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Causes: Human Service Organizations, Human Services

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

Results: Since 1992, One Warm Coat has worked with our volunteers to give away more than 4 million warm coats.

Target demographics: Anyone who needs a warm coat.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Almost 600,000 people through more than 3,500 coat drives!

Geographic areas served: Nationwide

Programs: We work with Coat Drive Ambassadors across the US to warm their communities by collecting coats to be distributed to those in need. We also work with generous sponsors to purchase new coats for children.

Community Stories

74 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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 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!

Board Member

Rating: 5

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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!

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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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We can't thank you enough for the Warm Coat program.

We have received wonderful donations that are placed in our Community Closet located in the basement of one of the elementary schools in Palatine. Families are signed up by social workers to attend the closet to select coats and clothing items for their families. This school year we have been able to serve 670 adults and children with coats and warm clothes. This would not be possible without the help of the Warm Coat Program.

The Community Closet relies on the donations from community members and partners to replenish the closet. Because of your program, you are helping us provide families in our community with basic clothing needs during the winter months.

Thank you again, your friends from PATH

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jennifer 05/25/2017

Thank you for sharing this story with us! It's so wonderful to hear about the impact of our Coat Drive program on your Community Closet. Thank you so much for being our partner and providing this opportunity to those in your community!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

We the JAC Family Foundation, teamed up with One Warm Coat to host a coat drive and bring warmth to our local family shelter. We enjoyed working with One Warm Coat and loved how easy it was to setup our coat drive. Thanks One Warm Coat!!
The JAC FAMILY FOUNDATION!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am excited to attend another One Warm Coat event hosted by Brooke. I have attended them in the past and not only love the idea, but appreciate the way in which Brooke handled and presented the event. I look forward to the upcoming event and I am happy to hang on to the spare coats in our closet for such a fabulous cause.