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

Request Coats

The New York Cares Coat Drive collected and distributed over 100,000 coats last year to nonprofits and schools with the help of corporations and generous coat donors


Any individual looking for a coat can visit our walk-in center between November and January. You can find a complete list of walk-in distribution centers here.

How to Receive Free Winter Coats

Each year generous people around New York City donate new and gently used coats for men, women, and children who need them. As a nonprofit or school, you can apply to receive coats for the New Yorkers that you serve, but, unfortunately, our application is closed for 2016. We've already received 125,000 requests Please check back to apply for the 2017 Coat Drive.