The 2024 COTS Walk will be in-person with new safety protocols

We are excited to welcome you in-person on May 5th! Please note that tours inside the shelters will be restricted to maintain your health and safety, as well as that of COTS guests. Outdoor activities will take place at each stop on the Walk in lieu of inside tours. We will closely follow all state and CDC guidelines and adjust as necessary. Please stay tuned here for continuing updates. A virtual tour will be available on COTS Walk Day for anyone preferring to stay home.


Q: What is the COTS Walk event all about? How do I get started as a walker?

A: Read through our COTS Walk 2024 Packet to learn about this unique annual event, why it matters, and tips for how to be an effective fundraiser.

Q: Does the team captain register the team or do individuals on a team register separately?

A: Team captains can start the team, and then individual team members can join the team. If team members accidentally register as an individual, they can later choose to join a team.

Q: When the captain registers, do they need to specify exactly at that time how many teammates there are?

A: No, Captains do not need to specify how many teammates there are at registration.

Q: Is there a deadline for knowing the exact number of teammates on a given team?

A: There is not a deadline.

Q: Is there a way to collect offline donations, or are donations only collected online?

A: Offline donations are welcome! At your request, COTS can mail pledge envelopes to you to in order to assist with the collection process. Email Romy Theisen at to request pledge envelopes.

Q: How do I set up my online fundraising site?

A: It’s easy!

  • Choose to register as an individual, join an existing team or start your own!
  • You’ll need to provide your email address and create a password when you register. If you were a walker in or after 2019, our system will remember you and you will be asked to log in with your past username and password (if you saved your old registration email, it will have those details). If you cannot recall your login details, please reach out to Romy Theisen to get your password reset.
  • Follow along with these step by step registration instructions! We've included screenshots to make this process quick and easy. We also created a detailed COTS Walk Registration Video if you're still confused.
  • 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. We created a detailed COTS Walk Fundraising Video explaining how to use the COTS Fundraising Hub to maximize your fundraising success.
  • Now you are up and running! Share on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and log in and use the COTS Fundraising Hub to send out emails to your community.
  • Questions? Need help? Contact Romy Theisen at or at (802) 343-6903.

Q: Are donations tax deductible? If so, how do donors get receipts?

A: Donations are tax deductible. Online donations will receive email receipts automatically after a donation is complete. Official COTS receipts will also be sent to donors who make offline gifts after your collected gifts are turned in on Walk day.

Q: Why must I use a mock email when registering my child?

A: Our fundraising platform uses your name and personal email to create a unique user profile for your registration in our database. This helps us keep your contact information, event participation and communication preferences current and up-to-date in our system.

For this reason, we recommend that you register for the event yourself first so that you will receive event updates and fundraising tips that you can then share with your child. With the mock email that you create for your child's registration, you can access and update your child's fundraising page. If you only proceed with a mock email registration for your child, you can update your child's fundraising page, but you will not receive event communications from us through email.

Questions? Contact Romy Theisen at or (802) 343-6903

Q: What is COTS' Privacy Policy?

A: Read COTS' Privacy Policy