National award for Cooperstown volunteer

Rich McCaffery wins national honor

Rich McCaffery displays his award with Cooperstown Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh


After logging decades of tireless service to his community, Cooperstown’s Rich McCaffery has become only one of 100 people across the country to receive a Certificate of National Recognition as a Civic Volunteer.

“Nominating Rich for this award was an easy choice,” said Village Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh. “There is no one more deserving.”

The Small Town America Civic Volunteer Award program considered more than 700 nominations from communities in 47 states, but only 100 win the award each year. The award recognizes the “hometown heroes” whose civic volunteerism is the lifeblood of small-town and rural America.

Deputy Mayor Cindy Falk compiled Mr. McCaffery’s nomination by noting his more recent contributions to the Village, including keeping Main Street clean and attractive, promoting swift emergency response by ensuring fire hydrants are shoveled throughout the winter, and reducing the risk of flooding by coordinating the maintenance of storm drains throughout Cooperstown. For many years, Mr. McCaffery organized an annual Village-wide ‘yard sale day’ and made winter months more tolerable through his leadership on the Winter Carnival committee.

2 thoughts on “National award for Cooperstown volunteer

  1. Hayden Spencer

    Congrats Rich ! Your dedication to the community and region has been outstanding for many years and now is formally acknowledged. Many of us have realized for a long time. Congrats again and so well deserved ! Best wishes !!

  2. Sally Goddard

    My congrats to you, Rich! I well recall your devotion to the Village, and I’m so glad it has been nationally recognized!

    Best wishes, and enjoy the fanfare!
    Sally Goddard

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