BANGOR, Maine — National Able Network, a nonprofit employment and training organization, will kick off its celebration of National Employ Older Workers Week Sept. 24-28 at its Bangor and Saco offices. National Able Network will host free events for mature job seekers, hiring managers and community partners at its Bangor and Saco offices.
More than 20 percent of the national workforce is age 55 or older, yet when displaced from employment, it takes an average of 51 weeks for a job-seeker to become re-employed.
Margaret “Peggy” Gierie, 86, is a Navy veteran of World War II who met with a National Able Network Senior Community Service Employment Program representative in 2007 to assist in her search for part-time employment. She was placed in the Springvale, Maine, Veteran’s Center at the front desk. When Peggy’s service term was up, the center requested it be extended an additional year. When that year ended in June, the center felt she had become such an integral part of their team that they found federal funding to hire her directly, and she continues to work at the reception desk.
National Able Network’s Bangor office will celebrate National Employ Older Workers Week with its Mature Worker Fair, which includes these activities:
- Able’s office will host open houses 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, Sept. 26-28.
- A Job Readiness Training workshop will be offered 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26.
- Many shorter workshops will be held throughout the week, including Intro to the Internet, a National Council on Aging Benefits Checkup, various safety presentations and presentations on Work Trends for the Mature Worker, Navigating the Workforce System and other topics concerning the job search for older workers.
- The Senior Styles Donation Center and the Maine Harvest for Hunger will accept donations of business clothing and end-of-season produce 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, Sept. 26-28, at the National Able Network office.
For information, visit www.nationalable.org.