SUNDAY, MAY 4, 2014
About the Walk
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.
WHO WALKS AND WHY
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 $175,000 to support COTS shelters and services in the upcoming year.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE
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 captain: The 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 recieve a framed certificate and special recognition at our Annual Meeting & Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast.
Register Online Now or call Nicole 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.
AFTER YOU REGISTER
Once registered, teams and individuals will receive all the necessary materials through the mail. You can start fundraising immediately through the online giving tool, FirstGiving. Click on the green register button to create an account. Share your page through email and social media! For more detailed instructions, see directly below.
How do I set up my online fundraising site?
- It’s easy! After you have registered online at www.cotsonline.org, visit www.firstgiving.com/cots/cots-walk-2013 and read the instructions.
- Click “Register,” then select the number of participants.
- You’ll need to provide your email address and create a password the first time. If you are registering as part of a team, click “Join a Team.” If you don’t see your team, then you are the first one to join and you can create your team name.
- Now the fun part starts! Upload photos and personalize your page however you’d like. Upload your email address book or reach out to your friends on Facebook, Twitter and more.
Now you are up and running! Post your link on Facebook and Twitter and send out your emails. Questions? Need help? Give us a call at (802) 864-7402.
We need many volunteers on the day of the event. We especially need Crossing Guards, help with refreshments, hospitality and more! E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call Nicole at 540-3084, Ext. 207 to sign up!
Email us with questions or to submit information: email@example.com.
Or call Becky at (802) 540-3084, Ext. 204.
View 2013 COTS Walk Route in a larger map