Warm Winters

Teens Reaching Out to Help the Homeless

When Corinne and Katrine were 11 years old, they noticed a homeless man in their neighborhood, dressed in just a t-shirt and jeans on a terribly cold winter's day. They were horrified that he did not even have a coat to shield him from the bitter cold, and they decided that they had to find a way to help him.

Both girls were ski racers, and one day Katrine lost her hat during practice, so they went to the ski resort's lost and found to look for it. They were amazed when they saw the huge pile of unclaimed coats, hats, gloves and scarves. Together, they asked the ski resort if they could take the unclaimed warm clothing to bring to the homeless in their community. The resort said yes, and in 2011, Warm Winters was born!

They quickly expanded their reach, working with 4 ski resorts in Northern California in the first 2 years. In 2014, they received a Jefferson Award for their work with the homeless, and began receiving leadership training from the Jefferson Awards GlobeChangers Leadership Training Program. With this training, they formulated a plan to go national. Warm Winters is currently working with 17 ski resorts in 8 states, with teen leaders (WarmWinTeens) heading up their efforts at each resort. To date, they have distributed over 7500 items of warm clothing to over 4900 homeless people, and they are just getting started! Their 5-year goal is to work with 60 ski resorts across the country, have 125 teen leaders, and deliver warm clothing to 50,000 homeless people.

Warm Winters has recently started helping the homeless in new ways. They are now providing personal care items, hand warmers and shoes to the homeless that they serve. You can help with this effort! Any monetary donations will be used to purchase hand warmers, shoes and other personal care items that our homeless community members across the country desperately need.

Thank you so much for your support in helping us #helpthehomeless!