Director of Community Resources
Sandy Calvert has made Medina County her home for more than forty–five years. In 1991 Sandy was selected as the AAUW Woman of the Year and in 1996 was recognized as a Woman of Distinction by the YWCA. In 2005 Congressman Regula chose Sandy to represent the 16th Congressional District at the White House Conference on Aging. Sandy was awarded the 2008 Benjamin Rose Institute Katz Advocacy Award for her work on behalf of older adults in Medina County and across the state. Sandy served on the HANDS Foundation Board advocating for seniors for six years and three as President. After her term on the HANDS Board Sandy became the first ever HANDS Program Director initiating the following programs in Medina County to benefit older adults; the Farmers Market Program, Making Prevention Work for Older Americans and Staples for Seniors. Sandy had served on the Ohio Department of Aging Advisory Council for seven years and served as vice-Chair and Chair-Elect. Governor Strickland appointed Sandy to serve on the Senior Civic Engagement Council for two years. In October of 2011 Sandy became the Executive Director of Feeding Medina County and has expanded the Staples for Seniors program now serving 400 low income seniors across the county and increased the number of pantries using the FMC free transit service. Sandy implemented the Weekenders Program for Children which now serves 14 local elementary schools and five Head Start Centers. In addition Sandy initiated the FMC Community Gardens, Free Produce Distributions and forged partnerships with businesses, churches, organizations, civic and social service agencies to address hunger issues in Medina County.
Sandy served on the Ohio Association of Second Harvest Foodbanks ‘Senior Summit’ planning committee and implemented a ‘Hunger Summit’ in Medina County in 2011. In 2013 Sandy was named a ‘Woman of the Community’ by the Medina County Women’s Journal. In 2014 Sandy received the Leatherman Lifetime Achievement Award for her work on behalf of seniors.
Sandy retired in October of 2014 and started to travel visiting grandchildren across the country. Family and friends knew she wouldn’t be retired very long. They were right. Sandy is consulting for the Education Empowerment Group developing community resources for children and their families in schools located in Youngstown, Columbus and Canton..
In addition, Sandy is a mother to three children and dedicated grandmother to four granddaughters and four grandsons. Sandy resides in Wadsworth Township, Medina County Ohio with her husband Chuck, former state Representative for the 69th House District.