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Learning in Action, U.Va.

Learning in Action

Public Service at the University of Virginia

Nojan Rostami of Madison House

Nojan is a fourth-year in the College and a double-major in foreign affairs and political and social thought. Nojan volunteers with UVA's volunteer center, Madison House, and wanted to share some information for those interested in getting involved in one of their programs.

UVA student as a ESOL tutorHow many different volunteer opportunities are there within Madison House?

Madison House has over 20 programs that together work with 160 partner organizations in the Charlottesville-Albemarle area. We're a volunteer hub that's designed to connect students to a diverse network of opportunities in the region.

What are some of the more popular programs? Are they year-round?

Our students volunteer as tutors; work with the Latinx and migrant communities in Charlottesville; work to improve the housing conditions of Charlottesville and Albemarle residents; staff an anonymous telephone service, and more. Most of our programming runs during the school year, but we've been ramping up our volunteering services over the summer as well.

Students painting side of a buildingCan anyone sign up?

Any UVA student can volunteer; a good place to start is the Become a Volunteer page on our website. There, you can find an overview of all of our programs, contact information for our program directors, and a registration form for new volunteers.

What would you say to a new volunteer?

If you're not sure what program is right for you, we have a dedicated staff of professionals and student leaders ready to help you find a way to get involved. You can call us at 434-977-7051; email us at; or stop by our house at 170 Rugby Road, in between Beta Bridge and Mad Bowl.