Denver—May 8, 2018 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, will help over 50 people receive $152,000 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 107 dentists and 10 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. Each dollar of support generates $8.87 in donated care.
“Whenever I think of those that are getting much needed dental services that are literally changing their lives, I think of how much we underestimate our smiles,” said Anita R. McLaughlin, Program Associate at WYCF. “Our teeth can directly impact our heart health, our self-confidence, and our ability to gain employment.”
The Wyoming DDS program has provided over $3 million in donated services to more than 1,100 patients since it began in 1994. It is part of a national network that has generated more than $370 million in services to 118,000 patients through DDS since 1986.
“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 Erica Newton at enewton@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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