This year, April 21st-27th is an important week at MADD! It started off with PowerTalk 21 day, the national day for parents to talk with their teens about alcohol, its National Crime Victims’ Rights week, and it’s also National Volunteer Week, a time to renew the idea of service and responsibility. All three of these things are incredibly important to MADD’s mission.
"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not."
— Dr. Seuss
As we so often say, our volunteers are the heart and soul of MADD. Many of those who work so hard for MADD each and every day are volunteering their time and their heart for the cause. We would never have accomplished so much without these dedicated volunteers.
President Obama recently release a proclamation calling upon all Americans to observe this week by volunteering in service projects across our country and pledging to make service a part of their daily lives. View the 2013 National Volunteer Week Presidential Proclamation.
A few things you can do as a MADD volunteer:
- Become a trained victim advocate and provide emotional support to drunk driving victims/survivors as well as guide them through the criminal justice system.
- Work with MADD’s public policy department to strengthen existing laws and enact new ones.
- Share your story at schools, civic groups, clubs and other organizations.
- Ensure that drunk driving offenders are punished to the fullest extent of the law by monitoring court cases and reporting outcomes to the community and media.
- Organize a Walk Like MADD event in your community to help raise awareness and funds.
If you are not already one of our wonderful volunteers, we hope you will take this opportunity to contact your local office to find out more. (And if you are, thank you, from the bottom of our hearts!)