Project Home Again, a service program of the MSCA, distributed its 9,000th missing child poster since 1998.

Through the program, more than 200 members of the Mechanical Service Contractors of America purchase and display magnetic posters of missing local children on their service vehicles. As their vehicles travel around their communities the posters are highly visible, increase awareness of the missing children, and enhance the likelihood that they will be found.

MSCA’s partner, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, provides the association with the biographical information of the missing children for the posters as well as contact information. Over 300 of the 548 children portrayed on the Project Home Again posters have been found.

“MSCA’s Project Home Again remains as committed to finding missing children throughout the United States as we did when we started the program 13 years ago,” said MSCA Executive Director Barbara Dolim. “Our contractor members have been extremely generous in their support of the program and take pride in helping families in their community reunite with their loved ones. In fact, some of our Project Home Again contractors have received phone calls from the families of missing children, thanking them for their assistance.”

Project Home Again has been nationally recognized for its role in raising awareness about the search for missing children. It received two national awards in 2001 from the American Society of Association Executives for being “a program that truly embodies the spirit of the Association’s Advance America campaign.”

In addition, in 2007, the program was featured on “NBC Nightly News” in a “Making a Difference” segment. The segment portrayed a participating MSCA contractor in Louisville, Ky., and showed how the company’s participation in the program is making an impact in its community.

The center estimates that in the United States, approximately 800,000 children are reported missing annually. Of that number, 200,000 are abducted by family members, and 58,000 are abducted by non-family members.