Jordan Heavner: Young Leaders Society member spotlight

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Jordan Heavner, a Young Leaders Society member, has been volunteering with the United Way for about five years.

After graduating from the University of South Carolina, she noticed there weren’t many young professionals working in health care finance and was interested in getting to know other young professionals in Columbia, particularly those invested in the community and its people. A friend and YLS donor, at the time, encouraged her to attend YLS’s annual Oyster Roast, which allowed her to meet other professionals in the community.

“YLS introduced me to a social experience I was missing but has also given me the opportunities to make an impact on the community I interact with every day,” Heavner said.

Young Leaders Society, an affinity group of United Way of the Midlands, is a passionate group of donors ages 21- 40 years old who work to ensure every person in our community has a safe place to call home, every child succeeds in school and everyone has access to quality health care. Donors of the Young Leaders Society enjoy exclusive professional development activities, social and networking events and volunteer opportunities to further United Way’s mission.

Jordan has been very active working and volunteering with projects since she joined. Her favorite volunteer experience is the annual Salvation Army Christmas Warehouse. 

“This is a great way to get into the holiday spirit,” she said. “Each year I’ve participated, I have enjoyed hanging out with fellow YLS donors and unloading/sorting Christmas gift donations for children in the Midlands.  Not only is it inspiring to see the magnitude of gifts donated by the community, but it’s nostalgic to see many of the gifts and feel like we’re a part of providing a beautiful holiday experience to families in the Midlands.”

Jordan is a native of Charleston, S.C., but has called Columbia home for 12 years.  She lives with her husband, Drew, and their 5-year-old yellow lab, Violet. 

She works for nThrive, a healthcare services and technology company, partnering with health systems across the country to optimize revenue cycle performance.  This typically includes travel, so although the pandemic has brought many challenges, she is enjoying spending more time at home this year. 

Fun Fact:

She’s an avid reader and one of her favorite books she read in 2020 is The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern. She is a cellist who has performed at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

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