Say the name Christopher Columbus and people think “1492,” “the ocean blue,” school holidays and retail sales. But, at One Warm Coat, we think that the Columbus holiday is a perfect day for discovery! You can participate in the festivities without even leaving home. Just travel to your closet, reach way into the back and see if you discover an extra warm coat there. Continue your voyage by going to our website and clicking our Donate links. In the end, whether you donate a coat or donate funds to help us with our work, we know you’ll discover how good it feels to help others, and that’s worth a holiday all its own.
“A project for all ages” is a perfect description for a One Warm Coat coat drive! Because so many Organizers have expressed this sentiment, we developed the Kids Who Care drive project plan! Young children are often acutely aware of other people’s suffering. Pre-schools, leaders of beginner scout troops and other Organizers now have a free, well-organized tool for teaching them how easy it is to make a difference for others in need. We invite you to download Kids Who Care, register your coat drive and help your young ones share the warmth today!
What makes a One Warm Coat agency unique? The answer is found in a request we receive frequently from coat drive Organizers. Organizers often ask that the coats they collect be given away, not sold. Well, as the saying goes, they’ve “come to the right place!” When community service Agencies register to receive coats through One Warm Coat, they 1) confirm that they are certified 501C3 organizations in good standing with the IRS and 2) agree that they will give away donated coats–not sell them.
We dream of a time when everyone who needs a warm coat can get one free of charge. We are proud to share this vision with our Organizers, Agencies and Sponsors and invite you to join our work to warm communities…one (free) coat at a time.
Welcome to Autumn, everyone! Day or night, we invite you to check out the Organizer and Donor links on our website and join our work to warm communities everywhere. (Then, post a note to our Facebook page and share your story with the whole One Warm Coat community. We love hearing about your good work!)
Sean S. of San Jose (CA) shares our dream that everyone who needs a warm coat can get one, free of charge. And Sean dreams big! His dream is to warm 1,000 lives by October 1. Sean’s One Coat Wonder communication plan has made it easy for us to track his progress. First, he created a project Facebook page and a website blog. Then, he contacted local media and his local city councilman (who featured the project in his newsletter to constituents)! Dreaming of a warmer winter for your own neighbors in need? Check out our Organizer links for free downloadable posters, flyers, letters and plans; then “Like” us on Facebook and leave us a post. Together, we can spread the word about spreading the warmth to those in need, in communities like San Jose or your hometown, across America.
Ever wonder what kinds of birds live in Maryland, New Jersey, Kentucky, Ohio, Minnesota and California? If robins, cardinals, orioles, or even condors, came to mind, you’re right, in part. But One Warm Coat has discovered that the legendary early bird also calls these states home! “Early bird” coat drive Organizers across the country are already preparing for winter by registering their coat drives with us and planning their events. Why not join them and make your Fall or Winter coat drive even easier and more successful? Visit our Organizer links today to learn more.
One Warm Coat has been honored with a prestigious 2013 Top-Rated Award by GreatNonprofits, the leading provider of user reviews about nonprofit organizations! Thanks to your enthusiastic posts on the site, more people than ever are now able to see the impact of our work. One person shared that his/her team has collected and given away over 1,500 coats in the past few years – and they’ll “do it again and again, because everyone needs One Warm Coat.” If you wish to share your story, the One Warm Coat page on Great Nonprofits’ site is open and ready.
To say that we appreciate your comments puts it too simply. Our hearts are very full, and we are deeply thankful to be able to share this life-changing work with you all.
Back in 1908, Sonora Smart Dodd proposed a Father’s Day in honor of her father, Jackson Smart, who raised Sonora and her five siblings alone. Although day-to-day parenting as a father was very different in Mr. Smart’s time, fathers and father figures through the ages have helped us prepare for life’s challenges and grow to be responsible, caring members of our communities. Today we honor the men who make these significant contributions to their families and communities all year long. Your work and your example to youth are important parts of what we do at One Warm Coat. (Thank you!) May your hard work be noticed, and may you enjoy every moment of this special day. Happy Father’s Day!
Spreading the word about the need for warm coats is a very important part of the work we do together. Today, we’re excited to tell you about a way that you can help us do that even though it’s summertime! Great Nonprofits–a review site like TripAdvisor–seeks to “bring to light excellent charities doing the most good.” This summer, they’re honoring highly-reviewed nonprofits with their 2013 Top-Rated List and even greater visibility.
Your post on behalf of One Warm Coat can help us make an even greater difference for those in need next Fall and Winter. And it’s so easy!
1. Access the GreatNonprofits page for One Warm Coat
2. Type your review
3. Give us a rating
4. Accept our heartfelt thanks for helping us make others aware of the work we do together!
5-4-3-2-1: Jersey Shore open for business! As we watched NJ Gov. Chris Christie cut the 5-mile ribbon that officially reopened the Jersey Shore for summer visitors, we were reminded of the thousands of One Warm Coat friends who leaped into action last Fall to bring life-saving supplies and warmth to those affected by Hurricane Sandy. This weekend’s grand re-opening at the Shore is a testimonial to the spirit of community and the resilience of the NJ people. After all the work, it’s finally time to play! (Pass the sunscreen!)