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Goodwill Honors America's Older Workers

During the week of September 24 – 30, 2017, Goodwill Industries of Upstate/Midlands South Carolina and the office of the SC Lieutenant Governor, as well as many other organizations, will be participating in the celebration of National Employ Older Workers Week.  The annual commemoration recognizes the achievements of workers age 55 and over and is intended to increase awareness of older workers. SC Governor Henry McMaster has also issued a proclamation declaring September 24th – 30” “Employ Older Workers Week” in South Carolina.  

Goodwill is one of 19 national nonprofit organizations authorized by the U.S. Department of Labor to administer the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) to provide assistance to older workers. 

Participants in Goodwill’s Midlands-area SCSEP program will celebrate National Older Workers Week on Tuesday, September 26th from 10am – 12pm at the Goodwill Job Connection at 2744 Decker Boulevard in Columbia.  Lieutenant Governor Kevin Bryant and Pamela Grant from the Lieutenant Governor’s Office on Aging will address attendees.  SCSEP participant Toi Ann Mobley will also speak at the event, sharing her experience and the opportunities she has had to train with Palmetto Health, the American Red Cross, and Allen University.  

Participants in Goodwill’s Upstate-area SCSEP program will celebrate National Older Workers Week on Wednesday, September 27th from 10am – 12pm at the Goodwill Job Connection at 115 Haywood Road in Greenville. Local radio personality Miranda Asson, with 96.3 The Block, will give the keynote address.  SCSEP participant Roy Davis, who spent 28 years as a Research Associate at Milliken Company in Spartanburg, will also share his experience with the program and how having the opportunity to learn administrative skills is helping him reenter the workforce after seven years of unemployment due to health issues.  

"Older workers have the experience, the know-how and the motivation to be productive, valued employees," said Mike Daniels, Manager of SCSEP Programs at Goodwill Industries of Upstate/Midlands South Carolina.  “In many cases, all they lack is an updated set of skills, which they can easily obtain through Goodwill’s training and employment programs."

SCSEP, which was authorized by the Older Americans Act of 1965, is the only federally sponsored employment and training program targeted specifically to unemployed individuals with low incomes, aged 55 and older. Through SCSEP, these individuals receive paid training through part-time, service-oriented positions in their communities. The program aims to promote community service while helping participants achieve fiscal self-sufficiency.

According to the National Council on Aging (NCOA), more than 25 million Americans ages 60 and older are economically. These older adults struggle with rising housing and health care bills, inadequate nutrition, lack of access to transportation, diminished savings, and job loss. As the population ages, older Americans will play an increasingly important role in our economy and America’s leadership in the world marketplace. By 2019, more than 40 percent of Americans over the age of 55 will be employed, making up a quarter of the total U.S. labor force. 

To learn how to turn your stuff into job opportunities for older workers, visit www.goodwillsc.org/job-training/programs


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