Thank you for your interest in One Warm Coat and our programs.
Many of your questions can be quickly answered by visiting the Hold a Coat Drive menu and the Online Guide. Some of the most common questions/requests are answered below. If your question/request is not answered in the FAQ section, please fill out the contact form below and One Warm Coat staff will get back to you as soon as possible.
Frequently Asked Questions
There is not a registration fee to register most types of coat drives. There is a fee for Business/Retail coat drives that promote the coat drive to customers/the public.
Virtual coat drives are easy to organize!
- First, register your coat drive through the traditional steps to receive your personal coat drive page and access to promotional tools.
- When registering be sure not to share a location for the Donate Coats Map.
- Then set up your personal coat drive page with ways people can contribute to your virtual coat drive and use the tools specific to email and social media.
- You will follow the same coat drive process, except you will not physically collect or drop off coats.
- Every $1 you collect will warm 1 person!
Creating a team is really easy! If you are a company that has more than one office holding a coat drive, you can create a team so that all offices’ drives will be connected. Maybe you are a community drive that has several groups working together to hold a coat drive – a team would be a great fit here too. Or a school that is engaging several classroom or clubs. The possibilities are endless if you have more than one group or location joining together to hold a coat drive.
To create a team, the first coat drive from your group to register needs to chose “register as a team” when prompted during the registration process. That team member will name the team.
All subsequent team members should choose “join a team” when prompted, and then scroll through the team options until they see their team name.
Please note, groups joining a team must sign up for the same “type” of coat drive to see the team to join. For instance, a School or Youth Led drive starts a team. To join that team, you must also register as a School or Youth Led drive to see that team as an option to join.
Any coat drive “type” can create and join teams.
If you are a business with more than 5 public-facing locations holding a coat drive, please email us before registering.
Great! Please email us before you register your coat drive. Thanks for your interest!
All coat drives, except internal employee engagement drives, will display on the Donate Coats map, unless the Ambassador chooses not to display the drive publicly during the registration process.
If you have already registered and would like your coat drive removed from the Donate Coats map, please email us for assistance.
No, we no longer mail printed Coat Drive Kits to our Ambassadors.
To ensure that we are using funds in the best way possible and providing as many coats to our neighbors as we can, we’ve gone digital! Registered Ambassadors receive a digital Welcome Packet once their registration is complete and are able to order several items from our new online store. Additionally, registered Ambassadors have access to many free tools and resources on our website.
Yes! Collection boxes are available in our online store.
If you do not want to purchase a box, we encourage you 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 – we’ve provided step-by-step instructions for our registered Ambassadors.
Tools and resources are provided for registered Coat Drive Ambassadors. If you are a registered Ambassador, a link to Ambassador Resources can be found in the confirmation email you received when you registered your coat drive.
If you do not believe you received this confirmation, please contact us and we will send it to you again.
If you are not a registered Ambassador, please register your coat drive now!
One Warm Coat drives accept most types of outerwear: coats, sweaters, jackets, sweatshirts, scarves, hats and gloves.
There is a button on the left side of your personal coat drive page that says “Report My Coat Totals”. Click that button to report your totals at any time during your coat drive. That report tallies your total, so you can report all at once, or at different times.
Remember to update your followers on how many coats have been donated by editing your coat drive page text box.
Time for Step 6 – Deliver Your Coats! You will decide where you will deliver the coats you collected. Please use the Nonprofit Locator Map to find a nonprofit partner near you. (One Warm Coat does not pick up coats).
This is not a complete list of organizations that support those in need — it is just the beginning! If you cannot find a nonprofit partner close by, search Google for homeless assistance, food pantries, churches in your area that serve those in need. Or call 211 for a listing of organizations.
One Warm Coat has one rule for coat donations, coats must be GIVEN away for free, and without discrimination.
Please contact your selected nonprofit partner before you deliver your coats to ensure they will be able to accept the coats, especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Finally, all coats should be clean and ready to be worn!
During the coat drive registration process, you are able to create an account using Facebook. By linking your Facebook account to your personal coat Drive page during registration, it allows you to comment on your personal coat drive page using your Facebook name. You may also then share that comment on your Facebook page. To share your Coat Drive page on Facebook, copy the URL and post it as your status on Facebook. Your followers will be able to then click on that link and go right to your personal coat rive page.
Facebook Fundraisers do not integrate directly with your Coat Drive page, and donations will not display on the Coat Drive page in real time. One Warm Coat receives disbursements of Facebook donations on a monthly basis. Once One Warm Coat receives the funds from Facebook, they will be deposited and credited to your Coat Drive page.
At this time, you cannot link a Facebook Business or Managed Page with your personal coat drive page, you are only able to connect with a personal account.
One Warm Coat cares about each person who needs a coat and believes no one should go cold. Coats collected during coat drives are given to local nonprofit agencies that distribute the coats to those they clients.
One Warm Coat is unable to provide coats directly to individuals and families.
If you are in need of a coat for yourself, a friend or family member, please search your zip code on our Nonprofit Locator Map to find one of our nonprofit partners in your area, they may have coats available. Please call them directly to make arrangements.
In addition, you may also call 211 for Information and Referral Services; they may have a list of agencies that provide services in your local area.