Senior Community Service Employment Program for Unemployed over 55

This is National Employ Older Workers Week, an event scheduled annually the last full week of September, to recognize the vital role of older workers in the workforce.  The objective is to increase awareness of our older workforce segment and to develop innovative strategies to tap it. This week also showcases the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP).

Program information from the U.S. Department of Labor:

The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) is a community service and work-based job training program for older Americans. Authorized by the Older Americans Act, the program provides training for low-income, unemployed seniors. Participants also have access to employment assistance through American Job Centers.

SCSEP participants gain work experience in a variety of community service activities at non-profit and public facilities, including schools, hospitals, day-care centers, and senior centers. The program provides over 40 million community service hours to public and non-profit agencies, allowing them to enhance and provide needed services. Participants work an average of 20 hours a week, and are paid the highest of federal, state or local minimum wage. This training serves as a bridge to unsubsidized employment opportunities for participants.

Participants must be at least 55, unemployed, and have a family income of no more than 125% of the federal poverty level. Enrollment priority is given to veterans and qualified spouses, then to individuals who are over 65, have a disability, have low literacy skills or limited English proficiency, reside in a rural area, are homeless or at risk of homelessness, have low employment prospects, or have failed to find employment after using services through the American Job Center system.

Follow this link to find services in your area:

Or, call the Toll-Free Help Line at 1-877-US2-JOBS (1-877-872-5627).




  1. D Howard

    Is it possible to transition in a Host Agency, (mine is the Red Cross), to a full time Tele-recruiter I position in the showcased Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP). I see they are advertising again for the position, however, I just had my first 3 month review and I was average in the employers opinion. I would love to keep working in the agency. I need to work. Full time would be great. I need a new State ID, however. Thank you.

  2. admin (Post author)

    To D Howard,
    Please contact your local Program Director at SCSEP to have the conversation about transitioning to full time. Good luck!!

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