Do you have a coat drive planned? Are you looking for a new way to get your community involved? A winter coat drive is a great idea that can help many people. It's also easy to do on your own or with others.
Here are 5 steps that will help make your winter coat drive successful:
Decide on a date.
When it comes to deciding on the date, the best time of year for a coat drive is winter. However, you should also consider the weather forecast for that day and week. We have one going on now where you can see who has a need, send coats directly to the nonprofit collection & let them know through the site, so they know & the nonprofit teams distribute
them. This is a great way to get involved with your community, and it’s also good for the environment!
Gather some friends, family or your community together to help you out with this project.
You'll need a team of people to help you make sure that everything gets done in time for the winter coat drive.
If you are having trouble finding volunteers, try asking everyone in your office or neighborhood if they would be interested in helping out with something like this. If they say yes then great! That's one less thing for you to do alone!
Get out and about in your community.
When you're organizing a coat drive, the first thing to do is get out and about in your community. You can start by going door-to-door and asking if people would be willing to donate coats or money for them. If you have time, this is a great way to reach people who might not be on social media or read flyers posted at local businesses.
If you don't have time for that kind of outreach, try using social media instead! Posting a callout on Facebook or Instagram will help reach more potential donors than using just one platform (although both are great options). The key here is being creative: think about what kinds of posts would resonate with people who live near where the event will take place--and make sure those posts include information about how donors can contribute their own coats!
Finally: once all those steps are taken care of...it's time to plan ahead! Make sure there's enough room at your venue(s), decide when exactly things will start happening so volunteers know when they need show up with their donations...and then sit back while everything falls into place!
Tell everyone about the coat drive and the date of it.
Let them know where and when it will be held, who to contact with questions, how much time they have to donate a coat (if applicable), etc.
If you have any other details that might be helpful for people to know, such as what kind of coats you're looking for or where in town donations can be dropped off at--share those too!
A winter coat drive is a great way to get your community involved and make people's lives a little more comfortable during the cold season!
Get your friends, family and coworkers together for an afternoon of shopping.
Pick up some new or gently used coats from thrift stores or other places around town.
Ask everyone who donates a coat to write their name on it so you can thank them personally later on in the year.
A coat drive is a great way to get your community involved and make people's lives a little more comfortable during the cold season!