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 visit the Contact Us page.
Coat Drive Ambassador Frequently Asked Questions
All Coat Drive Ambassadors are able to choose during the registration process if they would like their coat drive to be listed on the public Donate Coats map. When registering, Ambassadors are able to add up to 5 collection sites to the map. If you have more than 5 locations, please email us before registering.
You can add or change your listing on the Coat Drive Map at any time through your custom coat drive webpage, by clicking “My Registration” from the top menu bar, then edit.
A team is a tool to connect one or more coat drives.
Anyone can create a team from their custom coat drive webpage by clicking “click or join a team” in the bottom left corner of the page. Anyone can then join your team by clicking “join this team” from the main team page. The team feature allows you to see the impact of each individual coat drive and the team as a whole.
A team is a great option for you! A team is a tool to connect one or more coat drives. Anyone (office/location) can create a team from their custom coat drive webpage by clicking “click or join a team” in the bottom left corner of the page, then each following location can easily join the team by clicking “join this team” from the main team page. The feature allows you to see the impact of each individual office and the company as a whole.
Remote employees can participate by making financial donations or using One Warm Coat’s Coat Drive Map to find a place to drop off coats near them.
If you would like to explore customized marketing solutions for your company, please click here to connect with One Warm Coat’s corporate partnerships team.
New this year, each Ambassador will have a goal bar for their coat totals on their custom coat drive webpage!
In the top menu bar of your custom coat drive webpage, click on the button that says “Coat Totals”. From the Coat Totals page, you can enter the number of coats collected throughout your drive. Every time you report, the total will appear on the goal bar and an update will pop-up on your coat drive home page to update everyone following your coat drive.
One Warm Coat drives accept most types of outerwear: coats, sweaters, jackets, sweatshirts, scarves, hats and gloves.
If you receive coats that are not clean and wearable, meaning they have holes and/or stains, please do not donate them to a nonprofit partner, rather please recycle them! Google “textile recycling near me” or contact a Goodwill in your area (many Goodwill locations will accept unwearable items for recycling). Our goal is to keep the coats out of landfills.
Time for Step 3 – Sort & 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).
The Nonprofit Locator Map 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, and 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.
Finally, all coats should be clean and ready to be worn!
When personalizing your custom custom coat drive page, the ideal image sizing for both editable images is:
- Profile/logo image: 365 x 365 pixels
- Header image: 2500 x 785
To connect to your Facebook page and allow Facebook and/or Instagram donations to appear on your custom coat drive webpage, follow these steps:
- From your dashboard click “My Page” from the top menu bar
- in the right coulmn, click “Edit My” then “Facebook ID”
Find find your Facebook ID, follow these steps: Within Facebook, go to → Settings & privacy → Settings → Account Center → your Facebook account → Username.
Thank you for your donation! You can download a tax receipt, here. Please fill out the receipt with the number of coats or dollars donated and provide the receipt and value of coats donated (when applicable) to your tax professional.
One Warm Coat does not provide collection boxes. 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.
No, One Warm Coat is not a grant-making organization. Any funds raised for One Warm Coat as part of a coat drive through One Warm Coat’s website or a third party fundraising platform, stay with One Warm Coat and support the Coat Drive Program.
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, One Warm Coat’s resources are provide digitally! Registered Ambassadors receive a digital Welcome Packet once their registration is complete and given access to many free resources, including some which may be printed and shipped from Vistaprint.