Thank you for your interest in holding a One Warm Coat Drive. With Coat Drive Ambassadors like you, we know we can #warmamillion this year!

You will determine:

  • When and where you will hold your drive
  • How you will promote your drive
  • Which non-profit agency you will work with

We will provide you with:

  • Instructions and free tools and resources
  • A Coat Drive Kit mailed to you that includes a banner, two giant labels to attach to your collection bins (bins not provided), stickers and more
  • A listing on our Coat Drive Locator

Follow the six easy steps below to make planning and holding your coat drive a breeze!


Plan and Prepare

Choose your dates:

How long will you hold your drive?
A coat drive can last one day or three months and can be held anytime of year.

Will it be for a special reason,  occasion, a party or to celebrate a holiday?
Any reason is a good one!  Here are just some of the reasons our organizers have held a drive:

Spring Cleaning
Bar or Bat Mitzvah
Scout Activity
MLK Day of Service
Ugly Sweater Day
New Years
Block Party
Grand Opening

*Many ask for coats rather than gifts.

Company Event
Service Project
Community Impact
Casual Friday
Book Club
In Memory of
Cause Marketing
In-Store Sale
Back to School
Local Event
Corporate Challenge
Corporate Social Responsibility
Employee Engagement
Mother’s/Father’s Day

Chose your location:

If you choose to list your coat drive on our map, the public will be able to see it and will deliver coats to the location you specify.  Or, you can keep your drop of location private.    You will be asked when you register.

Many organizers have coats dropped off at their homes, at their school or at their place of employment.  Some local businesses or local government offices may also allow you to set up a drop off location.   You’ll need to choose at least one location – don’t worry, you can add more locations later if you need to.

For Businesses:

Will you offer a discount or a coupon?

Some businesses offer a discount with a coat donation.  Some give a coupon with donation to encourage customers to return.

Create a flyer and stuff it in customer bags 2-3 weeks before your drive.

Include information about the drive on your register receipts.

Hold an Ask at the Register -Point of Sale Campaign  (cash collection for OWC) so all customers can participate.    We have a full set of instructions and pin-ups!




When you are ready, you will register your coat drive with us and become an official Coat Drive Ambassador!   We will send a Coat Drive Kit out to you within 48 hours (weekday) and provide you with access to many more free tools and resources.   If you are ready now – register here.

What you will need to know when you are ready to register

1)     What type of drive are holding?

Youth – A Youth drive is organized by someone who is under the age of 21 and may be assisted by a parent or another adult.

Individual – An Individual drive is organized primarily by one person.  If you wish to promote your buisness as part of your drive, you will register as a Business Drive instead.

School – A School Drive is organized through a primary through college campus and is held on the campus and may be organized by teachers, school faculty or students.

Informal Community Group – A Community Group drive is organized by an informal – non commercial – group; book club, neighborhood watch.

Employee Engagement – An Employee Engagement is a private drive is held by the employees of a company as an internal drive. The drive is not promoted to the public and is not included on our coat drive locator.

Social Service Nonprofit – A Social Service drive is held by a nonprofit organization that directly provides services and goods to people in need.   Nonprofits organized for other purposes should register as a Business drive.

Faith Based – A Faith Based drive is held by a registered church or congregation.   Informal church groups should register as an Informal Community Group

Business, Associations & Retail –  A Business Drive is held by a company or association who wishes to include their customers, clients and/or the public by inviting them to participate.  Business drives are generally held at a place of business or a store location.  Incentive programs may be included (coupon offers, discounts, giveaways) to increase foot traffic and participation.  A contribution of $50 is requested to register a Business drive.

Coast2Coast Coat Drive Challenge – A Coast2Coast coat drive is held by businesses with more than office or department, allowing a spirit of competition to increase the collection results.

2) Group Name

This will be you official coat drive name.  It will be displayed on our coat drive map.  Businesses, churches  & schools generally use their official name.  Individuals and community groups often create a fun name for their project.

3)  Main Contact

You will need the mailing address, phone number, email address and name of the person responsible for the drive.  Your coat drive kit will be mailed to this address.  Please use an email address you regularly use; we will be providing important information and instructions by email.

4)  Start & End Date & Hours

Your online listing will include the dates of your coat drive along with the hours you will be available to collect the coats.

5) Coat Drive Description

You may include a short description of your drive to encourage people to participate.   If you are a Business you will want to include a description of any incentives you are offering for participation.

6) Collection Address

The collection address will be displayed on our map – this is where people will go to drop off their coats.



Share & Promote

It’s easy to promote your drive and let your community know you are collecting coats using our Tools and Resources!

1) Like/Follow One Warm Coat on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
2) Visit our Spread the Word page to view sample social media posts to share with your online community
3) Download our customizable flyers and posters to get the word out about your drive.

4) Send a press release to your local papers and TV stations

5) Share your Selfie! Take pictures of yourself and your family and friends with the coats you collect during your coat drive and tag One Warm Coat using* #igavewarmth #warmamillion @onewarmcoat

* Your profiles must be set to “public” for One Warm Coat to see your tagged photos.



Collect & Count

During your drive you will collect coats and dollars. Dollars can be collected in your donation box, by texting “COAT” to 80100 or by visiting

Once your drive is over, it’s time to count!

1) Sort your coats to make sure they are in good shape. Write down the final number collected to report to One Warm Coat!

2) Count your dollar donations! If you have received cash donations, please write a check (or obtain a cashiers check) for the amount of the cash and return all checks to One Warm Coat in your donation envelope.

3) Take pictures of your collected coats and share them with One Warm Coat online using #igavewarmth and #warmamillion*.  NOTE: Stacks of plastic bags don’t make  great pictures – try displaying the coats instead!

* Your profiles must be set to public for One Warm Coat to see your tagged photos.



Report & Celebrate

Celebrate your drive’s success and reporting your final numbers using our online form.

You will tell us:

1) How many coats you collected

2) How many dollars you collected

3) The story behind your drive so we can highlight YOU on social media and other publications

It’s important for One Warm Coat to know how many coats YOU collected so we can count your total towards our goal of #warmamillion.



Deliver Coats

You will collect coats from your family, friends and neighbor’s closets and the non-profit agency you select will get them to people in need.

Once your drive is complete, use our Non-profit Agency locator to find an organization near you that has a need for warm coats.

If you would prefer to work with a non-profit agency you already know – that’s great! Please ask them to register on our website, so we can send more Ambassadors and coat to them.



Raising money for One Warm Coat has never been easier!  Visit our Fundraising 101 page for tips on how to ask for (and make) donations during your coat drive or for those not holding a coat drive who still want to warm their neighbors in need.



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.

Is there a collection box you can send us?
No – we do not send boxes or bins. We encourage you to recycle an old box or perhaps use a garbage can to collect your coats. Some of the pictures on this web site have examples of how to setup your collection box.

I can’t find an agency near my home on your list.
The list of non-profit agencies on our website is not a complete list of organizations that support those in need — it is just the beginning! 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.

Is there a cost or fee to participate in One Warm Coat?
There are no costs required to organize a non-commercial One Warm Coat drive. Free tools and resources are available for all registered organizers on  our website. We supply a large banner and box label to each Organizer who registers their coat drive. If you would like to support One Warm Coat’s coat drive program, you can make a monetary donation by clicking here.