Madison House Volunteers Win Prestigious Awards

Three current Madison House volunteers have won prestigious awards recently.

 Lia Cattaneo, Class of 2016 and student member of the Madison House Board of Directors

Lia Cattaneo, Class of 2016 and student member of the Madison House Board of Directors

Lia Cattaneo, a Class of 2016 student who serves on Madison House’s Board of Directors, was awarded the prestigious Truman Scholarship. The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation was created by Congress in 1975 to select and support the next generation of public service leaders. In her interview with UVA Today, Cattaneo said, “Receiving the Truman Fellowship will emphasize my commitment to the policy aspects of climate and energy and will keep my career grounded in public service.” Click here to read more!

 Shantell Bingham, Class of 2015 and Head Program Director of Bridging the Gap

Shantell Bingham, Class of 2015 and Head Program Director of Bridging the Gap

Shantell Bingham, a Class of 2015 student and the Head Program Director of our Bridging the Gap program, received a $10,000 grant as part of the Dalai Lama Fellowship. Here is an excerpt from the UVA Today profile about her volunteer service:

As a first-year student, Bingham coached a local youth soccer team, where she met the girl she would formally mentor when volunteering with Madison House’s Bridging the Gap program during her second year.

“I love this program for mentoring refugee kids,” said Bingham, who directs Bridging the Gap this year. Bingham has maintained her relationship with her Tanzanian mentee, now 14. They like to take walks together, often taking photos, a common interest that she has nurtured and shared with the teen.

“Mostly, I’ve been someone she can talk to and be an emotional support for,’ Bingham said, adding that the girl’s family has had a rough time between the refugee camp and the transition to American life.

 Anna Cait Wade, Class of 2015 and volunteer with Madison House's HALO program

Anna Cait Wade, Class of 2015 and volunteer with Madison House's HALO program

Anna Cait Wade, a Class of 2015 student, received a $10,000 grant as part of the Davis Projects for Peace award. Anna Cait will spend her summer working with the Mariposa DR Foundation, a non-governmental organization working to end generational poverty in the Dominican Republic by empowering adolescent girls. Aside from her other remarkable accomplishments and commitments, Anna Cait still found time to volunteer with our ESOL program last semester and she volunteers with our Hoos Assisting with Life Obstacles (HALO) program this semester. Click here to read more!