In advance of the January 17 kick-off breakfast for Encore PBC’s new business award “Wisdom & Experience WORKS for Business,” The Palm Beach Post published this profile on January 7:
What does Encore Palm Beach County do?
Encore Palm Beach County is a nonprofit that formed in 2016 with the intention of helping people age 50 and older who live in Palm Beach County acquire and retain prosperous careers.
In the U.S., 10,000 people turn 65 every day and will for years to come. Our communities need their talent and experience to solve social problems and many of them need to work to fund retirements that may extend another 20 years.
We are part of a national and international network of Encore programs, each an independent agency with the same goals. Research has shown that social engagement, whether work or voluntary, is akey factor in healthy aging.
How does your agency benefit the community?
We offer workshops and speaker events on topics such as retirement issues, finding new meaning and purpose in aging, and dealing with discrimination in the workplace. We seek to match the skills of the people who come to our programs with the requests for volunteers from nonprofits featured on our website.
Many of the people who come to our programs need to work for income or simply to stay busy, but find it hard to find work as an older person or because they are new to the area and do not have personal contacts. Online job boards are not welcoming to older job seekers. To meet the need for personal connection, we have gathered information on many programs and resources that can help people find work and feature them on our website. We refer job seekers to programs such as JFS Career and Development Services, Boca Helping Hands, Goodwill Job Connection, Careersource, Manpower, as well as to career coaches.
What is your agency’s focus for the future?
A major focus for 2020 is development of an awards program for employers who are committed to recruiting, retraining and retaining mature workers.
We are sponsoring a kickoff breakfast at 8 a.m. Jan. 17 at the Hyatt Place Hotel in Delray Beach to debut the first annual Wisdom and Experience Work for Business Awards to which CEOs, business owners, HR personnel as well as the public are invited. Nominees for the award will be announced at a gala in late spring.
Another focus for 2020 will be the development of more than 50 job fairs and discussions locally around the challenges of developing intergenerational workforces.
The long-term goal, according to founder and chair Rosemary Nixon: “My vision for Encore Palm Beach County is that we become the one place people over 50 can go to find what they need to contribute to their continued engagement with life and purpose.”
How can the community help?
The community can help by inviting us to speak to groups in over-55 communities, churches, senior centers and any other organizations that will help us reach people with the message that their skills and experience and wisdom are needed. Funding to support job fairs and participation by employers also is needed.
People can donate on our website and by attending the Wisdom and Experience event on Jan. 17. To register for the event, visit encorepbc. org/encore-events
The mission of Encore PBC is to offer current and future Palm Beach County residents over 50 the opportunity to use their life and work experience in new careers, paid and unpaid, to improve their communities.
- Creating New Work After 50: In this program, Rosemary Nixon presents an insightful perspective on utilizing your talents and abilities to create and design work opportunities.
- Love Where You Live: Get to know the treasures outside of your own gated community.
- What’s Next for You?: Christine Catoggio leads attendees through exercises and experiential to design the next chapter of your life.
- The Vision Map: Getting clear on what you want your life to look like and the road to achieving it.
- Community Partners: Programs for seniors at other institutions, such as Steps to Success at the Career and Employment Services Center of Rales Jewish Family Services in Boca Raton; Aging Mastery Program at Alpert Jewish Family & Children’s Services; and classes presented by the Institute for Learning in Retirement (ILIR) at the Boca Raton Community Center.