The very first Mission of Mercy (MOM) was launched in Virginia in 2000, and today MOM events can be found in about half of the states throughout the country. The events are focused on helping underserved populations of children and adults who are without medically compromising conditions receive dental treatment that they, for whatever reason, cannot obtain. A MOM event is successful with the help of hundreds of volunteers – dental and non-dental – coming together with a common vision in mind.
Since their inception, MOM events have helped over 100,000 patients and provided $50 million in free dental services. Minnesota held its inaugural MOM event in August 2012 in Mankato. At the two-day event, almost 1,400 compassionate volunteers delivered $1,302,985 in patient care to 2,062 patients.
Goals of a MOM event are to: