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National Volunteer Week, 2013
By MADD | April 24, 2013| 4 Comments | Filed in: Volunteers

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!)

Click here to find your local office and fill out the volunteer form to get started.



Submitted by whippinwheeliez at 09:46 PM on April 25, 2013
1983, a defining moment in mine and my families lives. 80 mph we were whipped into a very large tree. Killed my mother and left me forever scarred and left me paralyzed. Damiana please use this tragedy and the now paralyzed man and as the man in the mirror said, "make that change"! We all will benefit. The person who did this to us was heavily intoxicated by a severe mental illness. Who ever thought that a mental illness and the chemical imbalances in the brain can intoxicate a person. At 17 I certainly didn't know. Who ever thought that a family member can murder and maim ? Who ever thought a mother would try to get even by taking the life of her own child just to punish her soon to be ex husband. Self medicating and drinking she was a ticking time bomb. I can't tell you how many times she drove either over drugged or drunk. I never knew people got in accidents while using "MIND ALTERING" legal drugs and red wine. As Catholics believe red wine is the blood of Christ so if you drink it you're not having any issues then, top of that box of wine with her prescribed medications for her Bi Polar disorder. Using a disorder to self medicate is just as wrong as drinking that box of wine until you can't feel. If you can't feel what makes people think they can drive!!?? I too am trying to start a local campaign for awareness Called "Red Bootie Brigade" So tired of hearing about DUI's and how they are stepping things up. No longer do we hear this than a local Bishop kills and innocent mother jogging. The family requested that everyone wear sneakers to the services. The piles of jogging shoes is staggering. But what was left behind is also ignored. She had/has 4 children. Her innocent babies left without a mother. I've tried to contact the husband and the children via facebook and have sent letters begging MADD to help me legally set up something just incase people chose to donate for either the family for the children(Which they have a fund set up for from a local bank)or for a bigger cause MADD. With prom coming and summer upon us I still can't get the ball going quick enough. Awareness is crucial. The different meanings of intoxication are so extensive people need to know. I tried to hang my redBooties that I make myself but the fact the shrine of shoes is so immense I can't near with my chair or my message kept safe in laminate. "IF YOU'VE GOTTA DRINK LET THE INNOCENT THINK." I was going to also leave red booties at both liquor stores each less than 1/2 block from the scene. I wanted to mention MADD and the place the family is taking donations. Anyone who donates gets a hand made foot/sole from the booty that says "A step in the right direction". As a thank you and the more red booties soles the more people are made aware. The amount of local deaths are dramatically increasing. In dire straights to make a change for the positive I'm stuck in limbo on all sides. I want to make a change as a mother, grandmother, sister and aunt. My life story ended a way I would adapt to. The person who headed the car we were in who was chemically altered was my own mother. I'm relieved she is at peace. She is no longer needing to meet other's standards and no need suffer so badly as to self medicate. She's free and she happy. FINALLY! I guess as a former Ms. Wisconsin things would go faster like they did while I held the state title. I can wait but I worry my community can't! Let me know how things go. Your idea is amazing! GO WITH IT!!! And thank you!!! From an advocate and a victim :D
Submitted by MADD at 11:51 AM on April 25, 2013
sillyiepoochie: We are in the US, our headquarters are in Texas.
Submitted by Damiana at 06:36 PM on April 24, 2013
My daughter Emily and granddaughter Falann were killed by a drunk driver on 3 5 2009. Their killer was her fiancé and babies father. He is in prison and their son has been adopted by my sister and he has lost all legal rights to him. I am a speaker for VIP in several counties in Oregon and keep getting invitations for more. Right now I am living on Saipan. There is no Madd here. My husband works the ER. Just last month a young man convicted of DUII crashed his car here and killed his girlfriend. He is paralyzed. I wanted to visit him, hear his story and start a VIP here on the island. I have spoken to a few thousand and the reaction is always the same. Many tears and regrets. If I can help get something started here on the island for MADD I will. Bill, being a doc, Lt. at fire dept. paramedic and first responder and has many horrific stories to tell about the results of drinking and driving is willing to speak also and is very compelling. Please contact me at I hope to hear from you soon and bring MADD to the Marianas Islands. Thank you. Damiana.
Submitted by sillyiepoochie at 06:24 PM on April 24, 2013
Hello where are you based, i mean where is it that you work from as a base or headquarters, as i am here in England near London. I think your cause is a wonderful one and more people should realise that the danger of driving the morning after too.

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