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LostNMissing Inc., a nonprofit that helps the missing and is doing it right!

 

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Author, Karen Ranoni Karen is a writer. She is a loving wife and mother to 5 children. She grew up between Presque Isle, Maine and Clearwater, Florida.  She started writing when she was very young, and loves to share her opinion with people, debate and spark conversations. She thrives on being challenged and her favorite kind of people are seekers; fact checkers and investigators. Karen always looks for the good in a story or person. She values honesty and justice and is infuriated by narrow minds. She has experience writing for her local newspaper (AP style), and writes whenever she has the opportunity. In addition to being a writer she also volunteers for the non-profit, LostNMissing Inc., who help families and law enforcement find missing loved ones. Here she writes of her experience of LostNMissing and what she would like to convey to the general public.

Did you know over 2,000 people go MISSING 

          every day in the USA?

LostNMissing Inc. announced that it has been honored with a prestigious 2014 Top-Rated Award by GreatNonprofits.
We are excited to be named a Top-Rated 2014 Nonprofit,” says Karen Ranoni, State Coordinator/Board Member of LostNMissing Inc. We are proud of the things we have accomplished this year, especially the finding of many missing people. The Top-Rated Nonprofit award was based on the huge number of reviews that were received for LostNMissing Inc. by volunteers and clients. More than 2,000 people end up missing each day and LostNMissing in conjunction with specialized services for the loved ones of the missing and with LE nationwide. There are numerous divisions specifically for missing members of the US Military, people who have special and or medical needs, Unidentified remains that medical examiners nationwide use to try and make a connection back to known missing people. Unfortunately many of the missing cases have become cold or unsolved. Predominately LNM works with people searching for missing adults but we do have a growing number of minors we are currently working to find.

Financial support is hard to come by.

Founded in Londonderry, NH, all 24 members of our staff including Board of Directors, are 100% volunteers. A large majority of the work is done online and in assisting in physical searches, and events to bring about local awareness, are hosted for the families and the community by designated staff from across the country. Donations and fundraising are vital needs in order to provide support and services. It is the mission of LostNMissing Inc to see an increase of financial support through donations and grant money if it becomes available.

Community recognition

Founder Cynthia Caron speaks at the Center for Hope Conference, in New York, educating on the "Friends Don't Leave Friends" alone campaign. An awareness program to help prevent college aged students from going missing.

 

As part of an inaugural organization LNM will be added to GreatNonprofits #GivingTuesday Guide. You can find this online and at your local bookstores near the holiday season.
“Savvy donors want to see the impact of their donations more than ever,” said Perla Ni, CEO of GreatNonprofits, “People with direct experience with LostNMissing Inc. Have voted that the organization is making a real difference.”
It is no mystery that being a Top-Rated nonprofit organization on this list gives donors more confidence that the organization they are supporting is in fact credible, reviews by volunteers, clients and other donors is proof that the on-the-ground results of this nonprofit is exceptional and valuable. This award is a form of recognition by the community.
GreatNonprofits is the leading site for donors and volunteers to find reviews and ratings of nonprofits.

Family Testimonies:  

 

It is well documented by people who have used LNM to find someone that has gone missing, and even people who just know others who have used LNM and were impressed with what they saw. All testimonials below can be verified at the GreatNonprofits website.


I am the parent of Sean SIDI age 19, who vanished from San Francisco, CA May 21, 2013. LosNMissing has been of invaluable help in the search for my son. In the world of missing persons, where there are few resources for families of missing persons 18 years and older, LostNMissing fills that much needed void, providing support to families with missing loved ones, with professionalism, dedication, compassion and humanity. Among other things, LostNMissing located and paid for a billboard in San Francisco, featuring my son and 4 other missing young men, provided beautifully designed fliers and digital themes to raise awareness of the search for my son (and 4 others from San Francisco) LostNMissing truly goes the extra mile, even contacting a web master at one of the locations of a sighting of my son. One truly gets the impression that LostNMissing (and Cynthia Caron) cares for each and every missing person. I will be forever grateful to LostNMissing and Cynthia Caron for their help in the search for my son, Sean Sidi, (who remains missing as of Feb 2014). 
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" This is a very important organization with an excellent team who cares about the missing and reacts promptly. We need more people like them in the world. I contacted the Sacramento Police and told them about my missing brother but they didn't do anything at all. They didn't at least follow their procedures of listing him as a missing person who is mentally disable and unable to feed himself with no where to sleep. lostnmissing got on the task and thanks to the team, we have found my brother."


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"Dear Friends of the Lost and Missing Organization,
There are no words to express my family’s gratitude for the guidance and support you gave us throughout a very painful time. Without the support of the Lost and Missing, we could not have accomplished what we did in such a short amount of
time while trying to find Vicente.Everything you did for us is deeply appreciated. The postings to the Facebook page dedicated to Vicente, including the beautiful video, raised awareness, were extremely informative to all viewers, and kept his spirit alive. You did an outstanding job in your communications and in giving us strength during this difficult time.
We cannot praise enough the Lost and Missing organization and the wonderful people I met who are dedicating their time and resources to help families such as mine in desperate and heartbreaking situations. Your organization brought immeasurable comfort and strength to my family.This sad experience has raised our awareness of this organization and its miraculous power to help families such as ours survive an unfortunate crisis. The goodness and generosity of the folks from Lost and Missing who worked with us has brought us much peace and comfort and will remain in our hearts forever. Thank you for holding us together. "
With heartfelt gratitude,
The Mundo Family



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"My worst nightmare began on 6/22/14, when my beloved husband and wonderful father of our daughter, Lilly left the house and was missing for over a week. I got a call on 6/30/14 that a body has bound been found and 24 hrs. later, it was positively identified as my husband. As soon as Lost'N'Missing became involved, I received tremendous help and support. I was provided with guidance and compassion during our time searching for my husband. Even after he has been found, I rec'd beautiful messages from Lost'N' Missing. I cannot even explain/express my gratitude for this organization. I felt my life was a lifetime movie, it still feels that way, but their continued words of encouragement give me strength to go on. Lost'N'Missing is a great organization and without their help, I don't know where I'd be today ~ my state of mind became quickly disrupted and I couldn't function properly trying to complete normal daily tasks. They were and are here for me during the most difficult time of my life. I'm forever in debt for the great service they so freely express and give."


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What to do if you know someone who goes MISSING?

STOP! If someone is missing, immediately dial 911. Don't call friends or family first! That wastes valuable time at the most critical stage of the unfortunate event which is the first few hours.

Donations, we need them. Where do they go?

Donations that we receive are utilized the most efficient ways possible.
DONATIONS PAY FOR:
  • Marketing and services for the families of missing.
  • Creating and maintenance of websites for missing.
  • Expenses related to hosting fundraisers and events to bring media attention and awareness of missing persons case.
  • Search and Rescue Expenses (we subcontract & pay expenses)
  • Travel expenses for the a family member should a missing person be located alive.
  • Banners, posters & more with the missing persons image and info.
  • Educational Workshops
  • Workshop Binders, printing services, pens and paper products, handouts.
  • Postage, mailing supplies, office maintenance, computer maintenance,
    LNM website fee and supplies.
  • There are numerous expenses, way more than could be listed but you get the gist.

As we grow, our goals are to be able to provide:

  • Billboards funded by LNM for the missing people we represent in the event the person has been missing longer than 6 months.
  • Contributions towards Rewards ($500) for incentive and renewed interest in our missing persons cases in the event the missing person is missing longer than 3 months.
Fantastic page by LNM on Hope, Resources and Strength, on Facebook

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