Why Choose SD Foundation
When considering where to make a donation, financial or in-kind, one asks, “Why should I support this effort? What is my money being used for?”
Choosing to support the SD Foundation means improving the lives of thousands of Milwaukee County residents trying to survive poverty, and move out of it. These individuals, families, and seniors cannot do this without resources to help them improve their life circumstance.
Contributions to the SD Foundation are directed toward support the critical programs provided by the Social Development Commission. Service areas and programs we support include:
- Education – GED (General Education Development) and HSED (High School Equivalency Diploma) which allow those who have not completed high school to do so. This not only improves self-confidence in the students, but also helps them obtain higher paying jobs that require completion of high school or the equivalent.
- Career Services – Job training programs that provide national certification for the construction and culinary industries. As a result of successfully completing these programs, students have obtained livable wage jobs that support themselves and/or their families. Quality jobs where graduates have earned salaries up to $50,000 per year. The Career Enhancement program provides job training and employment placement while incorporating case management. Case managers identify possible areas of additional need while supporting job retention. Career Enhancement targets unemployed and underemployed Milwaukee County residents who are 18 years of age or older.
- Senior Services – The Senior Companion program provides volunteer Companions that are over 55 to other seniors also over the age of 55 as well as to the disabled at no cost. Senior Companions help those that are homebound maintain their independence and provide assistance with light housework, driving to appointments, going for walks, reading to their clients and more.
- Financial Education and Coaching – SDC’s customers receive one-on-one financial coaching to help them improve their credit, learn about the banking industry and how to manage checking accounts, open savings accounts, learn about mortgages and how to financially prepare to purchase a home and more.
- VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) Program – SDC has operated this program since the 2001-2002 tax season. This service provides free preparation and filing of state, federal, and Homestead taxes to households. In the 16 tax seasons that SDC has managed, 187,858 returns have been filed at no cost to customers, and $193,559,391 has been returned to the local economy. Matching funds from the community are required in order for the program to receiving the funding the IRS is willing to provide.
- Youth Services – Offers programs for low-income and at-risk youth that live in Milwaukee County. Program areas include recreational activities, community service opportunities, job readiness, trainings, job placement and workshops that are designed to support youth as they transition into adulthood gain. Experienced staff guide and counsel youth to aid in their development and provide them with the foundation and skills necessary to achieve their goals.
- Summit on Poverty – Discovering and educating the community at large about the root factors of poverty, and creating advocates to educate others about it, is necessary in order to effectively fight for people in poverty and drive change. The foundation supports SDC’s two-day Summit on Poverty, which draws nearly 600 participants. Keynote speakers feature national experts on poverty and several subject matter workshops to attendees.
Your support makes these services and programs a reality. You help to improve the lives of those living in poverty. We hope you will choose the SD Foundation and Give Now & Provide Hope.