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Local Teen Nonprofit Success

Jan 30, 2017 06:11PM ● By Jennifer Neys

Pictured (LtoR): Corinne Hindes, Katrine Kirsebom, co-founders of Warm Winters; Benjamin Coy, Mazda, Western Region, Regional Marketing Manager; Victor Amendola, Mazda, Western Region, District Manager. Photo taken on January 12 at the Concord Mazda Service Facility. (Photo credit: Harry Who Photography).

Warm Winters Receives 10K Check from Mazda

Warm Winters, a nonprofit from Walnut Creek, was one of the four runner-up winners in the 2016 Mazda Drive for Good Nonprofit Contest. The two teenagers who founded Warm Winters, Corinne Hindes and Katrine Kirsebom, received a check on January 12 for $10,000 for goods and services to continue doing good in the communities in which they serve.   

Corinne Hinds, a senior at Horizons Center for Independent Study in Pleasant Hill, and Katrine Kirsebom, a senior at Las Lomas High School in Walnut Creek, started their non-profit in 2011 in reaction to seeing an under-clothed homeless person in winter on the streets near their homes. Soon after, the girls, both avid skiers, went to the lost and found at a ski resort to look for a hat and in the process noticed piles of unclaimed coats, hats, gloves and scarves. They asked the resort if they could give the forgotten garments to the homeless in their community, thus marking the beginning of their heartfelt nonprofit operation. Today the organization receives unclaimed clothing from 30 ski resorts in 12 states and redirects it to the homeless. To date, the duo have distributed 40,500 items of warm clothing, new socks, and toiletries to over 26,000 homeless community members across the United States for a total community impact of $1,000,000.

The seniors will head to college after graduation. “I plan to major in nonprofits and social innovation and minor in jazz performance at a college on the West Coast. Still waiting for college decisions to come in before I pick where I will be. I plan to continue to grow Warm Winters throughout my college years,” said Corinne Hindes. Katrine Kirsebom said, “I plan to major in fashion design at a school on the East Coast, where I will learn the ins and outs of the fashion industry. Haven't made my final school choice yet. I will continue to run Warm Winters in college.” As the teens head to college in the fall, maintaining the momentum of Warm Winters is a concern. They said the check from Mazda will “allow us to expand our capacity, putting needed systems and support into place that will ensure that Warm Winters' day-to-day operations continue to run smoothly when we are in college.”

Warm Winters has grown into a national movement of passionate youth, improving the lives of the homeless. Learn more about this organization by going to