Ski-racer Corinne was home one bitterly cold day when she noticed a homeless man in her neighborhood dressed in only a t-shirt and jeans. Concerned for his safety, Corinne wondered how she could help. A few days later, Corinne was checking the lost and found at the ski resort where she practices, looking for a friend’s lost hat. Corinne learned that the resort would soon be discarding the contents of the lost and found – jackets, hats, gloves, and more. And then Corinne put two and two together.
She asked whether she could take the items to donate. The ski area staff said yes, and Warm Winters was off and running. Launched in 2011, Corinne’s initiative now partners with 32 ski areas in 12 states. Through the involvement of 500 teen volunteers, Warm Winters has distributed more than 32,500 items of clothing to 18,000 homeless people. Corinne’s work has earned her an endorsement from the National Ski Areas Association and training with the Jefferson Awards GlobeChangers Leadership Program.