COTS Walk 2019

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Sunday, May 5, 2019

Check-in begins at 1 p.m., and the Walk starts at 2 p.m.

Having trouble registering? Check out our step-by-step instructions.

or call 802-864-7402; ask for Sian.

The annual COTS Walk is a 3.5-mile trek (a shorter 1-mile route is available) around downtown Burlington that starts from Battery Park and follows the path a person experiencing homelessness might travel to connect with COTS shelter and services. This is the one day of the year COTS opens our program spaces to the community so people can see how their support makes a difference.

Check-in begins at 1 p.m., and the Walk kicks off at 2 p.m. Walkers head down the Church Street Marketplace, up Main Street and into surrounding neighborhoods. Along the way, walkers are invited inside of COTS’ numerous buildings.

The Walk takes about 1-2 hours to complete, ending back at Battery Park where walkers are met with music and Ben & Jerry’s.

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About 2,000 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.

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We plan to raise $200,000 to support COTS shelters and services in the upcoming year.


      • Walk as an individualRegister 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 CaptainThe 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. (COTS Walk Challenge teams aim to raise $2,500 as a team.) A generous grant matches Challenge Walk donations up to $15,000. Also, Challenge walkers who meet their goal will receive exclusive COTS logo gear, and Challenge Teams receive a framed certificate and special recognition at our Annual Meeting & Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast.

Register Online Now or contact Sian Leach at (802) 864-7402, Ext. 207 to register over the phone.



  • T-shirt Goal: We have COTS Walk T-Shirts with unique designs that change year-to-year. To receive one, you must:
    • Register for the walk;
    • Fundraise for COTS:
      • Walkers 12 and under: $75.
      • Walkers 13 and older: $150.
  • Challenge Individuals who raise at least $1,000 will receive:
    • The T-shirt mentioned above;
    • A COTS reusable water bottle;
    • Limited supply COTS Challenge Walker swag.
    • Challenge walkers also are recognized with certificates at our Annual Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast in the fall.
  • Challenge Teams who raise at least $2,500 will receive:
    • T-shirts for team members;
    • COTS reusable water bottles for team members;
    • Certificate at our Annual Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast in the fall.

Email us with questions and submit information: Contact Sian Leach at or (802) 864-7402, Ext. 207.

 We hope you’ll join us for the COTS Walk!

Thank you to our COTS Walk Sponsors:

Presented by:


Duncan Wisniewski Architecture

FoodScience Corporation