The United Way of the Cape Fear Area sponsors a federally funded program working diligently to not only offer experienced workers to potential employers and community based organizations, but to dispel the myth that older workers lack the ability to contribute to the local workforce.
Launched in 1965, SCSEP is authorized under Title V of the Older Americans Act and is administered by the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL). The United Way of the Cape Fear Area has been the local project sponsor for SCSEP since 1977 and is funded through an agreement with Senior Service America, Inc.

As the local SCSEP sponsor, the Untied Way of the Cape Fear Area has formed lasting partnerships with an array of non-profit and government organizations. Participants in the program work 20 hours per week at an assigned Host Agency work site and are paid the state minimum wage utilizing grant funds. A brief snapshot of the program reveals that on average 63 SCSEP Participants provide over 1,200 hours weekly in support to local agencies, while weekly wages paid to the Participants average $8,700.

SCSEP Host Agency work sites:

New Hanover County

  • American Red Cross
  • AMEZ Housing Development Corp.
  • Boy Scouts of America/Scouts BSA
  • Brigade Boys & Girls Club
  • Cape Fear Community College
  • Cape Fear Community Development Corp.
  • Cape Fear Council of Government
  • Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity
  • Cape Fear River Watch
  • Cape Fear Volunteer Center
  • City of Wilmington Parks and Recreation- (MLK Center, Maides Park, Main office)
  • City of Wilmington Code Enforcement
  • City of Wilmington Human Resources
  • Communities in Schools of New Hanover County
  • Community Boys & Girls Club
  • Disability Resource Center
  • Domestic Violence Shelter (Vintage Values Thrift Store)
  • Duke Partners in Caring
  • Eastern NC Human Services Agency
  • JoAnn Carter Harrelson Center
  • Kids Making It
  • New Hanover County Senior Resource Center
  • New Hanover County Public Library
  • New Hanover Workforce Career Center
  • NC Services for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing
  • United Way of the Cape Fear Area

Brunswick County

  • Brunswick County Cooperative Extension
  • Brunswick County Planning and Community Development
  • Brunswick Educational Transition Center
  • Brunswick Family Assistance
  • Brunswick County Workforce Career Center
  • Brunswick Senior Resources (Southport Sr. Ctr., Leland Sr. Ctr., Supply Sr. Ctr.)
  • Countywide Community Development Corp
  • New Hope Clinic
  • Stand Against Trafficking USA
  • Town of Navassa

Columbus County

  • Columbus County Dept. of Aging (Whiteville Sr. Ctr., Riegelwood Sr. Ctr., Chadbourn Sr. Ctr.)
  • Columbus County Career Center (Southeastern Community College)
  • Columbus County Workforce Career Center
  • DREAMS of Columbus County
  • Men and Women United for Youth and Families
  • NC Commission of Indian Affairs
  • Town of Sandyfield

Pender County

  • Pender Adult Services
  • Pender County Christian Services
  • Pender County Humane Society
  • Pender County Workforce Career Center
  • Smart Start of Pender County
  • Southeastern Family and Community Services

Onslow County

  • Onslow County Parks and Recreation
  • Onslow County Workforce Career Center
  • Onslow County Youth Services
  • Onslow Women’s Center
  • USO of North Carolina- Jacksonville Center