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        Senior Community        Service  Employment  




Created in 1965, SCSEP is the nation’s oldest program to help low-income, unemployed individuals aged 55+ find work. SCSEP matches eligible older adults with part-time jobs for community service organizations. Participants build skills and self-confidence, while earning a modest income. For most, their SCSEP experience leads to permanent employment.

The Senior Community Service Employment Program is a program of the United States Department of Labor, its Employment and Training Administration, to help more senior citizens get back into or remain active in the labor workforce.  

            Do I qualify for SCSEP?


To be eligible for SCSEP, you must be:

55 or older


Living on a family income of no more than 125% of the federal poverty level (if you’re not sure, contact a local SCSEP office)

The impact of SCSEP 

Financial stability, healthy aging and community service is the legacy of SCSEP

91% of SCSEP participants reported that their physical health is the same or better than before they entered SCSEP, and

73% reported that their outlook on life is a little more or much more positive. (Source: national survey of 10,668 participants funded by USDOL conducted by Charter Oak Group, 2014.)

Employment Opportunities and Economic Security.

45% of SCSEP participants exit into unsubsidized employment. (Source: USDOL official reports, 2014)

Social Impact of Community Service Employment.

Last year, SCSEP participants provided more than 35.7 million staff hours to 21,000 local public and nonprofit agencies, such as libraries, schools, and senior centers last year. The value of these community service hours—using Independent Sector estimates—exceeded $806 million, nearly twice the total SCSEP appropriations of $432 million. (Source: USDOL official reports, 2014)

76% of host agencies indicated that participation in SCSEP either significantly or somewhat increased their ability to provide services to the community (Source: national survey of 7,446 agencies funded by USDOL conducted by Charter Oak Group, 2014.)

In a Digital Inclusion Initiative between 2009 and 2012, more than 550 SCSEP participants served as peer coaches in 354 sites and taught more than 25,000 older learners how to create and use an email account and search the Internet


                   Foster Grandparents



What We Do​

Foster Grandparents work one-on-one with at-risk and special needs children and youth. In many cases, these children lack the basic resources at home to help them with their school work and Foster Grandparents can help fill that void. They only serve in schools, or other educational settings, and help children learn to read. Foster grandparents are role models, mentors and friends to these children. Members who are income eligible may receive a stipend to help defer the costs of volunteers.                                   

                       Community Impact

Benefits to Volunteers :

Tax free stipend to supplement your income

Transportation reimbursement to and from the service site

Paid training, annual leave, sick leave, and holidays

Accident and liability insurance while serving

Personal satisfaction from helping a child succeed in school and life

The stipend does not count as income when determining eligibility for benefits including:

Food stamps/Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

Energy Assistance

Subsidized housing


VA pension


Benefits to the Community:


The Foster Grandparents Program is a powerful force to improve educational outcomes. They also serve as a constant, reliable presence for children in need of positive adult role models. Connecting generations provides both students and Foster Grandparents with a chance to learn, share, and form a bond. This program changes the lives of the children involved. It also changes the lives of the Foster Grandparents and the teachers and staff who support them. This program is about learning, but it’s also about service, joy and connection. 

 How can I become  a Foster Grandparent volunteer in my community?

Individuals interested in becoming a Foster Grandparent must:

• Be 55 years of age or older

• Be able to pass a background check and health exam

• Willing to serve 5-40 hours per week

• Meet income eligibility requirements to receive a stipend

"The training has been invaluable, uplifted and boosted my self confidence, and the pay has helped me to pay my bills in a timely fashion, instead of juggling like I usually have to."

Inez Maxiner

Former SCSEP Participant

"I only went to a few places seeking employment. I'm 64- years- old and not healthy. So nobody is interested unless you can do a bunch of labor or work," said Tucci." I have been working on getting on the computer, running the computer, setting up e-mails, and a little bit of typing If it wasn't for ND Senior Career Development I would be living in my car.," said Tucci.

Robert Tucci

Current SCSEP Participant

Dickinson, ND

"I've noticed most people are embarrassed when seeking our help - don't be. We've all been there and have come from the bottom. So many people here care for you and will go above and beyond."

Pam Stedham

Participant Assistant


Dickinson office


1041 State Avenue

Dickinson, ND