Tough love in Tough Times “We listen to the
clients, and then we tell them what other people
we’ve worked with have done, and we say, ‘You can
do that, too.’ And you know what? People find out
they can.” Charles Talley, a WorkSearch volunteer
who had worked as a U.S. Postal Service manager for
Two generous grants advanced these and other
efforts. West Virginia officials awarded $175,000
to the Foundation to integrate WorkSearch into
the state’s Comprehensive Career Centers, and
Microsoft donated $100,000 for WorkSearch
pilots in New York City and Seattle, Washington.
Quick Action on Job Training
Thanks to our experienced staff, we moved
quickly to put lower-income people to work after
our Senior Community Service Employment
Program (SCSEP) received an additional $18
million in federal grant support in February.
Within weeks, 1,221 participants had been
enrolled in local job-training programs (a number
that grew to more than 2,000 by year’s end).
This rapid response enabled participants to gain
work experience with nonprofit organizations,
local groups or government agencies. With more
people helping, the organizations were able to
serve their communities better. Clearly, it was a
win for all involved.
By the end of the year, 20,127 people had
participated in our SCSEP program.
To thrive in the tough job market, a good
education is essential for people of all ages. Our
Women’s Scholarship Program tackled this
problem head-on for the third year. Scholarships
were given to 108 outstanding women age 40
and above with low financial resources but high
potential. Underwritten by individual donors,
members of the AARP Foundation Women’s
Leadership Circle and the Wal-mart Foundation,
the scholarships helped cover tuition, fees
and books at community colleges, technical/
vocational schools and four-year universities.
Tshaye Taylor, 61, of Washington, D.C., was one
of the first recipients of an AARP Foundation
Women’s Scholarship award. She used it to
complete classes in business-application software.
Then she gave back by helping to screen the
more than 2,400 applications submitted for our
2009 scholarship program.
“I was out of the workforce
for 17 years to care for my
ailing husband, and didn’t
know how to get on the
right path,” Taylor said. “The
provided a stepping stone
to my goals.”