The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
New York Branch Ride for Missing Children
In May of 1995, a team of bicyclists was organized to promote public
awareness on the plight of all missing children. They rode their bicycles
from Central New York to the steps of our nations capital, arriving in Washington,
DC on National Missing Childrens Day, May 25th a distance of 529 miles.
The Utica community continued the tradition of a Ride and is now in its
tenth year with over 300 Riders. 2005 marked the 10th anniversary of the
inaugural Ride with a return to Washington, DC.
Because of this success, NCMEC/NY introduced the 100-mile Ride for Missing Children to the Rochester community in 2001. And
2003 saw the advent of a successful first Ride in Cayuga County, called the Finger Lakes Ride for Missing Children. 2007 marked the inaugural ride for our Buffalo office!
The mission of the Ride is to:
- Remember all missing children
- Spread awareness on the plight of all missing and exploited children
- Raise funds to support prevention education programs, poster distribution and the mission of NCMEC/NY
Along the route, the Riders stop at targeted area schools. Staff and volunteers reinforce vital safety messages to the children the day of the Ride through music and song. Imagine the impression the riders make on the school children as they see so many bicyclists, riding 2x2 escorted by several police cars with lights flashing and sirens blaring!
These select stops along the route provide refreshments and bathroom facilities for the Riders. Riders do not need to ride 100 miles to participate!
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children / New York
The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children's (NCMEC/NY) mission is to help prevent child abduction and sexual exploitation; help find missing children; and assist victims of abduction and sexual exploitation, their families, and the professionals who serve them.
The tragic abduction and murder of 6-year-old Adam Walsh in 1981, as well as those of Etan Patz and Russel Mort, brought national attention to the issues faced by the families of missing children each year. Local business and community leaders, including Lou and Kathie Bivona and local child welfare agencies, responded by forming the Adam Walsh Child Resource Center in 1984. Located in Rochester, New York, the Adam Walsh Center merged with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in 1990 to become the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children/New York Branch.
Did you know?
- Everyday in the US, 2,200 children are reported missing.
- Approximately 1.3 million children run away annually in our country.
- An estimated 5,000 runaway children die every year due to homicides, suicides, and disease.
- Approximately 3,300 children are reported missing annually in Western New York.
- NCMEC's recovery rate is 96%, up from 62% in 1990.
- One in six children are recovered as a direct result of a photograph.
- Prevention education classes for parents, children, law enforcement, and other professionals
- Internet safety education through our NetSmartz safety education programming
- Mandated reporter classes to improve the identification, response and reporting of child abuse
- Case assistance to law enforcement and families on missing children's cases
- Poster distribution to targeted areas across the nation based upon investigative leads
- A state of the art training facility for law enforcement
During 2012 NCMEC/NY:
- Distributed 541,596 posters of missing children
- Assisted in the recovery of 1,577 children through poster distribution and case assistance
- Distributed over 1,216,645 pieces of prevention education literature
- Conducted 868 education programs with 117,749 participants
- Coordinated 83 child identification programs with 7,662 children and adults
- Participated in 16 regional conferences for 2,320 attendees
NCMEC is one of the Nation's Model Charities:
- NCMEC received 4 stars from Charity Navigator, America's premier independent charity evaluator
- Ninety-three percent of revenue raised goes to program services.
- NCMEC meets all standards of the BBB Wise Giving Alliance
- All funds raised by the New York Branch remain local.
How You Can Help:
- Volunteer to assist with educational programs, special events, or office duties.
- Sponsor a fundraiser to benefit NCMEC/NY.
- Make a financial contribution directly to NCMEC/NY or give through the United Way donor designated #1428.