United Legacy is a 501(c)(3) search and rescue organization focused on helping loved ones bring the missing home. It is in those moments of fear and panic when facing the overwhelming task of not knowing what to do, who to contact, or how to begin looking for someone you love, that United Legacy answers the need.
Founder and President, Deanna Schroeder, knows those feeling all too well when her brother went missing in 2014. Through her unfortunate experience, was born a passion to ensure that no family has to endure the experiences of searching for a loved one, while processing the enormity of the situation alone.
United Legacy aids in being a liaison for the family with presiding law enforcement personnel, using their experience to more easily guide the relationship, while putting forces into play to conduct a search. Through activities on the ground including reaching out to the community through awareness campaigns, foot searches, mounted groups, water support, ATV/Snowmobiles, drones, tracking dogs, and helicopters when necessary, United Legacy effectively employs a multitude of resources to fit the requirements of each search.
Bringing loved ones home together…
FOX 9 did an article on United Legacy back in 2016.
Searches organized by United Legacy have found several bodies in the last year. Deanna, herself, found the remains of a woman missing for eleven days. The organization is comprised of volunteers and families who’ve lost loved ones. They try to help without giving false hope while using social media to mobilize as many searchers as possible. Volunteers are trained in conducting “hand-in-hand” grid searches.
United Legacy leaders hope to expand their services to the entire state, and eventually the entire country.
United Legacy has been getting along by the generosity of volunteers when it comes to rescue equipment. This equipment is not always guaranteed. If you would like to help with resource needs, please see their list here.
Look for future posts from JCI Shakopee for trainings by United Legacy on search and rescue.