Libraries benefit from Senior Community Service Employment Program included in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

One thing many may not know about the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is that it includes a provision that can help senior citizens find jobs — by working at their local library.

The ARRA contains additional funding for the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP). This program provides community service jobs to older Americans at nonprofit and public facilities, including libraries.

There are currently 74 grantees. Grant awards are made to 18 national nonprofit organizations and 56 state and territorial governments. SCSEP is currently funded at approximately $433,000,000 with an additional $120,000,000 included in the ARAA. All funds are allocated by a formula. 22 percent of the funds are allocated among the states, and 78 percent is provided to 18 national nonprofit organizations.

In most states, the governor has selected the State Office on Aging to administer the program. The contact information for all existing grantees is available here. Contact the office in charge in your state to express interest in having a program participant placed as an employee in your library at no cost to the library.

Please check www.ala.org/knowyourstimulus for the most current stimulus information. If you have questions, please contact Melanie Anderson at manderson@alawash.org.

About Jenni Terry

Jenni Terry was a press officer with the Washington Office.

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