Seniors Job Bank Picks Leaders for its 40th Year

Seniors Job Bank officials: top left Bernie Weiss, vice president; top right Dennis Carrithers, president; bottom left Dale Wolfe, assistant treasurer, bottom right Del Shilkret, treasurer. Courtesy photo

The Seniors Job Bank has named directors and the executive team of its Board of Directors for the upcoming year.

Submitted by Bernie Weiss

The Seniors Job Bank has named officers and directors to manage its 40th year of connecting men and women over 50 seeking work with businesses and households looking for workers.

The executive team is headed by Dennis Carrithers, president, of West Hartford; Bernie Weiss, vice president, also from West Hartford; Del Shilkret, treasurer, of Granby; Dale Wolfe, assistant treasurer; and Delores Wisdom, secretary, both of Bloomfield.

Rounding out the Board are Hank Boulton of Hartford, Bob Cave, Gail Crockett, Anne Danaher, Paul Dean, Jim Doran, Rene Lopez, Al Nweeia, Bill Pickens, and Dina Plapler, all from West Hartford, Bob Calef of Bloomfield, and Jennifer Wolfberg of Avon.

The nonprofit volunteer-guided organization’s day-to-day operations are overseen by its executive director, Sheila Diamond of Avon.

From its headquarters in West Hartford’s Town Hall, the Seniors Job Bank serves the entire Hartford metropolitan area. It maintains a database of approximately 750 “service providers” representing about 150 discrete skills and talents, blue and white collar. All service providers pass a background check before being placed on the roster of available workers.

When a “client” – a company, government agency, non-profit entity, or homeowner – with a position to fill calls SJB, its request is matched with service providers qualified to handle the task. SJB then gives the client contact information for several appropriate service providers to interview and consider. The client and service provider selected for the job negotiate the terms of the assignment: its duties, expected results, hours and compensation.

The Seniors Job Bank makes no charge, to client or service provider, for facilitating the referral.

While all service providers are at least 50 years old, clients may be of any age.

Some domestic clients need help with one-time chores or home maintenance matters such as yard work, appliance repairs, or cleaning. Others book SJB service providers for continuing, scheduled engagements like weekly lawn mowing, grocery shopping, and transportation to medical appointments.

With commercial clients too, jobs can be one-off or longer term. They may involve office administration, industrial, retail, and a broad variety of other types of responsibilities.

Potential clients and service providers can reach the Seniors Job Bank via its website, www.sjbct.org, email at [email protected], or phone, 860-521-3210.

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