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									Retirees become Isles unto others at nonprofit                                                                                                                                                     and I know how upsetting it is if you planned
                                                                                                                                                                                                   to retire and it all blows up in your face,”
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Oswald said. But she urged those who must
Entrepreneurial energy entices                   Ken Snedeker, a retired electrical engineer                             but thousands of Americans who’d hoped to
                                                                                                                                                                                                   keep working to consider the nonprofit world.
                                                                                                                                                                                                        “There is so much in this world that
older set to rejoin work force                   who has operated a family construction                                  retire have seen their investment portfolios
                                                                                                                                                                                                   needs to be done, and somebody with
                                                 business, and now oversees the major                                    ravaged by the stock market collapse, and
                                                                                                                                                                                                   experience can address the myriad issues
            BY BETH FITZGERALD                   renovations of a building in Trenton.                                   now feel they must keep working — or even
                                                                                                                                                                                                   out there that need attention and don’t get
THE TRENTON NONPROFIT Isles manages                  The retirees who’ve joined Isles did so                             re-enter the work force after retiring.
                                                                                                                                                                                                   enough of it,” she said. ◆
a diverse portfolio of programs, from its        because they wanted to continue working,                                     “People have different temperaments,
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YouthBuild alternative high school that
guides at-risk teens into careers, to the
home rehab program that’s housed
hundreds of urban families and the

financial self-reliance program that makes
microloans to fledgling businesses.
     The entrepreneurial energy that keeps
28-year-old Isles forever sprouting new
ideas — the latest is a green-collar job

training program — is part of what has
inspired highly qualifed retirees to pursue a
second career at the organization.
     After Jeanne Oswald retired as
executive director of the New Jersey
Commission on Higher Education in June

2007, she volunteered at Isles, working on
YouthBuild’s strategic plan. In October, she
was hired to launch the new Center for
Energy and Environmental Training, which
has begun training the young and the
unemployed to join the emerging cadre of
energy auditors, who will work to find
energy leaks in buildings, then perform air
sealing and insulation work.
     YouthBuild students are among those
who enrolled in CEET’s first class in January,
and Oswald was drawn to Isles by the                                                                                                                                                                                     NJ’s
success YouthBuild has had in turning
around the lives of teenagers who have                                                                                                                                                                                   BEST
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