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U.Va.’S Student Volunteer Center Receives Governor’s Award Recognzing Youth Service

November 20, 2000 -- Madison House, an independent, non-profit organization that serves as the volunteer center for University of Virginia students, received one of 11 Governor’s Community Service and Volunteerism Awards at a Nov. 17 ceremony in Richmond.

Presented annually by the Virginia Commission on National and Community Service, the Governor’s Awards recognize volunteer contributions made by groups, individuals and families across the Commonwealth. The ceremony was held at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

"This 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."

Madison House received the Governor’s 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 children’s 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.

Still 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.

Through 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 House’s programs, about 3,000 student volunteers contribute approximately 100,000 hours of community service.

Madison House representatives who accepted the award, an engraved glass sculpture, at Friday’s 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 House’s Board of Directors, and Kate Pomper, head program director for tutoring.

Contact: Ida Lee Wootten, (804) 924-6857

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SOURCE: U.Va. News Services


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