Last semester, 115 students volunteered through Pet Pals, Madison House’s popular program for shelter dogs and cats at the Charlottesville SPCA. Their activities included walking dogs, training puppies, socializing cats, and cage/supply care.
Here is what four Pet Pals volunteers had to say about their experience in our most recent volunteer survey:
“The animals were amazing. I have two dogs at home, and seeing so many dogs at the shelter who have had such hard challenges to overcome was so sad for me. I felt so honored to even be able to play with them and make them feel happy again.”
“I looked forward to Pet Pals every Monday. It is such a small thing to do that really means so much to the animals!”
“I had multiple shelter visitors approach me and thank me for helping the dogs and cats there. The effects resonate beyond the individual dogs and cats at the shelter!”
“It’s nice to be able to de-stress by helping the animals out. I feel more well-rounded thanks to Madison House.”
Thanks to a generous grant from Christina W. Donnelly and Anne W. Holman made from The Williamson Family Fund in the Community Foundation of New Jersey in memory of their parents Sheila and James G. Williamson (CLAS ’51), 10 Pet Pals volunteers have been sponsored for this academic year!
This time of year, we like to take a moment to appreciate the efforts of our hardworking volunteers and student leaders. Starting December 13th, we’ll be presenting the Twelve Days of Madison House. Please check in with us each day on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter as we highlight twelve of the programs that make Madison House such an important part of the Charlottesville-Albemarle community. We’ll tag each post with #12DaysOfMH and share photos, stories, and quotes. We hope you’ll comment with your own Madison House memories.
Update: Last week, we asked you to give a total of $5,000 to help Madison House receive a matching gift and sponsor 50 volunteers in our Latino and Migrant Aid (LAMA) program. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we have accomplished our goal! If you have given to Madison House already this year, thank you. Your gift helps to ensure that we continue to provide meaningful service to members of our community throughout the academic year.
Since 1969, Madison House volunteers have provided countless hours of service to the Charlottesville community, building lasting partnerships and developing leaders. As 2014 draws to a close, we ask you, the supporters and friends of Madison House, to help us sponsor our LAMA volunteers, secure a matching gift, and reach our year-end fundraising goals.
One of the oldest programs at Madison House is Latino and Migrant Aid (LAMA), which began with University of Virginia students traveling in groups to local orchards to tutor migrant Hispanic workers in English in the 1970s.
Today, LAMA serves the Charlottesville-Albemarle region’s Hispanic and migrant community in three ways: Homework Helpers, Hispanic Family Night, and Adult Tutoring. As part of these efforts, 30 UVa students travel from Madison House to Red Hill Elementary School every Tuesday and Thursday night to volunteer with migrant Hispanic families. Some volunteers assist children with their homework and study skills, while other volunteers work with parents to help them learn English. This group setting combats the linguistic isolation that a migrant family might otherwise experience and provides a support system to encourage the participating children to stay in school.
As this year draws to a close, we have set an ambitious goal: sponsor 50 LAMA volunteers. Each year, Madison House spends $200 per volunteer for recruitment, training, and recognition, so it will take $10,000 to sponsor 50 LAMA volunteers. If we can raise $5,000 by December 31st, we will receive a matching gift of $5,000. That means the impact of your gift will be doubled if you support the LAMA volunteers and Madison House before December 31st.
Our volunteers, student leaders, and community partners rely on your support. Please help us as we strive to provide our volunteers with the resources they need to continue their inspiring work in our community. Thank you for being an important part of Madison House’s past, present, and future.
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Yesterday, we asked you to show your support for our student volunteers on #GivingTuesday. We set an ambitious goal: raise $4,400 to secure a matching gift and sponsor all of our Holiday Sharing volunteers. Your gifts came early and often, and by midnight, the total was $11,670.
Thank you for sponsoring the volunteers and student leaders of Madison House. Because of your generosity, Madison House can continue to recruit, train, and support the University of Virginia students who give so much to our community every week.
Because you were so generous yesterday, your #GivingTuesday contributions sponsored not only all 47 Holiday Sharing volunteers, but also 36 volunteers in our HALO (Hoos Assisting with Life Obstacles) program, which provides volunteers to the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, the Legal Aid Justice Center, Loaves & Fishes food pantry, the Haven, and more.
We are so grateful for your commitment to Madison House.
To see photos of the Holiday Sharing volunteers in action during their Distribution Day this Saturday, just Like Madison House on Facebook!
On Tuesday, December 2nd, Madison House alumni, parents, and friends from near and far will come together for Giving Tuesday. A gift in any amount is meaningful.
Madison House will have a special challenge for donors on #GivingTuesday and we need your help to meet it. Two generous donors have challenged us to sponsor all 47 volunteers in our Holiday Sharing program! These students provide presents and food to brighten this season for 130 local families in partnership with the Salvation Army.
Madison House spends $200 to recruit and train each volunteer, so it will take $9,400 to sponsor all of the Holiday Sharing volunteers. If we can raise $4,400 to sponsor 22 Holiday Sharing volunteers before midnight on #GivingTuesday, then these two generous Madison House donors will give $5,000 to sponsor the remaining 25 volunteers. We can do this together!
Can’t wait for #GivingTuesday? You can give now!
This year, join Madison House alumni, parents, and friends around the world in celebrating Giving Tuesday and helping to support Madison House’s legacy of service among ‘Hoos. A gift in any amount is meaningful, even just $5 donated online.
You can tell everyone that you’re participating by tagging #GivingTuesday on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. Please save Tuesday, December 2nd on your calendar right now and help encourage ‘Hoos today to continue to volunteer through Madison House!
MHAC is a dedicated group of Madison House alumni whose purpose is to support and strengthen the tradition of service at Madison House and in their own communities. Formed in 2002, MHAC seeks to build a dynamic and responsive alumni organization that focuses on education, fundraising and networking.
Congratulations to our newest MHAC members and thank you for your support of Madison House!
Congratulations to Michael Bugas, a Madison House volunteer with the Big Siblings Program, for receiving the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award at the 2014 Valedictory Exercises at the University of Virginia!
Since 1890, the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation has presented annual awards to graduating seniors, faculty, alumni and community members of 61 universities and colleges in the American South who are determined to have demonstrated notable character, integrity and service.
The awards are presented each year to two distinguished U.Va. fourth-year students – one male and one female – and a member of the University community in memory of the awards’ namesake, a New York lawyer, businessman and philanthropist.
One of the student recipients was Michael, who participated in the Big Siblings Program at Madison House. Michael became involved in every aspect of the life of his “little brother,” a Charlottesville elementary school student, going so far as to attend a parent-teacher conference “in order to ensure he was supporting his development in the most thorough and effective way possible.” Michael said he was “honored and humbled” to be selected.
The Madison House Alumni Council has recognized Geoff Johnson as the 2014 Alumni of the Year. Geoff’s dedication to Madison House and its mission since graduating from UVA in 2010 has been extraordinary.
At Madison House, Geoff served as a Program Director for Latino and Migrant Aid and volunteer for Big Siblings. In 2012, he contacted Madison House and said that he wanted to run the New York City Marathon and fundraise on its behalf. Sadly, the race was cancelled due to the devastation inflicted by Hurricane Sandy. But in the truest spirit of service and community, Geoff traveled to New York City that weekend and gave his time to help with the clean-up work for residents hit by the storm. He then chose to run the Richmond Marathon two weeks later to fulfill his racing and fundraising goals.
Undeterred by 2012’s cancellation, Geoff chose to raise the stakes in 2013 and run the New York City Marathon for Madison House and a sustainability project in the Badlands, South Dakota. He completed the race and was able to raise over $3,500 for Madison House.
Geoff currently works as an analyst with the U.S. Department of State. He is also an active member of the MH Alumni Network of DC and has volunteered at recent events with Turning the Page, DC Central Kitchen, and Lost Dog and Cat Rescue. His passion for Madison House has inspired the entire MH family and helped MH receive more media attention. If you don’t believe us, just check out this video on what energized him to run for Madison House!
On April 3, in conjunction with the Virginia Club of New York, the Madison House Alumni Council held a fundraising event at the 40/40 Club in New York City. University alumni came together to catch up and reminisce about their days in Charlottesville. The venue generously donated the tab for the event, meaning that all proceeds from admission fees and donations went directly to support Madison House.
Additionally, attendees purchased raffle tickets to win fantastic prizes ranging from designer accessories to U.S. Open tickets. We thank the Alumni Council and the Virginia Club of New York for this fun and successful event!