How to Get Involved With MADD

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) has a mission to stop to drunk driving, provide support for drunk driving victims and combat underage drinking. As the largest U.S. organization serving victims, there's no shortage of ways to get involved with MADD. Find your state MADD organization to start making a difference.


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    Plan a fund raising event. You can organize a 5 kilometers (3.1 mi) walk or run event, golf tournament or a formal gala.
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    Get the proper training to become a MADD victim advocate. A victim advocate provides emotional support and resources for victims in person, over the phone and via mail.
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    Coordinate a victim support group by collecting resources, answering questions and generally supporting victims in the group. Provide counseling resources when needed.
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    Schedule a candlelight vigil or other special event to remember victims and support survivors.
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    Speak out and share your story on a victim impact panel if you have been personally affected by a drunk driver. Or, offer to speak at community events organized by schools and other organizations. Talking about your loss may serve as an inspiration or motivation that prevents drunk driving.
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    Recognize a law enforcement officer who goes above and beyond in handling drunk driving cases.
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    Shape public policy and work for lasting change on drunk driving issues. Strengthen existing laws and help new laws get passed by visiting or writing to your legislators.
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    Volunteer to attend court hearings in your county to make sure drunk-driving related offenses are being treated appropriately by the court system. A court monitor can also lend support to a victim during court proceedings.
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    Donate financially or contribute an in-kind service or item that could further MADD's cause. Consider donating your used vehicle.
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    Perform office duties -- stuffing envelopes, entering computer data or filing away records.
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    Assemble your MADD chapter's newsletter by writing stories, taking pictures or designing the publication.
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    Recruit volunteers and raise public awareness about MADD during health fairs, parades and other community events.
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    Ask about opportunities to be involved on MADD's advisory council or become the contact person locally or regionally.
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    Tie a red ribbon on your vehicle and distribute them to others to remind drivers to stay sober as part of MADD's "Tie One On" program.
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    Become a member of your local or state MADD organization. Membership is usually free and you will receive the organization's newsletter and invitations to special events.
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    Sign a pledge for MADD's Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving. By signing the pledge, you are supporting increased enforcement of drunk driving offenses and use of ignition interlock devices and other technology that can detect if a driver is sober.
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    Attend a MADD parent workshop where you can receive valuable information about how to talk to your children about alcohol and drug use.


  • Some MADD state chapters require volunteers to fill out an application that provides personal information as well as your volunteer interest areas. MADD will then use the application to match you with an available volunteer opportunity. You also may be required to undergo some kind of orientation or training before you begin volunteering.

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