A. Community involvement is always exciting to see here in Charlottesville. What is always most eye-opening to me is the ways in which university is intertwined with the community here in Charlottesville. There is a number of programs and people who are dedicated to serving the community of Charlottesville. At times there seems as if there’s a split between the University and the Charlottesville community, but there is, however, a number of people who need the support of UVA and local activists. Using these resources allow for the amelioration of their lack of resources and other conditions. An organization such as the Salvation Army and Madison house, allows me to see how service is being implemented in the Charlottesville community. Being a part of Madison House of allows me to get into the community and actually get to meet the people who actually shape the city of Charlottesville.
B. There is nothing about my community involvement that surprises me. I have been volunteering at the Madison house for some years now and I feel as if I am pretty intertwined in the community, and I understand how the Charlottesville community works and understand its struggles. There is, however, a time to learn new things in the Charlottesville community and I am looking forward to that this year. I am also looking forward to meeting new families and new resources in the area that can benefit families in need. I am always open and willing to learn from leaders in Madison house and in the community.