Operation Warm Community Heroes
give BRAND NEW COATS TO KIDS IN NEED in your community
Operation Warm creates our own line of brand new, colorful winter coats.
We partner with caring individuals and organizations across North America, our Community Heroes, to give a gift of warmth, confidence and hope to children in need.
How Operation Warm Community Heroes Works
1. You Identify Kids in Need
Over 16 million North American children live in poverty. Using the Free/Reduced Lunch Program as a guide, you identify children who are in need of warm clothing – Title 1 elementary schools, shelters, anti-poverty programs, etc. **www.elementaryschools.org is a great tool to help identify the need in your community.
2. Start Your Fundraiser
After you’ve identified how many children you want to serve, set a fundraising goal based on how many coats you’ll need. We’ll supply you with a variety of fundraising tools to help you reach your goal.
3. Choose Your Operation Warm Coats
4. Give Out New Coats!
Ship coats to the kids you’re serving or gather volunteers to hold a Community Coat Celebration event. There is no feeling quite like providing a gift of warmth, confidence and hope to grateful children!
Join Our Community Heroes Program
Ready to give a gift of warmth, confidence and hope through a new winter coat?Get Started
Community Heroes Resources & FAQs
Everything you need to know to run your Community Heroes program.Learn More
“Our children were so excited to have received brand new winter jackets. The students are used to people promising them things and not fulfilling their promises. Our students were, and still are, extremely grateful!”
Are you firefighter, service club, business or media outlet? Learn how you can get involved.
Since 2012, fire departments across the U.S. have helped provide over 250,000 coats to children in their communities.Learn More
Since Operation Warm's founding, service clubs like Rotary, Elks and Kiwanis have been leading the charge in serving children in need with new Operation Warm coats.Learn More
Corporations large and small partner with Operation Warm to engage employees, activate cause marketing campaigns and serve children.Learn More