Senior Community Service Employment Program

The Issue

Today, many older Americans are looking for employment to help make ends meet. The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) is the only federal program targeted to help older workers.

Our Impact

Each year, SCSEP enables thousands of low-income seniors to earn and learn while working in local programs serving their community. Two-thirds of the low-income older Americans participating in SCSEP are women, almost half are from a racial or ethnic minority, and almost a third are 65 years or older.



The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) is a paid employment training program that helps mature workers transition into meaningful employment. SCSEP offers wages for participants while they gain valuable experience with partner community service agencies in supportive, real-work settings.

Program Features

Through this employment training program, you will:

  • be paid minimum wage 
  • receive interviewing and job search assistance 
  • receive training to update and build new skills  
  • earn while you learn at a location in your community 
  • gain access to employers who want to hire experienced workers  
  • improve your employable skills

Work Assignments

You will be placed at a non-profit organization that will assist with informal training. Work assignments may consist of:

  • Clerical/Receptionist
  • General Office Assistant
  • Janitorial/Light Maintenance
  • Child Care/Bus Aide
  • Retail Worker
  • Inventory Aide
  • Kitchen Aide
  • Warehouse Assistant
  • Activity Aide


  • Are at least 55 years of age.
  • The family income is within 125% of federal poverty guidelines.
  • Priority is given to those who are at least 75 years old or disabled, veterans, and qualified spouses.

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Anita McCoy
Program Manager
(814) 451-5618