COTS Phonathon



  • WHAT: COTS Phonathon

  • WHEN: 5:30-9 p.m. Nov. 27-Nov. 30; Dec. 4-Dec. 5; 9 a.m.-noon Dec. 6

  • WHERE: COTS, 95 North Avenue, Burlington

DSC05589Every year, starting the Monday after Thanksgiving, 50-plus COTS volunteers a night go “dialing-for-dollars” to raise money for COTS shelters and services. Working six weekday evenings and one weekday morning, these intrepid volunteers call 7,500 COTS donors from 6 to 9 p.m. and raise more than $200,000 for COTS.

We need 40 callers each night, plus 20 volunteers to stuff envelopes, and 4-5 volunteers to help with other aspects of the project. In return, we’ll supply you with plenty of food and beverages — and you’ll leave with that wonderful warm, fuzzy feeling you get from doing such an important good deed!

This is not cold calling. Every person called has supported COTS in the past – so even if they don’t want to donate this year, callers thank them for their past help. After the calls are made, we send follow-up letters to donors, with more information and a envelope for their gift.

The Phonathon is COTS’ largest fundraiser of the year.  Click here to listen to the WOKO segments.



To volunteer: Three ways to sign up to help

Contact our Community Outreach and Volunteer Specialist Sian Leach:

Nightly themes, sponsors, and menu:

Each night of the Phonathon, COTS will highlight one of our programs, sharing with volunteers and donors more about how your support matters.

  • Monday, 11/27: theme – Children & Families
    Dinner donated by: El Cortijo
    Nightly sponsor: Comcast
  • Tuesday, 11/28: theme – Emergency Shelter
    Dinner donated by: Bluebird BBQ
    Nightly sponsor: AVAILABLE
  • Wednesday, 11/29: theme – Veterans
    Dinner donated by: Leonardo’s Pizza
    Nightly sponsor: AVAILABLE
  • Thursday, 11/30: theme – Homelessness Prevention
    Dinner donated by: La Villa Bistro
    Nightly sponsor: Burlington Telecom
  • Monday, 12/4: theme – Daytime drop-in services (i.e. Daystation)
    Dinner donated by: Subway
    Nightly sponsor: AT&T
  • Tuesday, 12/5: theme – Housing
    Dinner donated by: American Flatbread
    Nightly sponsor: WOKO-FM