More than 3,000 University of Virginia students volunteer their time and energy on a weekly basis to better the community and themselves through Madison House. Volunteers serve as tutors, construction workers, day care supporters, patient service representatives, role models, and peer counselors.


Our Mission

Madison House serves as the student volunteer center at the University of Virginia. We coordinate volunteers, develop leaders, build community partnerships and promote lifelong volunteer service. Madison House organizes service programs to address the needs of the community as well as the educational and personal growth objectives of students.

The humility of the volunteer experience is realizing that it’s not about what you’re getting. It’s about being present and realizing how much your time can mean to someone else.”
— Helen Elizabeth Old (Col ’16), Head Program Director of Adopt-A-Grandparent

The service programs of Madison House strive to achieve our mission through:

  • Cooperating with community organizations to meet the educational, service, companionship, and/or referral needs of community members.
  • Improving the quality and development of services through ongoing evaluation by community members, students, and the Board of Directors.
  • Empowering and training student leaders to recruit, train, match, and support student volunteers.
  • Encouraging students to make a weekly commitment to service.
  • Providing students with a meaningful volunteer experience which allows them to gain a greater perspective and understanding of the community and themselves.
  • Fostering the development of volunteer spirit, teamwork, civic participation, and empathy.


Although Madison House has members who are University of Virginia students and may have University employees associated or engaged in its activities and affairs, the organization is not a part of or an agency of the University. Madison House is a separate and independent organization, which is responsible for and manages its own activities and affairs. The University does not direct, supervise or control the organization and is not responsible for the Madison House's contracts, acts or omissions.