18, 2009, Wayne Cares collected donations for the Coalition on Temporary Shelter (COTS), whose mission is to alleviate homelessness by providing an array of services that enable people to achieve self-sufficiency and obtain quality affordable housing.

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2008

Helping to build a successful community is part of Wayne State University's urban mission. Lending helpful hands to uplift those in need is a critical building block. Wayne Cares is a university outreach initiative that brings together the university community for the purpose of charitable giving. Its primary goal is to help university units work together and collaborate with each other for the good of the community.

The Wayne Cares initiative partnered with COTS (Coalition on Temporary Shelter) this holiday season to collect and donate canned goods and critical needs items for their shelter residents.  Last year, the Wayne State community collected and donated more than 4,000 items to COTS.  This year, two packed truckloads of donations were delivered to COTS Tuesday, December 23, 2008. Thanks to the generosity of the Wayne State community, more than 5,700 items were donated to those in need. Items included:

  • Books & Toys - 556
  • Toiletries - 1,170
  • Clothing - 2,093
  • Food - 1,809
  • Shoes - 52 pairs
  • Blankets - 66

The collective effort made by the University community is truly appreciated, and we are grateful to each and every person who made a donation this year.  Thank you!

Special thanks to

  • Government and Community Affairs
  • Office of the President
  • University Activities Committee
  • Alumni Relations
  • Business Operations
  • Dean of Students Office
  • Facilities
  • Planning and Management
  • Marketing and Communications

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2007

Helping to build a successful community is part of Wayne State University's urban mission. Lending helpful hands to uplift those in need is a critical building block. Wayne Cares is an university outreach initiative that brings together the many charitable organizations across Michigan and individuals and departments at the university.

To demonstrate the Wayne Cares initiative to the Detroit area, in the fall of 2007, Wayne Cares launched a critical needs drive for the Coalition on Temporary Shelter (COTS). WSU students, faculty and staff helped collect more than 4,000 items ranging from children's toys and clothing to toiletries, food and blankets. Items collected:

  • Books and toys - 483
  • Toiletries - 1,017
  • Clothing - 1,308
  • Food - 1,392
  • Shoes - 36 pairs
  • Blankets - 57

In all, the university delivered 4,293 items (two truckloads) to COTS on December 11, 2007.