The desire to create a Designated Driver program can come from many sources: a small group of concerned citizens or a local organization involved with traffic safety or public health. Starting or enhancing a program is easy if you properly plan.
Be sure to commit enough
time to build your program. Here's how:
Remember, there are many organizations in your community involved with impaired driving prevention. Use them as a resource and gain their support. You'll find it much easier to get your program off the ground.
Driver program may either be part of a larger organization or an independent
entity. A program that operates as part of a larger organization may
have access to accounting services, legal services, space, seed money
and similar resources from the parent organization. If affiliated with
a larger organization, the program can be spun off as a separate organization
after it is established.
You may be more successful getting donations if you ask for services or materials instead of money.
You should pursue a variety of funding sources:
Ensure that your budget includes: staffing, postage, office space, salaries, fees and benefits, ancillary office expenses, travel and meeting expenses, production/design fees, printing and promotional costs. Staff time is the most costly of these resources, but a lead agency or program partner may be willing to donate staff to the program.
Community support is a key to building a successful Designated Driver program. You can begin building partnerships with any number of groups in your community. Partners can help you get the message out that your community stands behind efforts to rid the streets and highways of impaired drivers. Build a partnership among groups in your community that would be able to contribute to long-term or short-term (such as holidays or weekend only) Designated Driver programs.
FORM A COALITION
You have already researched what programs exist in your community and identified potential partners. But why are they important? In most cases, community outreach and advocacy groups are eager to assist you. Law enforcement, MADD chapters and other groups have existing programs that you can tap into. If a program already exists, you should consider joining them and expanding their efforts.