Thirty-five years after a grieving mother started one of the most influential and effective grassroots movements in history, we’re pleased to announce our new National President, Colleen Sheehey-Church, the first victim of drugged driving to serve as MADD’s National President.
Colleen’s 18-year-old son, Dustin, drowned after the car he was riding in, driven by a teen with alcohol and drugs in her system, crashed into a river, trapping Dustin in the vehicle. She joined MADD a year later in 2005. Read Dustin’s story here.
“No one ever dreams about becoming MADD’s National President, because it means that you have suffered the most unimaginable pain of a death or injury due to the preventable crime of drunk or drugged driving,” says Sheehey-Church. “I was drowning in grief after I lost my son, until I called MADD. I only wished I had called sooner. I’m honored and humbled to represent the victims we couldn’t save, stand alongside those we have and advocate to keep innocent lives safe on our nation’s roadways.”
Just in time for the New Year, we took the opportunity to freshen up our website to make it an even better resource to those interested in our mission. In addition to updating the look and functionality of the site, we also added a few new features, including:
- Anniversary logo. 2015 marks the beginning of a year-long celebration of MADD’s 35th anniversary. To mark the event, we are unveiling a new special edition of our logo.
- New strategic plan. To coincide with the beginning of our 35 year anniversary, we are releasing our new five-year agenda to saving more lives and supporting more victims. You can find it here.
- Local office map. Looking for your local office? Look no further. We now have a new map of all of our offices on our homepage. You can search by your zip code to see if there is a MADD Chapter or office near you.
- New section on drugged driving. In 2015, MADD is expanding its mission to take aim at this growing problem. This new section of the site includes the latest research and information available on this exciting new part of our mission.
We will continue to make updates to the site throughout the year, and we hope you like the new madd.org as much as we do!
The holidays are here and the end of 2014 is right around the corner! Which also means, my term as MADD’s National President is just about over.
I’m so proud of the progress we’ve made together this year and over the past three and a half years that I’ve spent as your National President. Thanks to you, each year we save more lives, serve more victims, and bring awareness to the dangers of drunk driving and underage drinking.
To show my thanks, I want to share with you a special holiday video message:
From the bottom of my heart, thank you for everything you have done this year to help save lives and serve victims. It has truly been an honor to serve as your National President.
MADD National President
Help Save Lives this Holiday Season with Your Gift to MADD
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We are very fortunate to have such wonderful supporters who choose to give so generously, especially during the holidays when drunk driving is even more prevalent. While monetary donations are incredibly important and very much appreciated, there are other ways you can get involved and help MADD this holiday season:
Donate your Vehicle
How can you save lives with an unwanted car? By donating it to MADD! Better yet, you can get a tax deduction at the same time. It’s a win-win!
Donating is easy. We accept all types of vehicles in any condition — from cars, trucks, SUVs, motorcycles, ATVs, as well as boats. Even a vehicle that isn’t running can be sold for parts and contribute hundreds of dollars to support MADD’s mission. Learn more at www.carsformadd.org.
Include MADD in your Will
To make a charitable bequest to MADD, you need a current will or revocable living trust. Your gift can be made as a percentage of your estate, or you can make a specific bequest by giving a certain amount of cash, securities or property. After your lifetime, Mothers Against Drunk Driving receives your gift. Click here to learn more about planned giving.
Walk Like MADD®
Walk Like MADD is your chance to do something about drunk driving in your community. You can help MADD eliminate drunk driving by signing up for a Walk Like MADD event near you as a walker, team captain, or volunteer, and raising funds to support MADD’s lifesaving mission. You can even be involved without attending the event by signing up as a virtual walker or making a donation to another walker or team. Find you Walk and get involved at www.walklikemadd.org.
Event Ticket Donation
Have a ticket to a sporting event, concert or other entertainment affair that you can’t use? Thanks to a partnership with tix4cause.com, an e-marketplace that sells event tickets, you can turn that ticket into a cash donation for MADD. It’s simple. Just donate your tickets to MADD using tix4cause, and when someone purchases these tickets, 90% of the ticket sales benefits MADD. Click here to learn more.
Fundraise in Honor of a Loved One
MADD’s online tribute pages provide victims and survivors a way to share their story and honor a loved one impacted by drunk driving. Through your tribute page, you will also have the option to raise money for MADD’s mission in honor of yourself or your loved one. Donations to MADD do so many things, from saving lives to serving people through MADD’s victim services. Every donation makes a difference. Create your tribute at www.madd.org/tributes.
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. Whether you’re interested in volunteering a couple of times a year or a couple of times a week, there’s a place for you at MADD. And we have a wide variety of opportunities to match your interests and expertise. Learn more at www.madd.org/volunteer.
Over the past several months, MADD’s national office in Irving, Texas has undergone some much needed renovations. The renovations were paid for by the building management company and donations of fixtures were made by local companies, enabling us to dedicate those dollars provided by MADD’s generous supporters to providing lifesaving, mission-critical services.
Last month, MADD hosted an open house for our National Board of Directors as well as partners in the North Texas area to reveal the transformation. The Irving Community Television Network came to the open house to see the newly remodeled space and spent time with MADD National President Jan Withers and MADD CEO Debbie Weir to talk about MADD’s work and what the future holds.
Thank you to those who helped for give our 25-year-old space a much needed refresh, and to the City of Irving for putting together this great video!