02 Dec

Button & Zipper Encourages Kids to Provide Warmth this Winter


Ira Coleman, President, and Founder






Button & Zipper Encourages Kids to Provide Warmth this Winter

A unique approach to the coat drives serves those in need in Denver.


DENVER, Colo. – December 2019 – Students in Colorado double their goal of coat donations, become part of giving back to their community in part because of Button & Zipper.

Button & Zipper at I AM Academy on Oct 24, 2019



The problem is bigger than just coats. It’s in bringing the community together to solve a problem. Not only does Button & Zipper have an annual coat drive, but they are shifting the coat drive approach to distribute high-quality coats and jackets to more schools, non-profits, and other organizations statewide. 

I Am Academy’s Kiwanis Builders Club is one of the youth organizations participating in collecting coats this year. I AM Academy is a HOPE Online learning center located in Lakewood, Colorado, that serves 191 youth from grades K-12.

The statistics of I Am Academy are harrowing.  88% of their students are on the Free and Reduced Lunch program, while 19% of the students there are homeless. Yet, throughout the coat drive, the students rallied together to make signs, count and sort coats, and to give back to their community. Their original goal of 35 coats was more than doubled; they collected over 72 coats to donate. 

“I’m really proud of the student’s response and their overall leadership, it’s been really a great thing,” said Anthony Watson, Director/ LC Liaison at I Am Academy. 

Student leaders are points of contact for the students who want to get involved with the coat drive. They work directly with Ira, President, and Founder of Button & Zipper, counting coats and communicating with other students. One of those student leaders is named Angelica, along with fellow students Sergio and Alejandro.

“I feel great because it’s starting to get cold, and we can give the jackets to someone who needs them,” Angelica says. “My favorite part of the process is seeing how many jackets we can collect.”

Not only are the students rallying together at I Am Academy to contribute to Button & Zipper, but they also receive support from community leaders to create collection opportunities, especially from student-led initiatives like DSST: Green Valley Ranch High School’s Community Now Club.

Places like WeWork, Greenbox Self Storage, Enterprise Coworking, CTRL Collective, Greystar, Stanley Marketplace, Ethan Allen, The Commons on Champa, VentureX and Improper City can all host coat drives, partnered with Button & Zipper to serve the coat needs of kids in schools and others in need. 

Button & Zipper is a Colorado nonprofit community coat drive initiated in 2013 to support Chicagoland and Denver metro’s low-income individuals, and families stay warm during grueling winter months. Their coat drive begins October 1st and runs through February 28th, each season.  

By partnering with local leaders and companies, Button & Zipper collects, sorts, and distributes coats and jackets to those in need of warmth. So far this season, they have received nearly 8,000 coats requested from 50+ schools, agencies, and organizations. They are projected to distribute 10,000+ coats this season.

To donate, volunteer, or become a recipient, please visit our website at buttonandzipper.com


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PARTNERS (2019-2020):

Capital One Cafe (Denver and Chicago), Tide Cleaners (Denver and Chicago), Camber Outdoors, Greenbox Self Storage, Xero, Stanley Marketplace, Enterprise Coworking Space, Larson’s Ski & Sport, Improper City, CTRL Collective, Greystar’s Alara Union Station and Overture 9th + Co, Levine Law, Bryce Babcock’s Farmers Insurance, Union Denver by Day Dream, WeWork’s Triangle Building and The Hub, Aktivax, Edison at Rino, Workability, Downtown Denver Partnership, Commons on Champa, Polka Dot Powerhouse – Foothills Chapter, Live Laugh Denver Real Estate Group, Pumpkin Nights, Keller Williams Advantage Realty, Career Transformations, Canavan, Syddall, & Associates, City and County of Denver’s Harvey Park Recreation Center, Lakewood’s Link Recreation Center, Exit Realty Premier Partners, GRID Collaborative Workspaces, VentureX, Denver Serve, Carmel Oaks Retirement CommunityMatthew Morris Salon, Santana Insurance, JNJ Construction, McCaddon Buick GMC, Colorado Lending Source, Spaces Coworking, Pie Insurance, Hyatt Regency Colorado Convention Center, CO Insurance Specialist, BiggerPockets, TAVA Waters, My Father’s House International Christain Discipleship Center, Blithe Salon, Robinson Custom Cleaning, Colorado Technology Assciation.





AUTHOR: Leah Rybak at LMR Consulting

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