I know it has been over a year, but as we are approaching another milestone, I can't help but write.
Can you remember when COVID-19 first affect Delaware County? Some of you were there when we began to set-up the Glen Mills School. You were there when we established the First Responder Refuge Center. How many of you took part in the setting up and running the County's COVID Testing sites? And while many of our residents were forced to shelter-in-place, you left your homes and families to participate in the multiple Vaccination Points of Dispensing (VPOD).
Yes, that was you. It was because of your efforts and sacrifice, we were able to vaccinate, help restore stability and resiliency within Delaware County. You made history! It took over 3,000 individuals, like yourself, who volunteered to help ensure the safety to your friends, neighbors, and residents of the county. For over two years you volunteered next to one another. And this did not go unnoticed. But let me ask you a question. How many of your fellow volunteers can you recognize without their mask? Today, how many times did you walk past one another without realizing you had worked side by side, for over 2 years?
I understand we did not do all this for the recognition. As you can remember, during our briefing and debriefing, our goal was for you to enjoy yourself, want to come back and return home the same way you came. Well, we are asking you to return, at least one more time. A time to congratulation one another. A time to put a face to the person behind the mask. A time to solidify this milestone and tie a ribbon on it. This is the reason we are asking for all-hands on deck.
August 18th is a time for us to celebrate, say hello, or even goodbye. Even if you are unable to stay the entire time, come by for an hour or so. Wear your shirt, bring your blanket or chair, help us celebrate the strength of the Citizen Corps of Delaware County. Show your intention to participate by responding to the mission in Galaxy. We can't do this without you. Help us to celebrate and tie a bow on our successful COVID-19 mission.
I look forward to seeing you there.
Dennis Daye, Volunteer Coordinator