Joseph C. Cirelli Community Service Award
The recipient of the 9th Annual Joseph C. Cirelli Community Service Award has been chosen. The winner is Alexis (Lexi) Campbell, who was nominated by Clearview member Linda Campbell. Lexi is the founder and director of Camp Cranium, a week-long overnight summer camp for kids ages 6-18 who have experienced a traumatic or acquired brain injury. Lexi began volunteering at medical camps when she was 18 years old, and she came to realize that camps can reach children with medical issues in a way that no other resources can. Because there were no camps of this kind offered in her local community, Lexi decided to start her own camp in 2007.
Camp Cranium’s goal is to provide an experience where “extraordinary kids can do extraordinary things” by promoting independence, improving self-esteem, and allowing the campers to form lifelong bonds with others experiencing similar struggles. Over the past nine years, the camp has grown from originally hosting 24 campers to hosting approximately 60 campers and 90 volunteers each June. For a week during each summer, children who have had a traumatic brain injury or stroke have the unique opportunity to meet other children with brain injuries in a safe, supportive and fun environment. Campers form lasting friendships, improve their self-confidence and independence, and achieve goals they didn’t believe were possible.
In honor of Lexi’s hard work, Clearview is making a $2,500 donation to Camp Cranium, who will use the donation to expand their web presence by redeveloping their organization’s website. This will form a well-established online presence and improve communication with parents of children with brain injuries, as well as other community providers. “Chat sessions” with pediatric neurologists, rehab therapists and other local resources in brain injury would help with Camp Cranium’s desire to expand these services.
The Joseph C. Cirelli Community Service Award was created to recognize a person who provides outstanding volunteer service to his/her community. The award is named in honor of former Clearview President/CEO Joseph Cirelli who served the Credit Union for 35 years.