Over the holiday season, the Mohawk Valley office of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC-MV) received a special gift from a long-time rider and advocate of The Ride For Missing Children-CNY. Woody Johnson bequested a donation to NCMEC-NY/MV in his will to be used to continue the organization’s mission of “Making Our Children Safer, One Child At A Time.”
On December 26th Johnson’s family and friends gathered at the NCMEC-MV office for a dedication of the Woody Johnson Volunteer Room in his honor.
Karen LaScala, Jeff Rubenstein, Julie Rubenstein, Dick Jordan, Scott Johnson, Rebecca Johnson, Lance Johnson, Jim White, Wendy Fical, Jim Simpson, Dawn Lazovik, Micky Lucas and Barb Weber
Rebecca Johnson (granddaughter of Woody Johnson)
The Volunteer Room is used for poster folding by local community groups that come in to fold, stuff and seal posters. The posters are sent out for targeted distribution of missing children to aid in their search and recovery. The local office is the only geographically targeted poster distribution center in the United States and posters are sent to saturate locations carefully chosen where children and abductors might be found. Approximately 10,000 to 17,000 posters are sent out for 7 to 12 missing children in one week’s time from the office.
Volunteers are also now being accepting for the 2018 Ride for Missing Children-CNY on June 1st. Volunteers are needed in multiple areas, including assistance with training rides, pre-Ride meal prep, Ride ceremonies, photography and social media, mechanics and more. Click here!