Re the Nov. 3 story Senior citizens find ways to enter the workforce again through innovative jobs program: ReServe Miami is a resource for the many energetic, retired or continuing experienced professionals, 55 years and older, who want to offer their skills and talents, on a part-time basis, to local nonprofits, government agencies or public institutions.
Through their community service, cumulatively, 126 ReServists already provided, for a modest hourly stipend, capacity-building to 60 local organizations. This match of continuing professionals to temporary, short-term positions is generating excitement among Miami-Dade County folks who want to give back and have the time and vigor for these capacity-building opportunities.
We want to emphasize that, while not a job-placement program, the ReServe Miami assignments have shown that such civic engagement placements are a triple win: First, ReServists are providing meaningful service utilizing their professional knowledge; second, the organizations are gaining access to highly skilled talent; and third, and most important, this combination strengthens our entire community.
Deborah Hoffman and Ann Machado, co-chairs, ReServe Miami Advisory Council