Are you ready for year 10 of Give Kids a Smile? The MDA’s annual charitable program serves more than 5,000 Minnesota children, thanks to enthusiastic volunteers – like you! Last year alone, the state’s dental community donated $2.5 million in care to kids.
If your clinic hasn’t yet registered, please take a moment this week to complete the simple online registration. The event dates are Feb. 3 and 4, though some clinics select alternative dates.
While there is no official deadline for registration, it’s beneficial to register sooner than later so your clinic has the resources needed to plan a successful event. It also helps the MDA better plan its statewide advertising campaign, which runs through January to promote “Give Kids a Smile” where appointments are available.
It’s also important to understand that when you register with the MDA, you have the option of listing your clinic on the United Way 2-1-1 referral list, which is a great way of identifying patients. Unfortunately, some clinics realize late in the planning process they aren’t on the referral list because they didn’t register with the MDA (which is separate from the ADA registration). If you aren’t sure if you’ve registered, just drop us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Remember, you can get involved with Give Kids a Smile in several ways, including:
If your clinic wants to participate in “Give Kids a Smile” but isn’t able to host an event, please consider the Smile Factory option. This volunteer opportunity allows specialists, as well as general dentists, to provide additional treatment to children who need extra help after “Give Kids a Smile.” This extension of the “Give Kids a Smile” program is a great way to volunteer at a time that’s convenient for you and your staff.
Pitch in at another clinic
About 17 participating clinics currently need help staffing their events and we have only 12 individual volunteers signed up so far. If you and your team are available to pitch in, please register as an individual/team today and we’ll match you with a clinic.
Our loyal sponsors
The MDA is proud to announce that HealthPartners and 3M ESPE Dental Products have again joined us as sponsors. These generous companies, who have supported “Give Kids a Smile” since day one, will provide funding needed to promote the program with advertising on WCCO-TV and on radio stations throughout the state.
Join us online
For ongoing updates about this program, become a fan of the Give Kids a Smile – MN on Facebook and Twitter. To learn more about this program, please explore the info-packed “Give Kids a Smile” pages.