Community Support

Ways to Help

Donations: Why they’re important

Hiring professionals is costly but necessary to fill in the gaps. Your donations will both allow us to investigate cases and then, if necessary, provide support to the victim and families.

Types of Alerts: AMBER, Silver, Blue, Endangered Missing Persons, Camo and CLEAR Alert Programs

As of May 1, 2022, there have been 1,114 children successfully recovered through the AMBER Alert system and there were 123 children rescued because of wireless emergency alerts.

Community help is crucial to locating children and other missing persons within the first couple of days. The first step is knowing your alerts, being aware of your surroundings, and reporting suspicious activity.

Ways to Prevent Abductions

About 2,100 missing-children reports are filed each day in the U.S. Many cases can be solved more easily when parents can provide key information about their kids, like: height, weight, eye color, and a clear recent photo.

It’s also wise to:

  • Make sure custody documents are in order.
  • Have ID-like photos taken of your kids every 6 months and have them fingerprinted. Many local police departments sponsor fingerprinting programs.
  • Keep your kids’ medical and dental records up to date.
  • Make online safetya priority. The Internet is a great tool, but it’s also a place for predators to stalk kids. Be aware of your kids’ Internet activities and chat room “friends,” and remind them never to give out personal information. Avoid posting identifying information or photos of your kids online.
  • Set boundaries about the places your kids go. Supervise them in places like malls, movie theaters, parks, public bathrooms, or while fundraising door to door.
  • Never leave kids alone in a car or stroller, even for a minute.
  • Choose caregivers — babysitters, childcare providers, and nannies — carefully and check their references. If you’ve arranged for someone to pick up your kids from school or daycare, discuss the arrangements beforehand with your kids and with the school or childcare center.
  • Avoid dressing your kids in clothing with their names on it — children tend to trust adults who know their names.

Education: Educate your peers

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  • Volunteer to help clean up your community.Call your city offices or local waste management company and schedule a dumpster for the event. Then pick up litter together. Sholive and each other. 
  • Organizeto help clean and improve parks in your area. Well-kept play equipment and a cleaw you care about where you n park can attract enough people to discourage illegal activities. Insist that your local government maintain the parks, immediately repairing vandalism or other damage.
  • Adopt a school. Help students, faculty, and staff promote a sense of community through your involvement in a wide range of programs and activities. Work with the school to establish drug-free, gun-free zonesif they don’t already exist.
  • Mentor young peoplewho need positive support from adults—through programs like Big Brothers and Big Sisters.
  • Create a community anti-violence competition. Include speech, dance, painting, drawing, singing, musical instrument acting, and other creative arts. Get young people involved to plan it and suggest prizes. Make it a fun, local celebration. You can hold it in a local park, and even include an old-fashioned potluck.
  • Support organizationsthat help make communities safer, like the National Crime Prevention Council.