Community Winter OuterWear

New or gently used winter coats and winter accessories are being accepted to help families in need through September 30!
The Community Winter Outerwear Initiative provides winter coats and other winter accessories such as snow pants, boots, hats, mittens, gloves, and scarves to Olmsted County individuals and families who do not have the financial means to purchase these items. United Way of Olmsted County has coordinated this community-wide initiative with the help of community partnerships for the past 12 years. The number of coats and winter outerwear items distributed is based on the number of items collected through our community partnerships.

Collection Partners

To sign up to be a 2016 Community Winter Outerwear Collection Partner - click here.
Thanks to our 2015 Community Winter Outerwear Collection Partners - list of partners!
Help your collection succeed: View Community Winter Outerwear promotional materials.

Please take all winter coat and winter accessory donations to:

  • The Salvation Army south Store (near Kmart) - 201 9TH ST SE, Rochester MN  55904
  • The Salvation Army north Store (near Slumberland) - 4921 W. Frontage RD NW, Rochester MN  55901
  • Donations will be accepted Monday - Friday from 8 am - 8 pm and Saturday - 9 am - 5 pm.

People in Need

Last year, 1,662 individuals felt the warmth of a caring community by receiving a winter coat through the annual Community Winter Outerwear collection. THANKS to everyone in our community that donated winter coats and winter accessories!

If you need a winter coat and do not have a student attending an Olmsted County school, contact The Salvation Army at 507-288-3663 or go to The Salvation Army Service Center (20 1st Avenue NE, Rochester MN  55904) Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. (closed from 12 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.) to get a voucher for a winter coat.

Olmsted County families that are eligible for free or reduced lunch can contact their school district to receive a Community Winter Outerwear voucher. The youngest student in the family attending Rochester Public Schools will receive the family Community Winter Outerwear voucher.


This year, Community Winter Outerwear is partnering with The Salvation Army's south and north Stores to distribute collected winter coats and winter accessories. Vouchers can be redeemed at either The Salvation Army Stores starting August 1 from 9 am - 4 pm Monday - Saturday.


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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