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

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

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.

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. 

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!

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.

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