Dorothy C.

New Jersey

Dorothy Calimer

2014 Winner

Cologne, NJ
Nominated by Tammy Schaab

Volunteered for:

St. John's United Church of Christ

Length of Service:

45 hours per month for 70 years

Volunteered for:

Atlantic County 4-H Youth Developement Program

Length of Service:

25 hours per month for 45 years

February 20, 2014

Dorothy Calimer is an 82-year-old, vibrant and ready-to-go senior who loves to volunteer her time to many organizations - something that has been instilled in her since a very early age by her parents, who were also volunteers. As a lifetime volunteer, Dorothy has had the opportunity to impact countless lives throughout the decades. Even now as a senior citizen, Dorothy is still going strong. Being able to meet people every day helps to keep her body and mind active, and her service impacts a variety of people from the youth, to the middle-aged, to seniors to the needy.

At a very young age, Dorothy started volunteering her time at the Germania Volunteer Fire Company helping with their semi-annual Chicken Dinners. More than 70 years later, the Germania Volunteer Fire Company now has a Turkey Supper twice a year and Dorothy is still involved to this day. She will bake cakes as desserts, help with the countless tasks the night before the dinner, and work at the cake table on the day of the dinner for the sit down customers. She is an inactive member of the Germania Ladies Auxiliary; however, she still likes to participate in many of the activities they have.

Because of Dot, her parent's original church Pomona Union Protestant Church which had closed its doors over 50 years ago is still able to hold services four times a year. She serves as a board member of this church where she helps put the services together, and she also plays the piano for these services. In addition, Dot's heart belongs to her church where she was baptized and has been a member all her life, St. John's United Church of Christ, where she serves on the consistory, as an elder and financial secretary, participates in Women's Guild, the music committee, and helps make sandwiches for a local homeless.

In Dot's younger years, she was an active member of every organization that her children belonged to. She served as a member of the executive committee of the Galloway Township Athletic Association (GTAA) and the Cologne School Parent Teacher's Association (PTA). During her children's high school years, she actively volunteered as a Band Parent where she chaperoned each and every event.

Continuing her love for volunteerism, Dorothy became heavily involved in the Atlantic County 4-H Youth Development Program. She was a dedicated leader, teaching the youth members of her club how to sew, can, freeze and various other forms of the home economics program. Dot would also volunteer to chaperone and transport many children to State 4-H events. Even after her children aged out of the 4-H Program, Dot continued her service, joining the Atlantic County 4-H Fair Association, which keeps the program up and running for Atlantic County. Dot continues to serve on the Executive Committee where she was President for ten years Secretary for more than 15 years. She still serves as Secretary to this day. And she doesn't stop there! The 4-H Program runs an annual fair each August where you will find Dot setting up the week prior to the fair, working the Chicken BBQ during the fair, and working as the Fair Secretary in the fair office each and every day of the fair from 9:00 am - 10:00 pm. Once the fair is over, you will find Dot right there among everyone cleaning up and putting everything back to normal. She also volunteers for the numerous events that the 4-H program holds throughout the year, and serves on the Yearbook Committee and Family and Consumer Science Committee.

Dot's daughter is a coach for a local college girls' softball team and Dot does not hesitate to volunteer in their refreshment stand during the games. Dorothy also serves the community by helping with our local county's flu shot program. Dot will volunteer her time to be a receptionist to help the process go smoothly and meet and greet people when they come to the free flu shot programs.

As you can see Dot is a volunteer-a-holic. She never stops and brings an upbeat attitude to each and every event. Dorothy is well deserved of this honor.

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The National Winner’s designated non-profit charity will receive a $5,000 donation, courtesy of Home Instead, Inc., the franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care® franchise network. Each Local Winner’s designated non-profit charity will receive a $500 donation. All Winners will receive a certificate and a spot in the Contest’s “Wall of Fame” here on in recognition of their outstanding service.

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