Tuesday Afternoon Philly Outreach is so proud of our School Organizers!
There is virtually no limit to what young people can do, no social need they cannot help meet, and giving young people the opportunities to serve enables them to become contributors, problem-solvers, and partners with adults in improving their communities. – Benson & Roehlkepartain
Colder weather is fast approaching and dozens of of schools are planning their own Coat Drive to make this winter a little bit warmer for the homeless and let them know Philly cares.
These leaders of tomorrow know the joy of giving and the importance of supporting their own community. If your school is just getting started,the followingg information will guide you through planning your Coat Drive – from start to finsh.
A School Coat Drive is an easy and convenientway to help people in need in Philly.Our goal is to provide every person in need with awarm clothes. We want to help yourschool create a successful and funevent. Here’s how it works:Selects the dates of yourCoat Drive – there isno set time for an event.Tells TAPO about your collectionplans and register your DriveHold your drive and arrange for delivery ofthe coats and warm clothes to TAPOTells TAPO about your collectionand completethe Share Your Success formonlineCOLLECTION METHODYou can create the Coat Drive any number of ways:you can solicit from families and friends, ask localmerchants or schools to allow coat drop-offs, orarrange for a drop-off at your work place. Thepossibilities are endless!TIMINGYou get to create a Drive that fits the schedule ofyour school.A coat drive in early Fall might be a great kick-off for your activities.The holiday season from Thanksgiving to NewYear’s day is a traditional time to collect itemsfor people in need.A January event lets you collect any coats thatare no longer needed after holiday presentsare received.
We ask that you notify us of your dates AS SOONAS POSSIBLE so that your Coat Drive informationwill be on the website.We’ll need to know the following information:Your primary contact person’s information:name, phone number and emailThe dates and times of your coat collectionCollection addressPublicizing Your Coat DriveUse Social Media to let your friends know whatyou are doing. You can like us on Facebookand then tag us inyour comments.Collecting The CoatsCollection containers can be simple or fancy.Schools are encouraged to design their owncollection containers. The TAPOlabel orhandmade signs on large cardboard boxes workgreat and are inexpensive.Sorting The Coatsinto Men, Women andChildren sizes will make it easier for usto distribute.Share Your Success!Let us know your story.An ideal way to collect and transport thecoats is to use a “trash” bag. You can fitabout 10 coats in each bag.
We ALWAYS love to seephotographs of TAPOCoat activities – from collecting the coats, to sortingthem out to deliver to us.