Delaware County Council joined members of Delaware County Emergency Services and numerous elected leaders to honor members of the Citizen Corps of Delaware County (CCDC) and the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) of Delaware County during a ceremony in Rose Tree Park on August 18. 

Volunteers from the CCDC and MRC and their families were invited to enjoy a night of live music, water ice, and refreshments. Members were recognized for their dedication to community service and were presented with a challenge coin and certificate of recognition.

“You have gone above and beyond in your efforts to serve your community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your selfless dedication to your community is to be commended EVERY day but serving during the midst of a pandemic even further shows your commitment to your fellow neighbors,” Delaware County Council Chair Dr. Monica said to the volunteers. “You are true front-line heroes. You answered the call to serve your community at a time when we needed it most.”

The Delaware County Citizen Corps and Medical Reserve Corps are comprised of volunteers from across the county, who work to support a broad range of emergency and disaster responses in Delaware County. Their mission is to improve the emergency preparedness, health, and safety of the residents of Delaware County.

Over the past two and a half years, they served at the County’s COVID-19 public testing sites, vaccine clinics, distributed PPE, volunteered at County sponsored food pick-up and distribution events, baby item drives, pet food and supply drives, the Alternative Care Site at the Glen Mills School, at Delco Strong events, and assisted in first responder refuge. 

Prior to the pandemic, approximately 500 volunteers were registered. At the height of the pandemic, there were close to 3,500 registered volunteers. 

“That is a testament to your immense dedication to your fellow neighbors. You answered the call and served our residents with patience and compassion. You are the definition of DELCO Strong,” Dr. Taylor told volunteers. 

Council also commended the County team who oversees and trains the CCDC and MRC. Many of whom have stepped up to provide training and guidance in addition to the work they do in their everyday roles with the County. 

More information on the Citizen Corps of Delaware County, including ways to get involved, can be found on the CCDC website.

Gathered members of the Delaware County Leadership Team, including members of County Council, the COVID-19 Task Force, the Department of Emergency Services, the Health Department, Board of Health, and the Citizen Corps and Medical Reserve Corps of Delaware County

Delaware County Vice Chair Elaine Schaefer presents an honorary resolution to 10-year old Mia Warren for creating and distributing inspirational cards to health care workers during the pandemic

Ed Kline, former CCDC Volunteer Management Coordinator, thanks the CCDC & MRC members in attendance after receiving an honorary resolution

Wilbur Wolf, who helped to build, train, inspire, and empower both the Delaware County MCM Team and volunteer leadership programs, receives honorary resolution

Delaware County's own AM Radio Tribute Band, inspired by the selflessness and hard work of the CCDC and MRC members, provided hours of free music throughout the evening