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Review for Project Jason, Yakima, WA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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?


Role:  Volunteer & Public relations, assistance for special events, brainstorming, assistance with various projects and running the Project Jason presence in virtual worlds..