How to Host a Coat Exchange

Hosting your own coat exchange is simple.  Here are the basic steps:

1) Find a location.  Keep in mind that the location should be both accessible to those who will be dropping off coats and to those who will come to get a coat.

2) Publicize.  Let people know about your event.  Be sure to get the word out to those who may want to donate coats as well as those who may need a coat.  Check out our In the News links for some examples of how we got the word out last year in Louisville.  Be sure to tell people the important details: when (date AND time), where, and what.  Also contact organizations that work with the homeless or other populations that may be in need of a coat.

3) Determine the logistics.  Decide if the coat exchange will be inside or outside (such as in a parking lot).  Have practical items available like clothing racks (you can get them from stores that are closing or build your own), extra coat hangers, signage, snacks, etc.

3) Get a few volunteers.  Volunteers can help receive coats and hang them up as they are dropped off, and they can also assist those who are looking for the perfect coat.

4) Have a plan for any leftover coats.  In case you collect more coats than you give away, have a plan for any remaining coats.  You can contact a local charity to come and pick them up after the event ends, or you could deliver them to a charity yourself.

If you are interesting in coordinating a Coat Exchange location in Louisville, KY, please let us know!