One Warm Coat’s Mission Statement Our goal is to provide any person with a warm coat, free of charge. Providing this simple, yet vital, need helps people live productive lives year round.We support and encourage coat drives. We are warming communities . . . one coat at a time.
How it Works One Warm Coat is a national non-profit organization that supports and encourages coat drives. We are a volunteer-led, grassroots organization that is powered by thousands of local organizers who create a coat drive in their community. One Warm Coat helps individuals, groups, companies and organizations across the country collect coats and deliver them to local agencies that distribute them free, to people in need. We’ve worked with over 1,000 agencies throughout the country to distribute coats. Since inception, more than 1 million coats have been collected under our banner.
What We’ve Been Doing The White House staff organized a One Warm Coat Drive President and Mrs. Bush meet with Sherri Lewis Wood, National Coordinator of One Warm Coat on December 22, 2008 http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2008/12/20081222-2.html One Warm Coat named a Daily Point of Light Honoree on December 22, 2006 ABC’s Good Morning America “Warm Coats & Warm Hearts Drive” in partnership with Burlington Coat Factory - 2007 and 2008 “Confessions of a Shopaholic” The world premier of this Disney movie was the perfect opportunity for a One Warm Coat Drive. Over 400 coats were donated by stars and guests. Star Isla Fisher donated the first coat.
Coats from the Capitols Government employees serve as goodwill ambassadors for the communities they represent and serve every day. Recognizing your intrinsic commitment to better your communities, One Warm Coat has created the Coats from the Capitolsinitiative, designed to inspire and involve local state governments to organize coat drives that will provide warm coats to those in their state that need them the most.
How to Participate Each state government is invited to host a coat drive for their staff and families during October - December, 2009. (Date can be selected by each state.) One Warm Coat will match each drive with a local social service agency, if needed, to distribute the coats. One Warm Coat will supply each location with banners and box labels for donation locations, building a cohesive campaign message nationwide.
Participation Benefits Anyone can participate in the coat drives, as there is absolutely no financial contribution involved Collect coats for those in need right in your own community Position your local government as good community citizens National media coverage
OWC is currently negotiating to secure a national media sponsor
Next Steps… We appreciate your interest in the Coats from the Capitols initiative, and hope that we can work together to bring warmth to those in need this winter. We are looking to identify all Coats from the Capitols participants by September 1, 2009. For more information, please contact Heather Perry email@example.com 877-663-9276, extension 3