The city of Glendale recognized second responders during the COVID-19 pandemic during an Aug. 30 reception, during which Mayor Jerry Weiers presented a proclamation recognizing that week as Second Responders Week.
Second responders provide support to individuals and families in the wake of a crisis, including access to shelter and housing, employment, food and other critical services.
“In a time when so many Glendale residents and Arizonans are seeking refuge from the pandemic, brave men and women dedicated their lives to making sure as many people as possible receive the assistance they needed to survive this crisis,” Weiers said.
“The COVID-19 public health pandemic has highlighted the critical role of our second responders in helping to put lives back together during a critical time of need. I am truly grateful for their commitment.”
Second responders are nonprofit and public sector staff including outreach workers, shelter staff, home-delivered meal providers, case workers, housing specialists, food bank workers and victim advocates. These professionals and many others in the community help people connect to the resources they need to survive and to thrive.
The reception was sponsored by Credit Union West.
“Supporting and giving back to the community is an important part of our DNA,” said Karen Roch, president and chief executive officer of Credit Union West.
“We are proud and honored to sponsor the Second Responders Reception and help recognize the many men and women who work tirelessly to serve our communities.”