Older residents of Ripley County who are having difficulty finding jobs have a local resource that might be able to help. Experience Works is a national nonprofit organization operating the Senior Community Service Employment Program in 43 counties in Indiana, providing paid community service assignments at local public and nonprofit organizations, training, referral to needed services and job search assistance for eligible individuals. With updated skills, participants use their community service training as a springboard to permanent jobs with local employers.
Applications will be accepted Wednesday, April 16, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Tyson Library, 7325 W. Tyson St., Versailles. Program applicants must be 55 or older; unemployed; live in Ripley, Franklin, Jefferson or Dearborn counties; and have annual incomes of $14,588 or less for a family of one and $19,663 for family of two. (Call for additional guidelines for more family members). Preregistration is preferred.
Rhonda Kidd, Experience Works Indiana state manager, said, “In this difficult economy, many older Hoosiers are finding it necessary to find work. Unfortunately, finding a job can be especially difficult for older workers who have not looked for employment for some time or for those who have been unsuccessful in their job hunt. Our program is a stepping stone for people desperate for work. We can provide immediate assistance and wages for those who qualify for the SCSEP.”
It is funded through the U.S. Department of Labor and administered by Experience Works Inc., a national nonprofit organization. The program is available at no cost to people who meet eligibility criteria. To register, or for more information, Experience Works can be reached toll-free at 866-796-8550 or www.experienceworks.org.