Student Volunteer Center Receives Governors Award Recognzing
20, 2000 -- Madison House, an independent, non-profit
organization that serves as the volunteer center for University
of Virginia students, received one of 11 Governors Community
Service and Volunteerism Awards at a Nov. 17 ceremony in Richmond.
annually by the Virginia Commission on National and Community Service,
the Governors Awards recognize volunteer contributions made
by groups, individuals and families across the Commonwealth. The
ceremony was held at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.
event celebrates the generosity of Virginians in improving the lives
of their neighbors and affords us the opportunity to publicly thank
them," Gov. James S. Gilmore III said in a press release announcing
the recognition ceremony. "These remarkable individuals and
groups have earned this well-deserved recognition."
House received the Governors Award in the Youth Group category.
It was honored for several of its programs that help area youth,
such as the Athletics Program, where U.Va. students serve as assistant
coaches, referees and role models in after-school programs and childrens
athletic clubs. Other programs recognized were the Big Sibling Program,
where U.Va. students are matched with local youth and spend several
hours weekly as companions; the new Sci-Tech Mentoring Program in
which U.Va. students assist children in building computer skills,
mastering homework and completing science projects; and the Tutoring
Program, where U.Va. students provide assistance in numerous subjects
to area youth.
other programs recognized were the Boosters Program, where U.Va.
student volunteers work with young people to improve school performance;
the Hoos Out There Program, in which U.Va. students and at-risk
youth are paired to provide community service; and the Migrant Education
Homework Helpers Program, through which U.Va. students travel to
migrant camps to provide one-on-one assistance.
these programs last year, approximately 1,460 Madison House volunteers
spent 47,000 hours helping some 3,864 youths in the Charlottesville/Albemarle
County area. Each year through all of Madison Houses programs,
about 3,000 student volunteers contribute approximately 100,000
hours of community service.
House representatives who accepted the award, an engraved glass
sculpture, at Fridays ceremony were Cindy Fredrick, executive
director; Dave Norris, associate director; and Cat Crimmins, community
service fellow. Also accepting the award were Kevin Whelan, co-chair
of Madison Houses Board of Directors, and Kate Pomper, head
program director for tutoring.
Ida Lee Wootten, (804) 924-6857