The Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS) provides emergency shelter, services, and housing for people who are homeless or marginally housed in Vermont.
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SUNDAY, MAY 3, 2015

The annual COTS Walk is a 3-mile trek around downtown Burlington starting from Battery Park, following the route a person who is homeless might travel to receive shelter and services. This is the one day of the year that we open our shelters to the community so people can see how their pledges are put to use.

Registration opens at 1p.m. and at 2 p.m., participants are led by the drummers of Sambatucada down the Church Street Marketplace along Main Street and into surrounding neighborhoods. Along the way, walkers are invited into COTS shelters to see COTS facilities “up close and personal.”

The walk takes about an hour and concludes back at Battery Park where walkers are met with music, Ben & Jerry’s ice cream and other free refreshments.

Register for the Walk or make a pledge of support to a Walker now!

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Up to 1,500 walkers of all ages, from businesses, schools, social and religious organizations, and neighborhoods come together from all over the region to participate in the annual COTS Walk.

The COTS Walk has two purposes: To raise public awareness about homelessness in our community and to raise money to support COTS shelters and services for Vermonters who are homeless or are at risk of losing their homes.


We plan to raise $180,000 to support COTS shelters and services in the upcoming year.


      • Walk as an individual: Register now. Then, receive a Walk Pledge Packet. Set a fundraising goal for yourself and begin collecting pledges from friends, co-workers, family members and neighbors — in person or online. Bring your pledges to the check-in tent on Walk Day and join in as the crowd departs Battery Park.
      • Be a Team CaptainThe Walk is especially fun if you form a team and walk with a group of co-workers, friends, family members or your social or religious organization. Give your team a name, make signs or costumes or come up with another creative way to identify yourselves as a Walk Team for COTS. Our photographer will be there to snap your team photo!
      • Take the Challenge: Set a goal of raising at least $1,000 — as an individual or a team. A generous grant will match all Challenge Walk donations up to $15,000. Also, Challenge walkers who meet the goal will receive exclusive COTS logo gear, and Challenge Teams receive a framed certificate and special recognition at our Annual Meeting & Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast.

Register Online Nowgreen-arrow or call Gillian at (802) 540-3084, Ext. 207 to register over the phone*If you are forming a team, only the team captain needs to register and will fill out the number of pledge envelopes needed total (1 for each teammate) on the form.

We would like to thank our 2015 COTS Walk sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor:  

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