The Social Development Commission offers a variety of programs for Milwaukee County’s older adult population. Some seniors may need a little extra help at home. Others, more active, are looking for volunteer opportunities. SDC offers programs to fit a variety of needs.
Foster Grandparent Program
In 1960, a White House Conference on Aging highlighted the need for all older people to stay active. Organizers believed this could be accomplished if Americans found a way to serve their country. Ultimately, this led to the creation of the Foster Grandparent Program.
Foster Grandparents are role models, mentors, and friends to children with educational and social needs. Our Foster Grandparent Program pairs volunteers with young students – pre-school through sixth grade. The relationship that blossoms also helps young students develop self-confidence for life. Volunteers age 55 and older serve youth at various locations, including Milwaukee Public Schools.
Volunteers also serve young people at organizations that:
- Help children learn to read and provide one-on-one tutoring.
- Care for premature infants or children with disabilities.
- Help children who have been abused or neglected.
We are always in need of foster grandparents. Discover more about the program and apply today!
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Check out our Foster Grandparent, Georgia Dennis, who serves at the Silver Spring Neighborhood Center.
Senior Companion Program
The Social Development Commission has a long tradition of working to enrich the lives of senior citizens. In 1974, we started the Senior Companion program because as we age, we may need a little extra help.
SDC’s Senior Companion Program helps older adults maintain an independent lifestyle at home. Those who receive care are typically elderly individuals who are homebound, live alone in their own home and may be at risk for institutional placement.
Senior Companion volunteers help.
Each Senior Companion volunteer, age 55 or older, cares for two to four adult clients. The Senior Companion volunteer assists with simple chores like grocery shopping. They provide transportation to medical appointments and many program participants enjoy fun outings together like a movie.
- Senior Companions serve 15 to 40 hours per week.
- Volunteers receive pre-service orientation, mileage reimbursement, training, supplemental insurance while on duty.
- Some volunteers may qualify to earn a tax-free hourly stipend.
For more information about our Senior Programs at SDC, please call 414.906.2700 or complete the form below.
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