Coat drives near Harrisburg

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December 14, 2023

Coat drives near Harrisburg

For the first time since 2010, the poverty rate in America shot up dramatically in 2022, according to data from the Census Bureau. That means more Americans can't afford basic needs like food, clothing, shelter, and utilities than has been the case in more than a decade.

But the situation isn't just affecting Americans living in poverty. United Way uses the term ALICE to refer to the increasing number of people who are asset-limited, income-constrained, and employed but are still not able to afford their basic needs. In 2021, 13% of Americans earned below the federal poverty level but many more, 29%, fell under the ALICE umbrella, according to the grassroots movement United for ALICE.

A study published in August 2022 from Brandeis University found that more than 75% of low-income families working full-time cannot cover the cost of basic needs. What's more, fewer than 1 in 5 low-income Hispanic and Black families in particular are able to afford the costs of a household budget. "Full-time work alone isn't enough to cover the everyday essentials most families need to support themselves," the study's lead author, Pamela Joshi, who holds a doctorate in social policy, said in a statement.

If you're looking for ways to help, particularly as the temperatures drop and the holidays approach, consider cleaning out your closet and donating a coat to those in need. To help point you in the right direction, Stacker compiled a list of coat drives near Harrisburg using data from One Warm Coat, a nonprofit that provides free coats to children and adults in need across America. Since 1992, they've given out more than 7.85 million coats.

"This is one very small way to take a step forward and do something very tangible," One Warm Coat CEO Beth Amodio told USA Today in October 2023. "It's impossible to change the world. But it is possible to change one person's experience, one person at a time."

Read on to find out where you can contribute.

Bethesda Mission of Harrisburg
- Address: P.O. Box 3041, Harrisburg, PA 17105

WeServU Of PA
- Address: 100 S 28Th St, Harrisburg, PA 17103

DBA Academy of Arts & Development
- Address: 100 S 28Th St, Harrisburg, PA 17103

Skip Program
- Address: 243 Ridgewood Dr, Millersburg, PA 17061

William Penn Senior High School
- Address: 101 W College Ave, York, PA 17401

Shipley Energy
- Address: 415 Norway Street, York, PA 17403

Lancaster County Food Hub
- Address: 812 N Queen St, Lancaster, PA 17603

Water Street Mission
- Address: 210 S Prince St, Lancaster, PA 17603

Family of Christian Churches
- Address: 426 S Queen St, Lancaster, PA 17603

Adams County Shelter-Homeless
- Address: 153 N Stratton St, Gettysburg, PA 17325

Dr. Paul Bowersox
- Address: 206 Pennsylvania Avenue, Westminster, MD 21157

Raymour & Flanigan
- Address: 1055 Woodland Rd, Wyomissing, PA 19610

Opportunity House
- Address: 430 N 2Nd St, Reading, PA 19601

Mimmo's Family Restaurant
- Address: 290 Morgantown Rd., Reading, PA 19611

Heritage Auto Sales
- Address: 401 Morgantown Road, Reading, PA 19611

This story features data reporting by Karim Noorani, writing by Jaimie Etkin, and is part of a series utilizing data automation across 395 metros.

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