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Register for the 2014 Polar Plunge!



The Polar Plunge is what happens when thousands of people around Oregon run into icy waters to raise money for Special Olympics Oregon. As a plunger you may participate in one of the five plunges around the state. Too cold for you? Show support by pledging. The vision of Special Olympics Oregon is to help bring all persons with intellectual disabilities into the larger society under conditions whereby they are accepted, respected and given the chance to become useful and productive citizens.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Here in Oregon, while Special Olympics Oregon serves close to 8,000 participants throughout the state, nearly 100,000 people with intellectual disabilities could benefit from participating in Special Olympics. Still growing, Special Olympics Oregon is efficiently expanding programs to get closer and closer to serving every individual with intellectual disabilities that qualifies to participate in Special Olympics.

How will this project solve this problem?

The Polar Plunge is the largest grassroots fundraiser for Special Olympics Oregon. The event also provides the opportunity raise awareness and spread our mission throughout the state. Part of the Polar Plunge, PLEDGE and PLUNGE is an awareness campaign that educates students and staff about the derogatory use of the word "retard(ed)" and raises awareness for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Participants have the opportunity to pledge to spread the word to end the word.

Potential Long Term Impact

Your donation teaches Tools for Life to the largest disability population in Oregon; teaching skills that increase potential for employment and independence and improving educational performance for students. Funding provides health education and fitness training to this currently under-served population and promotes greater respect for individuals with intellectual disability. Families receive a venue for networking and information sharing.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $6,000
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $14,000
Total Funding Goal: $20,000


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Project Leader

Allison Ellermeier

VP of Development, Law Enforcement Torch Run
Portland, OR United States

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