Create Your Own Fundraiser

We love hearing about “home grown” fundraisers for COTS – events or activities that students, religious groups, businesses and others put together to collect money or items for COTS. We are in awe of the creativity and compassion behind these events! These DIY (do it yourself) fundraisers are especially popular with students and youth groups.


      • Each year, the Homeschoolers of Chittenden County (pictured above) host a bake sale outside Burlington’s Fletcher Free Library, then stop by our office and drop off the money they raised.
      • Instead of hosting a typical birthday party, several kids have had their friends donate items to COTS Wish List instead of buying them presents.
      • Two students at Edmunds Elementary School crafted some beautiful handmade jewelry and donated all the money from their sales to COTS.
      • A ponytailed counselor at the YMCA challenged the kids in his group to raise $400 for COTS – and shaved his head when they did.
      • The Drama Club at CVU High School recently donated proceeds from their spring performance to COTS – and for the second year in a row, the Essex High School Drama Club, in conjunction with students in the Professional Foods program at the Center for Technology-Essex, put on a mystery dinner theater in May, with all the profits donated to COTS.
      • Students at Mount Mansfield High School held a “COTScert” this spring and donated the money they raised to COTS.
      • A couple in Williston hosted a dinner party for their anniversary and charged “admission” – then donated it all to COTS. Some couples have even used their weddings as a way to raise funds for COTS.

These are just some of the ways you can use a fun-filled event to support a good cause such as COTS. We’ll be happy to provide literature or other materials to educate your friends about COTS and help make your fundraiser a success.