Project Jason Milestones

Project Jason Milestones

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Date
Milestone
June 2001Jason Jolkowski disappears out of the driveway of the family's Omaha, NE home.
October 2003Project Jason, a 501(c)3 is formed.
January 2004Project Jason's first awareness program, the 18 Wheel Angels, is launched. More than 45,000 posters have been distributed to date by truck drivers and other interested persons.
May 2004Project Jason and Nebraska Governor Mike Johanns declares Missing Person's Week in Nebraska. Project Jason representatives traveled #, stopping in more than a dozen cities to meet families and local law enforcement, and to distribute their free English- or Spanish-language Child ID Kits and other educational materials.
August 2004Free Personal ID Kits in English and Spanish versions are made available on Project Jason's website.
October 2004 Project Jason launches Adopt a Missing Person awareness program.
February 2005Come Home, the first ever locator to seek the missing among the homeless, is launched by Project Jason.
April 2005The Jolkowski family is invited to attend a conference about missing persons sponsored by The Department of Justice, which gathered families of the missing, law enforcement, medical examiners, coroners, victim's advocates, forensic scientists, and key policymakers and resulted in a Missing Persons' Model Legislation.
May 2005The Jolkowski's Bill LB111, Jason's Law, is passed by the State Judiciary Committee, coincidently, on National Missing Children's Day.
July 2005Project Jason's work is highlighted in USA Today.
November 2005Students at Ashland University in Ohio arrange a record 1,500  "adoptions" of missing persons with Project Jason's Adopt a Missing Person program.
December 2005Kelly Jolkowski volunteers to pick up where the Department of Justice meeting left off, forms Campaign for the Missing, and engages and mentors volunteers in passing the Missing Persons' Model Legislation in their own states. The new laws have a profound impact in changing policies and practices.
February 2006Jason's Law website is launched on the Nebraska State Patrol's website to bring awareness for all missing persons in Nebraska.
October 2006Project Jason hosts Fox Valley Technical College's Investigating Missing Persons for law enforcement.
June 2007Project Jason hosts Omaha Missing Persons Day to bring awareness for the area's missing person cases and garner community support for the families of the missing.
November 2007Healing Harbor, the only free online counseling service for families of missing persons, is launched.
May 2008 Project Jason becomes the first nonprofit assistance organization to have a presence in Second Life, a popular virtual world.
May 2008Mark Hamilton, a person missing for 14 years, returns home with Project Jason's help.
June 2008 New Jersey passes Patricia's Law, a law based on Campaign for the Missing, following Oregon, Connecticut, Florida, Indiana, Washington, Washington D.C., California, Colorado and Texas.
August 2008ID Kitty, Project Jason's mascot, comes to life to bring the message to family members of all ages to have an ID personal kit.
August 2008Project Jason launches the Awareness Angels Network, a program which reaches subscribers via email across the country with updates on missing person cases and links to printable posters.
September 2008Independent filmmaker, Christina Fontana, begins filming her documentary "Project Jason: Voice for the Missing."
March 2009Project Jason is accepted into AMECO, the Association of Missing and Exploited Children's Organizations, Inc. AMECO membership validates the integrity and professionalism of the member organizations and is dedicated to serving the cause of missing and exploited children, their families, and the community at large.
May 2009Minnesota, with its Brandon's Law, becomes the most recent state to pass laws based on Campaign for the Missing.
June 2009The first Project Jason Keys to Healing Retreat is held in Omaha, Nebraska
August 2009Extra Mile America tour features the Jolkowski family and work for Project Jason
September 2009Project Jason story featured on Nancy Grace Cold Case segment.
October 2009Family Media Assistance program debuts
November 2009Redesigned site with new awareness features implemented
November 2009"Home for the Holidays" stories added to site
January 2010National distribution Interstate Directory features 39 Project Jason missing person case profiles
February 2010Project Jason assists law enforcement officers with receiving training at Fox Valley conference
April 2010Project Jason founder Kelly Jolkowski receives Federal Volunteer for Victims award from Attorney General
August 2010Project Jason hosts 2nd annual Keys to Healing retreat for families of missing persons
August 2010Project Jason works with America's Most Wanted to obtain stories of families of the missing for "My Story" segment.
September 2010Jolkowski story featured in "Extra Mile America" book
December 2010Project Jason's Second Life office selected by independent group as among top three designs
February 2011 Four law enforcement scholarships awarded by Project Jason
June 2011Jolkowski family, Project Jason staff, and supporters mark the 10 year anniversary of Jason's disappearance
July 2011Author Carole Moore thanks Project Jason for assistance with her book "The Last Place You'd Look"
August 20113rd annual Keys to Healing retreat takes place
November 2011Nebraska Governor honors Kelly Jolkowski with "Points of Light" award
February 2012Campaign for the Missing launched in Arizona
June 2012Tree planted in honor of Jason Jolkowski on 11th anniversary of his disappearance
June 2012"Jason's Tree" general fundraising campaign launched
August 20124th Annual Keys to Healing Family Retreat takes place.
August 2012Project Jason website redesigned with new logo and awareness features