Madison House, a 501(c) nonprofit organization, is a student run non-profit organization that coordinates University of Virginia student volunteers, develops student leaders and builds community partnerships. The Madison House model is threefold: leadership, service and community.
Madison House has developed a systematic, multi-tiered approach to leadership and volunteer management. Through a train-the-trainer model, the Program staff teaches leadership skills to 200 student leaders who then recruit, train, place and manage the weekly service of more than 3,000 volunteers. Our student leaders are chosen by their peers through a competitive selections process to lead one of Madison House's 19 programs.
Tradition of Service
Madison House volunteers serve our partnering community agencies on a scheduled weekly basis. Students do not receive any financial compensation, grades or course credit for their service. Through their service, students build mutually beneficial relationships with people of different backgrounds and life situations. Each year, these student volunteers contribute 110,000 hours of service valued at over 2.5 million dollars to the agencies. Over 50% of University of Virginia undergraduates will volunteer with Madison House at some point during their college career. The tradition of service continues when they leave the University as they become active members in their own communities.
Madison House has partnerships with more than 100 community agencies that are planned for effective and strategic purposes. Community agencies estimate that Madison House volunteers impact the lives of over 20,000 of their clients. We collaborate with agencies that are able to accommodate the skills and academic schedules of college students. At each of our partner agencies, a coordinator develops job descriptions for Madison House volunteers and provides mentoring for our student program directors. Through an annual agreement, community partners and Madison House develop specific goals and objectives for the program.
One third of the members of the Madison House Board of Directors must be students, offering a unique educational experience in "hands on" nonprofit governance.