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The opportunity to work with ReServe attracted Jenny Beatty, 58, a former registered nurse from Baltimore County. Since 1982, Beatty has provided project start-up, management and evaluation consulting to nonprofits and research and education groups. She later held an AmeriCorps-funded full-time position as senior mentor for FIRST, a global robotics competition for students 6 to 18 years old.

"I love project start-ups and meeting new people, and [being a ReServist] may be a great part-time position," Beatty said.

Another person drawn to ReServe is Almeta Sly-Thompson, 62, of Baltimore. A part-time university writing teacher and former administrator, Sly-Thompson said ReServe Maryland — unlike some other prospective employers — has no problem with her age.

ReServe, she said, wants me "to educate people about something they need to know: personal finance."

There are ReServe affiliates in Miami, New York City, Westchester County, N.Y., and Newark, N.J. The group plans to expand into Milwaukee soon.

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Frank McCoy is a writer in Catonsville, Md.

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