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Seniors Job Bank Elects Leadership Team

Seniors Job Bank President Bernie Weiss speaks at a press conference regarding age discrimination in September 2021. Photo credit: Ronni Newton (we-ha.com file photo)

The West Hartford-based Seniors Job Bank named officers at its recent annual meeting.

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The Seniors Job Bank, the nonprofit community resource that connects people over 50 wanting to work with businesses, households, and other entities that have work to be done, chose officers and directors at its annual meeting.

Bernie Weiss, of West Hartford will continue as president, and Gail Crockett, also from West Hartford, will serve another term as vice president. The treasurer is Del Shilkret of Granby, with West Granby’s Lisa Larsen taking the assistant treasurer slot. Bob Calef from Bloomfield is the new secretary.

The Board of Directors includes David Pena of Avon, Anne Danaher of West Simsbury, and Bob Cave, Jim Doran, Al Nweeia, Bill Pickens, Novlette Williams, Elaine Thomas-Williams, and Dina Plapler, all West Hartford residents. The officers and directors serve as unpaid volunteers.

Established in 1974, the Seniors Job Bank maintains a registry of more than 450 job seekers, representing a broad range of skills, talents and abilities, blue- and white-collar.

When a company official or homeowner calls with a job to fill, SJB provides the client employer contact information for its registrants who may be qualified for the position. The employer evaluates the candidates, and upon selecting one, negotiates the terms of the assignment – duties, hours, compensation, etc. – with him or her. A recently installed data system has improved the SJB experience for job seekers, who now can view a display of all current openings.

Supported by philanthropic grants and donations from individuals, the Seniors Job Bank is free: it charges no fees – to job seekers or employers – who use its service.

Many jobs arranged through the Seniors Job Bank are part-time, temporary or single projects, but others are longer term or result in repeat engagements. Commercial and professional firms commonly turn to SJB when they have openings for office administrators, bookkeepers, and receptionists, among many other tasks. Residential clients often use SJB to locate gardeners, companions, pet sitters, and tradespeople to handle repair and maintenance projects.

While the Seniors Job Bank’s headquarters are in West Hartford’s Town Hall, the organization’s assistance is available to job seekers and clients throughout the greater Hartford region.

“Despite the personal and economic disruption caused by Covid, the Seniors Job Bank remained open and functioning during the pandemic,” said Weiss, SJB’s president. “The media have reported that many people forced by the health crisis to spend more than the usual amount of time at home decided to improve their properties. The domestic side of our program was a convenient source of capable workers for those projects in our area,” he added.

To join the list of SJB job seekers, or to find one of them to fill a job, call the Seniors Job Bank at 860-521-3210, email [email protected], or consult www.seniorsjobbankbct.org.

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