Five thousand missing children posters have now been distributed to 184 service contractors nationwide under the Mechanical Service Contractors of America's (MSCA) Project Home Again. This program has assisted the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) in their search to locate missing, kidnapped and runaway children since 1998. The program provides contractors with the opportunity to assist their local communities with this serious problem while increasing community awareness and eliciting public support.
The program involves the distribution of missing children posters to local contractors for display on their service vehicles. Since these vehicles travel extensively throughout the community, visibility is enhanced and the likelihood that a child will be recognized and found is increased. To date, MSCA has distributed posters of 200 different children. One hundred of the children depicted on these posters have now been recovered.
According to NCMEC, approximately 800,000 children disappear each year as a result of family abductions, kidnappings, and running away. This means that over 2,100 children-or 90 an hour-disappear each day.
"MSCA is proud to have its contractor members involved in their local communities and with such a worthwhile cause," says MSCA Executive Director, Barbara Dolim. "Poster programs have proven to be extremely effective in locating missing children. MSCA plans to expand its support of Project Home Again by providing additional contractor resources, enhancing our website and other initiatives."
For additional information on Project Home Again visit: http://www.mcaa.org/msca/projecthomeagain/ or contact Sobeida Orantes at [email protected]