Volunteer with the PeopleFinder project

Websites galore are going up with missing persons information, and technophiles across the country quickly realized a need to categorize this information in one database with easily searchable formats. Social Source Foundation, CivicSpace Labs and Salesforce.com Foundation are working with a wide community to solve a simple problem, and they need our help.

If you've donated money but want to do more, or don't have any money to donate, you can volunteer and hour or two of your time from home or work to help copy and paste information from a variety of sources into one comprehensive database. No other technical skills are required! There's more information and instructions to sign up on the wiki site. I grabbed a block of names last night to work on, and not only is it easy, but returned to me a more human feeling to the tragedy that is overwhelming so many of us.

Four years ago, I started setting up a website for missing persons the day after 9/11. It broke my heart to keep watching the news, where people were vying for airtime with their homemade flyers and pictures of missing loved ones. I grabbed some geek-friends (most notably, the trooper Larry), got myself on the news and solicited hundreds of volunteers within a couple hours. Unfortunately, the technology was such at the time that we couldn't deploy anything centrally or rapidly enough, and the City asked us to shut down after another day or two. We have this opportunity to help find the missing people now, quickly and easily. Let's all do what we can. (Hat tip to BoingBoing.)

UPDATE: Working on some more just now, and this is perhaps one of the more heartbreaking ones I've seen:


ANNA WAGNER/KIMBERLY VREVOUS, YOUR SON IN IRAQ IS TRYING TO GET MESSAGE TO YOU THROUGH MY FAMILY IN FLORIDA: HE LOVES YOU, PLEASE CALL 772 240 9447 AND I WILL GET MESSAGE TO YOUR SON. HE IS IN A UNIT WITH MY NEPHEW, DANNY ROSE. HE LOVES YOU. NEEDS TO HEAR AS SOON AS HE CAN. PRAYERS WITH YOU
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