I give because I believe that to whom much is given, much is expected.

The desire to give to others is something Patty Perillo has felt deep in her soul for as long as she can remember. For Perillo, the new vice president for student affairs at Virginia Tech, the need to help others is a calling in life and a responsibility, she says.

In the few short months since she began her post on Aug. 1, Perillo has already begun finding ways to help others in the Virginia Tech and New River Valley communities and is championing this year’s Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign.

“Giving to others is what Virginia Tech’s mission calls us to do. Donating to the Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign is one of the ways we honor our university’s land grant history and demonstrate our commitment to Ut Prosim (That I May Serve).”

Perillo, who comes from a large family lost both of her parents to cancer and has since been an avid supporter of the American Cancer Society. With gifts of money and time, she also supports organizations that provide for children, the elderly, and those who are dying.

Patty Perillo
Since she began as the vice president of student affairs at Virginia Tech on Aug. 1, Perillo has already begun finding ways to help others in the Virginia Tech and New River Valley communities and is championing this year’s Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign.

Perillo is challenging all Virginia Tech employees to find a way to support the 2012 Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign. “Many of us already give and we can direct our giving through the many organizations that participate in the CVC,” said Perillo.

“Each one of us has the capacity to give, no matter how much we make,” said Perillo. We can all choose not to have something, like a cup of coffee or a bottle of water, so that we may help our neighbors in need, she explained.

“I have not always been a vice president, but I’ve always found a way to care for others with my time and financial resources and I challenge you to do the same; it is not how much we give, but that we give that matters,” said Perillo.

It’s especially important during this time of year, as we celebrate the holidays, that we think about how we can make the world a better place, said Perillo.

Please consider donating to any of the 1,300 charities participating in this year’s Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign. The online CVC Pledge System enables salaried Virginia Tech employees to make fast, easy, and secure donations via payroll deduction. All donations are tax deductible, as allowed by law.


First published on: Nov 26, 2012

Written by Employee Communications Manager Laura Neff-Henderson.