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One Warm Coat

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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

87 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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!

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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!

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Advisor

Rating: 5

One Warm Coat works with Weber State to provide students with opportunities to volunteer for their non-profit during the school semester. We assisted with packing some of the coat drive packets and we know that the students had fun knowing what their work was doing for their community and the whole country.

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jennifer 01/23/2018

We are so grateful to the wonderful students and staff at Weber State! Thank you for your support!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Loved working with this organization - we had a great event for our Chamber of Commerce and helped warm 48 people with coats.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

California Multi Cultural Media Consortium has been assisting with the Fulfill A Wish Gift Project for many years now! Thru the One Warm Coat project we have been able to provide local families in need with warm clean coats, sweaters and hooded jackets! 300 - 500 every year!! We could not do this without your help!!

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Rating: 5

This group has been the best way for our project to receive coats for many years now. We lost the only resource here in Sacramento when the Salvation Army ended their coat program. Now local groups and individuals can find us as well as other local groups. I appreciate the assistance as we do not receive any funding. Thank you for all you do for us as well as the other communities nation wide!!

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jennifer 09/28/2016

Thank you for the great review, Carrie! We are so glad we can help with your program, and we are very appreciative of your support of us. Happy we can work together to spread warmth in Sacramento!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have held a few coat drives and I love dropping off the coats to agencies and seeing the happy faces of those who could use the donations.
One Warm Coat sends out a fantastic coat drive kit so that the drive looked professional and crisp.
Can't wait til this winter season

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We had a coat drive for our chamber of commerce during one of our events. This was an amazing event as we looked professional with the supplies that were provided. It was easy to find a non profit in our area to donate to and everyone was very happy with the results.
Thanks again

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jennifer 07/03/2014

We are pleased that your event was a success! Thank you sharing your experience :) Best, Jennifer Stockard-President, One Warm Coat

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The One Warm Coat program is one of the easiest programs to get started and see results. Our final count was 52 coats and jackets for One Warm Coat drive, which benefited The Alpha Project in downtown San Diego. At 79 degrees, it's hard to remember the nights are cold for those that do not have One Warm Coat. I will say that one lady was going thru the stack as I was leaving.

The program supplies you with all the flyers, email inserts, templates as well as big banner (I placed on a large cardboard box in the office). I believe everyone would like to make a difference and with One Warm Coat, everyone could make a difference!!

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jennifer 05/25/2017

Thank you for your review! We are so glad to hear you had a positive experience! What an awesome gift you have given to so many in the San Diego area. Thank you!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I work for a startup in SOMA-SF and we did a month-long coat drive. We exceeded our goals and people were excited to get a weekly update of our numbers (of coats and donations). Everything was so easy to do, from set up to emailing Patti to get our donation figures...seemless! Will definitely do another drive next year.

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jennifer 05/25/2017

Thank you for the positive feedback! We are so glad everything was easy for you and thrilled to hear you will be back this coming winter. Thank you so much for your support and generosity!

Donor

Rating: 5

Several Tokio Marine companies participated in a One Warm Coat "coast to coast" drive from January to February 2017. The coat drive was a challenging task as we had to organize six collection sites throughout the country. We established conservative goals to collect 300 coats for the selected local non-profits and raise $3,000 for One Warm Coat. Through the tremendous support of the One Warm Coat team and the generosity of Tokio Marine's employees, we exceeded our goals by collecting over 1,200 coats and raising over $17,000. One Warm Coat is very worthy cause and one the "Good Company" team would encourage other organizations to support.

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jennifer 05/25/2017

Thank you, Melissa! We are so grateful for the incredible support of everyone at Tokio Marine who participated in the Coast to Coast Challenge this year!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I work with a non-profit that has received many coats from donations coordinated through One Warm Coat. They are organized and respond promptly to any emails, which is so appreciated. The amount of drives that we have been connected to because of this organization has made such a difference to our clients! Thank you!

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jennifer 05/25/2017

Hi Caitie, It's wonderful to hear that so many of our Ambassadors have contacted you. Thank you for being our partner and doing so much good in your community!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I set up a children's coats collection through tenino antique mall, and collected more than 50 coats that we then donated to the Olympia family center nonprofit. It was a wonderful experience and one coat sent me all the tools that I needed to get it started. We will be doing it again next year. Thanks again Melodie

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jennifer 05/25/2017

Hi Melodie! Thank you so much for the positive feedback. We are so grateful for your support this past winter and look forward to working with you again this coming winter. Thank you!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

Acting as Portland YouthBuilders’ coordinator for this year’s One Warm Coat drive was quite the experience! Since it was my first time doing anything like this, especially on the impressive scale of coats we received, One Warm Coat was there every step of the way to help. Its expertise at procuring partnerships with local businesses enabled us to serve all the students here at Portland YouthBuilders! We had so many coats, most of our students were fortunate enough to go home with more than one if they needed. And with those almost two solid months of random and unforgiving weather, the kindness of the community through the leadership of One Warm Coat would have definitely been missed. We are grateful to everyone who donates and contributes to this wonderful organization in the good works it does. Portland YouthBuilders looks forward to re-upping again next winter season.
- Kaleema, Development Assistant

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jennifer 05/25/2017

Hi Kaleema, It's incredible to hear the story of your students who received coats this year. Thank you so much for being our partner!