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Executive Director’s Welcome

Tim Freilich
CLAS ‘93, LAW ‘99

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Dear Friends of Madison House,

On August 1st, the University of Virginia welcomed Jim Ryan as its ninth president. From day one, President Ryan has signaled where he hopes to lead UVA by soliciting input regarding three key themes: service, discovery, and community. This is tremendous news for Madison House and fans of public service at the University--and we couldn’t be happier to have such a community-minded leader guiding the University into its third century. Welcome, President Ryan!

At Madison House, we’re all about developing community-minded leaders. While there are many fine examples of public service and community engagement across Grounds, there is no organization with the reach and reputation of Madison House when it comes to student-led volunteer service. With more than three hundred student leaders inspiring and coordinating the work of thousands of their peers each year, Madison House offers unmatched opportunities for our students to gain real-life experience building teams, identifying priorities, setting goals, planning budgets, and measuring outcomes. Through Madison House, they build mutually respectful community partnerships designed to responsibly channel the volunteer efforts of UVA students to address community needs.

IMPACT Student of the Year Wei Lin accepts his Head Program Director of the Year Award at Madison House's annual Legacy of Service reception.

IMPACT Student of the Year Wei Lin accepts his Head Program Director of the Year Award at Madison House's annual Legacy of Service reception.

These partnerships, and our culture of student-led, peer-recruited community service set us apart from our peer institutions. Last year, Madison House took a group of students to the IMPACT National Conference in Ohio. IMPACT is the largest national gathering of student leaders, faculty, and administrators focused on community engagement and public service. At IMPACT, Madison House took home the Advocacy Program of the Year award and Wei Lin, Head Program Director of our tax prep program, won Student of the Year. Under Wei’s leadership, the Creative Assets, Savings, and Hope program’s volunteers filed more than 1,800 federal tax forms for residents — returning more than $2 million to the community. It was also announced that Madison House and the University of Virginia will co-host the 2019 IMPACT National Conference.

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Highlights from Madison House’s
2017-2018 Creating Assets, Savings, and Hope tax prep volunteer program:

223 volunteers
• 13,573 volunteer hours
• Over $2 million returned to the community
• IMPACT Conference Student of the Year: Head Program Director Wei Lin


Madison House couldn’t do this award-winning, nationally-recognized work without your support. Thank you.

On GivingToHoosDay this past spring, dedicated alumni and friends like you helped us crush our $30,000 matching challenge, raising more than $76,000 in support of Madison House’s student leaders in just one day. We have yet to put forth a challenge that supporters of Madison House haven’t met!

Thanks to your support and the energy of thousands of student leaders and volunteers, Madison House stands ready to work with President Ryan. Together we will elevate public service across the University. Together we will develop strong, community-minded leaders. And together we will strengthen partnerships between the University, Madison House, and the Charlottesville/Albemarle communities like never before.

We’re honored and thrilled to have you and President Ryan as a partner in these efforts. Thank you!

Tim Freilich
Executive Director
CLAS ‘93, LAW ‘99