MERS/Goodwill Seeking Outstanding Older Workers of Missouri
26th annual contest recognizes achievements of local workers age 60+
ST. LOUIS (June 7, 2016) – Many people work well past retirement age, and often they serve as mentors, leaders, and sources of knowledge and wisdom for their younger co-workers. MERS/Goodwill is seeking these workers to be nominated for the 26 th annual Outstanding Older Worker of Missouri Contest. Whether they are employed at their local community center or library, engineering the latest consumer products, providing medical care at a major hospital, or bagging groceries at a local supermarket, we encourage the employer to recognize and honor their older workers. In conjunction with National Older Americans Month in May, this year’s theme is “Blaze a Trail,” which recognizes trailblazers who achieved their dreams late in life and highlights how much older Americans are advocating for themselves, their peers, and their communities.
Each year, the annual Outstanding Older Worker of Missouri Contest honors Missouri residents who are at least 60 years old, gainfully employed at a Missouri job site, and working an average of 20 or more hours per week. The event recognizes 10 regional winners from across the state of Missouri. MERS/Goodwill is coordinating the event in the St. Louis area, as well as St. Charles, Jefferson, and “MERS/Goodwill is proud to celebrate the outstanding achievements and contributions of Missouri’s dedicated senior employees,” said David Kutchback, President and CEO of MERS/Goodwill. “By recognizing the talent and drive of these workers, we hope to inspire older adults to continue to be actively involved within their communities.”
Nomination forms are available through the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services’ website. Nominees must meet the listed requirements and submit information about job duties, outstanding characteristics, special accomplishments and service to the community. Nomination forms are due by Wednesday, July 6, 2016. The selection committees will review each qualified candidate and designate a winner from each region. The 10 regional winners will be invited to a two-day award ceremony in Jefferson City, including luncheons, tours, and an award banquet, scheduled for September 20-21.
The event is sponsored by the Missouri Senior Employment Coordinating Committee, consisting of Experience Works; Catholic Charities of Kansas City – St. Joseph; MERS/Missouri Goodwill Industries; the Department of Economic Development/Division of Workforce Development; and the Department of Health & Senior Services/Division of Senior and Disability Services.
MERS/Goodwill changes lives through the power of work. Its vision is a community where each individual has the opportunity to learn, work, and achieve their greatest potential. Annually serving more than 69,000 individuals, the non-profit agency operates in 75 locations serving 89 counties in the bi-state area. Revenues from 43 Goodwill stores assist with funding MERS/Goodwill job training and employment services. MERS/Goodwill is a proud member of the United Way. For more information about MERS/Goodwill or to find a Goodwill donation center near you, call 314-241- 3464 or visit