Meets pressing community needs by mobilizing caring New Yorkers in volunteer service.

New York Cares Coat Drive

Spreading warmth since 1987—one coat, meal, and connection at a time.

Young boy smiling after receiving a coat distributed by New York Cares

That's a Wrap!

Thank you to everyone who donated coats, volunteered at coat distributions, and supported our fundraising efforts.

Our 33rd Annual Coat Drive was a shining example of New York City at its best—volunteers, donors, and community partners coming together to show how New Yorkers truly warm one another up, inside and out. Even through the challenges of the pandemic, we persisted and improved. In 2021, more brand-new coats were purchased and distributed than ever before. Coat Drive evolved to Coats+, which provided a coat and ten nutritious meals for every $25 donated.

You can still donate toward the purchase of new coats for next year's drive or visit DonateNYC's map to find agencies near you accepting coats. 

Our Impact

raised by virtual coat collectors
meals distributed
warm coats distributed
Our city is stronger when we come together to support our young people in need. This year I am so thankful for all of the members of our NYC community who are making sure our students are warm and safe this winter.
Meisha Porter
Former New York City Schools Chancellor

Special thanks

This year's Coat Drive would not have been possible without the steadfast support of our top partners, including Bloomberg Philanthropies, Evercore, Sunshine Foundation, Master & Dynamic, and Tracey Jackson. Their dedication helped us make meaningful strides towards a more equitable (and warmer!) New York City.

2021 Sponsors


Bloomberg Philanthropies logo           

The Amine Family  |  The Ehrenkranz Family  |  Adam & Jodi Zotkow  |  The Shapiro Family Julie Turaj & Robert Pohly