News from FedcapReServe, West Harlem Development Corp. Meet Recruitment Goals for Third Summer Seniors Employment Program
ReServe and the West Harlem Development Corporation (WHDC) are proud to announce that their third annual Summer Seniors Employment Program (SSEP)has met its goal of recruiting 100 senior West Harlem residents to serve the community in part-time, community-based jobs projects at nonprofits throughout New York City.
These individuals will lend their skills and expertise to help high-impact service projects at nonprofits and community agencies throughout West Harlem. They will work approximately 12 hours per week for up to 10 weeks during the summer, earning a stipend of $10 per hour. Stipends are funded through a $216,000 grant provided to ReServe by WHDC.
ReServe, a subsidiary of Fedcap Rehabilitative Services, is an innovative nonprofit that places professionals age 55+ with nonprofits and government agencies that need their expertise. WHDC promotes growth and quality of life in West Harlem.
"We are grateful that ReServe has again been given the opportunity to help WHDC expand its impact in West Harlem and throughout the city,” said Christine McMahon, President and Chief Executive Officer of Fedcap. “ReServe’s innovating strategy in engaging older professionals for part-time service work is a win-win for both the community and these dedicated individuals.”
SSEP has grown exponentially since it was rolled out in 2013, with a goal to place 60 ReServists. Over the past two summers SSEP has placed a total of 138 individuals with over 30 organizations, resulting in 19,200 hours of service. This year, with a growing number of partner agencies seeking help and a fine-tuned message going out about the value that ReServists can provide, people have to be turned away because all one hundred positions have been filled.
“For the third year in a row, our partnership with ReServe, will allow us to make a difference in the lives of West Harlem seniors,” said Dean Morris, Director of Programs for WHDC. “We value ReServe’s expertise in helping us deliver a program that’s having not only economic impacts but social/emotional impacts as well. Every year the program becomes more popular and is highly anticipated.”
The program is a win-win for communities, partner agencies and ReServists, who can give back while earning the stipend. This year, ReServists will serve nonprofits, government agencies, churches, community groups, kitchens, food pantries and senior centers as computer technicians, social workers, public relations specialists, maintenance personnel, and in many other capacities.
One of the organizations that will benefit from the efforts of SSEP participants is the Grace United Methodist Church on 104th Street, which has served the West Harlem community since 1870.
“Having the blessing of the extra staff support that the Reserve Program is providing us with this summer will strengthen our ability to do more for our members and community,” said Alonda Myers, co-chair of the Church’s leadership team.” We are truly thankful for this opportunity and it makes it even better that the participants all have such great spirits in addition to their impressive skills.”