The Seniors Job Bank celebrated its 40 years of service to the Greater Hartford community with a festive cocktail reception on September 24. The non-profit, volunteer driven organization connects men and women over 50 looking for work with businesses, government agencies and households that have part-time job openings.
Dennis Carrithers, SJB president, called the event “an opportunity to share some celebratory time with the folks we’ve helped find jobs, the employers we’ve helped fill jobs, and the donors and other members of our community who support our mission.”
The reception was an element of SJB’s fundraising program. “Since it was our 40th anniversary, we asked for at least a $40 contribution. We hoped people would give generously in honor of this special event,” said Gail Crockett, a member the SJB Board and chairperson of the reception project.
According to its executive director, Sheila Diamond, the Seniors Job Bank, maintains a database of approximately 650 background-checked job seekers, representing about 150 discrete skills and talents, blue and white collar.
When a client needing to staff a position calls, SJB identifies individuals in the database who are qualified to handle the task, then provides contact information for several appropriate candidates to be interviewed and considered. The client and candidate selected for the job negotiate the terms of the assignment: its duties, expected results, hours and compensation.
The Seniors Job Bank does not charge the client or job seeker for facilitating the referral.
While all job seekers are at least 50 years old, clients may be of any age.
Companies and non-profits most commonly turn to SJB when they have openings for help such as administrative assistants, bookkeepers, and receptionists. Residential clients often need pet sitters, companions, repair technicians, and gardeners, among many other kinds of domestic aid.