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 giveaway 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!
How Your Rotary Club Can Help
You raise the funds necessary to purchase the number of coats needed by the children you choose to support.
Specify the sizes and number of coats you need. You will receive a confirmation email with all order details immediately after submitting an order.Get Started
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We’ve assembled many tools to help Rotary Clubs plan effective Operation Warm “Coats For Kids” projects for their communities.Get Started
Frequently Asked Questions
How can my Rotary Club Do an Operation Warm Community Service Project?
The first step is to identify a local beneficiary partner organization (school, agency or faith based group serving children in need, living in or near your community). Next, determine how many children need coats. The number of coats will determine the amount of funds you will need to raise. Budget starts at approximately $20 per coat.
Can We Choose the Sizes and Colors?
Operation Warm coats are made just for the kids you serve. Please ask your partner organization to help you identify how many coats you need in each size and gender. To save on shipping and handing, all coats are shipped in boxes of six. Each box contains a variety of colors in one size and gender. All of the color combinations are carefully chosen each year to be fun, bright and stylish.
Download our coat styles and sizing guide here:
How Do We Order Coats?
Complete and submit the Coat Order Form at least two weeks before you need your coats delivered. Ordering before November 1st will help ensure all sizes are still available. The need is great. Once we run out of stock on a size, it’s unlikely we will have more this year. After verifying your order is complete and accurate, we will email you an invoice. You may pay with a credit card on-line or by sending us a check.
You will typically receive your coats within one week of our receiving your payment.
Can Operation Warm Help with Fundraising?
Absolutely! Operation Warm staff are available to set up a special full-featured fundraising page just for your coat giving community service project, offer suggestions and ideas for fundraising and provide marketing materials and assistance. Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Is Operation Warm a “Rotary Endorsed” Program?
Historically, Rotary International has not provided official endorsements to third party programs beyond the End Polio Now initiative. However, Operation Warm is recognized as a notable charity and has been featured in Rotarian magazine. More than 230 Rotary Clubs in greater than 50 districts have partnered with us, and many clubs have received District Simplified Grants from The Rotary Foundation in support of their projects with us. Operation Warm started as a Rotary Club project, which morphed into a district project, and is now one the largest non-profits of its kind in the U.S.