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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Emergency Assistance, Human Services

Mission: Since 1998, Operation Warm has provided new winter coats to at-risk children who live in need. Our vision is that every child wearing a new winter coat is warm, feels valued, and is empowered to get to school and gain an education, helping break the cycle of poverty.

Results: Since 1998, Operation Warm has distributed approximately 1.7 million new winter coats to children in need. Our most recent surveys from recipient organizations reflect the following successes: Of those surveyed, 99% believed that the coat reduced the financial burden of their family. 75% believed the coats positively impact school attendance. 100% believed the coats had a positive impact on their children’s emotions and self-esteem. Survey respondents went on to state that the coats helped their children feel happy, smart, proud, and/or worthy.

Target demographics: Children living in need

Direct beneficiaries per year: 315,000 children through the gift of a brand new winter coat.

Geographic areas served: Throughout the U.S.

Programs: providing brand new winter coats for kids in partnership with Firefighters, Rotary clubs, radio stations, small and large businesses, churches, schools, foundations, local governments and social service agencies. The gift of a brand new winter coat brings a child happiness and warmth and empowers her to attend school and play outside on cold winter days.

Community Stories

11 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have 2 boys with special needs 4 kids total and an adopted nephew. I had to leave my job a year and a half ago I left my job to tend to their many needs. I received coats for my boys that I would never have afforded. It made me feel good that they could be kept warm. Thanks a bunch Operation Warm Inc.

2 Aj W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Absolutely terrific team. These guys are as committed as it gets – working surprisingly well alongside other businesses and non-profits to ultimately achieve their goal of supplying impoverished kids with much-needed coats on both a local and national scale. Super cool non-profit with a particularly unique and necessary cause.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a secular Oblate of St. Benedict for St. Procopius Abbey, researched who might be collecting coats because a couple churches had stopped. Found Operation Warm. They make brand new coats that children appreciate in their favorite colors. I like the stories on Facebook and let friends know.

2 Richard137

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have witnessed the happiness in the children's faces when they receive their brand-new coat. What joy and happiness it brings to a child in need.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

I am not just a donor, but an employee as well. Every day I get to see the good that Operation Warm does, from giving kids a gift of warmth to supporting growth in American jobs.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I worked as an intern with Operation Warm during the Summer of 2012. My only regret is that I was not able to spend more time assisting this benevolent organization. Even though it was not the coat-giving time of year, I still felt as though my efforts had a substantial impact. I was assigned a variety of tasks ranging from corporate grant research to updating website tool-kits. This variety kept daily tasks interesting, and helped me to develop a myriad of useful skills that I will use in future job opportunities. I would recommend volunteering with Operation Warm to anyone who is interested in helping the community, enhancing work-related skills, or looking to build a resume.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering as an intern with Operation Warm for almost a year and it's been a tremendously rewarding experience. I've heard first hand from people benefiting from their organization and their gratitude towards those working to make their community a better place. Although it's based in Pennsylvania and a large amount of their fundraising goes back to the surrounding areas, I've fielded calls from across the country reiterating the same sentiments. With over one million coats already distributed to children in need, they are still constantly challenging themselves to help more and expand their reach. Working with this organization has opened my eyes not only to the problem facing underprivileged in our country, but that there are thousands of volunteers and campaigns to do something to stop it. I could not recommend working with or working for this organization more highly.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was involved with Operation Warm during the 2011-2012 academic school year as an Intern, specifically for the Delaware Challenge initiative. I am a student at the University of Delaware and was initially nervous to have an internship during the academic year. However, Operation Warm is an incredible organization and the program was fantastically easy to balance. I was responsible for initiating contact with local high schools to engage students to fund raise and get involved with OW. Through this experience I realized how dedicated the staff are to their goal of providing children living in poverty with a new winter coat. What seems like a small contribution to a child's life is now understood by me to be monumental. My intern manager was dedicated, hands-on, and available whenever me and my fellow interns needed guidance or support with our tasks. As interns we received a plethora of useful resources ranging from tool kits to provide for our engaged high school groups, to innovative presentations that clearly convey the organizations goals and structure. Operation Warm has a focused and clear goal as a non-profit combined with a passionate, well-qualified staff, and these two aspects continue to drive this outstanding non-profit organization.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with Operation Warm this past spring and was astounded by the level of dedication everyone has in helping children all over the country. I was their for the distribution of their one millionth coat and it truly was heart-warming to see the smiles on the children's and parent's faces. I feel proud to have been a part of something so great.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was a volunteer intern at Operation Warm this past summer. It was an amazing and fulfilling experience. I helped to plan the first distribution event of the season at the Philadelphia Zoo. The look on those children's faces when they received their new coats were priceless. It is quite possible that participating in such a special effort has done more for me than what we did for those children. I know, from firsthand experience, that those recipient schools and organizations come from an often overlooked and downtrodden area of West Philadelphia. This event help to remind them that they are not forgotten, and that someone somewhere cares. I am truly blessed by my time at Operation Warm.