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Experience Works Inc. helps seniors

By Amanda White | Published Wednesday, November 20, 2013

With the fast-approaching holidays, our thoughts turn to our children and grandchildren, and rightly so, but seniors need to be remembered, too.

We at Experience Works Inc. believe that people who are productive and active throughout their lives will have better health, increased longevity and have a positive effect on their community. Most seniors want to be able to give back to their families, their community and their nation. They don’t want to sit on a porch swing all day. They want to work and stay involved in the joy of living.

Experience Works and the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) play a vital role in a seniors’ choice to work.

Experience Works’ mission statement is, “Improve the lives of older workers through community service, training and employment.” Seniors are at their best, when they are serving others, being active and staying connected.

Experience Works uses apprentice-style training along with computer and classroom as a path to employment. Experience Works places low-income, mature workers in training sites, such as nonprofit organizations and federal, state or local government agencies, where they will gain new skills or refresh their current skills.

Opportunities like these help the agencies with payroll expenses and workload, as they provide training to mature workers who take pride in learning new things, sharing their knowledge and experiences. This is, without doubt, a win-win for community service partners and seniors.

Public and nonprofit organizations benefit from an expanded workforce that enables them to enhance their services and operations through partnerships with Experience Works. Participants typically perform a variety of tasks that would otherwise not be accomplished because of lack of staff or funding. Seniors train for approximately 20 to 21 hours a week while earning minimum wage.

Experience Works is a national nonprofit organization funded under Title V of the Older Americans Act (OAA). Our services are provided at no cost, and we are an equal opportunity employer.

Wise County has gone above and beyond to support Experience Works and mature workers.

Next time you are in these agencies please stop by and say thank you.

  • The Wise County Historical Society
  • Alvord Public Library
  • City Hall of Paradise
  • Health and Human Services in Decatur
  • Rhome Police Department
  • Rhome Senior Center
  • Rhome Public Library.

These wonderful agencies have been training and hiring mature workers for many years. There are many other partners, too numerous to mention, that work with us and our participants. We are deeply grateful to each and every one of them.

Experience Works is just one way to touch the life of a senior, so while you are planning your holiday festivities, please remember that you too can make a difference by reaching out and touching the heart of a senior! Won’t you join us in this endeavor?

To learn more, visit www.experienceworks.org or call Shirley Traylor at 254-889-380.

Amanda White
Experience Works

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