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.”

Categories: Economy, General
Rob Varnon

4 Responses

  1. Maureen says:

    I am 50 yrs old and it seems nobody wants to hire people in the 50’s. Don’t they understand that we have at least another 17 yrs to give to a company? We are more reliable than younger generations.

  2. […] this month, the WorkPlace, Inc. announced it had received a $200,000 grant from the AARP Foundation to help support P2E efforts to recruit […]

  3. Rob Varnon says:

    Dixon and anyone else in this predicament. First good luck. Second, here’s an update on the program from the WorkPlace with contact information:

    The Platform to Employment program for older workers will not start until late March. For more info, please call Mike Morgan at (203) 610-8572 or complete the P2E application at Please note that interviews for this cohort will not begin until mid-March.

  4. Dixon Rochet says:

    Pl. ad me to this program i am a 99er 54 yr’old and out on the end of all hope,
    Pl. help me Pl.