LostNMissing Inc. A Nonprofit that helps the Missing and is doing it right!
2,000 people go MISSING every day
LostNMissing Inc. announced that it has been honored with a prestigious 2014 Top-Rated Award by GreatNonprofits.
“We are excited to be named a Top-Rated 2014 Nonprofit,” says Karen Ranoni, State Coordinator/Board Member of LostNMissing Inc. We are proud of the things we have accomplished this year, especially the finding of many missing people. The Top-Rated Nonprofit award was based on the huge number of reviews that were received for LostNMissing Inc. by volunteers and clients. More than 2,000 people end up missing each day and LostNMissing in conjunction with specialized services for the loved ones of the missing and with LE nationwide. There are numerous divisions specifically for missing members of the US Military, people who have special and or medical needs, Unidentified remains that medical examiners nationwide use to try to make a connection back to known missing people. Unfortunately many of the missing cases have become cold or unsolved. Predominantly LNM works with people searching for missing adults but we do have a growing number of minors we are currently working to find.
Financial support is hard to come by.
Founded in Londonderry, NH, all 24 members of our staff including Board of Directors, are 100% volunteers. A large majority of the work is done online and in assisting in physical searches, and events to bring about local awareness, are hosted for the families and the community by designated staff from across the country. Donations and fundraising are vital needs in order to provide support and services. It is the mission of LostNMissing Inc to see an increase of financial support through donations and grant money if it becomes available.
Words from a Mother
It is well documented by people who have used LNM to find someone that has gone missing, and even people who just know others who have used LNM and were impressed with what they saw because those people have posted about their experience with LNM on the GreatNonprofits website. The following is an actual post written by the parent of one of our missing people.-” I am the parent of Sean SIDI age 19, who vanished from San Francisco, CA May 21, 2013. LosNMissing has been of invaluable help in the search for my son. In the world of missing persons, where there are few resources for families of missing persons 18 years and older, LostNMissing fills that much needed void, providing support to families with missing loved ones, with professionalism, dedication, compassion and humanity. Among other things, LostNMissing located and paid for a billboard in San Francisco, featuring my son and 4 other missing young men, provided beautifully designed fliers and digital themes to raise awareness of the search for my son (and 4 others from San Francisco) LostNMissing truly goes the extra mile, even contacting a web master at one of the locations of a sighting of my son. One truly gets the impression that LostNMissing (and Cynthia Caron) cares for each and every missing person. I will be forever grateful to LostNMissing and Cynthia Caron for their help in the search for my son, Sean Sidi, (who remains missing as of Feb 2014).
As part of an inaugural organization LNM will be added to GreatNonprofits #GivingTuesday Guide. You can find this online and at your local bookstores near the holiday season.
“Savvy donors want to see the impact of their donations more than ever,” said Perla Ni, CEO of GreatNonprofits, “People with direct experience with LostNMissing Inc. Have voted that the organization is making a real difference.”
It is no mystery that being a Top-Rated nonprofit organization on this list gives donors more confidence that the organization they are supporting is in fact credible, reviews by volunteers, clients and other donors is proof that the on-the-ground results of this nonprofit is exceptional and valuable. This award is a form of recognition by the community.
GreatNonprofits is the leading site for donors and volunteers to find reviews and ratings of nonprofits.
What to do if you know someone who goes MISSING?
Someone MISSING start by doing this:
STOP! If someone is missing, immediately dial 911. Don't call friends or family that wastes valuable time at the most critical stage of the unfortunate event which is the first few hours.
- In order to request our services, you MUST have AVAILABLE the name of the Law enforcement agency you reported the missing person to, and the case number. Without a case number we cannot assist you.
- Start gathering items that could be useful or making note of details of importance such as unique identifying traits. Tattoos, marks or scars that are visible, does the person have any physical abnormalities that would make them stand out to someone looking for them such as a limp. All of these details will help others who do not know your loved one stand out among the crowd so they can be identified.
- Does the missing person take medication or have any medical needs that would require regular attention such as diabetes or asthma. Did they take their medication with them? This is important information the police will need.
- Let the police officer your speaking with know if your missing person has a cell phone, vehicle and so on.
- Give LE as many pictures of the missing person as they will take. It is fine if others are in the photo, they can be cropped out. The most important thing is for the photo to show a clear image of the persons face.
- Important: If you are registering a missing minor,17 yro old or younger, it's imperative that you place a call with 1-800-The-Lost BEFORE contacting LostNMissing Inc. The number you will be dialing is the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. (NCMEC) They will assign you a case number, don't lose it keep it with you in your purse or wallet in case someone trying to help you needs it.. It's our policy that LostNMissing Inc doesn't conduct or assist in actual searches for missing minors. Although we will, post their missing information upon a signed consent for photo release. NCMEC will manage the entire case and provide whatever assistance you require or they deem fit, follow their lead they are the best at what they do for minors.
Donations, we need them. Where do they go?
Donations that we receive are utilized the most efficient ways possible, luckily Cynthia Caron the founder and President of LNM is a very savvy lady and lives for this cause and the organization she built herself.
DONATIONS PAY FOR:
- Marketing and services for the families of missing.
- Creating and maintenance of websites for missing.
- Expenses related to hosting fundraisers and events to bring media attention and awareness of missing persons case.
- Search and Rescue Expenses (we subcontract & pay expenses)
- Travel expenses for the a family member should a missing person be located alive.
- Banners, posters & more with the missing persons image and info.
- Educational Workshops
- Workshop Binders, printing services, pens and paper products, handouts.
- Postage, mailing supplies, office maintenance, computer maintenance,
LNM website fee and supplies.
- There are numerous expenses, way more than could be listed but you get the gist.
As we grow, our goals are to be able to provide:
- Billboards for the missing people we represent in the event the person has been missing longer than 6 months.
- Contributions towards Rewards ($500) for incentive and renewed interest in our missing persons cases in the event the missing person is missing longer than 3 months.
MISSING Kelly Armstrong IN, Age 28
MISSING Michelle Loree Parker
MISSING Alivia Kail- PA, age 19 WHERE IS SHE?
MISSING Angelica Sandoval CO, age 21 VANISHED FROM HER YARD.
What does it take to care?
Do you think you have to be affected by a loved one going #MISSING before this" cause" becomes important or real to people?
For inquiries our media contact is:
Karen Ranoni- State Coordinator/Board Member