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Rotary Community Service

Since we began, Operation Warm has worked closely with Rotary clubs. When Operation Warm’s founder Dick Sanford bought his first 58 coats in 1998, his local Longwood Rotary Club assisted him in the first coat distribution at a nearby school serving children in need. Over the next few years, other clubs joined the effort, helping expand fundraising and assisting with more coat giving programs.

Today, over 230 Rotary Clubs in more than 50 districts have partnered with Operation Warm to conduct service projects that provide new winter coats to children in their communities. In fact, Rotary clubs have provided over 160,000 children all over the country with new winter coats, helping us impact communities we could never reach on our own, from New Hampshire to Texas, the Pacific Northwest to Michigan, in large cities and many small towns.  Each club identifies its own beneficiary organization(s), typically local schools or youth services agencies, and raises funds locally to support its project. Operation Warm provides Rotary Clubs a great avenue for practicing Service Above Self, Serving Humanity!

An Easy to Execute Community Service Project

  • You raise the funds necessary to purchase the number of coats needed by the children you choose to support.  Many clubs find this to be a great platform for raising money from non-Rotarians while increasing the club’s profile in the community.  Many clubs also receive district grants to increase their impact. We can even provide a state of the art, online "peer-to-peer" fundraising campaign for your project. 100% of donations go toward your project and we take care of sending donation acknowledgements and tax receipts.  
  • Your club decides when and where you want to distribute the coats. Giving the coats to kids is an exciting and emotional event and you can get help with these events as well.

A detailed presentation, suitable for a club program, can be viewed below:

Click here for our Tool Kit, including Coat Order Form, Frequently Asked Questions and promotional materials.


Coats are ordered in boxes of 6 same size and gender coats (in multiple colors), with only a 5 box minimum.  Your club can do a project benefiting local children living in need for as little as $540.

Contact Operation Warm ( and we will help you organize your project.  Operation Warm will help you step by step.

Access our Coat Order form by clicking here.  

For more information on how your club can participate, contact us.

Learn more about Operation Warm's Rotary Roots in this article from The Rotarian.