Hawaii Dental Service Foundation has awarded a $20,000 grant to Dental Lifeline Network • Hawaii to help vulnerable individuals across the state get critical dental care through the Donated Dental Services (DDS) program. The funds will support the coordination of services provided through 124 dentists and 27 dental laboratories who volunteer for DDS across the state of Hawaii. DDS volunteers donate comprehensive treatment to people with disabilities or who are elderly or medically fragile.
“The Hawaii Dental Service Foundation has been a generous contributor to Hawaii’s DDS program for many years, providing funds that are critical for the coordination of volunteers to reach those most in need of dental care across the state,” said Dr. Rohinton Patel, President of the Dental Lifeline Network • Hawaii Board of Directors. “With this most recent grant for $20,000, we can continue to expand this impact.”
The Hawaii DDS program has provided over $3.3 million in donated services to 667 patients since it began in 2002. Hawaii Dental Service Foundation’s grant is a significant contribution to the ongoing impact made by DDS programs nationally. For over 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. Since its inception in 1985, the DDS program has provided over $520 million in donated treatment to over 167,000 patients across the country.