The Wyoming Community Foundation 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 will help 55 people receive $120,000 in comprehensive dental care. Dental Lifeline Network (DLN) appreciates the invaluable support of Wyoming Community Foundation.
The funds will support the coordination of services provided through 97 dentists and nine dental laboratories who volunteer for Donated Dental Services (DDS) in Wyoming. DDS volunteers donate comprehensive treatment to people with disabilities or who are elderly or medically fragile.
“The Wyoming Community Foundation is an invaluable partner, generously providing grants in support of our efforts to reach Wyoming residents in need of dental care,” said Dr. Mark O’Farrell, Chairman of Dental Lifeline Network • Wyoming. “Through their support, we continue to provide treatment to people within our communities who would otherwise be unable to afford it.”
The Wyoming DDS program has provided nearly $3,773,718 in donated services to over 1,274 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 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. 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.
“The Wyoming Community Foundation’s Casper Local Board is pleased to be able to support the work of Dental Lifeline,” said Micah Richardson, Director of Programs at Wyoming Community Foundation. “Dental Lifeline helps alleviate the struggle for so many Wyomingites who are unable to pay for dental care.”