Madison House Alum Finds Another Way to Serve
U.Va. alum Geoffrey Johnson can often be found running through the streets these days as he trains for the Nov. 4 New York City marathon. Beside finishing, the 2010 graduate has another goal: to raise money for Madison House, U.Va.’s student volunteer services center.
On Johnson’s website, supporters can follow his training progress and watch an amusing video in which he decides to run for the program he says he still holds dearly. He also notes that he’ll be “running on plants” as a no-meat athlete, in support of sustainable environmental practices.
“As I take steps to run 26.2 miles this year through the concrete jungle of New York City, I also want to take concrete steps to support an organization I hold dearly from my undergraduate experience at the University of Virginia: Madison House, a student-run nonprofit which coordinates student volunteers, develops student leaders, builds community partnerships and promotes lifelong volunteer service,” he writes. “In striving to live out this service, I am running the 2012 NYC Marathon to fundraise for Madison House.”
A double-major in foreign affairs and Spanish in the College of Arts & Sciences, Johnson volunteered more than 300 hours of service over his four years in the Madison House programs Migrant and Latino Aid and Big Siblings.
“I’m so excited to run with the support of so many people and am excited to give back to Madison House after four amazing years,” he wrote in an email.
Johnson now lives in Washington, D.C., where he recently began working for the U.S. State Department, after two years at the Organization of American States working on sustainable development initiatives. His new job is with the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs’ Office of Regional Economic Policy and Summit Coordination, which is responsible for Latin American economic, trade and environmental policies.
He said he’s enjoying running in “this awesome, pumpkin-spiced autumn weather.”