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speakers bureau trainingThe COTS Speakers Bureau is one of the key COTS programs designed to educate the public about the many causes of homelessness, solutions that can end the tragedy of homelessness, and what individuals and organizations can do to make a difference.

Our speakers include COTS staff and board members, advocates, and people who are or have been homeless. All presentations can be tailored to meet specific needs and time frames  Our speakers often spark interest in becoming involved in the struggle to end homelessness, especially at the local level.

Members of the COTS Speakers Bureau often address school groups, providing age-appropriate talks about COTS and the issue of homelessness. It’s a great way for students to gain a better understanding of who becomes homeless and why, and what the reality of not having a home in America means. Common topics for younger grades include what it’s like to be homeless, how families live together in COTS shelters, and how to get involved in the annual COTS Walk, held the first Sunday in May.


Personal and group tours of select COTS facilities are available for those wishing to learn more about COTS shelters and services.

For more information, call (802) 864-7402 or email

*Please note, we do not send speakers more than 30 miles outside of Burlington due to travel time and associated costs.