Community Service

City leaders discuss how UVA students can engage in community

City leaders discuss how UVA students can engage in community

The panel discussed how civic engagement can look like anything from going to Charlottesville City Council meetings to simply getting off Grounds.

Freilich said community service like through the Madison House is a great way to do that.

"The most important part is personal relationship," he said. "That way our students are hearing the stories of folks in the community and gaining first-hand knowledge of what's actually happening here in Charlottesville."

UVA Student-Athletes’ Effort Extends Well Beyond Gyms and Stadiums

UVA Student-Athletes’ Effort Extends Well Beyond Gyms and Stadiums

UVA’s 750 student-athletes routinely take time out from classes, practices and games to volunteer in the community – in schools, in hospitals, at Habitat for Humanity builds, assisted-living facilities, Special Olympics events and more.

Some of UVA’s student-athletes volunteer through Athletes Committed to Education, or ACE, a Madison House program that connects more than 50 student-athletes to local elementary schools. They visit the schools on a weekly basis, allowing them to form strong bonds with students week after week, year after year.

ALUMNI, STUDENTS TO MARK HISTORIC ANNIVERSARY WITH FOOD DRIVE

ALUMNI, STUDENTS TO MARK HISTORIC ANNIVERSARY WITH FOOD DRIVE

“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.