Social Development Commission: Financial support for SDC efforts

Dale Shuster

Fiscal support has been committed for several programs and activities involving the Social Development Commission (SDC).

The Forest County Potawatomi Foundation has announced it is supporting work at the agency with a $30,000 grant. That funding will help the free Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, financial literacy efforts, and a partnership SDC has with the Milwaukee Fatherhood Initiative that presents the annual Milwaukee Fatherhood Summit.

$20,000 of the Forest County Potawatomi Foundation grant will support the VITA program coordinated by the Milwaukee Asset Building Coalition and SDC. That program assists thousands of Milwaukee County residents by preparing and filing at no charge their state and federal tax returns. During the past tax season, more than 15,000 tax returns were filed that brought back more than $14-million in tax refunds and credits.

The remainder of Forest County Potawatomi Foundation grant will support SDC’s efforts in coordinating the Milwaukee Fatherhood Summit in partnership with the Milwaukee Fatherhood Initiative. That free two-day event will be held October 4 and 5 at Destiny Youth Plaza located at 76th Street and Good Hope Road. It offers resources and information designed to help men become stronger and more involved fathers including information on the Affordable Healthcare Act, child support reduction, driver’s license recovery, as well as a Health, Job and Resource Fair.

Acting SDC CEO Jan Stenlund expressed gratitude for the Forest County Potawatomi Foundation grant, saying it will help the agency serve more low-income residents of Milwaukee County. She added the Foundation supports SDC efforts not only financially but through volunteer contributions of its staff that assist agency programs like the VITA effort. To learn about the programs and services of SDC, visit the agency website at