Inspired by community

Posted On April 30, 2015 By | No Comments on Inspired by community

The COTS Walk is almost here! There is still time to register — and walk-ins are absolutely welcome. (Walk donations appreciated, too.) Check in for the Walk begins at 1 p.m. Sunday at Battery Park in Burlington. The 3-mile Walk kicks off at 2 p.m., winding around downtown Burlington before returning to Battery Park for Ben & Jerry’s ice cream.

New this year, we have a special awareness project with Gardener’s Supply Co., where children will have a chance to plant their own sunflower seed as part of the kids’ activities. Learn more about the COTS Walk.

We always love to hear stories from our Walkers before, during and after the Walk. Here are a few from Walkers joining us Sunday:

“I wanted to share with you that we are building a bigger and better UVM Community Development and Applied Economics Department COTS Walk team this year. Our brightest star has been our youngest member, Ivah Parker,” writes Kate Finley Woodruff of the University of Vermont.

Kate continues: “Ivah is a 6-year-old daughter of CDAE assistant professor, Shoshanah Inwood. Ivah has worked tirelessly and independently to sell lemonade on the Burlington bike path to raise money for COTS. To date, she has raised $79” for the Walk.

Ivah’s Lemonade Stand

Ivah’s mother, Shoshanah, shared with COTS that Ivah participated in last year’s Walk with the UVM team. “The walk made a deep impression on her,” Shoshanah writes. “She is in kindergarten and is just beginning to read, however, she is able to recognize the COTS Walk logo, and about month ago, as the COTS Walk signs started to appear around town, she recognized the logo from last year and asked if we would walk again.

“Ivah came up with the idea for the Lemonade and Popcorn Stand. She also has been telling her customers about the #172vt campaign explaining that the number is how many children are homeless in the county.

“The kids in our neighborhood are now learning about the COTS Walk and once they understand what the purpose is, they have been running home to get their own money to donate and trying to brainstorm ways to bring in more donations.”


Kate Woodruff’s UVM students also have been getting the message out. COTS has worked with Kate’s marketing class this year. The students developed multiple layers of marketing materials for COTS to help raise awareness on campus and in the broader Burlington community. (We’ll share more on the super cool projects the students have done after their final presentation, which is coming up in May.)

As part of their outreach, the students, who are joining us Sunday for the Walk, held educational awareness events on campus last week. Check out some of the photos of the students who stopped by to learn more about their message in the campaign on ending homelessness, known as #UVMreflects.


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Students from The Schoolhouse in South Burlington also have worked to spread the #172vt campaign. Their goal was to get 172 people to register for the Walk. The set up a table on the Church Street Marketplace earlier this month, with 172 flags, one flag for each child who is homeless in our community.

One of the passers-by who stopped by their table, Irene Sue, wrote us the following email:

“I also just want to applaud those who campaigned and recruited walkers on Church Street some weeks ago. They were so brave and eloquent, there was no way that my boyfriend and I weren’t going to join the COTS Walk!”

We look forward to seeing Ivah, UVM, The Schoolhouse, and Irene at the Walk on Sunday! We’d love to see you, too!

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