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Volunteer of the Week: Summer Maxwell

December 1, 2019 - 9:21pm

Summer Maxwell is a fourth-year in the College double-majoring in economics and psychology. While at UVA, Summer has been involved in Dance Marathon, One Less, PULSE Sustained Dialogue, and is currently the co-director of Camp Kesem. Next year, she is moving to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to work in wealth management for Baird.

Volunteer of the Week: Mira Bagous

November 13, 2019 - 8:53am

Mira Bagous is a fourth-year Biology major with a minor in Bioethics. Mira volunteers with Charlottesville Area Riding Therapy (CART) through Madison House, and she works for the Arc of the Piedmont as a caregiver for a young girl with disabilities. She also is the Events and Peer Relations Intern for the Peer Health Educators. Mira also has worked as a counselor at Camp Holiday Trails, a local summer camp for children with special medical needs.

Volunteer of the Week: Ashley Williams

November 1, 2019 - 12:24pm

Ashley Williams is a fourth-year in the College of Arts and Sciences majoring in Human Biology. Ashley volunteers with Madison House's Medical Services program where she has worked in the Outpatient Surgery Center and Emergency Department for 2 years. She is also a Peer Health Educator, works as a Planned Parenthood Generation Action Community Organizer and has also been a CASPCA Foster Parent during her time at UVA.

Volunteer of the Week: Joyce Cheng

October 17, 2019 - 12:46am

Joyce Cheng is a fourth-year in the College of Arts & Sciences majoring in Human Biology with a minor in Global Sustainability. Joyce has been volunteering with the Madison House program Adopt-a-Grandparent (AAGP) since her first semester of college, and she became a program director her second year.

Volunteer of the Week: Jonathan Kim

October 3, 2019 - 8:02am

Jonathan Kim is a fourth-year in the College of Arts & Sciences, double-majoring in economics and statistics. Jonathan is the head program director for Creating Assets, Savings and Hope (CASH), a Madison House program that helps file taxes for low-income Charlottesville families. Since his time with the program, he has assisted with giving back over $4 million to the Charlottesville community.

Volunteer of the Week: Katie Cantone

September 17, 2019 - 11:21pm

Katie Cantone is a fourth-year in the College of Arts & Sciences, with a double-major in Spanish and the Media Studies Distinguished Majors Program, and a minor in Latinx Studies. During the summers of 2018 and 2019, Katie has served as a Virginia Poverty Law Center legal intern with the LA VIDA (Legal Assistance for Victim-Immigrants of Domestic Abuse). For both of these summers, Katie was a recipient of a Parents Fund Internship Grant in order to complete both of the unpaid internships in public policy.

Volunteer of the Week: Rebecca Alemayehu

June 21, 2019 - 12:03am

Rebecca Abiy Alemayehu is a rising third-year majoring in Political and Social Thought in the College of Arts & Sciences. Rebecca has worked as both a tutor to her peers at the University and also to local high school students in Charlottesville. Rebecca is also an advisor in the Office of African American Affairs Peer Advising Program.

Volunteer of the Week: Jennifer Flores

April 30, 2019 - 10:42am

Jennifer Flores is a second-year majoring in Global Development Studies in the School of Arts and Sciences. Jennifer is an outgoing executive for the Hispanic/Latinx Peer Mentoring Program, where she helps incoming first-year and transfer students get acclimated into UVA by helping create a community. Jennifer also is heavily involved in the Southwood community, where she coordinates child care every Thursday so that community members can attend development meetings and also volunteers during community events, such as holiday festivals. Some of Jennifer's other involvements include volunteering with Si Se Puede events at Albemarle High School to promote college readiness, and the Sigma Lambda Upsilon Senoritas Latinas Sorority, Inc., LADYS program, which partners college and high school women in order to help them with academics and college readiness.

Volunteer of the Week: JaRhonda Roberts

April 17, 2019 - 8:43am

JaRhonda Roberts is a third-year majoring in architecture in the School of Architecture. JaRhonda volunteers with the Boys & Girls Club as a tutor for reading and math for children aged 5 to 12, and she also tutors children who have English as a second language at Buford Middle School. JaRhonda also volunteers with the Salvation Army. In the past, JaRhonda has worked with Special Olympics (USC and UCLA) and with Shepard Cove, where she served breakfast to the homeless community and gave out toys to children during Christmas. JaRhonda has received recognition for her incredible community service work in the form of the Outstanding & Distinguished Community Service Award and the President's Volunteer Service Award.

Volunteer of the Week: Shannon Mooney

April 4, 2019 - 12:02pm

Shannon Mooney is a third-year in the College of Arts & Sciences majoring in Government. Shannon is an after-school tutor, and she goes to the Boys and Girls Club once a week to spend time with third- and fourth-grade students in the community and provide homework help. Shannon also is involved with her sorority's philanthropy, Girls on the Run. Gamma Phi Beta raises money for them year round with fundraisers. For their main event, the UVA chapter sends sisters to act as coaches in a ten-week running program for young girls.