Breakthrough Award Winners

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The new BreakThrough Awards, created by Civic Ventures and sponsored by MetLife Foundation, recognized the innovative efforts of the following 10 organizations to involve workers ages 50 and older in public-sector endeavors.

Allied Coordinated Transportation Services Inc. (Lawrence County, Pa.) uses older drivers to provide door-todoor transportation services for elders and other vulnerable individuals.

Leesburg Regional Medical Center and The Villages Regional Hospital (Leesburg, FIa.) recruit and retain workers ages 5o-plus to stabilize a shrinking workforce and better serve the facilities' predominantly older patients.

Mature Worker Connection (Pima County, Ariz.), a program of the Pima CouncU on Aging, offers free job placement services for older workers in businesses and nonprofits.

Nursing Home Ombudsman Agency of the Bluegrass Inc. (Lexington, Ky.) provides advocacy and support for nursing home residents with 33 paid ombudsmen ranging in age from 50 to over So.

Older Workers Leading Success (Cleveland, Ohio), a program of Cleveland Metroparks, recruits older employees for positions in the agency's offices and also at outdoor locations, such as hiking trails and the zoo. …