Madison House to Receive Honor as "Daily Point of Light"
on Jan. 27
26, 2000 -- The Points of Light Foundation has chosen
House Migrant Aid Program as the "Daily Point of Light" for
in 1990, the Points of Light Foundation awards a Daily Point of
Light to an individual, organization or business that makes significant
contributions toward solving serious social problems.
House, the student volunteer center at the University of Virginia,
will receive a certificate and letter from Robert Goodwin, president
and CEO of the Points of Light Foundation, as well as congratulatory
letters from President Bill Clinton and former President George
Bush. The information will also be featured on the foundationıs
web site, www.PointsofLight.org.
in 1973 by U.Va. students who wanted to help migrant workers who
come to Central Virginia to work, the Madison House Migrant Aid
Program provides tutoring to adults and homework assistance to children.
The U.Va. student volunteers travel four days a week to migrant
camps and homes in rural areas outside of Charlottesville.
an "English as a Second Language" manual designed by the Albemarle
County School Migrant Education staff, the volunteers teach adult
workers who often speak only limited English how to express themselves
student leaders, who work in partnership with the Albemarle County
School Migrant Education Program, are responsible for recruiting
and training volunteers, handling all logistics and assessing community
needs. Last year four student leaders coordinated the efforts of
112 U.Va. students who volunteered more than 3,600 hours of service
in the Migrant Aid Program.
is the third time that the Migrant Aid Program has received national
attention. In 1988 and 1993 the collaborative effort between Albemarle
County Schools and Madison House was recognized by the U.S. Department
of Education as an outstanding program.
is the second time that Madison House has been recognized as a Point
of Light. In 1990 President Bush honored Madison House as one of
the initial Points of Light.
independent, non-profit organization, Madison House has 16 diverse
programs that provide services to the area. Each year approximately
3,000 U.Va. students volunteer at more than 85 community sites.
House is an unbelievable asset to the community," said Sharon Root,
coordinator of Albemarle County Schoolsı Migrant Education Program.
more information, contact Cindy Fredrick, president and executive
director of Madison House, at (804) 977-7051. (A full description
of Madison House services can be found at www.virginia.edu/~madison.)