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Goodwill Celebrates Older Americans Month

The focus this year is “Powered By Connection”

Fort Myers, Fla. – Older Americans Month has been observed each May since 1963. The purpose of this month is to recognize the many contributions that older adults make in their communities, families and in the workforce. The Administration for Community Living leads the nation’s observance of Older Americans Month (OAM). This year’s theme is “Powered by Connection” which recognizes the profound impact that meaningful relationships and social connections have on our health and well-being.

Older Americans serve a vital role in our workforce, contributing a wealth of knowledge, commitment and insights gained through years of work and life experiences.

Goodwill® is dedicated to providing holistic employment and supportive services to older workers. Locally, Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida (SWFL) employs 464 older workers out of a total workforce of 1096. That is 42% of the total workforce in SWFL.

Goodwill SWFL also provides free self-paced digital skills training for older workers. This equips them with the essential know-how needed to thrive in today’s tech-centric job market.

Additionally, Goodwill works with and supports the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP), helping low-income older individuals connect to community service employment opportunities.

Goodwill SWFL is a nonprofit organization that is committed to serving people with disabilities and disadvantages by offering life-changing opportunities to achieve independence.  They have been providing services to people with disabilities and disadvantages since 1966 in five counties of Southwest Florida: Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Glades & Hendry counties.

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