The warmth of service: IEHP to host annual community coat drive

Health Care and Community News

For Immediate Release 

Source: IEHP


Contact: Inland Empire Health Plan 

Kristina Hernandez, Media & Public Relations Strategist

909-552-0509 | kristina.hernandez@iehp.org

A simple piece of clothing can go a long way for some of the region’s most vulnerable. 


In anticipation of a chilly season ahead, Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) is collecting winter clothing during its annual Holiday Giving “Keep Warm” Drive, and the community is invited to help.


Now through Thursday, Dec. 7, donations of new or very gently used coats, warm clothes, blankets and new socks can be dropped off at five convenient locations:

  • IEHP’s headquarters, 10801 Sixth St., Rancho Cucamonga

  • The Dr. Bradley P. Gilbert Center for Learning and Innovation, 9500 Cleveland Ave., Rancho Cucamonga

  • Any of IEHP’s three Community Resource Centers:

  • 3590 Tyler St., Suite 101, Riverside 

  • 805 W. Second St., Suite C, San Bernardino

  • 12353 Mariposa Road, Suites C2 and C3, Victorville

Donations will support nonprofit organizations in IEHP service areas, from the cities of Riverside and San Bernardino to remote communities such as Blythe, Needles and Trona.


“This coat drive offers us all an opportunity to open our hearts and closets to support others in need,” said Cesar Armendariz, the not-for-profit health plan’s senior director of community health. “Many families and unhoused members of our communities are sadly without shelter or warm clothing, and this collective effort provides warmth, relief and the reassurance that they are not alone and thought of during this holiday season.”


Through its mission statement, “We heal and inspire the human spirit,” IEHP is dedicated to improving the lives of those who call the Inland Empire its home and do so through year-round efforts, such as food and clothing drives and vaccine clinics.


These events look to remove obstacles that impact people’s health care access and health equity, explained Sandy Wyman, IEHP’s vice president of mission.


“So many this season will be without shelter and warm clothing – and it is our joy to care for them and help them be warm and safe,” she said.

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About IEHP

With a mission to heal and inspire the human spirit, Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) is one of the top 10 largest Medicaid health plans, the largest not-for-profit Medicare-Medicaid public health plan in the country, and for the third year in a row, certified as A Great Place To Work®. In its 27th year, IEHP supports more than 1.6 million Riverside and San Bernardino County residents enrolled in Medicaid or IEHP DualChoice (those with both Medi-Cal and Medicare). Today, IEHP has a growing network of nearly 6,800 providers and more than 3,000 team members who are fully committed to the vision: We will not rest until our communities enjoy optimal care and vibrant health. To learn more, go to iehp.org.