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Operation Warm Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Emergency Assistance, Human Services

Mission: Operation Warm provides warmth, confidence and hope to children in need through the gift of brand new winter coats. Operation Warm believes a brand new coat is more than a coat. Through serving millions of children in need across North America, we have seen that a brand new coat offers a child physical and emotional warmth, confidence to socialize and succeed, and hope of a brighter future.

Results: Since 1998, Operation Warm has distributed over 3.5 million new winter coats to children in need!

Target demographics: Children living in need

Direct beneficiaries per year: 410,000 children were gifted coats in the 2019-2020 coat season

Geographic areas served: Throughout North America

Programs: Since 1998, we’ve worked alongside corporations, community organizations, and influencers across North America to provide coats to kids who need them most.

Community Stories

28 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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been working with low income families in our school division for over 20 years. We happen to be in a climate that demands proper outer wear throughout the winter months. Every year, I have found myself scrambling to outfit children with the bare necessities to keep them safe and warm. This year our school was so fortunate to be offered the help of operation warm!! It has been an amazing experience for our kids. Students have been given the opportunity to "shop" for a new winter jacket and have walked away, new jacket in hand, beaming. This initiative has helped so many children in need, including new Canadian's who are sometimes ill prepared when the cold weather comes. Thank you so much for helping our school community in such a meaningful way, you have truly made a difference.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with Operation Warm for 5 years now with this year that I had a lead role at our event. Operation Warm makes hosting an event super easy from the fundraising to ordering coats. I love being able to support my community with an event like Operation Warm.

Donor

Rating: 5

Operation Warm provides the coats that are so desperately needed by our children along with the dignity of having a new garment. These are such unique times and the need for Operation Warm is exponentially greater. I’m grateful to have the opportunity to donate to this organization.

Daniella T.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I had the pleasure of interning with Operation Warm this past spring and it was truly an amazing experience. The team is filled with friendly, compassionate people who genuinely care about what they're doing. Even through the transition to online work through COVID 19, the company remained committed to their mission and adapted very well to these unforeseen circumstances. Overall, I feel that Operation Warm provided a nurturing environment for me as an intern as they do for everyone they meet!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our company as well as our own non-profit, The Delaware KIDS Fund has been a proud partner with Operation Warm since 2017.
We decided to partner with Operation Warm after learning the statistics in our own community of our local elementary children living at or below the poverty line. In that same conversation, we also learned the impact of something as simple as a brand new coat can have a child. It has a compounding effect.
It immediately boosts self-esteem. It creates a sense of peer acceptance which instantly increases confidence which ultimately changes the mindset of a young child. They go back to the classroom (and home) inspired. We have witnessed it first hand and we have the honor of experiencing that instance once a year. We use this partnership and platform to help inspire other local businesses to get involved and we are proud to say we have been successful at that. We have been able to purchase over 6,000 coats, for 6,000 elementary students at 12 different schools since 2017. The team at Operation Warm is AMAZING and they work from the heart all day, every day. It has been such a great partnership and has evolved into one our most important relationships to date. #itsmorethanacoat #communitystrong!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Partnering with Operation Warm has allowed us to give every child in need in the Worcester Public Schools a brand new, colorful, fun coat! They have a dedicated team that makes the process so easy. We love our collaboration with OW because their mission matches our mission ~ that every coat given to a child fosters not only warmth and confidence, but tells that child ‘we care about you!’

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Operation Warm is such a wonderful organization. Seeing the smiles on the kids faces is priceless. Every child deserves a brand new coat to keep warm.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Operation Warmth has provided wonderful warm winter coats for our Mission organization over the last several years. I have certainly noticed how a new coat has raised the esteem level of so many of our children and adults too.

Donor

Rating: 5

Many of the Rotary Clubs in District 6440 have partnered successfully with Operation Warm to serve their local communities. The product, the response, and their passion for doing good makes them a pleasure to work with.

Donor

Rating: 5

I did a lemonade stand to raise money for coats for kids who don't have one. I'm only 8 and I raised enough money for only 1 coat but Mr. Sanford sent me a letter to thank me! It made me feel so happy and makes me want to keep raising money for them because they really care.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I came on to help run their Google Ads Grant Program. Everyone I have worked with has been amazing. They truly seem to care about what they are doing, which is why I volunteered my time. I can't say enough good things about this organization and am excited to see it do well.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Operation Warm provided the coats youth in our area need for a warm and happy holiday.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've worked for Operation Warm for almost 5 years. Although our mission is simple, the impact significant. We work hard to provide excellent support to our partners whether they are a community organization serving a small amount of children in their community or one of our large corporate partners serving children all across the US. I am grateful to work with an smart and dedicated group of individuals who are committed to making the world a better place!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We're in the third year of our organization's partnership with Operation Warm and are thrilled to keep the program going strong. Operation Warm has brought hundreds of coats and books to children in Baltimore, attracting dozens of new customers to the library's mission of access to information, books, high-quality programming and community resources. My favorite part is the smile from every child who loves their new coat and new book!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a member of the Taylor Rotary Club in Michigan. I heard about the Operation Warm organization at a District Rotary Conference years ago. We partnered with them and helped service our community by generating funds to purchase jackets from Operation Warm. It is an easy organization to work with and they are very flexible in adapting to your needs in making your local program work . Over the years, 9 years, we were able to generate funds to donate over 3000 winter jackets to the needy in our community. The other critical point is that the winter jackets are of a good quality at a good price.

Client Served

Rating: 4

Operation warm gave new coats to Our students in the South Bronx about 2 years ago. My students made a thank you card and it was posted on the Operation Warm Website. I was so excited. Thank you Operation Warm for helping us keep our students Warm.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

We are a Community School located in Brownsville NY. We serve one of the highest school populations with families in temporary housing who experience food and housing insecurity. The warm coats donation was a huge blessing to our school and their families. It helped to meet a huge human need.

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.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I became involved with Operation Warm (OW) as an intern because I want to make a difference for youth who are faced with poverty. I am impressed with the large scale production of new coats that are distributed across 33 states! This year Operation Warm will give away its one millionth coat.

My internship for Operation Warm has been an amazing experience. It has allowed me to learn new skills, work collaboratively with an amazing and creative staff, and to help others. I participated as a volunteer at the Philadelphia Zoo coat distribution event and enjoyed watching the children’s excitement and smiles as they received their new coats. The event also promoted recycling by encouraging children to bring in plastic bottles. As a former teacher from an environmentally focused charter school, it is great to see children becoming active stewards of their environment. The distribution was well-organized and promoted a sense of community.

In addition to relieving a financial burden for parents, Operation warm is also committed to alleviating poverty by increasing employment opportunities. This year, Operation Warm will begin a partnership with MOJO, an organization that will provide employment for single moms to produce new coats for OW to distribute. I am excited to support Operation Warm as it continues to grow and reach out to even more children in need.