Posted by: webmaster | April 17, 2015

Volunteers in the limelight

Chester County puts volunteers in limelight

At their meeting on Wednesday, April 15, the Chester County Commissioners gave a pat on the back to the county’s volunteer corps and its telecommunicators.

Evan Dominick, a nine-year Chester County employee, holds the proclamation for . He is flanked by Commissioner Terence Farell (from left), Commissioner Michelle Kichline, Deputy Director of 9-1-1 Operations John Haynes, and Commissioner Kathi Cozzone.

Commissioners’ Chairman Terence Farrell explained that the week of April 12 to April 18 is not only Public Safety Telecommunicators’ Week, but also Volunteer Appreciation Week.

Commissioner Kathi Cozzone read a proclamation applauding the county’s 72 full-time and eight part-time telecommunicators for handling 282,992 emergency telephone calls for assistance during 2014. And Commissioner Michelle Kichline recited the one for county volunteers, referencing the fact that they save taxpayers more than $1 million every year.

John Haynes, the deputy director of 9-1-1 operations, said he was grateful for the recognition as well as the fact that the telecommunicators’ dedication and professionalism contribute to a “truly world-class” emergency services operation.

Jeanne Casner, who heads the county’s Health Department, thanked the commissioners for spotlighting the volunteers. About 40 volunteers provide invaluable assistance to her department, logging 3,300-plus hours a year, she said.

Rebecca Brain, the county’s public information officer, announced the debut of a new Web page, Volunteer Chesco, a site that combines all of the county government volunteer opportunities in one place. Brain said the county offers a mix of options that range from serving in the Medical Reserve Corps to working as a computer tutor to supporting Chester County’s Animal Rescue Team.

“We have an incredible spirit of volunteerism here in Chester County,” Cozzone noted, pointing out that the week also honors the many volunteers who are first-responders or serve area nonprofits.

To learn more about county volunteer opportunities, visit . It can also be accessed by going to the county’s home page – – and clicking on Volunteer Chesco.



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