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

Mission: One Warm Coat's mission is to provide free coats to anyone in need. One Warm Coat is a national nonprofit that works to create awareness of the vital need for warm coats across the country. One Warm Coat supports volunteer efforts to hold coat drives by providing tools and resources.  One Warm Coat works with manufacturers and retailers to accept and process in-kind coat donations. One Warm Coat relies on individual and corporate financial donations to support the coat drive program, in-kind donation program, and awareness campaign, and to purchase new coats for agencies in crisis.  Every $1 donated warms 1 person.  One Warm Coat partners with non-profit agencies and schools in local communities across all 50 states to distribute coats for free and without discrimination to children and adults in need.  

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

Direct beneficiaries per year: 500,432 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. https://www.onewarmcoat.org/give-warmth/hold-a-coat-drive/

Community Stories

122 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

3 Carey Begbie W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My preschool class of 4-5 year olds completed a coat drive with One Warm Coat this past winter and it was a powerful experience. The students estimated that we would be able to collect 20 coats (the teachers and parents thought we could get a much higher number and were excited to blow the kids' minds.) As a class, we discussed need vs. want and volunteerism and worked on social/emotional skills like empathy. The students sorted and counted all the jackets, thereby strengthening their math skills. They wrote "pocket notes" and drew pictures so that they also worked on fine motor skills and literacy. As a class, we also knitted three scarves that the students were quite proud to donate. The kids were amazed and proud that we collected 192 coats. We concluded our project by taking a field trip to deliver the coats to the non-profit partner so that the students could be a part of the process from start to finish. It was a wonderful experience and planted the seed in their young minds to continue volunteering and making a difference for good.

Board Member

Rating: 5

One Warm Coat helped provide coats for over 50 children served by our non-profit in the Spartanburg, SC and surrounding area. We at Recovery Oriented Practices greatly appreciate the support.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Our organization serves women and children within our community who are living in economic hardship. This past year has been especially difficult for many of our guests. One Warm Coat provided us with countless supplies to assist our families during the winter months. One guest in particular who arrived from Florida recently, came to us wearing a blanket with her grandson in tow. We were able to let them each choose a brand new coat and we also provided them with hats, gloves and scarves. Thank you so much for making it possible for us to help keep our community warm!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Our coat drive started off slow and all of a sudden the coats just started pouring in!!! I had an 11year old say, "Now I can make a snow angel!!!", after receiving a snowsuit this winter.

It's remarkable how you can make a family smile by providing warm winter gear!!! HATS OFF TO ONE WARM COAT!!! It truly makes all the differences!!!

Rosemary Ray
Buchanan Foundation Inc.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

On or about December 2019, our Foundation had the opportunity to partner up with One Warm Coat. Ms. Jen is such an exceptional person working with this Organization, our clients needed winter gear and within moments we The Buchanan Foundation, St. Louis, Missouri got an e-mail back saying we have coats for you to pick up!!! Our Foundation was so excited. Then just a few weeks later we got a big shipment of scarfs provided by Ms. Jen at "One Warm Coat"!!! Can you imagine the excitement our clients showed while receiving these much needed items!!!

Please continue to provide to the many families in need, Your contribution to the Buchanan Foundation was simply overwhelming in such a short amount of time.

THANK YOU MS. JEN AT ONE WARM COAT!!!
ROSEMARY RAY, CEO
BUCHANAN FOUNDATION, INC.
8824 N. BROADWAY
ST. LOUIS, MO 63147
(314) 388-9984

***** WE HAVE 400 BAGS WE NEED TO FILL WITH EASTER CANDY, CAN ANYONE HELP *****

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Faneuil Gardens Tenant Organization for the pass few years with the help of many partners, organization, individuals, local businesses, Boston Police Department District 14, appreciate the pouring support that has been received. We would also like to give a special "BIG WARM THANK YOU" to Operation Warm Coat for years they have continued in proving not only Warm Coats but a Smile throughout the winter months to the Brighton Community. Faneuil Gardens are so grateful for all that you do!

Amityfdn

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Amity Foundation helps individuals and families change the pathway of their lives to attain dignity and success. This approach, designed to be inclusive, views participants as ‘students’ capable of active learning rather than ‘patients’ learning how to cope with a ‘disease’. We use a whole-person holistic approach with extensive interactive curricula which fosters personal growth, emotional literacy, and social responsibility. Amity’s campuses have been recognized as schools for moral development, self-actualization, and transformation.
One Warm Coat provided our students with 200 amazing coats. This will surely keep them warm throughout these cold and wet months! Thank you so much One Warm Coat!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Y.E.L.L is a mentoring program for urban youth, we distribute coats for the children we serve as well as their families. Warm coats has allowed us to give away over 200 coats this winter. It has been a pleasure serving our community. Thank you Warm Coat.

Christine T.5

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Rise Foundation is a nonprofit located in Chicago Illinois, our focus is to educate minority youth of single parent households on the college transition, by hosting weekly workshops on college readiness. Since Covid 19, The Rise Foundation has been collecting donations, and partnering with organizations to provide essentials, ppe, and coats to families in underserviced communities. Thanks to Operation Warm Coat we will be able to continue to provide warm coats to families throughout the winter months.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Holy Ghost Takeover Outreach Ministry serves homeless people in Augusta, Ga. While attending a ministerial gathering in Philadelphia, our organization met a pastor’s wife from California that befriended us and told us about this great organization. We applied to this organization and was accepted as a partner. I want to say that they have the vision, professionalism and capabilities to deliver massive coats to the homeless. The Holy Ghost Takeover Outreach Ministry, as a nonprofit, are one of many of their feet on the ground. We were paired with a local business that gave us new coats for homeless men. These coats met a physical need but also an emotional need to tell these men that they are not alone and that someone really cares. People will give if they know who to give too. Jessica, the agency coordinator, stayed connected with my nonprofit following the route of the coats’ delivery until we received them. My only wish is that my organization can be paired with a national retail coat drive so that we could meet the needs of women especially those with children too little to understand this missing basic necessity but big enough to experience cold weather and lack.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I am so grateful for One Warm Coat. My non profit organization P.U.S.H. for Mental Health Awareness Inc. has received a large donations of coats to provide to Hudson and Essex county residents in needed. Thank you so much again. The pictures below doesn't do justice to the amount of coats received.

1 Kim D.3

Board Member

Rating: 5

Helping Hands of America Inc. and our many donors collected and gave over 1,500 coats to children and adults all over the State of Maryland. We are so proud to be a part of the One Warm Coat initiative to help families stay warm. This year we had help from the Eddie Bauer store Annapolis, Maryland where families also donated new coats. One Warm Coat is such a blessing!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

East Palo Alto, California. We had a huge need! And all it took was an amazing partnership with a the GREAT nonprofit that is One Warm Coat!!!
Our organization, One East Palo Alto Neighborhood Improvement Initiative (OEPA) was truly blessed from the moment One Warm Coat put us on the map!!! We are located in the heart of Silicon Valley where those who have the resources to assist us in spreading warmth came through with more warmth than we had ever seen in the 21 years we've been around!!! There were families, companies, individuals, Girl Scout Troopers, and even Marmot Coat Company that pulled up at our agency all because they found us!!! The Warmth Warriors came through with loads and loads of warmth! In these trying times - a global pandemic - business closures and complete loss of livelihoods and family incomes...our agency ensured this winter - in particular - was an extra warm experience! From the smiles and gratitude to our families in homeless shelters; when I tell you that One Warm Coat made us shine ...let the pics speak for themselves!!! OEPA + One Warm Coat = warm families and cozy coats!!!!

1 Jan_31

Board Member

Rating: 4

PitStop Outreach was grateful to receive so many coats from the Gilroy Rotary One Warm Coat drive this winter! It feels good to be able to give people a choice, and let them get the correct size and style, especially since the coats themselves were high quality, clean, and in perfect condition. It really makes a difference for people who live outdoors when they have good, warm outerwear to face the elements.

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Advisor

Rating: 5


Our Mission
The Redwood Gospel Mission, in the grace and power of Jesus Christ, mobilizes our community to minister to the needy so that lives are transformed.

Redwood represents the geographical area of our service community, the “Redwood Empire.” We serve all of Sonoma County; also reaching out to the surrounding counties.

Normally we give away about 4,000 coats at our Great Thanksgiving Banquet. This year being different, we set up an area at our Thrift Shop for people to come and get a free coat. We gave away 690 coats. We also partner with other churches and agencies. Some of them do a food distribution, so this year they were able to give away coats too. Among us and our partners we gave away 3,500 coats.

We were blessed to received about 2,500 coats from One Warm Coat. Thank you!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Here at StreetWise, Inc., we receive donations from many people and organizations, and all of them are appreciated to the nth degree. Since being with StreetWise (a couple of years now), I have become quite familiar with One Warm Coat, as well as with the joy that the various coats have showered upon our folks. Not only are the "goods" bountiful and well-kept, the folks in charge (drivers/delivery folks/those orchestrating in the back)--all of them are on-point, and I can't express well enough how appreciative I and StreetWise, Inc., are.

I truly embrace the "It takes a village" proverb.

Thank you, One Warm Coat.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Winter Came Early
Winter came early and hard in Birmingham, AL this year. The Power of Life Foundation, always finding a way to serve the public decided to host a winter coat drive to give away coats for the cold weather season this year. We signed up to be part of One Warm Coat to receive coats in the Birmingham, Area.
It was part of our Hearth and Soul project titled the Power of Life Winter Coat Explosion Giveaway. This project was a way for the Foundation to help keep people warm during the winter. We knew the residents of Birmingham would desperately need coats, gloves, hats, socks and other items, and we just need a few partners to help us make it all reality.
Jennifer was the first person to call and say that the residents of the Grand Highlands Apartments in Vestavia Hills wanted to gather coats for our coat drive. Jennifer works for Daniel Corporation. Daniel Corporation is a leader in commercial and residential real estate. Grand Highland donated more than 80 coats for the event. A special thank you goes to Jennifer and Ashley for coordinating the drive.
The Foundation received another call from Natalie of Family Promise. Family Promise works with families that are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Natalie called about our coat drive but, was instrumental in helping the Foundation with coats for children, and assistance with our adopted family, The McCalls. The McCall children lost both of their parents last fall to COVID-19, and are now being raised by their aunt and grandmother. https://www.wbrc.com/2020/11/29/birmingham-woman-raising-children-after-her-sister-unexpectedly-died-covid-/. The McCall children range in age from 2 through 17 years old. The Power of Life Foundation decided to help the family with immediate needs such as toilet paper, paper towel, laundry detergent and of course face masks. Natalie was instrumental in helping us provide those needs to the children. Natalie and Family Promise donated 100 kids coats, hats, scarves and gloves to our Winter Coat Explosion Giveaway.
In December, we received a message from the Starr Family who recently learned about the Power of Life Foundation from a news story. We told them about the Foundation’s plan for a Winter Coat Explosion, and the family took time out over the holidays to gather coats for our coat drive.
The Foundation was also contacted by Andrew of LKQ Automotive. They had recently heard of our visit to Jacksonville, FL and the different locations we were impacting and wanted to collect coats for the Winter Coat Explosion. Andrew collected coats from LKQ Automotive in Birmingham, AL, Montgomery, AL and Atlanta, GA. We were grateful to receive approximately 80 coats from LKQ Automotive.
Cedric from Walmart gave us a 50% clearance on winter coats and the Foundation purchased another $500 of brand new men’s coats in larger sizes for the event.
The Power of Life Foundation partnered with Todd Morris and the Housing Authority of Birmingham District to assist us with this project. An invitation was sent to all of their residents from various housing district to attend. We collected more than 400 gently used and new coats for the giveaway.
On January 31, 2021 at 10 AM, the Winter Coat Explosion took place at the Smithfield Gym in Birmingham, AL. It was a cool morning, but residents were already lining up outside to be first in line for a winter coat. The residents completed a form for the number of coats needed along with a COVID-19 Self-Assessment and then they were welcomed into the gym. They were greeted by great, uplifting music, kind words by the Power of Life Foundation Executive Director, Lane Harper, or the Foundation staff, and instructions on how to maintain social distance and have a great shopping experience.

The residents enjoyed being able to take their time to pick out something they really liked.
The setup was a beautiful display of coats in sections that were socially distanced. Girls Coats (included an infant section), Boys Coats, a table with free Bombas socks, gloves, scarves, and hats, Ladies’ Coats, Men’s Coats, then an exit table with free face masks by the Power of Life Foundation, and delicious cookies by Bud’s Best Cookies. All coats were beautiful displayed on coats racks donated by Burlington Coat Factory.
How the people danced and enjoyed their shopping experience. Many of the coats were brand new with the price tags still on them. We had an awesome day.
Distribution:
• More than 350 coats
• 250 pair of Bombas socks
• 30 pair of gloves
• 10 hats
• 2 scarves
• 1,350 face masks
• 600 packs of cookies

Demographics:
• 100% of the residents served were at or below the poverty level
• 35% Women
• 30% Male transient and veterans
• 20% children (due to COVID-19, we asked that only the heads of households to attend unless they had no one to care for their children)
• 10% senior citizens

Race:
90% African American
8% White
2% Other

Volunteer Engagement:
19 total volunteers
Gender:
9 Women
10 Men

Race:
14 African American
3 White
2 Hispanic

We were grateful for this partnership and to be able to serve with the Housing Authority of Birmingham District.


Cassandra S.2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As the Pastor of Alpha and Omega Mission Bible Church and Destined and Designed by Faith Outreach Ministries have utilized the services of One Warm Coat as a distributor to the homeless and underprivileged for over 7 years. We have been extremely satisfied with the the care and the response of the client as well as the retailers. Destined and designed by Faith Outreach Ministries will continue to use these Services as we help two feed and clothe the homeless, impoverished and underprivileged here in the city of Richmond Virginia. Thank you One Warm Coat!!!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I am the Lead Volunteer of Hands of God Clothing Ministry in Pomona CA, we clothe and feed underprivileged and homeless Men, Women, Children and their pets. We serve from 300-500 persons on a weekly basis. We have the paperwork to prove it, HUGE SMILES...

We run strictly on donations and these past seasons we had not been receiving much in the way of warm clothing and NO coats at all.

I mentioned this to my sister in law Shauna Facciponti. She said she had an idea as she was doing a coat drive in her community in the High Desert as she had heard of an organization called One Warm Coat. She did not know if she could also nominate our organization but she would try.

I forgot all about our conversation and then one day I got a call from our Pastor Zamar Alkiezar asking me if I was expecting a large delivery from someplace called "One Warm Coat"? It took me a moment to remember back to that conversation and then it hit me and I was overcome with JOY and TEARS and told him YES please accept this.

Well when i came into the storeroom and saw the delivery i was truly overwhelmed with the amount of WARM COATS, SWEATERS, & CLOTHES that had been delivered. I started picturing our different clients in each coat. This is what i often do when i get clothes i match the clothes to the clients. Well then i started picturing all of our children that come in on a regular basis to ALL of the children's jackets and coat and i was truly overwhelmed with joy just picturing their faces. I could not wait until the next Friday giveaway to see all the joy this would bring out clients. Well there were so many coats, etc that this extended to additional giveaways.

Now that they have been gone for some time our clients have been asking all winter again "Hey are you ever going to get coat and jackets again"

My response to them is to PRAY REAL HARD AND GOD WILL HEAR US AGAIN and so will "ONE WARM COAT ORGANIZATION"

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts here at "Hands of God" Clothing Ministry a part of New Life Church-Pomona, CA and all of our client-guests that you have so generously blessed with your warm coats.

Robyn Telles

Donor

Rating: 5

We at Saving Grace Outreach get donations from One Warm Coat and serve all our area schoolchildren in Cattaraugus, NY that are in need of a coat, hats, gloves, and boots. Thank you for allowing people to know that agencies like ours take in donations and bless those in need! Keep up the good work.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We, at Jerome D. Mack Middle School were honored to see that we were chosen to receive your generous donation of 100 warm jackets. Our special delivery was received on Friday 2/7/2020. Thank you for your great generosity. Your gift has already started to impact our students. Your support helps our students staying warm and wanting to come to school...
Your support is invaluable to us. Thank you again.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Marcus E & Sharon B Gunter Foundation, Inc starts in October by surveying our clients about their winter needs and goes through November. This year we delivered 195 coats, socks, gloves, and some blankets to our client families. We also delivered coats to the Bald Ridge Boys Lodge and Jessie's House (home for girls), Cumming Elementary and Otwell Middle. Our first sort and pack was Dec. 1, and we did not have enough coats for boys size 4/5-13/14. We discussed shopping at GoodWill the following Tuesday (Sr. Discount) to look for additional items. But the following Monday, we had a call from a partner, who was a drop off location, another partner had dropped 3 industrial size boxes full of coats.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Our organization, Elev8 Foundations Addiction and Wellness Center, service the male homeless addicted population in Harlem and the surrounding areas. We serve over 200 patients a month and many of them need appropriate clothing and coats for the winter. One Warm Coat provided us with 150 good quality coats. These coats were all distributed over a two month period to the most needed patients. We have attached a few pictures and many of our patients signed a thank you letter showing their appreciation. Thank you very much. Lee Weiss, CEO

1 Deborah T.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

After seeing a need for winter jackets at my school, especially among the female population, I decided to partner with One Warm Coat to meet this need. I was so excited when the jackets arrived! But not as excited as these grateful girls! Thank you so much, One Warm Coat and KUHL Outerwear!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I work at a large elementary school in Queens, NY. We were in desperate need of coats for our kids. I reached out to Program Director Jen Haynes to see if she had any leads, and she immediately connected us to a private company looking to donate brand new coats. The coats arrived within 2 weeks and were very high quality. Our kids LOVED them, and we are so grateful!!! Thank you again!

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!

4 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 01/24/2018

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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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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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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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!

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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!

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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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I attended an event a few years back run by Brooke Cabot at Lagunitas in Petaluma Ca. It was such a fun event and Brooke did an amazing job hosting, gathering the raffle items and getting people to donate coats. Brooke is constantly working hard behind the scenes and promoting all her events. We are attending the next even by Brooke in January 2017.
An amazing cause to help others. One simple step to help our fellow humans.
An amazing organization.
Thank you!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As an Event Coordinator and Volunteer who has worked with multiple companies over the years, One Warm Coat has been a great non-profit organization to work with on an annual basis! Not only have our past events been successful the day of, the process of registering, coordinating and keeping in touch with their Corporate staff has been streamlined and effective. Their website walks you through how to begin the process whether you are new to fundraising or an experienced "fundraising veteran" like myself. Highly recommended organization to work with if you are looking for a great way to connect and help out in your community!

Angie85

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The one warm coat organization is easy to work with, prompt and professional. They make helping others fun and gathering coats to spread warmth easy to do. They provided a way to teach my son about the importance of giving back and helping other kids in need, he was proud to donate his coat and even asked his friends at school to do the same. I was over joyed to receive the certificate of appreciation that was presented to my group for it's participation and look forward to working with them again.

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jennifer 10/17/2016

Thank you for your kind word, Angie! We're so glad your son had a great learning experience. We appreciate your support!

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a board member for a youth ice hockey organization - we wanted to leverage our home tournament and potentially make a difference in our community. Partnering with One Warm Coat was an easy and smart decision. OWC gave us the gave us the "know-how" and support to hold our very first coat drive, as it surpassed everyone's goal. Our nearly (500) coats were immediately distributed throughout our community. The need is great and we will continue to support our community in all ways possibly - we look forward to partnering with One Warm Coat in the future. Chuck G.

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jennifer 10/17/2016

Thank you, Chuck! Congratulations on the success of your first drive, and thank you for helping us spread warmth. We look forward to working with you again!

Advisor

Rating: 5

Our National Honor Society worked with One Warm Coat to organize a winter coat drive for those in need. The service was very helpful in sending materials for advertising the drive, and played a supportive role in linking us up with local organizations that we could donate the coats to. We had absolutely no problems working with One Warm Coat.

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jennifer 10/17/2016

Thank you for working with us and getting the students from your National Honor Society involved! We hope to work with you again!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

They helped me organize several coat drives and to find worthy organizations to donate them to. One Warm Coat is an Amazing organization ♡♡

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jennifer 10/17/2016

Thank you so much for the kind review! We hope to work with you again soon!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

One Warm Coat total support was excellent. Having a reputable non profit do so much good through volunteers is outstanding and more of what this world needs. To witness the appreciation of coat donations is moving. (Multiple coat drive volunteer.)

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jennifer 10/17/2016

Thank you for your kind words and continued support! We can only do what we do thanks to our awesome Ambassadors, like you!