Volunteer Opportunities

Walk Volunteers

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Get involved before the Walk

Volunteers help give COTS facilities a spring cleaning before the Walk. They also help spread the word about the Walk by putting up posters, delivering Walk packets and making posters to decorate the Walk path.

Help with set up or cleanup

For early risers, you can help mark the Walk route, set up tables and registration mateials or blow up balloons. For those who like to help after the crowds have disappeared, we need strong arms to help with cleanup.

Be a crossing guard

We make sure to have crossing guards all along the Walk Route. These trusted volunteers help ensure the safety and security of all Walkers.

Help with Battery Park – from the kids' tent to registration

We have a large crew at Battery Park, who do everything from overseeing the kids' tent (with hand painting, crafts and other activities), to checking in walkers as they arrive.

Host Walkers at various stops on the Walk

Volunteers help host walkers as they arrive at the various COTS programs.

Counters and Data Entry

If you like counting and have fine attention to detail one of these roles might be a good fit for you. Help us track our Walkers' fundraising success! Familiarity with excel or google sheets is required for data entry volunteers, but not counters. 

Earn Credit for Your Volunteer Hours

Students and City Market members who participate and volunteer for the COTS Walk can earn credit for their hours. 

Still have questions? Contact our Communications and Outreach Specialist, Romy Theisen, at (802) 343-6903, or email her at RomyT@cotsonline.org.

Why volunteer support matters so much

“When we came (to the COTS Family Shelter), we had no idea what was going to happen to us. With two kids, not knowing if you are going to have a roof over your head after your six months at COTS are up is just about the scariest thing ever. But all the help you and everyone provided us made it possible. You help the hopeless and lost to get back on their feet and find their way again, and for that, we will be forever grateful to COTS and all of you who work so hard to help the people who need it the most. We will never forget everything you have done for our family.”

— A thank you card from a family who stayed in a COTS family shelter