Support Oakland's Newcomer Students

Ends November 30, 2017

In 2015, we were inspired to organize our first newcomer coat drive by Guatemalan 1st-grader Henry, who showed up to school soaking wet and told his teacher, "I want to learn. The rain cannot stop me."

Oakland public schools continue to welcome a growing number of recent immigrant students, many of whom are refugees and unaccompanied minors fleeing violence in their countries of origin.

They face so many challenges, but a warm coat doesn’t have to be one of them: just $18 can buy a winter coat that will keep a newcomer warm, dry, and better prepared to focus on learning.

With your support, we’re aiming to purchase 300 coats this year. Simply click the “Donate” button below, tell us how many coats you’d like to donate, and enter your payment info. We'll take care of delivering the coats to students who need them most.

Thank you for giving newcomer students a warm welcome!

The Oakland Ed Fund Team

Meet some of Oakland's newcomer students (including Henry), and learn more about our campaign, in this ABC7 piece.

Visit to learn more about our work. If you prefer to donate general funds to support newcomers' diverse needs, please click here. Thank you!

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