Work Matters! Forum Focuses on Opportunities for Seniors and People with Disabilities

CLC hosted a Work Matters! Forum on May 24 to highlight the need for additional job and service opportunities for San Francisco seniors and people with disabilities. 

One of the best parts of the day was “The positive energy of all the speakers!  They conveyed what they truly believe in and respect seniors as equal partners.”

About 70 people met with local organizations, listened to speakers and panelists, offered suggestions and insights on challenges to finding jobs, and got hands-on-help with signing up for paid and volunteer opportunities. 

Many participants were enthusiastic about the chance to meet with other people and organizations dedicated to increasing work opportunities. Several described the long process of finding ways to contribute, with one noting, “The fact that you address this…is fantastic for me. I have been struggling with this issue for over 15 years and feeling alone in my struggle!” As another attendee described, the best part was “Seeing so many other people in the audience who are looking for meaningful work and not letting ‘agesim’ defeat them.”

Thanks to all the organizations that participated: Community Technology Network, Dept. of Aging and Adult Services, Disability Rights California, Encore.org, Experience Corps, Felton Institute/Family Service Agency. San Francisco Public Library, Self-Help for the Elderly. SF Connected, Toolworks, and Videographers in Production. 

SF ReServe’s new program Director, Alicia Crawford, helps individuals interested in signing up for the SF ReServe Program navigate there way through the online process.

As part of the forum, we officially launched our new initiative, SF ReServe, to match part time jobs at community organizations with talented seniors and people with disabilities. The program is the San Francisco affiliate of ReServe, a national nonprofit that has successfully matched many hundreds of seniors with community organizations since it began in New York 12 years ago.

SF ReServe has received funding from the San Francisco Department of Aging and Adult Services, and has begun matching local ReServists with community organizations. Six are already placed and working, and more are ready to be matched. We are actively seeking additional organizational partners and ReServists. To apply or to find more information, visit www.sfreserve.org.  

 

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