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Coming of Age connects people 50+ with jobs

Pennsylvania State Page News March 2011

Accountant Karen Ragland, 60, landed a job through the Coming of Age website. Besides a job bank, Coming of Age offers training for nonprofit organizations and encourages them to view older volunteers as a valuable resource. — Matt Roth

Goldberg said at least 50 people have found full- or part-time jobs through Coming of Age's job bank, and at least 130 have found volunteer work through the program. Goldberg said volunteering added so much to his life after his first career as an off-Broadway playwright and TV writer ("Kate & Allie," "MacGyver") that he decided to get other people to try it, too.

He joined Coming of Age in 2004. Under his leadership, and with AARP participation, Coming of Age has expanded to Texas, Delaware, Missouri and California. Programs in New York and Ohio will open this year.

Beryl Katz, founder of Senior Adults for Greater Education, a Richboro-based mentoring program in 37 Bucks County schools, said attending a Coming of Age training workshop for nonprofit organizations was eye-opening.

"I never really thought about the difference between somebody who is 55 and somebody who is 75 and what would resonate with them," she said.

"We went over how the different cohorts see volunteerism, what happened in history and why they have the attitudes they have. I learned you should craft your opportunity differently for different age groups."

Kathryn Canavan is a freelancer living in Wilmington, Del.

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