Cianbro, a construction firm in Maine, is one of 50 companies nationwide named as AARP's 2011 Best Employers for Workers Over 50.
The awards recognize age-friendly employment practices. Cianbro, for example, uses senior placement agencies to recruit experienced workers and rehires its retirees to train new employees. In addition, the company offers a wellness program, good health benefits and a college tuition reimbursement program. One in three Cianbro employees is age 50 or older, and workers stay with the firm for an average of 17 years.
For the complete list of award winners, go to aarp.org/work.
Call to Action
In a state where almost a fourth of Social Security beneficiaries rely on those checks for almost all of their income, and where thousands have to choose between buying food or heating their homes this winter, AARP Maine is asking members to get involved in advocacy.
AARP will provide training for volunteers willing to speak to legislators in their home offices and at the statehouse in Augusta on issues that affect Mainers age 50-plus, including health care, tax reform and hunger. Volunteers also will write letters about AARP issues to editors of their local newspapers.
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As part of the Maine Hunger Initiative, six AARP chapters are collecting nonperishable food to feed hungry people across the state. The food drive runs from Oct. 1 through Nov. 15. All donations will be delivered to local food pantries.
Hunger is a serious issue in Maine, where nearly 195,000 people — or 14.8 percent of all households — do not have enough to eat.
"In Maine, the average monthly Social Security check is less than $1,000. By the time people pay for rent, heat, electricity and phone, they don't have much left to cover the high cost of food," said Carol Kontos, AARP state president.
To learn how you can help, go to aarp.org/me.