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Students in Student Greater Madison pick up trash in Harrisonburg to beautify the community. The group strives to build bonds between JMU and members of Harrisonburg's community through community outreach and service.

“The students that volunteer through Student Greater Madison projects get the chance to interact with other service-minded students, as well as community residents. Understanding how to both work with and talk with people you may not otherwise be in contact with is a vital part of leadership, both in Harrisonburg and beyond.”

— Andy Eblin (’11), Founder of Student Greater Madison
Eblin established Student Greater Madison (formerly Madison Involved) in April 2010 as a way to help strengthen ties and advance a positive relationship between JMU and the community through volunteerism, involvement and communication. In April 2011, they partnered with SGA for The Big Event, a day of community service in which over 1,000 JMU students participated. The 2012 event is scheduled for April 14.

Related Links: 
Big Event, Madipalooza Make Positive Debuts
Thousands of JMU Students Turn Out for Weekend Events

“The JMU Student United Way helps fulfills the university’s mission by helping our students learn about themselves as leaders, the community which they live in, and how together they can making a long-lasting impact.”

Jacqueline Futrell, 2010-11 Student Director, Student United Way

Jacqueline helped establish JMU’s Student United Way organization in fall 2010, Virginia’s first Student United Way, as a way to utilize student power to fill critical areas of need in the Harrisonburg and Rockingham County community.

Related Links:
First Student United Way Chapter in VA Formed at JMU
JMU Student United Way blog


JMU Student United Way speaks to the community about how students are helping to assist areas of need in Harrisonburg.


Former SGA President Andrew Reese discusses issues that range from JMU's campus to what's going on in the community.

"Students involved with JMU’s Student Government Association receive real-world experience by actively seeking to improve campus through our dialogue with faculty and administration. We realize the importance of collaboration and interaction and how real change occurs through building these personal relationships. SGA equips its students with these skills in order for them to become effective future leaders.”

— Andrew Reese (’11), 2010-11 President, JMU Student Government Association
As the student body president and leader of the Student Government Association, Reese works to improve the Madison experience by addressing student concerns and acting as a voice for the student body. 

Related Links:
JMU Student Government Association

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