Impacting Lives of All Ages

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 generations.jpgToday’s workforce is changing - and not just in the types of available jobs, but also in the ages of people hired to do the work?  It’s more common than ever to find a healthy mix of generations working side by side to get the job done.

A few shorts months ago, Bernadette Crawford of Lafayette, Louisiana realized her dream of securing a job where she could make a difference in the lives of people of all ages.  With help from the U.S. Labor Department’s Senior Community Service Employment Program, the 56-year-old now works as an assistant facilitator for the Louisiana Jobs, Employment, and Training Program, also known as LaJET, at the local workforce agency.  Her main focus is to help students, ranging in age from 17 to 59, get the help they need to find a job.   “It helps bridge generation gaps and teaches everyone how to interact and get along.  I think that will really help them once they have a job.”


Blended Learning

The Blended Learning Training Program (BLTP) combines virtual instructor-led occupational training courses with computer-based and online training tools, complementing the community service work experiences for Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) participants.

Experience Works was awarded an incentive grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to fund the BLTP and implemented in Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, and West Virginia.


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Community Partner

Located in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, the American Philatelic Society (APS) is a long time community service partner, APS benefits greatly from the services performed by Experience Works Senior Community Service Employment Program participants.




 New President and CEO Takes the Helm at Experience Works

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Sally A. Boofer, a long-time former executive at Experience Works, has rejoined the organization as President and CEO. 

“Experience Works has an important and vibrant mission to help older people enjoy a life of dignity and hope,” Boofer said. “It is with great passion for helping older workers that I return to lead the organization I care so deeply about."

Boofer first joined Experience Works in 1972 with the program in Indiana. In 1992 she moved to the national office as the Director of Program Operations. She held a number of different roles before leaving the organization in 2012.  Prior to rejoining Experience Works, she was Assistant National Director of AARP Foundation, where she was instrumental in expanding its Senior Community Service Employment Program.

Experience Works is fortunate to have the experience and leadership skills Boofer brings,” said Board Chair Roger Noonan. “We are excited for the future of Experience Works under the leadership of Boofer.”

Boofer has more than 40 years of experience in building relationships and delivering services in rural communities, a key population for Experience Works.

She holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Indiana University East and is currently completing a Master of Non-profit Management degree at University of Maryland University College. She grew up in the rural community of Seymour, Indiana and currently lives in Reston, Virginia.

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