Denver—December 1, 2021 The Wyoming Community Foundation (WYCF) has awarded a $5,000 grant to Dental Lifeline Network • Wyoming to help vulnerable individuals in the state get critical dental care through the Donated Dental Services (DDS) program.
The grant, made possible through the Willard G. McNamara Memorial Endowment Fund, has helped 73 people receive $165,594 in comprehensive dental care. The Casper Area Local Board of the WYCF advises the fund and has included social issues in its grant making efforts. DLN appreciates the long-time support of WYCF.
The funds will support the coordination of services provided through 98 dentists and 9 dental laboratories who volunteer for DDS in Wyoming. DDS volunteers donate comprehensive treatment to people with disabilities or who are elderly or medically fragile and have no other way to pay for much needed dental treatment.
The Wyoming DDS program has provided over $3.5 million in donated services to more than 1,250 patients since it began in 1994. Wyoming Community Foundation’s grant is a significant contribution to the cumulative celebration happening for the DDS program nationally. For 35 years DLN has partnered with volunteer dentists, laboratories, and strategic corporate partners across the country and connected people with special needs to comprehensive dentistry. This past August, DLN reached a new milestone: $500 Million in donated dental treatment! That’s half a billion dollars of care which has helped 165,000 individuals.
“There are many people in Wyoming with serious dental concerns that are helped through the DDS Program,” said Dr. Mark O’Farrell, DDS, Chair of Dental Lifeline Network • Wyoming. “With the Wyoming Community Foundation’s support, we are able to transform the lives of those in need with life changing dental treatment.”
Dentists and laboratories can volunteer for DDS by contacting Program Coordinator Brandon Leviton at bleviton@DentalLifeline.org or 855.582.7896. To volunteer, make a donation or learn more about Dental Lifeline Network visit www.DentalLifeline.org.
Dental Lifeline Network (DLN) is a national charitable organization and affiliate of the American Dental Association whose mission is to improve the oral health of people with disabilities or who are elderly or medically fragile and have no other way to get help. DLN accomplishes its mission by developing and coordinating collaborative relationships that provide essential resources for direct-service programs, especially charitable care.
The Wyoming Community Foundation is a nonprofit organization that works with donors to support the charitable causes they care most about. In 2017 the Wyoming Community Foundation granted $6.3 million to charitable causes across the state.
For information call 307-721-8300 or visit their website at www.wycf.org.
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