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National Volunteer Week 2014
By MADD | April 7, 2014 | Filed in: Volunteers , General

This week, April 6-12, is National Volunteer week, a time to celebrate people doing extraordinary things through service.  At MADD, we are so grateful for the wonderful volunteers we have, who are not only making an impact in their communities, but are saving lives!

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. Here are just a few ways our incredible volunteers are making an impact:

  • Advocate for Change. Volunteers work to strengthen existing laws and enact new ones.
  • Lend a Shoulder. Volunteer victim advocates provide emotional support to drunk and drugged driving victims/survivors as well as guide them through the criminal justice system.
  • Speak Out. Volunteers speak at schools, civic groups, clubs and other organizations, sharing their story and helping to raise awareness.
  • Raise Funds. Many of our Walk Like MADD events are run entirely by dedicated volunteers, helping to raise awareness and funds for MADD in their community.
  • Raise Awareness.   Volunteers represent MADD at public awareness events such as parades, fairs, and safe proms and graduation events.
  • Utilize Office Skills.  Volunteers help at MADD offices by answering phones, filing, copying or performing other office support duties.
  • Visit the Courts. Volunteers 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.

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, or in the comments below.  If you’re not already a volunteer but are interested, there’s a place for you at MADD.  Fill out our online form to get started.


Match It
By MADD | March 19, 2014 | Filed in: General

I have great news! Your donation today will have double the impact and get us closer to a nation without drunk driving even faster. A group of very generous MADD supporters are offering to match all donations you make using this form by April 14th dollar for dollar, up to $125,000. 

But we need your help! Every dollar you donate here today will be instantly matched and used to fund MADD’s vital programs and services.

Your $25 donation would provide MADD with $50 to step up our efforts to advocate for alcohol ignition interlock laws in all 50 states. Your generous $50 donation would give $100 to MADD that could be put toward providing crucial emotional and legal support to victims and family members who are suffering from the devastation caused by drunk drivers every single day.

It’s such an easy way to double the impact of your generosity and help create the best possible news: zero drunk driving deaths and injuries. Working together, we can reach that goal!

Donate now to help support the Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving and your contribution will be matched.

DONATE NOW »

We LOVE Our Supporters!
By MADD | February 13, 2014 | Filed in: General

This Valentine’s Day, we want show our fantastic supporters some much deserved LOVE!

At MADD, we know that our volunteers, advocates and supporters are the heart and soul of the organization. Without your generosity, time and support, none of the success over the past 34 years would have been possible. We hope you know how truly valued you are.

You have helped save more than 300,000 lives and serve more than 300,000 victims and survivors…and counting!  You’re making an impact in your community, your state and even the nation as a whole, and we greatly appreciate your support.

Whether you stand with MADD in honor or memory of a loved one, or in hopes of creating a safer nation for the future, we couldn’t do what needs to be done without YOU.

Happy Valentine’s Day to all of our incredible supporters! Thank you for all that you do for MADD and the millions of people across the country who are safer because of you.  


Full Family Trees
By Jan Withers | January 8, 2014 | Filed in: National President , Victim Services , Drunk Driving , General

My son gave my daughter, Jennifer, a subscription to ancestry.com for Christmas, and with her husband, she has focused on rooting around their family tree. As I watch, I cannot help but notice a huge hole.

My son Kevin is married and adds a beautiful wife to our family. Jennifer is married and adds a wonderful husband and delightful sons. But Alisa, who was killed by a drunk driver when she was 15-years-old, is entered with the date she was born and the date she died. Her lineage stops with her. There begins a hole in the tree that reminds me of the hole in my heart.

This is my last year to serve as MADD National President. It is a privilege to walk along side each of you. Everywhere I go I take you with me in my heart, which is such an honor.

I have been asked what I am most proud of accomplishing in this position. Goodness. I can’t answer that because, you see, “I” do not accomplish anything alone. Rather, “we” are accomplishing so much together.

I want to say I am most proud of how we support people who have been victimized by substance-impaired driving. We are a powerhouse of kindness and knowledge. I want to say I am most proud of our research-based way of reducing underage drinking. I want to say I am most proud of how we are successfully reducing drunk driving in states that have passed all-offender alcohol ignition laws. I want to say I am most proud of the forward movement in the advanced technology research, the DADSS program, which will one day eliminate drunk driving.

It is for all these reasons that I am filled with not just hope, but with certainty, that we will save even more lives. We will not rest until there are no more holes in family trees caused by underage drinking or drunk driving. We will work hard to ensure that our family trees are filled with great stories and robust legends, not empty promises of what might have been.

That’s why this new year, as every year, I am resolved to work side-by-side and arm-in-arm with you to save lives and support people. I humbly say to each of you, thank you for being in my life and being part of my family.


Looking Forward
By MADD | January 6, 2014 | Filed in: Victim Services , Underage Drinking , Drunk Driving , General

It may be a new year, but the fight against drunk driving is still as vital as ever.  Last year we learned that drunk driving deaths increased for the first time in six years… a trend we are determined to get back on track.

So now, at this time of the year, a time of new beginnings, we are recommitting ourselves to making an impact in the fight against drunk driving and saving lives in 2014.

This year, our goals are to:

  • Continue introducing new legislation to states that currently do not require convicted drunk drivers to use ignition interlock devices.  Help us by emailing your legislators to advocate for change.  In 2013, MADD supporters helped require interlocks for all offenders in two more states (Maine and Tennessee), but we still have 30 states to go.
  • Educate law enforcement, judiciary, highway safety groups and lawmakers on the benefits of ignition interlock devices to help increase the number in use.  Learn more about ignition interlocks.
  • Support the technologies that will eliminate drunk driving in the long-term.  Learn more here.  (We just got the good news that funding for this program has been extended, so we’ve taken another step toward ending drunk driving.)
  • Expand the public awareness and reach of MADD victim services. Learn more about MADD Victim Services.
  • Recruit and train more volunteer victim advocates.  You can become a volunteer here.
  • Reach more parents with the Power of Parents handbook and more youth with the Power of Youth teen booklet.

We’re looking forward to working with you for a 2014 full of progress!


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