Thank you for your interest in One Warm Coat.
We receive a high volume of calls and emails during our fall and winter coat drive season. In fact we are expecting 3,000+ coat drives this year! Please have patience when emailing or leaving a voice mail, we will respond to you as soon as we are able. Many of your questions can be quickly answered by visiting our Hold a Coat Drive menu and our Online Guide. Some of our most common questions/requests are answered below. If your question/request is not answered in our FAQ section, please fill out the contact form below and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.
I need to find a coat for myself or my family members.
One Warm Coat does not keep an inventory of coats; we work with people who organize coat drives all across the country. Coats are collected and then given to local agencies that distribute the coats to their clients. If you are in need of a coat for yourself, a friend or family member, please call 211 for Information and Referral Services; they may have a list of agencies that provide services in your local area.
Is there a cost or fee to participate in One Warm Coat?
There are no costs required to organize a non-business/retail One Warm Coat drive. Registered drives may use our free Tools and Resources, available on the website. We supply a free Coat Drive Kit, include a large banner and two box labels and more to each Coat Drive Ambassador who registers their coat drive. If you would like to help us continue to provide these free tools and resources, please Donate Today.
I would like to organize a drive but don’t know how to get started.
Is it only coats?
Think of any outer wear that will keep someone warm — coats, sweaters, jackets, sweatshirts, or scarves. Also, if you have any hats or mittens, they would be appreciated also.
How do I use my personal coat drive page?
The personal coat drive page is a great new tool this year! You can use it to easily promote your coat drive and track your coat and dollar donations. You are able to update some parts of your personal page on your own. By clicking on the “Ambassador Self-Service” link under the donate button, or by clicking on the “update your personal page” link in your welcome email, you can update:
- Event details; such as Start Date, End Date, Hours, and Description
- The address of your coat drive
- The contact information for your coat drive.
You cannot change the name of your coat drive from your Self Service page. To update the Coat Drive name, please email email@example.com. You can also report your coat totals from your personal page and request a report of all donations made to your coat drive. You can access both options on your Ambassador Self-Service page, or through the welcome email you received when you registered.
When will my Coat Drive Kit Arrive?
Your Coat Drive Kit will arrive 7-10 after you register, it is shipped via USPS from the West Coast
Is there a collection box you can send us?
One Warm Coat does not provide collection bins, we encourage our Ambassadors to be creative and reduce/reuse/recycle old boxes, clean garbage cans – a container of any kind will work! Putting a collection bin together is super easy – check out our How to Build A Collection Bin page.
How can I update/change my coat drive information? Can I extend my drive?
For the 2017/18 Coat Drive season, we’ve launched an exciting new tool: the personal coat drive page. When you register your coat drive, you will receive a link to your own coat drive page where you can easily promote your drive and track coat and dollar donations. From this page you can also change (extend/shorten) the dates of your coat drive and update the location and contact information for your coat drive. Additionally, you can request a report of all donations made to your coat drive and report your coat totals at any time. You can find a link to your personal coat drive page in the Welcome Email you received when you registered. If you need to change the name of your coat drive or organizing contact, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to include the company name, coat drive number and the email address used to register the coat drive and include all changes you would like made.
I need to find a nonprofit partner near my home or business.
Time for Step 6 – Deliver! Use the Nonprofit Locator on our website to find nonprofit agencies in your area that have registered with One Warm Coat to receive coats. This is not a complete list of organizations that support those in need — it is just the beginning! If you cannot find a registered agency close by, you might want to perform a “Google search” for “homeless assistance + your town” or take a look in your telephone directory; churches and food banks often distribute coats to those in need. We have one rule for a One Warm Coat event — the coat must be GIVEN away and we request that the agency register on our site. Remember – you should always contact your selected agency BEFORE you deliver your coats to ensure they will be able to accept the coats.
My nonprofit agency needs coats to give to the people we serve.
By registering your agency on our website, the public will be able to see your need and may choose to donate their collects coats to you, or even hold a coat drive for your nonprofit agency. As an agency, you may also choose to hold your own coat drive and promote your need to your local community. One Warm Coat does not maintain an inventory of coats. However, we do partner our national brand sponsors with our registered agencies. When an opportunity is available, we reach out to our registered agencies to participate – we are not able to accept requests to partner with our sponsors.
I'm a Business/Retail Drive with 10+ Locations.
If you are a Business/Retailer with 10 or more locations and you are interested in holding a coat drive, please use the contact form below to send us an email and we’ll get back to you shortly. Thanks for your interest!
If you have registered a coat drive and have a question that cannot be answered in the FAQ section above, you may email email@example.com.
Please do not send coats or packages to this address: One Warm Coat 2443 Fillmore St. #380-5363 San Francisco, CA 94115
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