Not only does Law Enforcement help bring public awareness about the significant impact Special Olympics makes in the lives of individuals with Intellectual Disabilities, but they literally raise millions of dollars for our program. Since the inception of the Law Enforcement Torch Run in 1996, over $18 million has been raised through a variety of fundraising initiatives. That figure continues to climb every year as more agencies get involved.
Tip-a-Cops are a very easy and fun way to raise funds. The concept is simple; Law Enforcement personnel serve as "celebrity" waiters at a local restaurant with their "tips" donated to Special Olympics. Working with the regular wait staff, Law Enforcement bus tables, refresh beverages, take orders and anything in between. Tip-a-Cop envelopes are placed on the tables so patrons can make their donation via, cash, check or credit card. Special Olympics athletes are recruited to greet guests and show off their medals. Most restaurants are very receptive to hosting Tip-a-Cops. Basically all you need to do is secure a date and time, and then let us know so we can help promote it and provide you with the Tip-a-Cops envelopes and any other materials you may need.
The Polar Plunge® is a unique opportunity for individuals, Law Enforcement, and businesses to support Special Olympics athletes by jumping or running into icy cold water in the middle of winter, in costume no less (though many Law Enforcement agencies jump in the water in full uniform!) The Plunge is NOT a swim, it’s a fundraiser! Participants raise funds online and earn incentives based on the funds they raise. Since the inception of the Polar Plunge in 2009, the Law Enforcement community has raised over $902,970. Top fundraising LETR agency teams earn bragging rights and awards at each of the Plunge sites. There are over 10 Polar Plunges that take place every year throughout Northern California between February and March. Not one in your area? Let us know and we'll help you start one!
Take some fun-loving Law Enforcement personnel, put them on a busy street corner, hand them some "Donate to Special Olympics" signs and buckets and what do you have? Badges with Buckets! Members of Law Enforcement solicit donations from pedestrians and cars stopped at traffic lights and stop signs. Special Olympics athletes come out to support the fundraising efforts and thank donors. One agency raises $20,000 or more over 2 days working four hours per day!
We are always open to new and creative fundraising ideas from Law Enforcement. LETR has hosted 5K runs, crab feeds, poker tournaments and we are always willing to support new fundraising events. Our staff and Law Enforcement Executive Committee are happy to work with you and provide the support you need to ensure the success of your event. Please reach out to any of them to share your ideas.