Older residents of Jefferson County who are having difficulty finding a job have a local resource that might be able to help.

Experience Works is a national nonprofit organization operating the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) in 43 counties in Indiana, providing paid community service assignments at local public and non-profit organizations, training, referral to needed services, and job search assistance for eligible individuals.

With updated skills, participants use their community service training as a springboard to permanent jobs with local employers.

The Experience Works SCSEP will accept applications on March 26 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Work One Madison, 620 Green Road, Madison.

Program applicants must be 55 or older, unemployed, live in Jefferson County, and have incomes of $14,588 per year or less for a family of one, $19,663 for family of two.

Many older Hoosiers are finding it necessary to find work," says Rhonda Kidd, Indiana state manager for Experience Works. "Unfortunately, finding a job can be especially difficult for older workers who have not looked for employment for some time or for those who been unsuccessful in their job hunt. Our program is a stepping stone for people desperate for work. We can provide immediate assistance and wages, for those who qualify for the SCSEP."

SCSEP is funded through the U.S. Department of Labor and administered by Experience Works, Inc., a national nonprofit organization. The program is available at no cost to people who meet eligibility criteria. To register, or for more information call Experience Works toll-free 866.796.8550 , visit www.experienceworks.org.