Celebrating 50 Years of Service

Rooted in Tradition and Still Helping Lives Blossom


In order to know where you’re going, you have to know where you’ve been. As Experience Works celebrates 50 years of service, it’s a golden opportunity to take a quick look back at how it all began.    
“Our success and longevity should be credited to the founders. They were visionaries,” says Sally A. Boofer, Experience Works President and CEO.     
Boofer is referring to people like the National Farmers Union President Jim Patton, President Lyndon B. Johnson, and First Lady, Lady Bird Johnson – to name a few. In response to the War on Poverty, the seeds were planted for a small rural demonstration program to help poor retired farmers. It offered them a chance to put their “green thumbs” to work beautifying America, while they earned a much-needed income. The brilliant concept caught on quickly. Read the rest of the story here

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Success Story!

Struggling with depression, divorced with three children and discouraged by his failure to find a job, 58 year-old Felix Hernandez, of the Municipality of Guayama, Puerto Rico, enrolled in the Senior Community Service Employment Program.

After Hernandez expressed an interest in cooking, he was placed at the Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center in Guayama to train as a prep cook, where he learned how to plan and prep menus and prepare and serve food. The Community Center hired Hernandez as a permanent employee in the spring of 2015 as a chef for the Kroc K-Fe. “I am most appreciative of the opportunity Experience Works gave me to get me back into the workforce,” said Hernandez.

Community Partner

The Perry County Veterans Affairs Office located in New Bloomfield, Pennsylvania has been a valuable community partner for several years. At the helm is navy veteran Lynn VanLeaven, who has dedicated the past 21 years of her life to the organization and providing information and services to other local veterans and their families. There’s always a flurry of activity so VanLeaven says serving as an Experience Works host agency is a definite benefit. 

Senior Community Service Employment Program participant Wendy Strohecker is currently assisting in the office. “Wendy is a tremendous help and working on several projects that might have to go on the back burner if she wasn’t here to help,” says VanLeaven


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Saluting our Veterans


Things are looking up for Randy Boom of Tioga, Pennsylvania. With his 59th birthday just around the corner, this Army and National Guard veteran is grateful for the opportunity to serve his community in an unexpected way thanks to the Senior Community Service Employment Program.

Boom is one of nearly 1,000 older veterans across the country currently benefitting from Experience Works’ programs and services. Louise Wyble, Pennsylvania employment and training coordinator currently works with Boom and 10 other veterans in her area. “It’s a privilege to help them get the skills they need to compete in today’s workforce,” she says.  Read more about Randy Boom and more here.

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