Building up the House
Former Housing Improvement volunteer supports Madison House programs
Before he worked with a private equity firm in New York City, Marshall Burke was “building things up and tearing things down” from Tennessee to Tanzania as a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity. When Marshall started at UVA, he knew he wanted to continue pursuing public service, and he soon found himself at Madison House.
“One of the many great things about Madison House is that it is pretty hard not to hear about it,” he says. “From widespread word of mouth to its fairly unmissable location by Beta Bridge, it didn’t take me long to drop in and check out the different programs.”
Marshall’s visit to the House proved to be an important moment during his time at UVA. Just as many students find the program that fits them best at Madison House, Marshall soon discovered that the Housing Improvement (HIP) program suited him. His time working in the community allowed him to build relationships with students and community members he would never have met otherwise.
"While it was very satisfying that the work we did was tangible and visible, the people involved are what I reflect on the most."
Image: Madison House Housing Improvement volunteers work on a house
“While it was very satisfying that the work we did was tangible and visible, the people involved are what I reflect on the most,” he says. “For a whole semester, you got to share interesting experiences with others. I also had the chance to work with the Albemarle Housing Improvement Program, who was the most amazing community partner.”
Marshall remembers his time with HIP fondly, citing the most memorable moments as the oily spot on his work pants from his first job tarring a roof and the scar on his hand due to a “slightly overzealous pace de-shingling a roof near Foxfield”.
“Traveling through Charlottesville years later, I still find myself driving past a house and thinking, ‘I remember building those stairs that one spring’ or ‘I remember when we installed flooring in there on that sweaty, 90º fall afternoon,’” he says.
Image: Housing Improvement Head Program and Program Directors
Total Estimated service hours during the 2018 - 2019 academic year:
estimated VALUE OF VOLUNTEERS' 2018 - 2019 SERVICE HOURS:
COMMUNITY PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS
Albemarle Housing Improvement Program, Habitat for Humanity, and The Haven
Now a Madison House alumnus and donor, Marshall is focused on helping the House to continue its work of strengthening the relationship between UVA and the Charlottesville community.
“It has been a pleasure getting to know the broader Madison House organization over time,” he says. “There is so much impact that individuals can have in building and continuing Madison House’s work and ensuring the continuation of this breadth of experience across all their programs, volunteers, and communities.”
There is so much impact that individuals can have in building and continuing Madison House’s work.