For 34 years DLN’s Donated Dental Services (DDS) program has changed and saved the lives of more than 153,000 people with special needs all across the country.
A message from our Board Chairman Frank A. Maggio, DDS
“Thanks to our many partners—we served even more people in need this year–15,189.”
We focused on three areas aimed at changing lives
and serving more people with special needs.
We worked this past year to introduce our programs to new audiences through the Will You See One VET campaign, reaching dental students and engaging our partners to reach more potential volunteers.
We continue to lead efforts to integrate oral and overall health education to patients and dentist.
We expanded our supporters and partnerships to raise more money to help more people.
Over the past year we launched the Will You See One Vet campaign that included creating radio Public Service Announcements (PSAs) played across the country, print advertisements and support from our dental membership partners.
Veteran Campaign Spotlight
Michael, a disabled veteran living in Rhode Island, was experiencing poor dental health and had nowhere to turn—until two generous dental professionals volunteered to help!
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More than 700 volunteers served more than 900 patients
Provides comprehensive dental treatment to our country’s most vulnerable people with disabilities or who are elderly or medically fragile.
individuals were served through DDS
in donated dental treatment
contributed in fabrications by laboratories
Portable dentist office delivering comprehensive care to people that cannot easily travel to dentist’s offices throughout Colorado.
patients were served
Enables low-income children to receive orthodontic treatment.
low-income children were served
children out of 428 received
in dental treatment
Provided in–service training to 3,331 parents, clients and Colorado case managers and residential staff who serve people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Campaign of Concern only operates in Colorado.
Our volunteer recruitment efforts are multi-faceted including peer-to-peer recruitment, state specific newsletters and e-blasts, staff recruitment through meeting presentations, individual asks and partnerships with other national organizations.
Donated Dental Services (DDS)
Dr. David Moss has been a volunteer with the Donated Dental Services (DDS) program for 7 years, and has been on our Dental Lifeline Network • South Carolina Leadership Council since its formation 4 years ago. He recently had the opportunity to provide essential dental treatment to Amanda, a cancer survivor whose dental health had significantly deteriorated due to cancer treatment. Dr. Moss and his team donated the comprehensive treatment Amanda needed to get her smile back so she could focus on the next steps of her recovery.
This year we continued our fundraising efforts with our peer-to-peer fundraising campaign: Lifeline Heroes Challenge, a corporate giving campaign: Every Smile Counts and DLN’s Legacy Society to promote planned giving and recognize those who are including DLN in their estate plan.
Other Support & Revenue
This past year we led an effort to give back to our veterans with special needs across our local communities. More than 700 dentists responded to volunteer to see at least one veteran resulting in serving more than 900 veterans this past year. Overall, we increased our total volunteers to 16,000 and over 3,500 labs—and our volunteer numbers continue to grow.
We could not have had this success without the ongoing support of individual contributions as well as the continued support and donations from local governments, foundations and the dental industry. Additionally, we are thankful for the many organizations who helped us spread the word through emails and letters to their members and supporters about Dental Lifeline Network’s programs.
I am proud to be a part of such a generous community of giving—thank you!
We focused on three areas in 2018/2019 aimed at changing and saving lives and serving more people with special needs:
These efforts, combined with your support, made a difference in the many lives of those we served this past year. Thank you for all you do, our volunteer dentists and labs, dental and insurance industry supporters, other partners and donors.
Frank A. Maggio, DDS