Light a Virtual Candle for Victims/Survivors

In honor of National Crimes Victims’ Rights Week, we are asking everyone to take part in our online tribute, and light a virtual candle in honor of a loved one who was killed or injured in a drunk driving crash.

Why a tribute:

  • It is an easy way to honor or remember someone dear to you, and at the same time contribute to MADD’s work. In 2010 alone, MADD served a victim or survivor of drunk driving every nine minutes.
  • It allows you to tell your story about your loved one and why you are supporting MADD.
  • It allows you to raise awareness about the importance of eliminating drunk driving.

Participate in our online tribute now by lighting your virtual candle.

2012 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week

Since 1981, National Crime Victims’ Rights Week has challenged the nation to extend its vision of crime victims’ rights, while providing services to reach every victim of crime.

MADD celebrates this important week by honoring the advocates who help our organization serve one victim every nine minutes.  Across the country, our trained Victim Advocates provide vital support to individuals affected by drunk and drugged driving.

This year’s theme, Extending the Vision: Reaching Every Victim, aligns perfectly with MADD’s goal to serve more victims of drunk and drugged driving, but to do this, we need more volunteer victim advocates.  You can help by becoming a MADD Victim Advocate or by spreading the word about MADD's victim support services.

You can also support crime victims by helping to protect VOCA funding by contacting your lawmakers today. Assisting crime victims is a critical service and VOCA provides a reasonable, fair and cost effective way to assist Americans in their hour of need. 

If you are a victim, call MADD's 24/7 Victim/Survivor Support Line at 1-877-MADD-HELP (877-623-3435) to speak with a victim advocate at no cost, or send us an email at

National Volunteer Week

Volunteers are the heart and soul of MADD. It is their compassion and determination that drives the organization and it is their tireless efforts that have accomplished so much. This week, April 15-21, is National Volunteer Week, a time to recognize the contributions of MADD’s incredible volunteers.  

We are so grateful for each and every one of our volunteers and the work that they do.  MADD would not be successful without their dedication, support and generosity.

If you already volunteer for MADD, we would love to hear about your experience.  Please tell us why you volunteer for MADD on our Facebook page.

If not, there’s a place for you at MADD.  Whether you’re interested in volunteering a couple of time a year or a couple of times a week, we have a wide variety of opportunities to match your interests and expertise.  Fill out our online form to get started.

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New Data Showing that a Quarter of Teen Drinkers Get Alcohol from a Parent or Family Member

Underage drinking is not only a problem for our youth; it’s an adult problem too. More than half of teens who drink are getting their alcohol from adults.  According to the most recent SAMHSA National Survey on Drug Use and Health, the following is a ranking of the top five ways teen drinkers get their alcohol:

This Saturday, April 21st, is PowerTalk 21 day, the national day to talk with your kids about alcohol.  MADD wants to equip all parents and caregivers with the tools to help them start this potentially lifesaving conversation. In preparation for PowerTalk21, parents can get tips and conversation starters, download the parent handbook and find a free 30-minute parent workshop at

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