NEW YORK CARES COAT DRIVE
The Girl Scout Movement can support Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts NOW through participation in the New York Cares Coat Drive. Here is what you can do to get started:
1. Visit the New York Cares Coat Drive 2012 web page and register your collection efforts. By registering, you will gain access to a number of digital resources such as packing labels, receipts, and promotional posters.
To start, click on the 'Collecting Coats' option listing under the 'You Can Help By' menu. You must then create an account providing your basic contact information. After your account is created, check your email at the address that you provided, and follow the direction to continue the registration process.
You will be directed back to the 'You Can Help By' menu, and again select 'Collecting Coats'. You will then be directed to the registration page, on which you will need to provide your 'Organization'. PLEASE USE THE FOLLOWING FORMAT WHEN IDENTIFYING YOUR ORGANIZATION: ABBREVIATED GS COUNCIL FIRST INITIAL LAST NAME. For example, GSCOMMeyers; GSSanDiegoBJones Be sure to check the box at the very bottom confirming the registration of your collection efforts, after which you will receive a second email providing you the link to the available electronic resources.
2. Commence a winter coat drive in your community. You are welcome to include encouraging notes attached to the zippers or within the pockets of each coat.
3. Ship your collection to the New York Cares warehouse by December 31st, 2012 at 157 West 31st St., New York, NY 10001. The warehouse is open Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm, for receipt of incoming packages. If you need to contact the warehouse directly, please call 646-801-4022. Be sure to indicate in your mailing the name under which you registered your collection efforts.
For other direct service opportunities related to the Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts, please see more at the Hands On Network website, which provides service details at those active action centers in the affected areas (New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington D.C.).