Why Hiring Older Workers Makes Sense

Goodwill Celebrates National Employ Older Workers Week
September 24-28

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Older workers are a growing part of the 21st century labor force, and they bring a wealth of knowledge, experience and maturity to the work place. To celebrate their contributions and achievements, Goodwill Industries International is observing National Employ Older Workers Week from September 24-28, 2018.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that workers age 55 and older will make up 24 percent of the labor force in 2020, up from 13 percent in 2000. Many of those older workers will require additional training to remain competitive in today’s job market.

Goodwill Industries International provides critical job training and placement services to support older job seekers in nine states through the U.S. Department of Labor’s Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP.) The program offers paid, on-the-job training for older workers who have low incomes or are unemployed.

To mark National Employ Older Workers Week, Goodwill® has released this new video featuring the stories of SCSEP trainees and graduates.

“SCSEP participants train in local agencies and nonprofits like food banks, libraries, schools and senior centers. They serve in their own communities,” said Kristin Pratt, Senior Director of Mission Advancement at Goodwill Industries International. “Public and nonprofit agencies are often stretched thin, and SCSEP allows them to supplement their workforce and expand services while helping older job seekers develop valuable skills.”

For the 2018 program year, the U.S. Department of Labor is providing 90 percent of the funding for Goodwill’s SCSEP programs through a $20,971,372 million grant. Goodwill is providing the remaining 10 percent of funding through in-kind contributions worth $2,330,152.

The goal is to provide training and employment services for approximately 3400 people this program year.
Since 2006, Goodwill’s SCSEP effort has helped more than 29,000 older workers in local communities across the country.

The ultimate objective is for SCSEP participants to raise their skill levels to meet employers’ needs, in order to build financial security for their families and to save for retirement.

To see if the program is a good fit for you, or for additional information, contact:
Mary Ewing
Senior Employment Program Manager
Marion, Morrow, Crawford and Union County
419-233-0144
SCSEP@mariongoodwill.org

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When was the last time you took a minute to thank the seniors in your community for all they have done?

Well, we have good news, because now you have a whole month to do it! May is Older Americans Month. and the theme is “Engage at Every Age.” At Marion Goodwill we are proud to take this time to celebrate America’s older workers and honor the positive impacts they have on making a difference in the community, especially, our workplaces.

More older Americans want and need to remain in the workplace past traditional retirement age, and those without jobs face a particularly tough time finding new positions. A stunning 33 percent of job seekers ages 55 and older are long-term unemployed, according to the AARP Public Policy Institute. These people looking for work are like Wanda. Wanda never had a strong support system of friends or family. After “couch surfing” for years, she was forced to live on the streets. In addition to not having a safe place to live, Wanda was an alcoholic and felt constantly crushed by depression. One year later, she was able to get her own apartment and make her bed at the shelter available for someone else who needed it. An employee at the shelter informed Wanda of Goodwill’s Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP). Before she left the shelter, she applied to SCSEP. Wanda did not expect a call back because of her history of unemployment and alcoholism, but to her surprise, she got an interview and was accepted into the program. At age 57, it was time for a new start. With the help of SCSEP, she was able to get her driver’s license, a car, a new home and a job.

There are millions of other older Americans like Wanda who deserve a chance to reach their full potential through the power of work. Unfortunately, these individuals are too often overlooked for positions, despite their years of experience and service. At Goodwill®, our resolution for Older Americans Month is to make sure every individual in the communities we serve knows all about the diverse contributions older workers are making to our community and to our local economy. You’ll find many more of their success stories at http://www.mariongoodwill.org.

This Older Americans Month is a great time to show the world you’re never too old (or young) to enrich your life and community. You’re encouraged to share your own stories about what older Americans mean to you. Snap a selfie or have someone take your picture participating in activities that support your mental and physical well-being. Then, post your image and tag it #OAM18.

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