Experience Works, the nation's largest organization serving older workers through the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP), announces its search for America's Outstanding Oldest Worker for 2012. The annual recognition, now in its 14th year, is part of a national effort to raise awareness of the contributions older individuals make in today's workplace and provide inspiration to older workers seeking employment.
Nominees must be 100 years of age or older and working at least 20 hours each week in paid employment. The nomination form is available at www.experienceworks.org. Deadline for nominations is April 15, 2012.
"Experience Works is proud to sponsor the search for America's Outstanding Oldest Worker," saidBilly 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 102-year-old Dr. Hedda Bolgar, a practicing psychoanalyst from Los Angeles, California, and 101-year-old Mazerine Wingate, a postal worker from Lexington Park, Maryland.
Experience Works SCSEP operates in 30 states and Puerto Rico, providing community service, training, and employment opportunities for low-income adults age 55 and older. The program is highly effective in helping older workers get back into the workforce, maintain self-sufficiency, and age with dignity.