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Program History
Helping its members give back to the communities they serve has been an important facet of MSCA since its inception in 1975. Through its first community service program, Project Heat’s On (Handicapped and Elderly Assistance To Service Our Neighbors), contractors have provided critical heating system check-ups and repairs to thousands of needy elderly and handicapped homeowners throughout the country.

But MSCA’s board of managers realized that the association could do more to help its growing membership positively contribute to their local communities. The board also noted that the issue of missing children was a growing and serious problem facing our communities.

With that in mind, the board recognized that its members could use their most visible assets – their service vehicles – in a positive manner to help raise awareness for missing children. In 1998, MSCA introduced Project Home Again and its members quickly became involved by placing missing children posters on their service vehicles.

In 2001, Project Home Again was recognized by the American Society of Association Executives with two awards for a “program that truly embodies the spirit of the Association’s Advance America campaign.”

John Walsh, host of FOX’s America’s Most Wanted and the father of an abducted and murdered son, made a passionate speech at the 2005 Mechanical Contractors Association of America (the parent association for the MSCA) annual convention to encourage contractors to get involved with MSCA’s Project Home Again. He noted that Project Home Again is an excellent example of how individuals around the country can assist in locating missing children and commended the program for its assistance in locating more than 60 children. More information on John Walsh’s speech can be found here. By 2006, over 5,000 missing child posters had been distributed depicting over 200 missing children. Over 200 mechanical service contractors now participate in the program.