Ready to Assist From Coast to Coast

OWC US_Canada_MapThis email from a TV producer in Atlanta (GA) sums up the inquiries we’ve received again and again during this month:

“With the cold weather sticking around for a while in our area…where can people drop off coat donations?”

We were excited to share that there are over 30 One Warm Coat-approved community service agencies in the greater Atlanta area alone who are ready to assist!

During this month of record-breaking cold temperatures, agencies from coast to coast in the US and into Canada have been emailing, too, to submit urgent requests for warm coats. Each of our agencies is a certified nonprofit and agrees to give coats away–never sell them. And each is ready to assist you and your team with the warm coats you donate. Whether you donate one coat or one hundred, we hope you follow our link to find one near you today.

Lagunitas’ Fundraiser Coat Drive Doubly Successful

2015 Lagunitas 2Brooke S., leader of the coat drive fundraiser team at Petaluma’s Lagunitas Brewing Company (CA), recently reported that the results of this year’s drive were double last year’s! Using a combination of great music, delicious refreshments and the opportunity to make a real difference in the community, Lagunitas inspired over 100 people to donate on behalf of Catholic Charities and One Warm Coat. This year, the team distributed 315 warm coats and made a very welcome contribution to One Warm Coat. Thanks, Lagunitas, for making it fun and so easy to help your neighbors in need.

We’re Proud to Be Associated!

2015_ABLogoToday, we thank Amy R. and her colleagues in the Young Professionals group at Associated Bank in Chicago, whose work warmed lives two ways this winter. This energetic team gathered coats for their neighbors and made a wonderful monetary contribution to our shared work. Thank you, Associated Bank! We are proud to be part your efforts to warm up the communities you serve.

The Groundhog’s Cute, But…

2015-Groundhog-150x113That famous groundhog who lives in P.A.
Awakes from his slumber on this very day.
Will he give an “early spring” his vote?
(After all, he’s got a very warm coat!)
From York to Green Bay and on to Billings,
We know winter’s still with us and temps are still chilling.
Check our website for coat drives near you.
With your donations, others stay warm through and through…today and on through the Spring!

Our Deepest Thanks to Zynga.org!

2015 Zynga Mission AccomplishedToday, we are deeply grateful for the generosity of our sponsor, Zynga.org, whose recent campaign to give players the opportunity to “play good, do good” through Zynga Poker was an overwhelming success! Thanks to players who shared one trillion online chips through the Helping Hands feature, One Warm Coat will receive a $50,000 contribution from this caring, socially-conscious organization. Zynga.org’s work with game-makers and nonprofits inspires players to create positive social impact each day. We are extremely proud and thankful to be the recipient of their generosity and are pleased to be able to put this amazing contribution to work, warming communities…one coat at a time.

Spotlight on Service: Ernst & Young

2015 EnY“We are very privileged to be able to support and help.” That’s what Kailesh K. and the team at Ernst & Young (San Jose) shared when they reported their coat drive success. Over the past few months, their dedication has provided the warmth of warm coats and caring support to hundreds in the Bay area community. In September, they raised funds for One Warm Coat and the company matched their donation. Next, the team organized a coat drive–and personally distributed the coats at Grace Community Center. Kailesh reported that recipients “lined up and took the coats before we could set them out. It was heart warming to see such a great response but so sad in that there are so many in need.” We couldn’t agree more. Thank you, Ernst & Young, for sharing your story of service and commitment to helping others. We are very proud to be part of the work you do to make a difference in your community. (Pictured: Sherri Wood, our National Founder and Board Chair, with Kailesh K., Rob T., Laura B., Julia C. and the rest of the Ernst & Young team.)

Use the Power of Zynga.com Gaming to Provide Warmth This Winter

2015 Zynga logo_v4An estimated 671,850 Americans experience homelessness on any given night. Especially during this cold winter, this can be a dangerous reality for many. But, thanks to our creative and generous friends at Zynga.org, you can help change that. From now through January 27th, when you play Zynga Poker and turn on the Helping Hands feature, 15% of your chip earnings will go toward helping us with our work. If the aggregate number of chips is 1 trillion or greater by the end of this special campaign, Zynga will donate $50,000 to One Warm Coat! Thanks, Zynga.org, for making this campaign part of the way you “play good, do good” in communities everywhere.

Plan Today to Make Them Warm on MLK Day of Service

MLK 2The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, “What are you doing for others?” In his honor, we remind our friends that “MLK” Day” can be more than just a day off. In fact, it can be one of the warmest days of the winter! We invite you to serve others this year by holding a coat drive–even a small one with just friends and family. Your gently used extra winter coat brings vital warmth to a person in need and lets them know that someone in their community cares. To plan your coat drive today, access http://onewarmcoat.org/organize-a-drive/six-easy-steps/.

What Happens When We “Unify”

Jan News MarinAbout a year ago, Loral W. of the Medical Center of Marin (CA) organized a “little” drive to provide free coats to people in need, and she included free flu shots and onsite counseling for agency services. This dedicated and creative Organizer recently shared news of her second coat drive, now called a Unify event. Later this month, area residents in need can receive free flu shots, take cooking classes, browse the bike thrift shop for kids, and find information about transitional housing, emergency shelter, health care and dental hygiene. Congratulations, Loral, on your inspiring work to bring together people in need with people who can help. We are proud to be part of it all.

There’s Still Time to Help The Container Store Collect 25,000 Coats!

Container1_blogToday, we join our sponsor, The Container Store, in reminding everyone that there’s still time to donate your extra, gently used warm coat during their annual holiday coat drive. From now through Wednesday (December 31st), take your coat to any of The Container Stores near you. Here’s just one of the Thank You notes from an Agency that has received donated coats:

“I have to tell you how absolutely wonderful the Container Store has been. We serve an average of 575 homeless men, women and children daily, and the coats and warm things have been coming almost every other week. Our pick-ups continue to provide coats to the thousands we serve inside our facility and out on the streets. THANK YOU!”