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

2018 Results

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Students are more successful in school if their needs–and their families needs–are met. We try to provide as many resources as possible to our families and the warm winter coats [from New York Cares] allow students to come to school and play outside during recess. 

– Charmaine Downton, PS 175 M – Henry H Garnet

A Milestone Year

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In response to increases in the number of students living in temporary housing, New York Cares ensured NYC Community School students and families received nearly a tenth of the 100,000+ coats distributed this winter. The drive's 30th anniversary also provided the opportunity to explore new initiatives like two pop-up storefronts, a winter weather PSA with New York City Emergency Management, and a partnership with clothing recycling company, HELPSY to offer free coat deliveries to high need partners.

Coats Distributed

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Countless Acts of Warmth


Longstanding partners, Bloomberg, KKR, and Halstead again paved the way as coat drive champions - responsible for nearly a quarter of all coats distributed in this year’s drive. In total, funds raised by mobile giving, companies and key sponsorships secured the purchase of more than 66,000 coats. 

In-Kind Partners

Working hard behind the scenes are trusted partners offering in-kind support year after year. Vornado Realty Trust provided warehouse space, HELPSY aided in deliveries to high need partners, and trucking services were donated by Junkluggers and Flatrate Moving. True champions from the inside out.


Core to the Coat Drive operation was a community of caring New Yorkers dedicating their time and talents - whether they were sorting coats at our warehouse, running private collections, or acting as event ambassadors, they were present every step of the way. 

Community Partners

Nearly 500 city-wide partners comprised of nonprofit social service agencies, public schools, religious institutions, and transitional housing shelters, received all 106,000 warm winter coats to distribute to our city’s most vulnerable populations.

2018 Sponsors

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 The Amine Family Logo             Bank of America logo            Mets Foundation Logo  

First Ever Pop-Up Shop

In honor of the Coat Drive's 30th anniversary, New York Cares ran two pop-up storefronts, giving New Yorkers the chance to drop off new or gently used coats in person and take a closer look at how their donation helped those in need. Made possible by key partners, Our Man in Havana, Breakthrough Productions, CS Hudson, FASTSIGNS of Upper Saddle River, Gould Investors L.P., and Milford Management, the shop collected over 1,200 coats in just two weeks.

Best Of Photo Gallery

The visuals speak for themselves. Review this year's Best Of Photo Gallery documenting key moments from this year's Coat Drive.

Friends of the Coat Drive

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