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.
How did you first get involved?
During my first year at UVA, I noticed that some residents living in Charlottesville are struggling to get by. After hearing about the work that Madison House does, I became ecstatic about joining. Throughout my time with the program, I have had the opportunity to give back in ways that I never thought were possible.
What has been most rewarding?
The people. While I've learned a lot of new skills, the people I've met and the memories I've created far surpass anything I've learned. I've had the privilege of working under three amazing head program directors and an amazing Madison House staff, and have met so many incredible Charlottesville families that inspire me everyday.
How do you plan to be involved in the future? What is your #CommunityCommitment?
I'm planning on entering the business sector in New York City after graduation. However, no matter what I end up doing, I will always make it a priority to give back to those less fortunate than me.
How would you encourage others to get involved?
Don't be afraid of branching out of your comfort zone. There are so many ways to give back to the community – all you need to do is be willing to take the first step. Try things you've never done before and who knows, you might end up enjoying it.
What has been the greatest class you have taken at UVA?
My favorite class at UVA has to be one I'm currently taking – Corporate Finance with Christopher McGee. Professor McGee is a down-to-earth professor that structures his class to be as fair as possible while also teaching you real-world applications. He has personally sat down with me during lecture time when he realized I was stuck solving a problem, and I do believe he really wants all of his students to succeed.
What is your favorite UVA tradition?
Winning the National Championship twice in one year! That's a tradition, right?
If you could do one thing to make the world a better place, what would it be?
After working with so many families below the poverty line, I really wish that every family had the basic necessities to live. Seeing a family of four living with an annual income of $20,000 really just breaks my heart. I'll do my best to see this change.