STATE—Nominations are now being accepted in the search for America’s Outstanding Oldest Worker. 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. It is sponsored by Experience Works, the nation’s largest nonprofit training and employment organization for 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. The honoree for 2010 will be introduced in May, as part of Older American’s Month.
Additional information, including the nomination form, is available at www.experienceworks.org. The deadline for nominations is March 15, 2010.
“Experience Works is proud to sponsor the search for America’s Oldest Worker, because we know that older individuals have a lot to offer – experience, knowledge, dependability and enthusiasm,” said Lita Kleger, vice president of external affairs for Experience Works. “Older workers provide inspiration to people of all ages and serve as role models for those who want to continue to stay active and make valuable contributions to the workplace and to their communities.”
Last year’s honoree was 101-year-old attorney Jack Borden from Weatherford, Texas. A former FBI agent, Borden is the oldest practicing member of the Texas State Bar Association. He still works 40 hours a week, specializing in real estate and probate law.
Borden also continues to be active in his community. He was elected to public office four times and served as the Mayor of Weatherford. He was recognized as the Outstanding Citizen of Weatherford in 2005.
Experience Works, formerly Green Thumb, is a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the lives of low-income older people through employment, community service, and training.
In New Jersey, Experience Works administers the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCEP), which is free to participants who are 55 and older and meet low income criteria. Individuals who would like more information about Experience Works’ job programs should visit www.experienceworks.org or call 1-866-397-9757.
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