Denver—June 24, 2022 The Colorado Dental Association Foundation has awarded a $5,000 grant to Dental Lifeline Network • Colorado to help vulnerable individuals in the state get critical dental care through the Donated Dental Services (DDS) program.
The grant will help 532 people receive $1.61 million in comprehensive dental care. Dental Lifeline Network (DLN) appreciates the invaluable support of the Colorado Dental Association Foundation.
The funds will support the coordination of services provided through 708 dentists and 144 labs who volunteer for DDS in Colorado. DDS volunteers donate comprehensive treatment to people with disabilities or who are elderly or medically fragile.
The Colorado DDS program has provided over $38.6 million in donated services to over 13,000 patients since it began in 1985. Colorado Dental Association 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 Colorado Dental Association Foundation has been an invaluable partner for years, consistently providing contributions to Colorado’s DDS program,” said Dr. Jeffrey Lodl, President of Dental Lifeline Network • Colorado’s Board of Directors. “With this most recent grant for $5,000, we will be able to continue to reach Colorado’s most vulnerable residents, providing 532 people who would otherwise be unable to afford care with $1.61 million worth of donated treatment. We are grateful for their support, and look forward to our continued partnership with the CDA Foundation.”
The Foundation stated, “CDAF is honored to be able to provide grants to Colorado Nonprofits in helping each of them fulfill their mission to provide access to dental care for Coloradans.”
Dentists and laboratories in Denver, CO, can volunteer for DDS by contacting Program Coordinator David Mounsey at dmounsey@DentalLifeline.org, or 303.534.3931. Colorado dentists and laboratories outside the Denver Metro area can contact JoDee Hambright at jhambright@DentalLifeline.org, or 303.534.3863. To volunteer, make a donation, or learn more about Dental Lifeline Network visit www.DentalLifeline.org.
About Dental Lifeline Network
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.
About Colorado Dental Association Foundation
The Colorado Dental Association is the professional association of dentists that fosters the success of a diverse membership and advances the oral health of the public.
The CDA believes in giving back to the community through its charitable efforts. That’s possible because of the CDA Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization, that supports the CDA’s access-to-care agenda and Dental Health Matters efforts to increase discussions about oral health and the dental profession in Colorado communities and advocate for smart improvements that increase access to dental care.
For information, call (303) 740-6900, or visit their website at https://cdaonline.org/.
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