Volunteer Stories

Mental health advocacy organizations team up to host Mental Health on the Lawn event

Mental health advocacy organizations team up to host Mental Health on the Lawn event

The tabling event was the first of its kind and featured a series of stress-relieving activities.

Students stopped by South Lawn over the course of three hours Thursday afternoon to participate in a “Mental Health on the Lawn” event. Hosted by Madison House’s Help Line, If You’re Reading This and National Alliance on Mental Illness on Grounds — three student organizations dedicated to providing students with the resources and help they need for a wide variety of situations relating to mental health and mental illness — the event focused on promoting a healthy and transparent mental health culture on Grounds.

Madison House Fifth Annual BIG Event

Madison House Fifth Annual BIG Event

This past Saturday, April 13, hundreds of University students came out to participate in the Madison House BIG Event. Through service-oriented activities at various locations around Charlottesville, the BIG Event promotes campus and community unity as students come together for one day to express their gratitude for the support from the surrounding community.

MADISON HOUSE VOLUNTEERS GO BIG ON SATURDAY

MADISON HOUSE VOLUNTEERS GO BIG ON SATURDAY

More than 200 volunteers spent the day working at one of 29 job sites as part of the fifth annual BIG Event, a one-day event sponsored by Madison House, the independent, nonprofit UVA student volunteer center.

Although University students regularly spend time on community service throughout the year, working through Madison House and other programs, the annual event brings out a concentrated group effort every spring. Started in 2015, it’s one day when students come together to express their gratitude for the surrounding community and its ongoing support.