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!”

Warm Coats and Warm Hugs – From Paddington Bear and Some Very Special Friends

Sherri and Paddington BearSherri and an awesome troop of Dallas-area Girl Scouts helped Paddington Bear and friends with a coat drive today at the North Park Center before an advanced screening of the Paddington Bear movie. Sherri reports that her heart was warmed through and through by some children who came to the movie and donated their coats on the spot so that other children will be warm. Sometimes the youngest among us care the most–and we are fortunate to be there when they show it. We thank them all for making One Warm Coat part of their work to warm up their community this winter.

Carly’s Act of Kindness

Carly GToday we salute Carly G. of Erdenheim (PA) for providing the warmth of a good coat to 90 people in her area. During her recent coat drive project, Carly learned about the need for warm coats in her community, met with local service agency leaders, used new tools to plan, organize, and publicize her drive, and led the effort to collect and deliver the donated coats. Through it all, she made community friendships that can last a lifetime–and it all started with her desire to improve the lives of others. Congratulations, Carly! Your commitment and drive are an inspiration to us all!

An Update From Our Partners in Warmth!

Container1_blogToday, we’re happy to share news from some of our Agency partners and The Container Store teams they’re working with during The Container Store’s holiday coat drive. The INN (Interfaith Nutrition Network) in Hempstead (NY), partnering with The Container Store in Westbury, and the Greater Herndon Fraternal Order of Police in Reston (VA), partnering with The Container Store’s new store in Reston, have both received over 100 coats already! Your extra warm coat can be part of the story, too! When you donate it now through December 31st, The Container Store team and an agency partner near you will ensure that it is given to someone in need promptly. We thank everyone who is contributing to this nationwide coat drive. We’re very proud to call you our partners in warmth!

On “Giving Tuesday,” Give the Gift of Warmth

2014_Giving TuesdayWhat follows our day of giving thanks, Black Friday and Cyber Monday? Giving Tuesday, of course! This year, we invite you to join us in this special day of generosity and giving back.

A drop in body temperature of only two degrees puts children and adults at risk. A warm coat helps to solve the problem. You can help three ways:

– Locate a coat drive near you and donate your coat.
Donate funds through our website to support our coat drive program. While there, choose a delightful e-card on behalf of a friend or family member.
– Contribute to our crowdrise crowd-funding drive or start one of your own with One Warm Coat as the beneficiary. We will automatically receive your group’s donated funds and your tax deduction will be easy.

With your help, at-risk children and adults can receive life-giving warmth right now, when it is needed the most. We thank you for giving back with One Warm Coat on Giving Tuesday and every day.

Heartfelt Thanks

CornucopiaBOn this day of giving thanks, we are deeply grateful for the commitment and caring that inspires our friends to share their bounty with those in need. Although it’s been said before, it’s still a heartfelt wish: May all the good you do come back to you. – The team at One Warm Coat