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Community Involvement

When Revitalize Milwaukee asked volunteers to beautify a neighborhood as part of Block Build MKE, we donated $5,000 and our board members showed up with tools in hand.

When Habitat for Humanity asked volunteers to help build a house, we supported the project with  a crew of 10 well-trained contractors.

When a local resident asked for something to eat, we helped launch “Feed the Community” day.

Sometimes we’re on the frontline. Sometimes we work behind the scenes. However, if there is a need in our community, we want to be a part of the solution.



Block Build MKE
When Revitalize Milwaukee selected Milwaukee’s Clarke Square neighborhood as the 2017 Block Build recipient, the SD Foundation offered its support. Our financial contribution helped a low-income home owner make critical home repairs but that’s not all. Our board members went in, pulled weeds, replaced light bulbs and unclogged sinks. We’re proud to be part of this annual event providing free home repairs to veterans, seniors and people with disabilities.


Habitat for Humanity
Alishea Parker is overwhelmed with joy when she looks at the home she now owns. As the mother of two young children, she has a place to make memories. Parker looks forward to hosting birthday parties, holiday gatherings and other special occasions in the comfort of her new home.

Parker turned to Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity for home ownership help.  In need of volunteer labor, Habitat for Humanity turned to Absolute Advantage, a pre-apprenticeship program we support. 

Absolute Advantage students measured, cut and installed drywall inside Parker’s home. Students got valuable work experience. Parker’s family was able to move on time and on budget.


Feed the Community Day
When a Milwaukee resident with no food walked into the building that houses the SDC/HeartLlove Place culinary students, no one could predict what happened next. A man got something to eat but the incident sparked “Feed the Community” Day.  With the leadership of a compassionate instructor, culinary students prepare more than 200 meals for residents in this primarily low-income community.  The Social Development Foundation is a proud sponsor of the SDC/HeartLove Place culinary program.

Giving back to the community.  It’s not just something we do. It’s our way of life.