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Project Jason

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

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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3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Carole Moore

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am a professional writer and when I signed to pen a book about missing persons, I sought out Kelly and her organization, Project Jason, because I had already heard -- through the educational and law enforcement community -- that these were people whose word you could take to the bank. I found far more than a good resource for my book. Project Jason serves a community that is not only underserved, but is virtually ignored once the initial press dies down. When a family member goes missing, the family is incredibly vulnerable, hurt and rudderless. Project Jason offers something no one else can: Understanding and guidance born of the most difficult experience you can imagine. Project Jason is so worthwhile. It grew out of tragedy and has now become an oak tree against which so many weary and lost people lean. Kelly, the founder, and her advice helped make my book better and more accurate and she helps focus the spotlight on missing persons year-round. I can't imagine a more worthwhile or genuine nonprofit. Project Jason is unique and a completely unselfish effort. Without it, many people would have had no place to go for advice or help. I hope you'll recognize its value as many others have.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

When I wrote my book The Last Place You'd Look: True Stories of Missing Persons and the People Who Search for Them (Roman & Littlefield 2011) I turned to Kelly to help guide me through the world of families and nonprofits. As a former police detective I knew the professional end of things, but Kelly knew it from a more personal point of view. She helped me see the missing and their families through the eyes of the people who have been there and done that. And Project Jason is such a blessing to those families. It's there when no one else is and expects absolutely nothing in return for its help. Project Jason is one of the finest examples of community service out there and it serves a community no one else does. Highly recommended.


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Kelly Jolkowski has committed her life to help the families of the missing. She has first hand experience of this herself with her missing son Jason. Instead of folding under the grief she has become a leader in assistance and advocacy for the families of missing persons. Project Jason offers compassion and resources for those families. Every year they held a retreat for those families also.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Project Jason does a remarkable job for the missing. As a former America's Most Wanted producer who's become close to many cases (one in particular), I am grateful for Project Jason and their dedication to the missing. It takes a special kind of heart and dedication to spend one's life helping victims and their family members. Project Jason is to be commended for their outreach and assistance. They provide a service that's literally life-saving.