Based on their employment interests and goals, participants are assigned to qualified nonprofit organizations or government agencies on a part-time basis, where they are trained and receive work experience by performing their community service training assignment. While participants receive training, supervision and experience directly from their host agencies, their training wages and fringe benefits are paid by Easterseals.
Strong relationships with local non-profits and government agencies are central to the success of the Senior Community Service Employment Program. Easterseals is always looking for new community partners that can assist participants in their journey towards economic self-sufficiency. Since 2003, Easterseals SCSEP participants have provided over 10 million subsidized community service hours to their local communities through training assignments.
A Host Agency is any nonprofit organization or government agency that serves as a training site for SCSEP participants, where they can be supervised by organization staff. The Host Agency is matched with a motivated older worker who desires to work and learn. Together with Easterseals’ staff and the participant, develops a training assignment description for the participant, once the skills identified to be developed during the assignment are achieved, the participant will move to a new training opportunity and a new participant will be placed with the organization.
The goal of the training assignment is for the participant to gain marketable work experience, increase confidence in the workplace, and develop a supportive professional network, in order to assist in the transition towards employment.