Elsie Calamese is one of the winners of a special judging of the Daily Point of Light Award being honored this May during Older Americans Month. Recognizing the contributions of older Americans, these awards celebrate 50+ volunteers who are making a difference by giving of their time, talent and experience to meet the critical needs of their communities.
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Elsie is referred to as the “Clara Barton” of the American Red Cross, Firelands Chapter. She has given of herself for the past twenty years. She not only volunteers at the ARC but is intensively involved in our community and serves on the American Red Cross national volunteer list. She is a quiet gentle great grandmother who can be summoned at a moment’s notice to jet off to the scene of a disaster anywhere in the United States. In response to September 11, Elsie boarded a plane the next day and worked 12 hour days to help those in need.
Elsie volunteers one day a week at Care and Share, Second Harvest doing whatever is needed to assist the hungry in our community. She was one of the co-founders of this organization. She has also been a long time board member of The Erie Huron Counties Community Action Commission.