Savannah Patterson Director, Marketing and Communication, United Way

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Savannah Patterson with her best friend Willow.

Helping other people makes me feel  joyful. I am a helper at heart. That is why I love working for this nonprofit.

When I think about what the United Way does for the community, the first thing that COMES TO mind is  collaboration. Poverty has many layers. How can we expect one person or one organization to solve it alone? United Way brings people together to help our neighbors.

When I was in high school, I was  the “singer” kid. In high school I was in choir and did theater. Singing is still my passion.

Over the past year, I have kept busy by  singing, reading and school work. I am currently working on my masters in organizational leadership from Gonzaga University.

I am looking forward to  traveling with friends and family.

Something that most people do not know about me is  my passion for children and youth. I love the joy youngsters bring to life and I love working and mentoring them through hard and exciting parts of their life.

An affectionate nickname that I have been given is  “mom.” Many friends and younger students I have mentored call me mom because “I am always prepared” and “ask questions like a mom.” I am a caretaker at heart, much like my own mother.

The best place to grab lunch in Newport News is  Schooners. I will never turn down a Schooner’s pizza or burger.

For fun, I like to  sing and volunteer. I am a volunteer with Old Dominion Honor Flight, a nonprofit that honors our nation’s veterans by taking two trips a year (pre-COVID) to Washington, D.C., with approximately 100 veterans to visit memorials and honor their service to our country. I am proud to participate in this program.

The secret of life is  finding joy. We may not always be happy, but joy transcends happiness. Happiness is situational, joy is lasting and a way of life. I believe in helping other people find joy in life.

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