The positive change we put into our community will show in future generations.
Amy Clayman works full time to make her hometown of Alexandria, NH and the surrounding community a safer, better place. Amy is the Associate Relations Manager at the Bristol Hannaford, where she works to eliminate food waste and support local organizations. When she’s not working, Amy can typically be found volunteering as a firefighter and EMT alongside her husband for the Alexandria, NH Volunteer Fire Department.
“Aside from going on emergency calls, we raise money for apparatus and equipment, train, and do fire safety and prevention,” says Amy. “Our fishing derby is our biggest annual fundraiser reeling in about $6,000 each year. I am also a member of the Bristol Fire Department, which is a paid on-call position, that has allowed me to get more involved in community with activities such as the ‘Fill the Boot’ Drive for the Lakes Region Children’s Auction, fundraisers, fire safety and fire prevention.”
In addition to serving as an EMT and firefighter, Amy also works at the Plymouth Pregnancy Clinic where she helps by answering questions, providing tests, clothing, parenting classes, car seat safety instructions and information to new parents. She also helps her local church plan events and fundraisers for the community.
In the past, Amy has been part of mission trips to Guatemala, Mexico, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Tanzania and the Congo. There, she helped build water filters, homes, churches and an orphanage; taught children’s classes; and provided medical relief.
“The positive change we put into our community will show in future generations,” says Amy. “I don’t have kids of my own, but I want my niece and nephew, and really all children, to be part of a community where they feel safe and they have a purpose. Volunteering can be responding to emergencies, or it can simply be giving up my morning to walk in the local parade with the other firefighters just in case some little girl out there who is scared at home might see a strong women and think to herself that she can do that, too.”
When Amy isn’t volunteering, she enjoys gardening, hiking, being outside with her animals, baking and cooking, especially for other people. Amy’s favorite Cabot cheese is Extra Sharp Cheddar.