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Causes: Children & Youth, Emergency Assistance, Human Services, Youth Development

Mission: One Warm Coat is a national non-profit organization that works to provide a free, warm coat to any person in need and raises awareness of the vital need for warm coats. One Warm Coat supports individuals, groups, companies and organizations across the country by providing the tools and resources needed to hold a successful coat drive. Coats are distributed in the communities where they were collected, to any person in need, without charge, discrimination or obligation. Since our inception in 1992, One Warm Coat has worked with our volunteers to give away nearly 5 million coats.

Target demographics: To provide a warm coat to any person in need.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 599,487 warm coats were distributed last year.

Geographic areas served: Across the United States

Programs: Our Coat Drive program is easy for anyone to do! Simply follow our 6-step program to plan, promote and enact your own coat drive. When your drive is complete, we'll connect you with a nonprofit in your area who is in need of coats. www.onewarmcoat.org/holdacoatdrive

Community Stories

97 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

3 Sherie W.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My 2 oldest boys held a coat drive to help warm those in need in our community. December brought brutal cold here in NH, frost bite in less than 15 mins to exposed skin. It was apparent that now more then ever coats and donations were needed to help people in our area. I am forever grateful for @onewarmcoat for giving my sons the resources to help others and for raising awareness that anyone can help others no matter their age. Chase 10 and Tripp 7 collected a total of 202 coats and $75 to help those in our community that could not otherwise afford warmth this season. They donated the coats collected to the Southern New Hampshire Missionary who helps feed, clothe, and provide shelter to the homeless in our area. The certificate the boys received today from One warm Coat will always be a cherished reminder of the good the boys did this year... This will surely be a new family tradition for us. After all isn’t that what being human is about, lifting and helping each other up? Thank you to everyone who helped and made this possible. We as a family appreciate you and we appreciate One Warm Coat for their help in making our coat drive possible! On be half of all of us... Keep warm my friends!

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jennifer Thank you so much for your kind words, Sherie! We are so proud of Chase and Tripp and everything they accomplished this winter. We look forward to working with you all again next year! Many thanks to your whole family!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

One Warm Coat has been a blessing to Boys & Girls Clubs of Contra Costa. It has been a challenge finding coats in the winter for all the youth we serve (and who are in desperate need), and then we learned of One Warm Coat. From the CEO to the DOD to the entire staff, they have all been extremely helpful in helping our organization. We didn't know what to expect this first year since we just started the relationship, but we also knew that something would be better than nothing. Well. Fast forward 2 months, and we are now in possession of 500+ coats to distribute this winter season. Again. One Warm Coat. A true Blessing!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Thanks to One Warm Coat, during the winter of 2018/19 the Montgomery County (PA) Dept. of Health and Human Services was able to distribute over 700 coats to county residents in need! We received so many offers to be the beneficiary of coat drives that I had to turn donors away. One Warm Coat made that possible!
From the elderly program participant who was wearing a sweater in cold weather, to the homeless man who heard about the free coats and came in, to the multitude of women who came in to get coats for their children, and were overjoyed to find something for themselves - THANK YOU! The level of need is great - but the generosity and goodness in the world is even greater!!!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Our Daily Bread has partnered with One Warm Coat and it has been such a great experience. We were able to help so many of our clients stay warm this winter with so many donated coats. Thank you!!!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

City Rescue Mission has teamed up with One Warm Coat for many years and it has been a wonderful partnership. We serve hundreds of the needy homeless through out Oklahoma City . From our clients who are here at the mission for a short period of time in their life to the many street homeless in Oklahoma City we hand out coats as needed to help all of them though the cold Oklahoma weather be it rain, snow, ice or just plain cold weather we are there for them 7 days a week.
Thank you One Warm Coat you are a God sent program.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is such a great organization! The temperatures here in the northeast can be brutal, but my school collected over 60 coats for those who need them. I think this was a wonderful learning experience for the students.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

We have signed up with One Warm Coat for a few years now but this was the first year we received coats from Coat Drives from One Warm Coat volunteers to help support our mission.

The Coats, Socks and Gloves Campaign we run each year delivers our items to families we serve year-round with our Food 4 the Hungry monthly supplemental grocery program. Before we met, we received a huge donation from the Hamilton Mill in Dacula coat drive. We met Dec.2, 2018 to sort the items by size and gender and of the 164 coats we needed we were short 3 coats. Two days later, another supporter from Northside Forsyth Hospital delivered another donation and as she left I commented that I was sure those 3 coats would be in those bags. They were!

We delivered those 164 coats with gloves, scarves, caps Dec. 15 when we delivered our December Food 4 the Hungry. But that wasn't the end of the story.

The following week we received two more donations. Feeling an urgency to place these items into hands that needed this help, we contacted two local elementary schools and one middle school and with the coordination of the social workers and counselors, we placed items for all these children. Still receiving more coats, we delivered coats and items to two local shelters, families we reached out to for emergency food deliveries.

All total, with all this support and assistance and support from some local coat drives, we delivered and placed just less than 400 coats in our county- Forsyth County, GA., to families and individuals who have really needed them this winter.

To add to the blessing, we have a variety of coats to store as a start for the 2019/2020 winter distribution.

It truly is more blessed to give than receive! Thank you to all the partners, schools and individuals.
Thank you,
The Marcus E & Sharon B Gunter Foundation.
ps. The large garbage bags are the winter items at the "site's table" for delivery not trash. Lady holding the certificate is the first donor we drove to meet half-way to pickup.

Jim M.7

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

We work with One Warm Coat every year--we are with St. Vincent de Paul of Seattle King County. They do phenomenal work and we benefit greatly from how they help us secure coat donations to give to needy people during the winter. Thank you One Warm Coat.

Union Gospel Mission Sacramento

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

One Warm Coat has been a huge supporter of the Union Gospel Mission, Sacramento CA! They have done a wonderful job to connect us with Burlington Stores. We serve the homeless and the poor and feed approximately 9,200 meals per month. We are constantly giving out many resources to help them, and coats are given away every day, especially during the fall and winter! Thank God for this wonderful organization!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

One Warm Coat has been supporting the Union Gospel Mission for many years, now. Each winter, we get an abundant of coats from Burlington Coat Factory that One Warm Coat arranged for us. We are able to bless many homeless people and less-fortunate families. We are truly grateful for their organization!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am the Director of SmileFaith Foundation Community Center in Jenkins, KY. SmileFaith does free charitable dental care, health and wellness programs, and is currently opening up a wellness/recreational center in our community. One of our programs called Unity Mission Outreach just received a generous donation of 400 very nice, brand new coats from One Warm Coat.Unity Mission Outreach partners with local, regional churches, and nonprofits to help provide everyday necessities for struggling families. We live in an impoverished Appalachian coal town where the collapse of the coal industry has created hardship for many families. I cant thank One Warm Coat as well as the retailers who donate to this organization enough! I am also very grateful for the ministries who are working alongside of us to help distribute the coats to those in need. All of the staff at One Warm Coat are so friendly, kind, and caring.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Love this organization partnered with them in 2018 our organization peace love & unity outreach received over 100 coats for children and families through one warm coat awesome and well needed resource thank you one warm coat you guys rock

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have held a coat drive for the past three years with the guidance and help of OWC. I used to work in a school where kids would come to school in the middle of winter without coats. That’s when I went searching for an organization and found OWC. I have been able to facilitate and help over 7 shelters and schools in New York City. I hands down could not have been able to do it without OWCs resources. I am looking forward to the winters to come. THANK YOU OWC, Broadway loves you!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Will forever love this organization! I have started doing it with my daughter when she was two and I plan to continue to do it with her for many years! I love the fact that anyone, at all ages, can help make a difference in their community!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

One Warm Coat is one of the best non-profit organizations! Over the past four years, we have been collecting coats, jackets, and winter accessories for those in great need in our surrounding communities, and with the help of OWC, we have been able to partner with churches and ministries who provide this much-needed warmth directly to the people in the community. I have run drives through my synagogue, Temple Beth Ahm of Aberdeen, NJ, and through my employer, The Kislak Company, Inc. and have collected more than a thousand jackets and winter items for distribution. I look forward to working with OWC again when we kick off our next drives in October 2018. The people at this wonderful organization are very helpful and caring and it is a pleasure to work with them.

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jennifer 06/07/2018

Thank you, Janet! We are so grateful for everything you do each winter. You are the best!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have run three coat drives with One Warm Coat and have collected hundreds of coats which are distributed within our communities. I already have two drives set up for this fall, and am looking forward to collecting hundreds more! They are a wonderful organization doing great work by helping people who need it.

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jennifer 10/03/2016

Thank you for the great review and sharing the photo! We are so appreciative of your continued support, and all of the warmth you are spreading!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Our family started the "In Memory of Amy" One Warm Coat Drive in 2011. Amy died of ALS and, in lieu of flowers, asked that everyone do something good for the community. We went online to see what we could do and One Warm Coat was at the top of the list. They made it so very easy to collect coats, advertise, find a local charity and distribute the coats to those in need. It was so easy, in fact, that we have been collecting coats every year on the anniversary of Amy's death. We collected over 2,000 this year and have met so many nice people along the way. "Amy's idea" and "One Warm Coat" were a perfect match. We are grateful to One Warm Coat for all they have done to help us along the way.

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jennifer 06/07/2018

Thank you so much, Kathy! We are honored that you all celebrate Amy by sharing the gift of warmth.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As our key coat drive partner - OWC has helped us raise the level of visibility and community corporate support. We are privileged to garner the support of this great organization!

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Advisor

Rating: 5

One Warm Coat is one of the best businesses to work with. I am so happy about the relationship I have forged with them. It is so good to work with people who truly care about others. I wish there were more organizations like this one

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We serve families in Northern Philadelphia. And One Warm Coat has been a great opportunity for us to help cloth children and families displaced from Puerto Rico this year. When I registered I could not have imagined the pouring of support that we have received. Our children and families are very appreciative, as are we. Thank you One Warm Coat. Great Job.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wonderful group to work with. Very professional and helpful with any questions you need to create your donation center. Wonderful group, wonderful cause!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Ruth M. Kirk Learning and Recreational Center signed up for the One Warm Coat registry, and it wasn't long after, that we started getting calls from people and businesses that had coat drives and wanted to donate coats. One Warm Coat has been very instrumental in making all those connections, they even reached out in our desperate time of need and found a gal who donated 500.00 worth of coats, at the same time we were having our Food Drive!
The Ruth M. Kirk Learning and Recreational Center is a non profit that helps families and children with the essentials for everyday life in Baltimore, Maryland. They are a great organization that really helps people in need to stay warm!