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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!

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!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

One Warm Coat has been so influential in getting our guests here at St. Anthony's Free Clothing Program the warm coats they need. Coats are always a critically needed item of our guests and thanks to the generous support of One Warm Coat we always know that we have coats coming during the holiday season.

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jennifer 10/03/2016

Thank you! We are so grateful to everyone at St. Anthony's for your years of support and friendship.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Thank you so much for donating all of the wonderful, warm coats for the coat drive. This was our first annual coat drive. We were able to give coats to over 500 women, men, & children. Many of those that we served were homeless or just could not afford to buy coat for themselves and their children. Thanks to the One Warm Coat Organization we were able to put a smile on the faces of a lot of people in need, and help keep them warm from the rough winter.

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jennifer 10/03/2016

Thank you, Saffiyah! it was so great to work with you and the great people you serve.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was grateful for a coat drive that was held under the name One Warm Coat. When they dropped off the coats to our organization we had just handed out our last coat. What a blessing.

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jennifer 08/13/2014

We are so happy you were able to receive coats through our program!! Thank you for your kind words. Best,Jennifer - President, One Warm Coat

Silvina P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

OWC is a great organization. They made it really easy to have community members donate coats to a good cause with the posters provided by OWC. Thank you very much! We plan on making this a yearly event to help those in need.

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jennifer 08/13/2014

You are very welcome! We look forward to working with you again this year. Best, Jennifer Stockard-President, One Warm Coat

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am the manager of St. Anthony's Free Clothing Program in San Francisco and there is literally no way we would be able to serve our guests without the help of One Warm Coat. We serve over 10,000 men, women and children every year, many of them suffering the plight of homelessness, and given the fact that it is always winter in San Francisco except for a week or two of summer, coats are always in high demand.

It is an absolute pleasure to work with everybody at One Warm Coat. They make the process of organizing coat drives and getting the coats to those in need as simple and easy as possible, which not only produce amazing results but also increases awareness throughout the community of the issues of poverty and homelessness and the importance of doing something about it. Last year in just 1 day, they collected over 1,000 coats for us during their Ferry Building Coat Drive, and I would estimate that over the entire year, the amount was 10 times that.

I cannot say enough good things about them and I would highly recommend them to programs, donors, volunteers, basically anybody who would listen to me.

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jennifer 07/23/2014

Thank you for your kind comments. The work you do is so important to the city and to us. We are so very fortunate to have St. Anthonys as our partner!

Client Served

Rating: 5

You guys are awesome last year was my first year organizing a coat drive. The flyers you guys send me and the posters helped a lot. Thank you!
Gentex/Opscore

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jennifer 07/07/2014

We are so happy that the materials we sent helped you! Thank you for holding a coat drive - we think you are awesome too!! Best, Jennifer Stockard - President, One Warm Coat

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In the midst of last year's horrible winter weather, I decided that I'd like the students at the elementary school where I teach to engage in a service learning project which would involve collecting coats for the needy. i knew that I should have started the project before winter began and it would be important for me to distribute the coats as soon as possible after collecting them. One Warm Coat sent me large publicity banners to hang in our school lobby announcing the coat drive and also answered all my questions on their website. I was able to enter our school zip code and find a number of worthwhile charities near our school that were willing to pick up the coats. Within 10 days, we collected over 300 coats for men, women, and children. We donated the coats to a center for homeless veterans and a shelter for abused women and their children. This project involved minimum work on my part and was extremely rewarding to students, parents, and faculty.

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jennifer 07/07/2014

We are thrilled that you chose to help your students learn the joy of giving at such a young age!! The 300 people who you helped felt warmed by the coats and by your student's kindness. Thank you! Best, Jennifer Stockard - President, One Warm Coat

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Donor

Rating: 5

One Warm Coat made it so easy for my students to hold their coat drive. We started by using the website to find a local shelter to donate to. The website is so user friendly, it was a breeze to learn everything we needed to know and find our local shelter in 20 minutes tops.
Then, faster than we could make our own posters, One Warm Coat sent us a supply packet filled with high quality resource materials, from banners, to stickers, they even included receipts for our donors. The whole process was so smooth and our coat drive was a big success, and I don't think it would have been without One Warm Coat.

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jennifer 07/07/2014

We love when children participate!! Thank you for taking the lead and helping your students hold a drive. We are glad that using the website was a breeze and that you were happy with the materials. We hope you will hold another drive this year :) Best, Jennifer Stockard - President, One Warm Coat

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What a GREAT and WORTHY organization!!! We sponsored a Coat Drive Christmas, 2013. I own a Beauty Salon in Minden, Nevada. There are 6 stylists and 1 manicurist. In 30 days, we collected 125 coats; just by word of mouth; from people that were so grateful that the coats were to be given away...not sold.

We were so proud to be a part of One Warm Coat drive!!!

Thank You.
Nyona Lang

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jennifer 07/03/2014

A big thank you from us and from the 125 people that had a warm winter because your salon joined OWC! We are proud to have you on our team. Best,Jennifer Stockard-President, One Warm Coat

Melissa192

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I organized a coat drive through One Warm Coat for our entire school district (3 elementary schools, a middle school and high school).

The support materials given to us from One Warm Coat helped to make this the best drive we have ever had.

The 2 food pantry/shelters that took all of the donated coats were amazed at all of the coats that were donated.

I will definitely use One Warm Coat again next school year!

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jennifer 07/02/2014

Thanks for getting the WHOLE district involved - that is fantastic. We love when youth learn how easy it is to volunteer and to give! We'll be happy to help you again this year. Best, Jennifer Stockard - President, One Warm Coat

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I organized a coat drive in my neighborhood through "One Warm Coat". The welcome package included everything we needed - signs, tax receipts, stickers for the boxes. We had a donation spot at a local yoga studio and made it easy for anyone to drop off coats. A certificate afterwards was a nice touch.

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jennifer 07/02/2014

We are glad that the tools we supplied were helpful for you. Thanks for sharing your story and thanks so much for making your neighborhood a little warmer! Best, Jennifer Stockard - President, One Warm Coat

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I organized a coat drive at my daughter's school through "One Warm Coat." It was easy and straightforward and gave me all the information and resources I needed. I liked that I didn't have to speak to anyone, go to any meetings or trainings, etc. I did everything via email in the middle of the night, then posted the information at my daughter's school. When the end of the coat drive came, I brought the coats to our chosen recipient (also arranged via email), and we had a lovely meeting in which she gave me and my kids a tour of the facility. Parents at our school felt good, and almost everyone had a coat to give to someone in need.

I very much appreciate the organization and clarity of "One Warm Coat." We will be organizing another coat drive through them next year. Thanks!

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jennifer 07/02/2014

Thank you so much for sharing your experience. We are happy to know that everyone felt good about participating. We'll be here to help you again this winter - even in the middle of the night :) Best,Jennifer Stockard -President, One Warm Coat

Donor

Rating: 5

The company I work for decided to participate in a coat drive fairly late in the season. One Warm Coat made it easy and simple to take part and select an organization in our own community. I was confident our donations would be greatly appreciated and helpful to those most in need, knowing we were helping our fellow Arkansans.

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jennifer 07/02/2014

Thank you for your kind words. We are happy that your fellow Arkansans had a warmer winter because of your efforts! Best, Jennifer Stockard - President One Warm coat

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Client Served

Rating: 4

"One Warm Coat" was easy to work with and helpful to the Capital City Rescue Mission in Albany, NY. They helped us provide hundreds of coats for those less fortunate in our community? We let them know we desired to work with local companies and they connected us with Burlington Coat Factory. We were able to pick up "gently used"coats weekly and help others with their basic need of a warm coat! Thank you "One Warm Coat"!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Arlington Life Shelter, the homeless shelter in Arlington, Texas, has been a recipient of this wonderful effort for many years. The men, women, and children we serve are so grateful for the gift of warmth, and we as an agency are so grateful for this wonderful partnership.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Each year my company receives about 1000 to 1500 warm coats to pass out in Long Beach Ca. since we are the only organization that collects the coats for distribution, we really appreciate their efforts of putting together and organizing the drives. the people who receive the coats come from all over Long Beach. we give them out as we receive them. Our annual Christmas event and early January is the best time for us. All the Coats, sweaters and jackets that we recieve are brand new or gentlely worn, but everyone of these items are appericated by those who receive them.
The Name of this company is Community Advocate Program Services
4440 Linden Ave. #1 Long beach California 90807
We pick up and will accept drop offs
Evelyn R. Steele
Chief Excutive Operator 562) 313-9694

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

SafeHaven of Tarrant County, an agency that shelters women and children who are victims of domestic violence has benefited greatly from the coats collected on our behalf through a One Warm Coat Drive.
To provide our women and children residing at our Shelters with a clean new or gently used coat is a priceless gift. Thank you, One Warm Coat, for making the process so easy for donors!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Winters in the Midwest can be brutal. It is heart-breaking to see so many individuals in our area without the winter coats they need to keep them warm. That's where One Warm Coat has come to the rescue, providing much-needed winter clothing for those who need it most--the poor and the homeless in our town and in other neighboring towns. We are most grateful for the valuable service they provide!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

One Warm Coat is an excellent source for the gathering and planning in hosting a coat drive. I'm not sure how they sent me banners and stickers and flyers but it was WONDERFUL because it made the cost of sponsoring the clothing drive $0. Thank you One Warm Coat. I love helping people and you have made it so simple it's ridiculous not to help :)

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

We at The Emergency Assistance Center in Northfield, Ohio work with individuals who are in need of food, personal care goods and clothing. We are so extremely grateful for the partnership with One Warm Coat. Because of this organization, we were able to give winter coats to every person that walked through our doors. Currently we are seeing over 650 individuals and it was an absolute joy to have the honor of ensuring warmth during those cold Northeast Ohio months. Thank you on behalf of our clients!

A HUGE thank you to Burlington Coat Factory in Macedonia, Ohio. Evan, the General Manager, was outstanding in his help and support. We are profoundly grateful for Evan and his staff.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Women's Committee through my CWA local has participated in collecting coats for the past four years. With the support of ONE Warm Coat we have been very successful. We have distributed thousands of mens, womens and childrens coats to those in need.

There is a wonderful satisfaction in helping people in our communities. One Warm Coat provides us with the structure , supplies and support which makes it possible to do this "good" work.

Vicki Di Paolo
Women's Committee Chair
CWA Local 9400

James C.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am the Public Relations Director at Open Door Mission in Omaha, NE. We are a nonprofit that has been the recipient of a large number of coats, thanks to the partnership Open Door Mission has with One Warm Coat. The coat we receive through this drive go to help provide for many homeless and low income families and individuals in our community. It is a great honor to work with them.

James Cummings

Lori65

Donor

Rating: 5

As a small business looking for a local charity, OneWarm Coat fits the bill. It is so easy just to email them & they send you a wonderful sign so your clients know you are a collection spot. Your clients appreciate that the business they love to support, supports the community as well. It is a win-win. I have collected coats at my business a number of times with success.

Donor

Rating: 5

Last fall (2012) was the first time my small business collected coats for their ONE WARM COAT winter drive. It was so easy to participate and locate a site to send the coats. My customers were very pleased to bring in their gently used coats, knowing that they would be worn again by someone less fortunate. Many others asked if we would be participating again this fall (2013).

Donor

Rating: 5

For the past eight years our law firm has sponsored a warm coat and clothing drive to benefit another non-profit organization in our community. Without the success of One Warm Coat and its incredible and knowledgeable staff, I would not have been able to successfully organize our fundraiser event. A big WARM hug and thank you to One Warm Coat. Maria Z.

Board Member

Rating: 5


Each year Tracy Interfaith Ministries receives hundreds of coats and jackets through the efforts of One Warm Coat partnered with Burlington Coat Factory and other organizations who read about this program and decide to participate. We have about 4,000 men women and children coming to us each month for food and clothing. This program really helps us meet the needs of the under served in our community each winter when the weather turns cold and all are looking for "One Warm Coat".

Shelli D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

One Warm Coat is a program that as they say" warms the community one warm coat at a time!"
American Self Storage held a coat drive using materials provided by One Warm Coat and it really benifits those in need . We donated the coats collected to the Women & Childrens Center local charity , wonderful program!
Thank you!!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

HUNE is a not for profit that focuses it's services on children with disabilities educational needs. HUNE did our first One Warm Coat drive last year. Thanks to One Warm Coat many children with disabilities and their families were able to not only stay warm, but do it with style. Thank you warm coats for providing needy families with an everyday essential that otherwise would of been left out in the cold.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

We have a new non profit organization. Last year we were referred to One Warm Coat & they were most helpful to us. They provided guidance in coat drives etc.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

One Warm Coat is an excellent program that helped so many people on the West side of Chicago stay warm during the fall and winter seasons. They far exceeded my expectations in the amount of coats that would be collected for those in need. There donations brought many smiles to men, women, and children in the community that were without warm coats. So many people were able to benefit from their efforts. On behave of the members in the community we want to say "Thank You" for all that you do.