Fraternal Order of Police Continues to Make a Difference through Easterseals Partnership

Since 1977 the Fraternal Order of Police and its Auxiliary have supported Easterseals, the leading non-profit provider of services for individuals with autism, developmental, physical and mental disabilities, and other special needs. Easterseals' services benefit children and adults with disabilities—whether diagnosed at birth or incurred through disease, accidental injury or the aging process—as well as their families.

To date, the Fraternal Order of Police has raised more than $17 million to help Easterseals make a difference in the lives of those they serve across the country. The FOP has especially supported Easterseals through volunteerism, but is also the premier sponsor of Easterseals' CAMP HOPE initiative. The program is designed to provide a week-long camping experience for the children of service members and support to families learning to live with a service member facing newly acquired disabilities.

Easterseals' primary services include:
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder Services
  • Children's Services
  • Adult Services
  • Senior Services
  • Military & Veterans Services
  • Employment & Training
  • Medical Rehabilitation
  • Camping & Recreation
  • Brain Health

FOP and Auxiliary members are impressed with the impact their support of Easterseals has on the lives of individuals served by the organization.

"Easterseals is a resource on which families rely for services and information," says FOP Easterseals Committee Chairman Rocky Nowaczyck. "FOP's support of Easterseals truly changes the lives of children and adults with disabilities. A number of FOP families have benefited from Easterseals services over the years, and it is a great source of pride for the FOP to know that our support of Easterseals is making such a difference for members of our own FOP family as well as other families nationwide."

Helping Easterseals in Your Community

The National FOP has an Easterseals Committee, which coordinates Easterseals fundraising efforts undertaken by the FOP across the country. The committee, currently headed up by National Chairman Rocky Nowaczyck, works closely with the FOP's National President, State Lodge Presidents and Easterseals national headquarters.

FOP lodges work with Easterseals in a variety of ways. A fundraising guide, which highlights a variety of fundraising ideas to help FOP members get involved with Easterseals, has been designed and is available through any FOP/Easterseals Committee Member. Some of the best fundraisers include bowl-a-thons, softball marathons, raffles and individual donations secured through payroll deductions in a number of markets throughout the country including Chicago. FOP members can also donate their time by providing security for Easterseals events throughout the year; in-kind service represents the opportunity to save Easterseals as much as $100 per hour for security needed at an event or as required.

Working with Easterseals affiliates in your market provides you with the chance to help the FOP continue its 43-year relationship with Easterseals. All money raised by the FOP stays in your local community. For further information on working with Easterseals, please contact Rocky Nowaczyk, National FOP Easterseals Chairman, at robertnowaczyk@sbcglobal.net.

What's New!

To learn more about Easterseals, visit its web site at www.easterseals.com and enter your zip code to search for a location near you.

The reporting deadline for FOP Lodges that raised money for Easterseals is December 31st of each year. Letters from FOP/Easterseals Committee Members will be sent to all lodges in November to assure that these reports are received by the end of the year.

A number of new initiatives are underway to help the FOP raise money and awareness for Easterseals!

Easterseals Camp Hope

CAMP HOPE is a fundraising campaign designed to provide camping opportunities for military families. CAMP HOPE offers military veterans a system of care with options to support their reintegration efforts; support to families managing heavy emotional and psychological burdens; a nurturing environment to learn coping skills; and a place for military children to have fun and share their experiences and fears with other kids.

The Fraternal Order of Police and Auxiliary can make a positive difference by providing funding to support meaningful camping experiences for military families through CAMP HOPE. The cost per camper for a week-long program is $600.

Here are two specific ways that you can help:

Each One, Reach One Campaign for CAMP HOPE – Each Fraternal Order of Police and Auxiliary Lodge commits to sponsor at least one camper. This would require that the members of each lodge would collectively contribute or raise $600 to provide a week at camp for a deserving camper.

Individual support – The Fraternal Order of Police and Auxiliary members commit to sponsor a camper by contributing $50, $100 or more.

Walk With Me

Now in its twelfth year, Easterseals Walk With Me is a national family friendly fundraising event designed to raise awareness and support for families living with disabilities in your town. The event consists of a non-competitive walk and/or competitive run that invites people of all ages and abilities—individually and as members of corporate and community-formed teams—to participate.

Event participants raise money by paying a registration fee and/or by asking friends, family members, and co-workers to sponsor them. Prizes are awarded to registrants based on the amount of money they collect.

When participants register for the event, they won't just receive a typical race number or t-shirt. They will be partnered with an Easterseals Honorary Ambassador...one of Easterseals' local clients.

They will have the chance to get to know their Ambassador through photos and personal stories. And on event day, they can even meet their Ambassador. The Walk With Me Ambassador program helps put a face on the mission of Easterseals.

Visit www.walkwithme.org and find a walk in your area, register and make a difference in lives of local children and adults with disabilities.

Ways for the FOP to Support Walk With Me
  • Work with Easterseals in your market to identify security needs for event to provide staffing on day of event (for which FOP is given credit by Easterseals at rate of $100/hour per staff members)
  • Promote the event among FOP members to recruit teams and participants.

Visit www.walkwithme.org for dates and locations.

For more information on working with Easterseals, contact Dorothy Dohoney, Development Manager and Board Liaison, Easterseals, ddohoney@eastersealschicago.org.

FOP members can help people with disabilities in every community. Donate to Easterseals on-line at www.easterseals.com and make sure you indicate your FOP affiliation when donating!