At Goodwill®, we help seniors find work, develop new skills and talents, and build their financial security by taking advantage of the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP).

SCSEP is an on-the-job training and employment program designed to help those aged 55 and older update their jobs skills, build work experience and confidence, and continue to have economic security and well-being.

As a Participant

You receive paid training, gain valuable skills and experience, and build self-confidence. You can use your skills and talents to improve your community by training in a wide variety of locations, including offices, hospitals, daycare centers, and other community organizations.

Want to know if you qualify? Answer the following questions:

  • Are you 55 years of age or older?
  • Are you unemployed?
  • Do you earn a low or no income? (Goodwill will help you determine the income criteria.)
  • Do you wish to work in your community?
  • Do you want to be paid to learn new skills through on-the-job training?

If you answered “yes” to the above questions, you may be eligible for SCSEP.

Recently, SCSEP expanded it operations into 9 states and 20 local Goodwill organizations. Even if the Goodwill in your area is not currently involved with SCSEP, it may still offer services to help you find a job. Contact an employment specialist at the Goodwill near you to find out which of its services may be of benefit to you.

Goodwill SCSEP Locations

Goodwill® proudly participates in the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP), a national employment and training program funded by the U.S. Department of Labor. A $20,971,372 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor provided 90 percent of the funding for Goodwill’s SCSEP programs in the program year 2018. Goodwills provided the remaining 10 percent through in-kind contributions worth $2,330,152.44.

  • Akron, OH – The Goodwill Industries of Akron, OH, Inc. received a subaward of $232,450 and is contributing in-kind contributions valued at $26,944.41 to cover the remaining 10 percent of operational costs.
  • Albuquerque, NM – Goodwill Industries of New Mexico, Inc. received a subaward of $1,431,892 and is contributing in-kind contributions valued at $165,977.56 to cover the remaining 10 percent of operational costs.
  • Evansville, IN – Evansville Goodwill Industries, Inc. also serving parts of Illinois and Kentucky received a subaward of $781,032 and is contributing in-kind contributions valued at $90,533.21 to cover the remaining 10 percent of operational costs.
  • Greenville, SC – Goodwill Industries of Upstate/Midlands South Carolina, Inc. received a subaward of $1,952,580 and is contributing in-kind contributions valued at $226,333.03 to cover the remaining 10 percent of operational costs.
  • Indianapolis, IN – Goodwill Industries of Central and Southern Indiana, Inc. received a subaward of $2,333,798 and is contributing in-kind contributions valued at $270,521.86 to cover the remaining 10 percent of operational costs.
  • Kingsport, TN – Goodwill Industries of Tenneva Area, Inc. serving parts of Virginia received a subaward of $548,582 and is contributing in-kind contributions valued at $63,588.80 to cover the remaining 10 percent of operational costs.
  • Louisville, KY – Goodwill Industries of Kentucky, Inc. received a subaward of $2,259,414 and is contributing in-kind contributions valued at $261,899.65 to cover the remaining 10 percent of operational cost.
  • Macon, GA – Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia and the CSRA, Inc. serving part of South Carolina received a subaward of $223,152 and is contributing in-kind contributions valued at $25,866.63 to cover the remaining 10 percent of operational costs.
  • Marion, OH – Marion Goodwill, Inc. received a subaward of $316,132 and is contributing in-kind contributions valued at $36,644.40 to cover the remaining 10 percent of operational costs.
  • Charleston – Palmetto Goodwill, Inc. received a subaward of $1,868,898 and is contributing in-kind contributions valued at $216,633.04 to cover the remaining 10 percent of operational costs.
  • Roanoke, VA – Goodwill Industries of the Valleys, Inc. received a subaward of $1,831,706 and is contributing in-kind contributions valued at $212,321.94 to cover the remaining 10 percent of operational costs.
  • Sandusky, OH – Goodwill of Erie, Huron, Ottawa, Sandusky Counties, Inc. received a subaward of $260,344 and is contributing in-kind contributions valued at $30,177.74 to cover the remaining 10 percent of operational costs.
  • South Bend, IN – Goodwill Industries of Michiana, Inc. received a subaward of $948,396 and is contributing in-kind contributions valued at $109,933.19 to cover the remaining 10 percent of operational costs.
  • Louis, MO – MERS Missouri Goodwill Industries, Inc. received a subaward of $2,064,156 and is contributing in-kind contributions valued at $239,266.35 to cover the remaining 10 percent of operational costs.
  • Tacoma, WA – Goodwill of the Olympics and Rainer Region, Inc. received a subaward of $1,534,170 and is contributing in-kind contributions valued at $177,833.10 to cover the remaining 10 percent of operational costs.
  • Toledo, OH – Goodwill Industries of Northwest Ohio, Inc. received a subaward of $334,728 and is contributing in-kind contributions valued at $38,799.95 to cover the remaining 10 percent of operational costs.
  • Zanesville, OH – Zanesville Welfare Organization and Goodwill Industries, Inc. received a subaward of $1,180,846 and is contributing in-kind contributions valued at $136,877.59 to cover the remaining 10 percent of operational costs.

SCSEP Brochure

59 comments on “Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP)
  1. December 27, 2010
    To Whom it May Concern:
    Why was not New York listed along side the few other states herewith listed so that senior citizens in New York can get help from SCSEP in finding a job?
    Thank you.
    Louise Albert
    louisez4[at]verizon[dot]net

  2. Hi Joy —
    As Adam mentioned above, our SCSEP programs do not operate in CA, but you can use the link he mentioned to find a SCSEP location near you. In addition, you can also contact your local Goodwill, Goodwill of Orange County to see if they offer other programs and services for seniors. Visit them at http://www.ocgoodwill.org/ or contact them at 714.547.6308 Ext. 328.
    Jenni Baker
    Communications Specialist
    Goodwill Industries International.

  3. Hello,
    I also live in California,there is a great need for many senior to supplement their income here. Will this program come to California in the near future?

    1. That’s interesting, Anita. Some of the precis I saw were less than the 75% off price. There’s a home decor item pictured above Reg $9.99 at Target, clearance price was $2.48. Goodwill price $1.99. The kids’ boots I saw were also marked less than Target’s 75% off price. Target clothing at Goodwill was generally marked in between Target’s 50-75% off range.

  4. We have a Goodwill right on Main Street in Marinette, WI.
    It helps disabled people; I’m not sure about 55 and older
    who wish to access the SCSEP.

  5. I was referred to your agency for help in seeking employment. I have found myself facing a huge change in my life; as my husband has terminal cancer and is not expected to last much longer. I would like to find something where I can continue to help others in his situation or something similar. Or actually anything! I am a fast learner, can type 110 per minute, and computer literate, very personable and love to meet new people. Can you help me?

  6. I am looking for a job,I worked with preschool children for head start. The retirement age is 59.5. My retirement money is gone. I need a job to pay my rent and utilities. Please steer me to the right person to get a job. Thank You/Have a Blessed Day

  7. I’m looking for a part time in Ocala, Florida. I’m 66 and retired. You’d think that of all the states, Florida would be the one offering the most jobs for seniors.

  8. I am in desperate need of a job and have completely run out of money. My skills are in web design and I hand-code in HTML, CSS, and Javascript. My website is http://www.hbewebdesign.com which includes a portfolio of my work. Do you know of any companies that hire older IT workers? Companies are interested in me until I show up for the interview. I am requesting that they Google me first, from now on.

  9. ill be 66 this december and find myself boarded and in need of extra money so i can afford to ski. good will has opened a new drop shop near my home,is their hope for an old ski bum to stay young at heart!!!!

  10. do you have plan to operate senior services in thailand ?
    if so, i can help and work with goodwill, there are many places for service senior or disable person who dont needs medical care but just want relax or holiday in warm place with someperson who can help and understand in local area.

    1. I have bought many of thigns from goodwill that was still in box (damaged) but good for 1/2 if not less than the price at target. I have bought several toys, clothes, curtains, curtain rods from goodwill that were less than what target had them on sale for. Ive seen stoller sets with the car carriers for like 50 bucks for the whole thing still in the box from target and if anyone has kids or babies knows the combo sets are not cheap.

  11. Igotothegoodwillallthe theynever said anything aboutSCSEP.
    Iwould like toenter thier NA.TRAINING.I ONCE’S TRAING AS CERT.NURSE’S AIDE.BUT I tooksick and didn’t work for a time.so I had to be retrainded.

  12. I am 59 years old and have been looking for work for over a years. Does good will still help seniors with jobs? So many programs have been cut. I need help in finding employment now!

  13. A new store opened in my area, Canyon Country, Ca last Friday 1-13-12 and they are hiring, being referred to the website for an application, but there is none to be found. I WOULD LIKE TO APPLY. Please help

  14. Hi I just moved to Clovis Cal from Tempe AZ. Had to move to try and get help here.I’m 55 in feb this yr. Funny when I was there I couldn’t find help and now your there. Bad timing for me. I’m very happy that there is the goodwill. It stands for alot and it really helps alot of people. BLESS your company and keep up the good work.

  15. I have a friend that 100 percent dis-able and he would for someone in your office to call him about doing part time work for the goodwill.please call him at this phone number 314-222-9333 name michael clay

  16. I live in Charlotte NC and am looking for a part-time position. I am currently on disability and just want to supplement my income. I am a Senior as well. The ideal job would be working with people, young teenagers, other Seniors.I would like to do something I enjoy and look forward to going to work. I sincerely hope you could direct me to move forward and apply for employment at Goodwill Industries. Thank You for your time.

  17. Thanks Goodwill for the effort to help seniors find jobs. The fact is that most companies in the USA now discriminate against persons over 50 years; it is sad. Third world countries at 30 years you must carry your curriculum-papers under your arm. I think we heading towards that situation. Thank you Goodwill for trying to help.

  18. Hi im 58 years old and can not make it on my disablity check i need help finding a job my whole life turned around 2 years ago and put me $15000 in det and i cant get out i lost my house and everything i owned but my truck I work in retail grocery as a frozen food mgr for 7 years ago in 1980 -1988 before i got hurt i can deal with the public good please help me find a job or train for one thank you

  19. Hello, I am a 66yr. old female forced into retirement back in 2009 when the economy went belly up. My husband and I lost our home, our business, our money and all the credit.
    We now live in a small APT. ON s.s. AND CAN’T STRETCH THAT MONEY FAR ENOUGH. i WOULD LIKE A PART TIME JOB i AM GOOD WITH PEOPLE. i AM HAVING TROUBLE BECAUSE OF MY AGE. i DON’T WANT TO TAKE A JOB FROM A YOUNGER PERSON TRYING TO SUPPORT A FAMILY.i AM JUST LOOKING FOR A PART TIME JOB that seniors do. Where do I go how do i gethelp with a resume? Help is needed and appreciated. Thank you,

  20. As so many, I lost my job a year ago. At 66 I collect approx. $1,000. and need part time work. In addition, So Toms River came in and closed down the marina I had lived at for 14 years. I had to sell my boat for practically nothing and find a room within 30 days. Now I really need part time work but am told funds for senior help is dried up. During the year without work I constantly looked for work with no success. Any suggestions?
    David

  21. I am surprised and disappointed that Goodwill does not offer the SCSEP services in the Portland Oregon area since we have one of the highest unemployment rates in the US. You also have one of the highest volume stores in Portland if I am correct.
    I would love to see this service added in Oregon/ SW Washington
    As I am a 60 year old that lost my job due to company selling and closing doors.
    I have been a GW customer for (50+ years) and have Sold more friends & Family onto shopping GW after they have seen my exceptional purchases!!
    Thank you for consideration of this request

  22. I am a 67 year old widow looking for part time work in some type of office environment willing to train but only want five hours for three days a week.

  23. I am 69 years old and looking for part-time work. I doubt we have SCSEP in Oakland County, MI. There must be a list somewhere of the companies who hire seniors. Can you help in that area? Thank you in advance.

  24. I am writing for my sister. She is 54 and dropped out of school. She has passed most of the GED, but not all of it. She currenlty works 60 hours a week and barely gets by. One of her current jobs has told her she will never get a pay raise. She has worked there 10 years. She lives in Phoenix. Can Goodwill help her in any way? She does not have a computer, I will gladly share any info to her. Thank you

  25. I am 58 and unemployed and have been looking for a job for over a year, I saw the list of 6 states that offer the SCSEP services. I don’t understand why it is not offered in all states as there are so many unemployed in ALL states.

  26. I’am 69 years old i have not been working for about 10 years. I’am tirered of just going fishing. I get ssi, but i would like a job just to be able to do something besides setting at home. A job sure would be nice

  27. My dad retired over 5 years ago to take care of my mother who eventually past away. He is sitting at home and wants to learn a skill to get a part-time job to get out of the house. He is 77 years old. He lives in northern California. Has California been added to the states that has this program.

  28. I looked at your job search list after I realized that Ga. does not have a SCSEP program. I found some listening that interested me, however, my attempt to apply was blocked. I couldn’t even register for an account. What should I do?

  29. i have some partime jobs available , i am having trouble finding help? i think i could use help learning how to use a computer, mabe it would be easer then,can any one help i have to much work to do alone, i sit in a wheelchair most of the day cant walk to good, i am smart but need help i will be 60 years old in december help please i have home that is vacant & or automobile to use if anyone is interested please contact bob and please say what u r calling about thanks phone hours are 7:30 am to 9:00 pm arizona time, bob ***-***-**** ****************@*****.com

  30. Hello, I am currently in the SCSEP program in maryland, and was wondering when it is coming here. I am 55years old. It is a great program and has given me more hope than I have had in a long, long time. My zip code is 21221. Thank you so very much for your time.

  31. I applied for the SCSEP progam at the YWCA in Marin County California, and qualified. I was taking computer classes at the Y at the time, and was given the opportunity to work at a non profit in the County. It’s only been a few weeks but I’m working in Admin and getting my feet wet again. The extra income definitely helps.

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