Community Winter OuterWear

Nearly 2,000 of Olmsted County’s most needy felt the warmth of a caring community last October when they received donated winter outerwear through the annual Community Winter Outerwear collection. United Way is once again partnering with The Salvation Army to meet people’s basic need of warm clothing this winter with a collection beginning September 1 and going through Friday, October 2.

Collection Partners

Businesses, faith organizations, service clubs, neighborhood associations and individuals can participate by holding their own collection drive.

If you would like to be a Community Winter Outerwear Collection Partner - click here to register!

Please note that all collected winter coats and winter accessories must be dropped off at United Way on or before October 2, 2015. This helps to ensure items are cleaned and mended and that individuals get a winter coat before the temperatures start to get cold!

Posters, logos and marketing materials - click here!

Thanks to our 2015 Community Winter Outerwear Collection Partners - list of partners!


We need LOTS of help sorting and inventorying winter coats and winter accessories! Please check back next week to see our list of Community Winter Outerwear volunteer needs!


People in need of winter coats can receive a voucher by registering at or by calling (507) 535-5503. Families who indicated they needed winter coats at United Way’s Running Start for School distributions do not need to contact United Way to receive a voucher. Vouchers will be mailed in early October. The number of winter coats distributed will be based on the number of coats collected through our Community Winter Outerwear initiative.


This year, Community Winter Outerwear is partnering with The Salvation Army's south Store to distribute collected winter coats and winter accessories. Families and individuals that are registered will receive a voucher in the mail in early October to shop for a winter coat the third week in October - the end of November. Only families and individuals with a Community Winter Outerwear voucher will receive a free winter coat.


Thank you to the following organizations who champion Community Winter Outerwear. Without your help, none of this great work would be possible.

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