Mothers Against Drunk Drivers, abbreviated as MADD, was incorporated on 5 September, 1980, with the mission to aid victims of crimes performed by individuals driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Their 24-hour victim help line can be reached at 1-877-MADD-HELP to report any drunk driving incidents. MADD revised their mission in 2016 to redefine their role in the fight against drunk driving. Their efforts have resulted in a significant reduction of drunk driving through the Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving. MADD’s mission is to end drunk driving and fight drugged driving, as well as support victims of violent crimes. Preventing underage drinking is also part of their mission.
Over the years, MADD has evolved as one of the most influential and widely supported non-profit organizations in America. Their services to help DUI victims include providing support and making it easy for them to meet other victims. This way, victims can communicate with other victims and survivors. MADD also provides victim compensation by assisting victims to apply for Crime Victim Compensation. They also achieve their mission to serve victims through VOCA funding. Other victim services include victim tributes to honor each life impacted by drunk and drugged driving.
Since 2015, MADD has been focusing on four priorities, which include building effective strategies and to increase fundraising capabilities. Through this, they have increased revenue growth significantly. Another priority is to strengthen their organizational effectiveness by building volunteer staff capacity. They are also working on implementing an integrated infrastructure in order to improve organizational effectiveness and performance. Lastly, they are focusing to build a nationwide communication strategy that effectively reaches and impacts key target audiences. They also aim to strengthen the relevance and urgency of MADD’s brand and mission in order to increase support.
Today, MADD is one of the largest crime victim organizations in the country that is advocating for the rights of DUI victims. They have extensive supportive literature for crash victims which is available in both English and Spanish. Their supportive literature covers grief and healing along with other topics of interest. Their publications are filled with compassionate and uplifting stories that will change your life. The best thing about MADD is that they do not discriminate against individuals or groups, either in employment or in the delivery of services on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, income, marital status, national origin, sexual orientation, as well as their physical and mental condition.
If you or a loved one has been affected by drunk driving, drugged driving, or underage drinking, MADD is there to help. Those who want to help MADD in their mission to end drunk driving, fight drugged driving, support victims of violent crimes, and prevent underage drinking can do so by taking action, by volunteering, or by donating. You can participate in the campaigns held by MADD in your state to make a difference. Volunteers can advocate for change, take steps to raise funds, speak out to the world, share their experiences, help victims, give a hand or do anything possible to help. To contact MADD, call their help line at 877.MADD.HELP