Got a tip? Crime Stoppers may not be able to help next year. Here’s why
From The Olympian:
Crime Stoppers of South Sound may close next year because the pandemic has hindered the nonprofit’s fundraising efforts, organization leaders say.
The non-profit organization has been offering rewards for tips about crimes that lead to arrests in Thurston County since 1991. It has operated all those years with funding from community sponsors and fundraising events, co-founder Ed Sorger told The Olympian.
But COVID-19 has stalled both of those funding streams, Sorger said. The pandemic has prevented them from holding fundraising events like they used to. For example, the organization used to host a “shred event,” where people could destroy documents and voluntarily donate to Crime Stoppers.
At the same time, he said some long-time sponsors have diverted their donations to other causes or have had their own fundraising woes.
The Nisqually Indian Tribe also had been a key donor that provided consistent funding, Sorger said. Crime Stoppers manager Julie Wright told The Olympian their inability to conduct community outreach and host events made it difficult for them to make their case to the tribe for more funding.
Crime Stoppers of South Sound accepts tips at 800-222-8477. People can donate by mailing a check to PO Box 6442, Olympia, WA, 98507 or online via PayPal.