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

One Warm Coat cares about each and every person who needs a coat and constantly strives to achieve our mission to provide free coats to children and adults in need.

However, One Warm Coat does not have coats to provide directly to individuals and families. Coats collected during coat drives are delivered straight to local nonprofit agencies that distribute the coats to those they serve.

If you are in need of a coat for yourself or a friend or family member, we recommend that you call 211 for Information and Referral Services – it may be able to provide you with a list of agencies that provide services in your local area.

Coats collected through the Coat Drive Program are delivered to our nonprofit partner agencies who distribute the coats to the children and adults they serve. One Warm Coat has many different types of nonprofit partners, but they must be either a 501(c)3 in good standing with the IRS or a school.  Our nonprofit partners also sign an agreement to give the coats away for free (rather than selling them) and without discrimination or obligation.

Please visit the Hold a Coat Drive page for the 6 steps to holding a coat drive.

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 drive is a way to share warmth online, without leaving your home or office. This is a great option for those who cannot collect physical coats at an in-person coat drive. A virtual coat drive allows individuals or organizations to collect funds online through their personalize coat drive page. Every $1 collected warms 1 person through the Coat Drive Program.

  • First, register your coat drive to receive your personal coat drive page and access to promotional tools. 
  • 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. 

Teams are a great feature for 2 or more coat drives which wish to be “linked”.

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, and will automatically become the team captain.

You can share a direct link to join your team by copying link from the blue button in the top right corner of the team page that says “Join This Team”.

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!

Ambassador 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.

Thank you for your coat donation! You can download a tax receipt, here. Please fill out the receipt with the number of coats donated and provide the receipt and value of coats donated (when applicable) to your tax professional.

No, One Warm Coat is not a grant-making organization. Any funds raised for One Warm Coat as through One Warm Coat’s website or a third party fundraising platform, stay with One Warm Coat and support the Coat Drive Program.

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