ReServe was featured on the Light Show on WBAI 99.5 FM with guest host Malika Lee Whitney this month. The discussion with Fedcap Chief Strategy Officer Lorrie Lutz and West Harlem Development Corporation Director of Programs Dean Morris, talked about an initiative to employ West Harlem residents at NYC nonprofits and agencies this summer. Click here to listen.
Fedcap, the parent organization of ReServe that helps people with barriers achieve economic independence, today announced $750,000 in support from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation to provide professional development for foster parents and create college-going cultures within foster homes.
Fedcap will leverage its recent merger with ReServe to recruit and train twenty ReServists to provide the coaching and support to foster parents.
Currently, the national statistics for college matriculation and graduation of youth in foster care are bleak. While seventy percent of youth in care say they want to attend college, only ten percent of them enroll and less than three percent graduate. This grant can change these outcomes.
The grant spans two years and will help Fedcap launch an innovative PrepNOW! curriculum – the first of its kind – designed to boost college enrollment and graduation among youth in foster care. Both the curriculum and its personalized coaching program will enhance caregivers’ knowledge, skills and motivation to nurture the educational aspirations and professional ambitions of youth in their care, as well as provide the tools they need to maneuver the financial aid and college application processes.
“Fedcap is committed to ‘Changing the Story’ for youth in foster care and ensuring that they have every available resource to help them succeed,” said Christine McMahon, Fedcap President and Chief Executive Officer. “We are so grateful to the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation for supporting an exciting new initiative that will build upon our work to level the playing field for youth in foster care.”
With the support of this grant, Fedcap will work with the New York City Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) and child placing agencies across New York City to provide professional development and college preparation training to 400 foster parents and families.
“Although data show that the majority of youth in foster care have college aspirations, without the presence of a strong and supportive college-going culture in their foster homes, very few have the supports they need to realize their dreams,” said Lorrie Lutz, Fedcap Chief Strategy Officer. “Fedcap has been working hard to reverse the dismal outcomes for youth transitioning from care and we are so thankful to the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation for their support to help us launch this groundbreaking initiative in New York—one that we hope will be adopted by child welfare agencies and nonprofits across the country.”
The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation is a family foundation established in 1944 by the man who started Hilton Hotels, providing funds to nonprofit and government organizations working to improve the lives of disadvantaged and vulnerable people throughout the world. The Foundation works to directly address the challenges youth in care face as they age out of the child welfare system by supporting innovative programs that meet the needs of particularly vulnerable youth, and provide these young people the skills they need to succeed in life.
Fedcap serves some 3,300 youth and young adults annually. In addition to a series of sequenced and targeted interventions designed to help youth become self-sufficient adults, Fedcap convenes high-level discussions through our Solution Series forums to develop knowledge-based strategies to Change the Story for youth in care.
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.
Today, ReServe Greater Boston is featured in The Boston Globe, “Nonprofit puts seniors to work helping other people.” The article coincides with the launch of ReServe at its seventh location.
Since high-tech entrepreneur Alan Greenfield retired, he has filled his days with trips, dance classes, and volunteer work. Yet the engineer with a degree from MIT is most excited about his new $10-an-hour job helping low-income families do their tax returns and maximize their refunds. Greenfield is among the first in Boston to find work through ReServe Inc., a nonprofit that puts adults age 55 and up to work in schools, government offices, and community agencies. Click here to read the entire article.
ReServe, a Fedcap subsidiary that matches 55+ professionals with nonprofits and government agencies that need them, launched Thursday in Greater Boston.
ReServe helps organizations of all sizes, budgets and missions tap into affordable talent to fill crucial staffing gaps and advance their goals with part-time specialists eager to do great things for their communities. ReServists come from all walks of life and earn a modest stipend while sharing their expertise in rewarding part-time service opportunities that benefit their communities.
“I had been looking for an opportunity to give back to the community and earn a bit of money at the same time,” said Alan Greenfield, a high-tech entrepreneur and marketing executive now working as an Earned Income Tax Coordinator through ReServe Greater Boston. “I apply skills built up over my career, I’m exercising my brain by learning new information and developing new skills and I’m working for a good cause.”
By targeting ReServists on an issue like access to college for low-income students, the program can have a major impact on unmet social needs. For example, ReServists at New York City high schools mentor and coach students to help them stay in school and apply for college and financial aid; others work in public libraries helping youth and adults learn English, move toward a GED and get job-ready.
“ReServe provides Boston’s non-profit and public agencies with the additional talent and person power to address growing social needs,” said Jerry Rubin, CEO of JVS , which operates the ReServe Greater Boston affiliate in collaboration with the nonprofit Discovering What’s Next. “It expands capacity at a time of limited public and private funding, to address priorities such as the Mayor and Governor’s focus on college readiness and completion.”
Founded in 2005, ReServe operates in Baltimore, Miami, Milwaukee, Newark, New York City, Westchester County and now Greater Boston, with some 3,000 ReServists and 300 partner organizations registered nationwide. ReServe combined with Fedcap in 2012.
“Thousands of talented, educated, active and socially aware baby boomers reach retirement age every day,” said Christine McMahon, Fedcap President and CEO. “Meanwhile, nonprofits and government agencies struggle to meet greater needs with scarcer resources. ReServe connects the two, helping the public and non-profit sectors tap into this vital and varied talent pool in ways they otherwise could not afford, to build capacity and magnify their impact.”
A launch event at the Boston Foundation Thursday was attended by many nonprofit leaders and featured remarks from Jack Rosenthal, ReServe co-founder and Chairman and President Emeritus of the New York Times Company Foundation; JVS CEO Jerry Rubin; Phyllis Segal, Chair of the ReServe Greater Boston Advisory Group and VP, Encore.org, and Andrew Wolk, founder and CEO of the nonprofit research and consulting firm Root Cause.
Dorothy Jenkins Fields writes about “Retirees in ‘ReServe’ use skills to help nonprofit groups,” which appeared recently in The Miami Herald. Below is an excerpt.
There was a time when retirement meant sitting in a rocking chair waiting for time to pass. Today, after retiring, some professionals seek opportunities to continue using their skills and experience to help nonprofit organizations and government agencies.
A good example is retired businessman Richard Gibson Jr. He spent many years generating new business and name recognition for start-up companies. His areas of expertise include new business development strategies, customer service, marketing, advertising and promotions. He has held positions as a general sales manager, director of marketing, health care administrator and co-owned a small wholesale distribution company.
After working long hours in business for 36 years he retried in 2009 and enjoyed well-earned leisure time. Still in good health he joined ReServe Miami “to give back to the community.”
The mission of the New York based program is to connect experienced professionals 55+ with opportunities to use their skills and experience to help strengthen short-staffed and under-budgeted nonprofit organizations and public institutions.
ReServe Miami is operated by Catalyst Miami. For 16 years, Catalyst Miami has a track record in responding to a multitude of needs throughout Miami-Dade County. With ReServe Miami, Catalyst Miami connects retirees to meaningful part-time positions. Retirees can choose from healthcare, marketing, education, accounting, sales, or research and development placements. Read more here.
The September 2012 issue of The Baltimore Beacon features ReServe Maryland in a cover story, “Retirees happy to serve again” by Carol Sorgen. The story is available online here. Read an excerpt below.
Dave Hall enjoyed a successful career in financial services, but when the banking industry took a hit several years ago, he decided it was an opportune time to retire.
At 58, though, Hall said he felt he still had quite a bit of “tread” left on him and wanted to continue to make use of his skills – but in a different way.
“I wanted to shift my focus away from the for-profit world to the not-for profit,” said Hall. But with no experience working with nonprofit organizations, he wasn’t finding much opportunity.
However, with the help of a group called ReServe, Hall found a position with Consumer Credit Counseling Services (CCCS) in Catonsville, where he works 15 to 25 hours a week, advising the organization on how best to allocate grant funds.
Hall believes that he is putting his lifetime of experience to good work. He said he is finding his work at CCCS enjoyable – though not necessarily as different from the corporate world as he expected – and he is grateful both for the opportunity to provide his expertise and the appreciation he is shown by his CCCS colleagues and the coordinators of ReServe.
“The psychic income is very much valued,” he said. “This is a very good fit for me.”
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