“When access to food is not consistent and dependable, a household is classified as food insecure,” Jane Colony Mills, Loaves & Fishes’ executive director, said. A UVA alumna, Mills herself volunteered with Madison House in a different program when she was a student.
Children make up almost 36 percent of the clientele served at the food pantry, and the percentage of senior citizens has more than doubled to nearly 14 percent, Mills said.
On Saturday, January 26th, 2019, Madison House will hold a food drive in celebration of #CharterDay. We encourage all those who wish to donate to bring at least one item from the list shared below. Thank you for helping to combat food insecurity within our Charlottesville community!
“Offered through the English department’s Academic and Professional Writing Program, “Tutoring Writing Across Cultures” goes deeper than teaching pedagogy. It encourages students to understand the people whom they are tutoring and take into account their native writing styles. Taught by Kate Kostelnik, an assistant professor of English, the writing seminar incorporates service learning, in partnership with Madison House, the independent, nonprofit volunteer center for UVA students.”
“One of more than 20 community service programs of Madison House – the independent, nonprofit volunteer center for UVA students – Holiday Sharing annually partners with the Salvation Army to provide local, low-income families with food and presents to help make their holidays merry.”
“Running a marathon can be a solitary pursuit, so over the past few years I’ve tried to make it about more than just me,” [President Ryan] said. “In the past I’ve run for teachers, but this time I’ll be running to support Madison House, which does incredible work helping students serve the community. I want to thank everyone who is donating to help them do even more.”
University of Virginia student Wei Lin, who grew up in Centreville, remembers as a child going with his mother to the local library, where she could get help with the family taxes through the national Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program.
“After the horrific events of Aug. 11 and 12 at the University and in downtown Charlottesville, Athena’s first thought was how to reassure area youth that they are loved,” said Madison House Executive Director Tim Freilich. “I’m happy that Madison House volunteers can help deliver that message.”
Madison House's 2017 Volunteer of the Year, Jamie Cranmer, asked three Loaves and Fishes volunteers from Madison House's Hoos Assisting With Life Obstacles (HALO) program to share the one thing they wish more people knew about clients in need of food assistance. Read Jamie's reflections and find out what these volunteers shared.
“The BIG Event furthers Madison House’s goal of building partnerships with individuals and organizations throughout the area,,” said Madison House Executive Director Tim Freilich. “We are proud to bring hundreds of individuals together in a day of service to build relationships and make tangible differences in the community.”
“We’re using the success of Mollie’s designs and product to help raise awareness for, and ideally, help support organizations that have a bigger cause beyond a clothing line,” says co-founder Taylor. She and head designer Mollie credit the experience of public service with organizations like Madison House as integral to their development as entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and creatives.
The Madison House Alumni Network (MHAN) recently hosted two regional community service events for Madison House alumni in the Fairfax, VA and Atlanta, GA areas. The mission of the MHAN is to support and strengthen Madison House's tradition of volunteer service.
“I saw a picture on the front page of The Daily Progress of UVA students camped out in the rain waiting to sign up to volunteer at Madison House,” Karin remembers. “It was so far beyond anything that I understood about students. It was amazing.”
“It gives students the opportunity to refine both their construction skills and leadership skills,” says Program Director Tessa. “As a Crew Leader, students will use the skills they obtain during training to eventually help other volunteers on a site.”
In an effort to advise Madison House volunteers and UVA students on careers in public service, Madison House partnered with UVA Career Center and UVA Learning in Action to present the first annual Serving Society Conference.