Project Jason

Rating: 5 stars   53 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Disaster Aid, Human Services, Crime & Law

Location: PO Box 11275 Yakima WA 98902 USA

Mission: Project Jason is a 501 c 3 nonprofit organization, and was established on October 6, 2003. Our organization primarily focuses on case assessment, resources, and support for families of the missing. We are not an investigative agency, nor do we perform searches. We offer services we are trained to provide. Kelly Jolkowski, Mother of Missing Jason Jolkowski, handles all interactions with family members, and has over 100 hours of professional training in various aspects of missing persons, including emotional support, DNA, support tools, databases and related matters, case management, media interaction, and more. Project Jason has distributed more than 15,500 personal ID kits, including a Spanish translation. Project Jason has faciliated the distribution of more than 50,000 posters nationwide through their various poster campaigns. Project Jason has given out more than 4,750 missing person photo buttons through their Adopt a Missing Person program. Project Jason has mentored several volunteers to action and passed legislation in 6 states that positively effect missing persons cases. Project Jason has served over 400 families since their inception in 2003. Project Jason, in partnership with Target Media, places information about 4 missing persons each month in national trucking magazines which have circulations of 150,000 each. Project Jason has had a direct impact in the location of numerous missing persons, including a teen missing for 2 years, a sister missing for 7, two sisters missing for 2 years, and a son missing for 14. Project Jason is the first and only assistance organization to offer free, professional counseling online with one of the nation's leading counselors. Project Jason was the first nonprofit of its type to open an office in the popular virtual world, Second Life, bringing the cause of the missing to a new audience, telling the stories of the missing in an intimate and intriguing style. Project Jason is the only nonprofit which offers an annual retreat for family members of both missing children and adults, teaching these families how to cope with this unique loss.
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Rating: 5 stars  

As an advocate for the missing, I have referred family members to, The Jason Project, since 2006. Often, family members have questions, as do I. Ms. Kelly Murphy goes above and beyond to help everyone she can, answering questions, providing referrals, and researching on behalf of the missing. She seems to be available nearly twenty four hours a day. I don't know how she does it. From the ashes of the most painful of tragedies, her dear son having gone missing, she and The Jason Project, arose to help and support families of the missing. One day, I may ask this most excellent organization if I might have the privilege of volunteering for their cause.

Most Sincerely,

Jeanne M. Ruder

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Project Jason has opened my eyes to missing persons. It has showed me that people will never forget those who disappear no matter how long they are gone. It has taught me that we all need to care about each other. It also has shown me that these people are neglected in our society and that more needs to be done to bring them home. Thank you Jason's Project.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

This is my fifth year as a volunteer for Project Jason.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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I've had the chance to do some writing for and about Project Jason and have come to know Kelly through emails and phone calls. I've never gone through what she and so many others have gone through and I hope I never do. But that doesn't stop me from caring and wanting to help when possible. And it doesn't stop me from feeling their pain and anguish at a missing loved one.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

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I met Kelly Jolkowski through the Project Jason website approximately a year ago as my nephew, Ben Roseland disappeared from Clinton, Iowa at the age of nineteen on February 9th, 2008. Kelly has helped guide me through so many different facets of having a missing loved one. One of our first conversations she stayed up very late to help me submit Ben's story in the trucking magazine Truck Job Seekers with the wonderful "18 Wheel Angels"featuring Ben's story. Kelly's organization has also assisted me in many different steps of organizing fund raisers, public awareness, and SAR procedures. I am SURE I am leaving out many other things this great organizations has assisted my family in, those were just to name a few. I would advise anyone who has a missing loved one to contact Project Jason as it has been a Godsend to me and Kelly, it's leading angel. Thanks so much for your time. Very Sincerely, Julie Connell, Aunt to Benjamin Malvin Roseland

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

becoming acquainted with Kelly Jolkowski of Project Jason who as assisted me NON STOP when ever I had a concern, question, or just needed to talk. My nephew is missing and she has been there for me since I first contacted her.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Nothing, just assist them with more funding.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

that I don't want to HAVE to be affiliated with anything concerning missing persons as I ONLY became aware of this organization because my nephew is missing. I have enjoyed Kelly's personality and her many ideas to assist my family.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

ONLY met Kelly through the internet, but she is WONDERFUL!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

FIND a way to have Law Enforcement really "dig" into the missing teens, not just to have L.E. assume that the kids are "runaways. Maybe install some kind of AMBER alert specifically for teens??? DON'T know for sure any thing specific.

Ways to make it better...

CHANGE NOTHING, just assist them with more funding.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

NOTHING, just more funding.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I am so sorry for those who have lost loved ones and my thoughts and prayers are with you all.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

Project Jason offers an unparalleled amount of services for families of the missing. Many people who run across this organization think it must be run by a sizable team because of how much Project Jason accomplishes. Few realize they are not funded enough for even the founder to serve Project Jason full time -- most work is done by President Kelly Jolkowski in the hours not spent at her full-time job. In my nearly two years as a volunteer, I have been impressed by Project Jason's creativity. They are always thinking of ways to support families of the missing in ways no one has ever thought of before. I have been just as impressed with the high ethical standard to which Kelly holds herself and Project Jason volunteers. I have seen many times examples of both integrity and discretion. Finally, Kelly is probably the most knowledgeable person in this cause when it comes to wide and deep knowledge. Partly due to her extensive training and partly due to her astuteness, she is familiar with the legal, emotional, procedural and tactical elements associated with missing persons of all ages.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing the painstaking processes Kelly Jolkowski goes through to create new programs, and fine-tune them to be the best they can be. And she never stops -- the ideas just keep pouring in!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Change it right back to what it is now (but with more funding!).

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Keen understanding of the families' needs. New programs tend to be spot-on in meeting a specific need for families of the missing. The Keys to Healing Retreat is a perfect example. Mostly I have enjoyed working with an organization with utmost integrity.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

The other volunteers I have met are excellent -- they are smart and compassionate.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Hire Kelly and others on a full-time basis. If Project Jason had a staff, there is absolutely no end to the creative new programs that could be implemented to help the families of the missing, and to find the answers they seek.

Ways to make it better...

My experience has been very positive, so I don't believe it could be any better.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Funding, funding, funding. Having Kelly and a staff working for Project Jason full-time would mean an exponential amount of additional assistance to families of the missing. The best organization in the cause would just get better.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I'm really honored to be able to help the families of the missing, and I am very proud to be associated with Project Jason in my efforts.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-3-01

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