AARP grants $200K to WorkPlace for older 99ers program

The WorkPlace Inc.’s Platform to Employment program to help long-term unemployed over the age of 50 find new careers received a $200,000 boost in funding from the AARP.
The WorkPlace, a nonprofit that handles the job placement and training for the state, started its P2E program last year inviting 100 people who had exhausted 99 weeks of unemployment to participate. The people, dubbed 99ers, were given classes and employment subsidized through private sector grants. The WorkPlace said so far, 50 of the first participants have been placed in jobs.
The AARP grant will support intensive core skills as well as occupational training for the program.
“The current economic uncertainty has left many older Americans concerned about making ends meet,” said Phyllis L. Kim, AARP Foundation senior vice president, Office of Grants Administration. “AARP Foundation is already in communities across the country helping vulnerable Americans with direct services, but we believe strongly that we must also invest in long-term solutions. We look forward to working with our innovative grantees who share our goals so that together, we can seed hope for older Americans who are struggling.”
“Platform to Employment is the only project of its kind in the nation and it is already has shown promising results in placing participants in jobs,” said Joe Carbone, President & CEO of The WorkPlace.  “We have seen a number of socially responsive employers, good corporate citizens, step forward and consider hiring local workers through P2E.”

Rob Varnon