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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!

April T.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My daughter and I have been involved in Girl Scouting for many years now and have made One Warm Coat a part of our services projects almost every year. The organization excells in communication and organization. We feel confident that the coats we help collect are being distributed to the most worthy in our area. One Warm Coat is on our troop's plans for the coming year as well.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization keeps me updated all year long and supports my efforts to collect coats through my church. It is an easy way for anyone to get involved and we always have great success collecting and redistributing the coats.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

One Warm Coat is a charity like no other. It is a "true" charity in that they collect new and gently worn coats and distribute them to those in need, ABSOLUTELY FREE, and no questions asked. No middle-man, no expensive TV ads. Their model is simple. Announce a coat drive, set up collection boxes, then distribute the coats you collect to shelters in your area. What could be easier? I have collected over 1500 coats in the past few years. I will do it again and again because everyone needs One Warm Coat.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My daughter started organizing a coat drive at school when she was 6 years old. She has had 2 drives to date and will continue this tradition each year. One Warm Coat helped us by providing flyers and advertising materials, as well as providing lists of potential organizations who might benefit from receiving coats and winter gear each year. From their list, my daughter was able to select a receiving non-profit organization that she felt passionate about. One Warm Coat also provided her with great follow up and certificates of appreciation for herself and the school, to help ensure the school continues to get involved each year. I found that any questions I had were answered promptly and always with a personal touch! A very important and wonderful organization to ensure that those less fortunate can keep warm during our harsh Toronto winters.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

One Warm Coat has been wonderful in regards to helping us with the process of collecting gently used coats. Our church donates the coats to women and children who have needed to leave their homes because of abusive situations. The shelter at the YWCA then give each woman and child a free coat. Many thanks to One Warm Coat for their assistance.

Client Served

Rating: 4

I am a corporate colleague responsible for putting together community activities. Like many, my schedule is full and putting on a coat drive or any kind of activity needs to be easy... and it was with One Warm Coat. I received the use of their logo via electronic files and hard copy mail which made it easy for me to promote the coat drive. Also, Using One Warm Coat resources I was able to research and find a charity that would come and pick up the coats. It was easy and flawless with their help. Using One Warm Coat is a win/win situation!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Hello~ I am the Events Committee Coordinator for our campus in Tracy, CA. Working with One Warm Coat allowed us to successfully have a winter wear drive that generated much needed clothing for the needy of our community, plus over 50 coats! Needless to say, the drive was not only successful, it was an joint effort that in the end allowed us to bond by helping others in need. One Warm Coat was our source for support and knowledge. Their website is comprehensive and provides all the tools one needs to make a Coat Drive a reality. This was especially important for us because last year was the first time we had ever done it!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We are a non profit and I wanted to have a clothing drive to help the people in my community and because of them we were able to put coats on over 100 community members.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am with St. Vincent de Paul in Seattle. One Warm Coat has helped us for years deliver warm coats to hundreds of needy children in our county. Their work is timely, heartfelt, effective and extraordinarily helpful when people need it most---in the winter when poor families are struggling for survival---and that is really the correct phrasing now. Things have changed in America. The less fortunate have less and One Warm Coat provides great help.

They are efficient because the plan well in advance and have a lot of moving pieces to coordinate. They do great work.

We need more charities like One Warm Coat.

Jim McFarland
St. Vincent de Paul of Seattle|King County
jimm@svdpseattle.org

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jennifer 06/07/2013

Jim, Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a wonderful review. We love what we do and are so happy to help those in need. St. Vincent de Paul of Seattle|King Count has been such a pleasure to work with! Jennifer Stockard - President

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've been an educator at various middle schools since 2003. I have always tried to incorporate service learning in my curriculum and even taught a service learning mini course. One warm coat was one of my first projects that I did with my children. Armed with no experience contacted One warm coat. They took all the worry out of generating such a community based project. From the posting of your drive to ideas and support though out the entire project, to even following up on your drive. One warm coat even provides you with all of the advertising supplies that you need so you do not have to use hand-made signs.
There is such a need for the basic things like coats in the winter, in our communities today more then ever and thanks to organizations like One Warm Coat it is so easy to set up a project that allows you to do your part. If you know that there is a need in your community for such a drive as this, but are holding back because you do not know if you have the nohow, this is definitely for you ! One warm Coat will walk you through it step by step.

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jennifer 06/07/2013

Thank you for sharing your experience. We love knowing that One Warm Coat is in the classroom. Thank you for choosing to help "your children" learn how important it is to help others. We are pleased that we were able to help you! Jennifer Stockard - President

Client Served

Rating: 5

My Mission Center is located in the "hood" of North Saint Louis City, MO. There is poverty which means there is next to no money to purchase food let alone coats for children as well as adults. It is a high crime and addiction area. We have blessed them with the coats, gloves, scarves and hats donated to us from One Warm Coat. It is a wonderful program to help the needy and less fortunate in our city. It is our own "Haiti" in Saint Louis.

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jennifer 06/07/2013

There are so many in need and it is a blessing that centers like yours exist to help support the less fortunate. Thank you for lettinng One Warm Coat be a small part of what you do! Jennifer Stockard - President

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I organized a coat drive in Batesville, MS in January 2011. I was grateful for the promotional materials and other advice on getting the word out about the drive. I had five locations in the city and the people I asked were very cooperative. Once people in the community knew what I was doing, they joined and made the drive a SUCCESS! We collected over 100 coats and donated them to the Panola County Family and Children Services. Thanks for all you do at One Warm Coat!!

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jennifer 06/07/2013

We are so happy we were able to support your coat drive. You were able to help so many people have a warmer winter. We thank you and hope that you will hold another drive this winter. Jennifer Stockard - Presdent

Donor

Rating: 5

I work on a virtual team, we are all across the US, because of that its hard to find a volunteer event that everyone can take part in and will serve their own community. One Warm Coat was our answer. They team up with Burlington Coat Factory around the holidays we were able to donate across the US by using their store locations. Everyone send in photos of their donation so we could share in our goal of donating as a team.
With this being a different style of team donation I had question on us logging our coats and the best way to make it work and when I called the staff was friendly, helpful and excited that a virtual team was trying to come together for a common goal. I would and will work with them again.

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jennifer 06/07/2013

We are so glad you chose to hold a One Warm Coat drive as your virtual volunteer event. We do our best to support our organizers and are pleased that we were able to assist you. We hope your team will make this an annual event! Jennifer Stockard - Presdent

Donor

Rating: 5

For several years our company has conducted a winter coat drive for One Warm Coat . And every year I am surprised at how successful it turns out! We have had the privilege of working with the great people at One Warm Coat in Philadelphia area especially, Matrie Johnson. She really gets the coats moving out to the people who need them and also spread the warm of knowing someone cares.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We were so pleased to find OneWarmCoat. They were tremendously helpful in our company's drive to collect much needed clothing for a local organization.

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jennifer 06/07/2013

Eve, Thank you for your kind comments - we are so grateful that you choose to hold a company coat drive and hope you will help again this year. Jennifer Stockard - President

Donor

Rating: 5

Over the past 2 years I have had the privilege of helping One Warm Coat with collecting coats for those in need. Not only is it a great opportunity to give but OWC makes it so easy. I sign up online they send me the materials I need and I collect costs from friends, neighbors and co-workers then turn them all in at the designated areas. Something so simple has a huge impact and I am proud to be apart of it.

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jennifer 06/07/2013

You are right! Donating one coat is such a simple act and has such a big impact for the person that receives the coat. Not only do they have the warm coat they need to make it through the winter, they also know that someone out there cares about them. Thank you, we are proud to have you on our team! Jennifer Stockard - President

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Here in New England where the weather is cold, a warm coat is a much needed item, your program "One Warm Coat" has provided us the opportunity to help many in need, this year alone we have given over 1000 coats to folks in the Waltham MA area, from the Bristol Lodge Soup Kitchen and MHSA, we thank you "One Warm Coat" your program is awsome.

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jennifer 06/07/2013

What is awesome? - 1000 coats is awesome! There is such a great need for coats every year and folks like you truly make a difference in the lives of others. We appreciate your efforts to warm your Waltham community. Jennifer Stockard - President

Donor

Rating: 5

Our facility chose to support One Warm Coat last year. Our contact was helpful and supportive, and made donating to this charity very easy. She sent us posters and props to use for our fundraiser in a timely manner. They still check in on us now. Nowadays charities make you feel like you have to have huge donations to make a difference. One Warm Coat did not make us feel that way, which is why we will choose to donate to them again at some point. We were completely satisfied with our experience with this charity.

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jennifer 06/08/2013

We are so happy to know that you were pleased with the support you received from One Warm Coat. Each person that contributes their time or their coat is very important to us. We are truly grateful for your efforts. Jennifer Stockard - President

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our Brownie Troop selected One Warm Coat to do a service project with in our community. The girls set up collection sites at their schools and even did "drive by" donations as parents dropped off their children. The activity was so simple to organize and our 10 girls collected over 200 coats. Dropping the coats off at a local collection site couldn't have been easier for us as well. The staff were amazing to work with and helped us every step of the way. I loved what they were doing as welL. Our girls learned the value of just one simple coat to a person in need.

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jennifer 06/07/2013

Brownies are awesome! A big thank you to the girls for helping others so many stay warm. We are glad we were able to help you. Jennifer Stockard - President

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We started 2 years ago with One Warm Coat. They are amazing! Our neighbourhood started collecting coats 2 years ago in December. The experience was amazing. OWC sent us all the necessary tool for a successful drive. They made it so easy to collect and distribute the coats. We get updates on the the successes of this organisation and how our donations helped. We look forward to working with OWC again this year.

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jennifer 06/07/2013

Rosslyn, Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are so happy that the tools made it easy for you to hold a drive and look forward to working with you again this year. Jennifer Stockard - President

Volunteer

Rating: 5

One Warm Coat is awesome. It started out with a request to our fellow Lion members to clean out their closets and bring their gently used but unwanted warm coats to our annual Christmas party. From there it grew and we started collecting from other Lions clubs in the area and local businesses. Scales of Justice Lions supports One Warm Coat with their annual coat drive and we're hoping to make a larger impact every year. With a homeless population in San Jose alone of over 7,000, there is a definite need for this drive before the cold winter months.

One Warm Coat makes it very easy by providing support and good marketing materials. We had a donation of 80 coats one day because of the online information pointing to our drive.

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jennifer 06/07/2013

Thank you for sharing your One Warm Coat experience. We hope the Lion's club members will "roar" into action again for the 2013/2014 coat drive season. Jennifer Stockard - President

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a HUGE fan of the organization One Warm Coat! During my years as a community action leader and youth group advisor, I’ve sought ways to help people in need and involve as many “comfortable” people in the process as possible.

One Warm Coat's Guidebook for organizing a drive is VERY easy to use; the sample letters & flyers saved me loads of worry. Thanks in part to these tools, my youth group collected OVER 500 COATS!

And the beauty of it all? As one donor said, “No money changes hands – just warm coats and the great feeling you get when you give.”

Thank you, One Warm Coat, for making it so easy!

Board Member

Rating: 5

One Warm Coat has a simple mission with a HUGE impact. We are trying to provide coats for those in need of all ages. We work hard to make it easy for any individual, group, business or school to run a coat drive and connect with a local agency to assist with distribution of coats. We want everyone to know the importance of being part of a cause that can make a difference in another persons life. As we know, if our basic needs are not met, it is difficult to be a successful. A touching example of success this year was "Albert's Story" a young boy in a Navajo Tribe who received a coat through the partnerships created from One Warm Coat.