Dec. 11, 2015 Staff Report
Finding a job isn’t always easy for the elderly, but one local organization has been recognized for advancing seniors’ careers.
Sunnyside Community Services is one of six New York City businesses to win the Age Smart Employer Awards. They were selected from 52 applicants for polices and practices that encourage different generations to work productively and effectively side by side.
The Brooks Brother Factory and Amy’s Bread, both located in Long Island City, were also Age Smart winners.
The awards are led by the Columbia Aging Center and the New York Academy of Medicine.
In New York City, the workforce includes almost 700,000 adults ages 55 and older, or 18 percent of the total workforce, according to the award announcement.
Sunnyside Community Services is a community-based organization that serves 14,000 people annually by identifying career opportunities and advancement potential.
“Older workers are a growing resource and businesses are looking for ways to capitalize on their energy and talent. These Age Smart Employers are ahead of the curve in recognizing their skills and experience,” said Ruth Finkelstein, presenting the awards as Director of the Age Smart Employer Awards program and Associate Director of CAC.
“Being age smart means more productivity, reduced recruiting and training costs and ultimately a further commitment to quality for our customers,” Luis Nava, Director of Operations of the LIC Brooks Brothers factory, said.