ReServe and West Harlem Development Corporation Announce the Launch of “Summer of Senior Service”
The Initiative Will Employ Sixty West Harlem Residents age 55+ to Serve in Paid, High-Impact Projects at Nonprofits and Government Agencies
NEW YORK, June 6, 2013 – ReServe, which matches 55+ professionals with nonprofits and government agencies that need their skills and West Harlem Development Corporation (WHDC), which promotes increased economic opportunities and quality of life in West Harlem, today announced their collaboration to launch “Summer of Senior Service.”
Through this innovative initiative, ReServe will recruit sixty West Harlem residents age 55 and over to serve as “ReServists” in part-time, high-impact service projects this summer at nonprofits and government agencies in New York City. The West Harlem Development Corporation is funding the stipends through a grant to ReServe of nearly $140,000.
“West Harlem Development Corporation is demonstrating that older adults are a valuable resource that can and should be leveraged to help strengthen our communities, and we are pleased to partner with them in this initiative,” said Christine McMahon, President and Chief Executive Officer of ReServe, a subsidiary of Fedcap. “Through ReServe’s innovating matching strategy and expertise in engaging older professionals for part-time service work, ReServe is poised to help WHDC expand its impact in West Harlem and in New York City.”
“The West Harlem Development Corporation is committed to individual and economic development and ReServe is a natural partner to help us engage our residents in public service,” said Kofi A. Boateng, Executive Director of West Harlem Development Corporation. “Through this collaboration, we have an opportunity to triple the effects of our grantmaking.”
While ReServist eligibility for this program is limited to residents of West Harlem, the initiative will partner with nonprofits and government agencies across the city that need skilled, professionals to fill staffing gaps. ReServe will work with nonprofits to help identify their needs, match them with one or more ReServists and provide post-placement support.
ReServe and WHDC will host information sessions this month for residents of Community District 9, which includes the Morningside Heights, Manhattanville and Hamilton Heights sections of West Harlem. Once they are selected, ReServists will work approximately 12 hours per week for up to ten week and will earn a stipend of $10 per hour.
Information sessions will be held at 2-4 p.m. on Monday, June 10, 2013 and Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at WHDC at 423 West 127th Street, Ground Floor, Suite A., New York, NY 10027. Residents living West Harlem – Community District 9, and who are age 55 and over, may register to attend an information session by calling 646-476-3394.
Nonprofits interested in hosting one or more ReServists for the summer may call John Pham or Sue Hagen at 212-710-9220.