NORTH CAROLINA MISSIONS OF MERCY CLINICS
- Portable free dental clinics are conducted over a two-day period, offering complimentary care for adults from under-served households.
- Programs rotate throughout the state, each requiring a host community.
- Each clinic varies in size – depending on funding and volunteers – to serve anywhere from 300 to 3,000 patients.
- Provides a one-to-one patient to dentist ratio, guaranteeing digital X-rays, instrument sterilization and supplies for each patient.
- Clinics are staffed by volunteer dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants, lab techs, health professionals and community volunteers.
- Clinic set-up occurs on a Thursday, and patients are treated on a first come-first serve basis that Friday and Saturday, from 6 am-4 pm.
This model of access to care through volunteerism is the hallmark of the Foundation’s MOM clinic outreach program.
- Dentists typically provide one major procedure per patient, such as an extraction or filling.
- Some clinics include a lab feature so that certain patients may be fitted with partial prosthetics (dentures) for missing teeth.
- At all clinics, patients receive education on proper oral hygiene as well as supplies to take home.
- Patients who come to the clinic are in dire need of dental treatment, and most are in severe pain. Many have not seen a dentist in years, and some have never seen a dentist. These clinics provide must-needed relief.
- Wilmington – November 12 – 13, 2021, Treatment of patients
- First Baptist Church Activities Center: 1939 Independence Blvd Wilmington, NC
- Volunteer registration is now open.
- High Point – March 18 – 19, 2022, Treatment of patients
- First Baptist Church: 405 N Main Street High Point, NC 27260
- Volunteer registration will open approx. December 15, 2021
- Gastonia – August 19 – 20, 2022, Treatment of patients
- City Church (formerly Bethlehem Church): 2782 Fairview Drive Gastonia, NC 28052
- Volunteer registration will open approx. May 15, 2022
See the transformational work of these clinics:
“I lost my bottom teeth to a blastoma tumor five years ago. I have been through so much and felt like giving up. Then I began to feel hope when I noticed the MOM clinic advertised for the Bethlehem Church in Gastonia. The clinic has fitted me with bottom teeth. If it wasn’t for love and compassion, these people wouldn’t be here doing what they’re doing. I can’t thank you enough for offering us assistance that many of us cannot afford. It’s people like you that help people like me, who didn’t have hope.”
“I used to cover my mouth when I laughed or smiled. Not anymore! These are the best people I’ve ever encountered! Everyone has been professional and compassionate. My self-esteem is back! I’m truly grateful for the care I’ve received. It has changed my life.”
– JANET, treated and fitted with a partial prosthetic to replace her front teeth
GIVE KIDS A SMILE® (GKAS)
On the first Friday in February, as part of National Children’s Dental Health Month, thousands of dentists across the country will take time from their practices to help under-served children get the oral health care they need.
What is it?
- An annual volunteer program that provides free educational, preventative and restorative services to children from low-income families. Many of these children are unable to eat, sleep or pay attention in school, ultimately risking more serious health problems because of their poor oral health.
- For more than 15 years, NC Dental Society members have provided complimentary screenings, treatment and oral health education for deserving children. Each year, we aim for participation among all 100 North Carolina counties, and we need your help.
Can we count on you to host or participate in a Give Kids A Smile event?
NCDS Foundation Relief Fund
The North Carolina Dental Society (NCDS) Foundation Relief Fund is a need-based program designed to provide
temporary emergency relief to dentists who are not financially self-sustaining due to circumstances beyond their
control. Please view the following Relief Fund Rules to see if you are eligible to apply.
Grants are awarded by the NCDS Foundation at the discretion of its Grant Review Committee (“Committee”), consistent with the Committee’s interpretation of Relief Fund Rules and subject to fund availability.
Application period: The application period is open.
The level of financial detail on the Application is required to show need-based funding and for compliance with the Foundation’s tax-exempt status. Personal information is kept confidential by the Grants Committee.
NC UNITED SERVICES ORGANIZATIONS (USO) DRIVE
Each year, NC Dental Society members and their dental teams come together to provide oral health essentials for the men and women who serve and protect us.
Thanks to you, approximately 1,500 lbs. of dental supplies and cash donations are collected for NC troops. Donations are delivered in November, in honor of Veteran’s Day.
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve opted to pause the Dental Supply Drive this year. Rest assured, we’re planning to return in 2021 stronger than ever. You can still make an online contribution directly to the USO of NC. And, fill out the form below to pre-register for next year’s drive.
DENTAL PUBLIC HEALTH AWARD and ENDOWMENT GRANT APPLICATIONS
Deadline for submitting applications: Monday, July 12, 2021
In keeping with its work and mission, the N.C. Dental Society Foundation is pleased to announce its:
- Dental Public Health Award, which will be awarded with a gift of $1,500 to a deserving organization and presented at the N.C. Public Health Association’s Fall Education Conference in October 2021
- Endowment Grant Program, which will award up to four organizations with a gift of up to $5,000/each to be used to further oral health needs in NC
For both categories, nominees must have met one or more of the following objectives:
- Improved the oral health outcomes of children and/or adults (direct services)
- Improved access to dental services
- Collaborated with community partners to meet the community’s oral health needs
- Educated public on importance of preventative oral health practices
Nominees must be tax-exempt nonprofit organizations or clinics (public and private sector) under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or a government agency.
If your organization was a past recipient in 2020 in either category, you will need to wait one full year (until 2022) to apply in either category.