Thank you for your interest in One Warm Coat.
We receive a high volume of calls and emails during our fall and winter coat drive season. In fact we are expecting 3,000 coat drives this year! Please have patience when emailing or leaving a voice mail, we will respond to you as soon as we are able. Many of your questions can be quickly answered by visiting our For Organizers and For Agency menus above and on the FAQ section on each menu. Some of our most common questions/requests are answered below:
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. Most tools and resources are available on the website, free of charge. We supply a large banner and box label to each Organizer who registers their coat drive. If you would like to help us continue to provide these free tools and resources, please Donate Today.
I would like to organize a drive but don’t know how to get started.
We have made it easy for you by providing instructions from start to finish in Six Easy Steps. You will find answers to most of your questions by clicking on the links provided or by downloading our free Guidebook.
I need to find an agency near my home or business.
The list of 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 and we request that the agency register on our site. Remember – you should always contact your selected agency BEFORE you begin your coat drive to ensure they will be able to accept the coats you collect.
I need to find a coat for myself or my family members.
One Warm Coat does not keep an inventory of coats; we work with people who organize coat drives all across the country. Coats are collected and then given to local agencies that distribute the coats to their clients. If you are in need of a coat for yourself or a friend or family member, please call 211 for Information and Referral Services; they may have a list of agencies that provide services in your local area.
My agency needs coats to give to the people we serve:
By registering your agency on our website, the public will be able to see your need and may choose to hold a coat drive for your agency - or you may choose to hold your own coat drive. (One Warm Coat does not have maintain an inventory of coats. We partner our sponsors with our registered agencies. When an opportunity is available we reach out to our registered agencies to participate – we are not able to accept requests to partner with our sponsors.)
If you were not able to find an answer about your coat drive in the list of answers above, on our For Organizers menu, on our Six Easy Steps to Success page in our Guidebook, or you would like to hold a Business or Retail drive in ten or more locations, you may send an email to:
Coat Drive Manager
If you would like to share your story and your pictures or if you are media or press and would like more information about One Warm Coat please send an email to:
If you are an agency that needs additional information or if you would like information on ways you can support our work, become a sponsor or create a cause marketing program, please email:
President & CEO
One Warm Coat
2443 Fillmore St, #380-5363
San Francisco, CA 94115