Nominations now are being accepted in the search for America’s Outstanding Oldest Worker for 2011.
Sponsored by Experience Works, the search is part of a national effort to raise awareness about the contributions older individuals make in today’s workplace and to break down barriers often associated with their employment.
In Georgia, Experience Works operates the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP), which is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor to provide skills training, work experience, and community service opportunities for low-income older workers.
America’s Outstanding Oldest Worker nominees must be 100 years of age or older, currently employed, working at least 20 hours each week for pay and involved in his or her community. Additional information, including the nomination form, is available at www.experienceworks.org. The deadline for nominations is April 15, 2011.
“Experience Works is proud to sponsor the search for America’s Outstanding Oldest Worker,” said Billy Wooten, executive director of program operations for Experience Works. “We believe that people who are productive and active throughout their lives will have better health, increased longevity and a more positive impact on their communities.”
Last year’s honorees were 104-year-old Emilio Navarro of Ponce, Puerto Rico, and 101-year-old Sally Gordon of Lincoln, Neb.
Formerly known as Green Thumb, Experience Works is a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the lives of low-income older people through employment, community service, and training.
Individuals who would like more information about Experience Works’ job programs should visit www.experienceworks.org or call 866-397-9757.