Jersey Cares Annual Events allows volunteers to give back to their communities throughout the year.

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*Photo Credit: Craig Cutler; (c) New York Cares.

About The Coat Drive

More than just an article of clothing, your coat can open opportunities for someone who needs one. You can enable a job-seeker to continue his search during the winter. You can enable a student to focus on her studies in a cold classroom. Or you can help a senior go out for medication in a storm. What to you is a coat hanging in the back of your closet can be a life-changing support for someone in need.


Jersey Cares plans to collect and distribute more than 30,000 “gently used” winter coats to men, women and children in need throughout New Jersey through The 20th Annual Jersey Cares Coat Drive. Over the past eighteen years, Jersey Cares has collected, sorted and distributed more than 500,000 coats for New Jersey residents through our annual coat drive. Companies, churches, fire departments, police stations, schools and other organizations will set up sites across the state to collect coats and then deliver them to the nearest Jersey Cares Container Site. Jersey Cares volunteers will then organize the donated coats at the container site and bag them for pick-up. Pre-approved nonprofit organizations will then pick up their coats and distribute them to people in need.

  • Donating Coats: Coats may be dropped off between November 1, 2015 and December 9, 2015 at all participating collection sites. Many collection sites are not prepared for bulk coat donations. If you have more than ten coats to donate, please call ahead or consider registering your own collection and scheduling a delivery to one of our container sites.
  • Collecting Coats: By forming your own collection site, you offer your neighbors and community members a convenient location to donate their coats and ensure that more coats make it to people in need. You can establish a private or public collection site for the length of the coat drive or for a shorter period of time (i.e., two months, two weeks, a few days, or just one day). A public collection site is open to anyone to drop off coats and will be listed on the Jersey Cares website; a private collection site is open only to people whom you invite to drop off coats.  All collection sites need to register on the Jersey Cares website. After we receive your Collection Site Registration Form, Jersey Cares will send you a Collection Site Kit that includes posters, host site instructions, coat sorting instructions and directions to your nearest Jersey Cares Container Site for coat drop-offs. Please note that all collection sites are required to deliver their coats directly to their local container site. We are not able to provide individual pick-ups due to the size of this program.
  • Sorting Coats: While we encourage pre-sorting coats before delivering them, volunteer sorting projects will be held from November through December for ages 4 and up. Please visit the Jersey Cares Volunteer Opportunity Calendar to register for an opportunity.
  • Special Events:  Jersey Cares will hold special donation and sorting events throughout the duration of the drive. Please register to volunteer for upcoming Special Events. 
  • Make a Financial Contribution or Become a Coat Drive Sponsor: The Jersey Cares Coat Drive is an enormous undertaking and requires financial support to create its tremendous impact. Sponsors receive multiple benefits. Please contact the Jersey Cares office if you are interested in becoming a sponsor, or click here to make a financial donation.
  • Receiving Coats: If you are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization or school, you may request gently-used, warm winter coats for your clients or students. Please register online to receive coats. 

September 11th Week of Service and Remembrance
As part of the national movement to preserve September 11th as a day of service and remembrance, Jersey Cares facilitated 20 volunteer projects at 11 different sites over two days of service in 2015. These volunteer opportunities placed a special focus on New Jersey towns that experienced the greatest loss of life on September 11th, 2001. Volunteers honored those affected by the events of September 11th through projects such as landscaping, food sorting, senior socialization, indoor clean-ups, and brightening walls with fresh coats of paint. Through these projects, volunteers worked to make our communities stronger on a day that was intended to tear them apart. Information for our 2016 September 11th Week of Service & Remembrance will be available in July 2016.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. - MLK Day of Service

For the 7th Annual Jersey Cares Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service,almost 1,000 volunteers participated in service projects across New Jersey spanning three days. Volunteers honored Dr. King’s legacy while displaying their own leadership skills as they brightened dull walls with fresh paint, served hot meals, spent time with seniors, beautified our parks, and organized donations.Volunteers throughout New Jersey worked to embody Dr. King’s vision and bring people of all ages and backgrounds together to strengthen their communities. Information for Martin    Luther King, Jr. Day of Service 2016 will be available in November 2015.

Jersey Cares Day

Jersey Cares Day is a day of true partnership and community building as people from all over New Jersey unite for the common goal of revitalizing local communities. Jersey Cares Day is also a fundraiser to support the important work of Jersey Cares all throughout the year. Like a walk-a-thon, Jersey Cares Day volunteers raise pledges for the time they are contributing, making the event an inspiring way to build stronger communities and help continue that work all year round! More information on Jersey Cares Day 2016 will be available February 2016.