Winter Coat Drive
As seasons begin to transition, in many parts of the world temperatures are dropping and winter is rapidly approaching. This is always an extremely difficult time of year for marginalized and vulnerable individuals, many of whom live in remote areas with little to no access to resources.
In the United States, 1 in 7 Americans are currently living below the poverty threshold and oftentimes find themselves having to choose between food for their families and paying rent.
All of these issues, with the added stress of the pandemic, mean that many families don’t have the necessary resources to stay warm this winter season.
UMR has doubled down on its commitment to ensure that no one has to endure the cold temperatures without a jacket to keep them warm.
In partnership with One Warm Coat, we will be hosting Winter Coat Drives throughout the country this fall and winter, and are seeking volunteers to hold their own within their communities.
We are looking for assistance in collecting the following items: new and gently used winter coats, hats, scarves, winter gloves, winter socks, and warm blankets.
We are requesting assistance from volunteers in or near the following cities to sign up and hold coat drives:
- Washington, DC
- Baltimore, MD
- Fairfax, VA
- Philadelphia, PA
- Newark, DE
- New Brunswick, NJ
- Newark, NJ
- Nashville, TN
- St. Louis, MO
- Chicago, IL
- Houston, TX
- Austin, TX
- Dallas, TX
Volunteers are encouraged to hold their drives at some point during the month of October but drives can be single day events or multi-week campaign.
There are no strict requirements to join our team and hold a coat drive on our behalf!
The only requirement is that those holding drives drop off the collected items with our chapter in the area and use the marketing materials we will provide once you have signed up below!
Upon signing up, you will receive our marketing and promotional materials for our coat drive volunteers to assist your efforts.
If you are unable to attend any of our winter coat drives, UMR will also be accepting donations that will go towards purchasing winter necessities for families in need.
We look forward to serving as many people as possible this winter with the help of our wonderful donors and volunteers!