Winter weather in Nebraska can bring hardships to the homeless, but this year the YMCA of Lincoln is stepping in to bring some warmth and relief by hosting their second annual Winter Coat Drive to benefit the People’s City Mission (PCM, The drive will take place October 1-21, with a kick-off coat distribution at PCM’s Help Center starting 9 a.m. on Friday, November 4. All four Lincoln YMCA locations will be participating in the coat drive. Last year’s drive generated over 2,300 coats thanks to the generosity of YMCA members and the Lincoln community at large.

Community members who donate a new or gently used coat receive a free pass to “Try the Y” for a week, valid through the end of the year. Current YMCA members donating coats will also have a chance to win a free Y membership for 2023.

“For more than 150 years, we have stayed true to our mission of strengthening the community through programs focused on youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility—making sure our neighbors are supported,” shared Barb Bettin, president and CEO of the Lincoln YMCA. “This effort is a reflection of just that, and we’re thrilled to once again partner with the People’s City Mission.”

You can find coat drive drop-offs at the four Lincoln YMCA locations: Cooper YMCA, 6767 S 14th St.; Copple Family YMCA, 8700 Yankee Woods Dr,; Fallbrook YMCA, 700 Penrose Dr.; and Northeast YMCA, 2601 N 70th St. To learn more, visit

More information about People’s City Mission can be found at