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Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake, Inc. Awarded $291,177 Grant

Older adults to work and receive training in local agencies serving the community

ELKTON, Md., Aug. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake, Inc. announced that it has received a grant of $291,177 from Senior Service America, Inc. This grant will enable a minimum of 48 low-income older adults in Cecil and Harford Counties to work in temporary, part-time jobs through June 30, 2015. These older adults will participate in the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP), established by the Older Americans Act more than 40 years ago. SCSEP is the only federal government program mandated to assist unemployed older adults to rejoin the workforce.

This is the second consecutive year that Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake has received a grant from Senior Service America. In July 2013, the agency was awarded its first grant after a competitive application and review process. "The SCSEP Program has provided Goodwill the opportunity to help seniors in Cecil and Harford Counties with on the job training and employment," said Lisa Rusyniak, President  & CEO of Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake, Inc.  "We are happy to partner with Senior Service America, Inc. to provide our services to those who need our help."

While employed as SCSEP participants, the older workers will be assigned to 14 local nonprofit and government agencies, including Meals on Wheels, Harford Community College, Harford County Public Library, and Union Hospital. The older workers also will receive on-the-job training to enhance their opportunities in the local job market.  

"Far too many low-income older adults are among the long-term unemployed," says Tony Sarmiento, Senior Service America Executive Director. "This program provides them with skills and renewed hope as they serve their community."

If you are a senior citizen (age 55 or over) residing in Harford or Cecil county or are a local government or non-profit agency [501(c)3] who is interested in participating in the program, please contact:
Deborah Gray
Project Coordinator, Goodwill SCSEP
208 S. Bridge Street, Elkton, MD  21921
Phone:  (410) 996-0026
[email protected]

About Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake: Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake, Inc. provides job training, job placement and other human services for people who are unemployed or face other challenges to employment, including people with significant disabilities.  Annually, Goodwill provides services to more than 39,500 people, and places approximately 2,500 individuals into jobs. Revenue generated from the sale of donated goods helps fund these programs. For more information on Goodwill, please visit

About Senior Service America, Inc.
Senior Service America, Inc. (SSAI) is a national nonprofit organization that provides civic engagement and employment opportunities to low-income older adults. As one of 15 national SCSEP grantees of the U.S. Department of Labor, SSAI is based in Silver Spring, Maryland, and provides more than $40 million annually to a diverse network of 81 local partner organizations in 16 states. For more information, go to, call (301) 578-8826, or email [email protected].

Media Contact:
Jonathan Balog
VP, Marketing
410-837-1800 ext 175
[email protected]

SOURCE Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake, Inc.

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