Volunteers Needed for the 2021 Florida Mission of Mercy

The Florida Mission of Mercy (FLA-MOM) is a large-scale, two-day, professional dental clinic that provides care to any patient at no cost to them, with the goal of serving the under-served and uninsured in Florida — those who would otherwise go without care.

The 2021 FLA-MOM will take place on July 30-31 in Jacksonville at the Prime Osborne III Convention Center. Increased safety procedures and all COVID-19 guidelines and protocols will be implemented — the safety of all volunteers and patients is the FDA Foundation’s top priority. Since 2014, FLA-MOM has treated nearly 10,000 patients and provided 49,000+ procedures, for a total value of care of $9.43 million. We need your help to continue our impact in 2021 in the Northeast Florida region! Register today at flamom.org.

We Need YOU and Your Staff! There are still volunteer shifts available!

PM SHIFT

  • Medical Triage
  • Food & Beverage
  • Patient Ambassador
  • Patient Entry
  • Patient Registration
  • Setup Volunteer

Can’t make it to the 2021 FLA-MOM? You can support FLA-MOM with a contribution.

AM SHIFT

  • Medical Triage
  • Dentists
  • Endodontics
  • Oral Surgery
  • Pediatrics
  • Prosthodontics
  • Restorative
  • Dental Routing
  • Lab Tech
  • Sterilization

PM SHIFT

  • Dentists
  • Endodontics
  • Oral Surgery
  • Pediatrics
  • Prosthodontics
  • Restorative
  • Impact Study
  • Lab Tech
  • Parking Attendants
  • Patient Ambassador
  • Sterilization

AM SHIFT

  • Dentists
  • Pediatrics
  • Prosthodontics
  • Impact Study
  • Lab Tech
  • Parking Attendants

PM SHIFT

  • Medical Triage
  • Dentists
  • Endodontics
  • Pediatrics
  • Prosthodontics
  • Dental Routing
  • Dental Triage
  • Lab Tech
  • Parking Attendants
  • Patient Ambassador
  • Clinic Breakdown

For more information and to register, visit flamom.org!

2018 Florida Mission of Mercy

By DentalPC

What happens when you need a dental cleaning, you’re experiencing tooth pain or worse? Most of our readers own dental practices or they are staff members who assist in a dental practice, which should make the entire process of going to the dentist very simple.

For most people who do not work in the world of dentistry, typically you’ll make a dental appointment and see your dentist as soon as possible, but what if it wasn’t that simple for others? Thankfully, DentalPC partners with life-changing foundations like the Florida Dental Association Foundation’s Florida Mission of Mercy (FLA-MOM) to help make this process a little easier for some of our Floridians.

What is the FLA-MOM?

The FLA-MOM is a two-day clinic which provides free dental care to the under-served and under-insured in Florida – those that would otherwise go without dental care. The FLA-MOM is a first-come, first-served event with a goal of treating 2,000 patients in two days. Every year, the FLA-MOM event is held in a different location throughout the state.

Services provided include cleanings, fillings, extractions, pediatric dentistry and limited root canal therapy.

How is DentalPC Involved?

DentalPC had the honor of sponsoring the FLA-MOM as the Presenting Benefactor for the fourth consecutive year. Clay Archer (CEO) and his team of knowledgeable technicians traveled to Fort Myers for this years big event. It was a busy couple of days in Fort Myers at the Lee Civic Center last weekend! The FLA-MOM provided 11,899 procedures to 1,906 patients with a value of more than $1.7 million!

 

Take a Walk Down Memory Lane With Us:

2
Behind the Scenes: Jacob and David working hard to get all of the workstations set up!

3
Day 2 in full effect … 200 veterans are about to walk in for their pre-screening.

4
Veterans pre-screened, meetings done, we are locked and loaded to start seeing 2,000 patients and provide high quality dental care to those in need. It all starts bright and early at 5 a.m. and won’t stop until a little after noon on Saturday!

5
Our CTO, Marty Cortines and Project Lead, Jacob!

6
Of course, we have a little fun along the way! Thanks for all your hard work, Clay (CEO)!

7
#DPCteam

8
Last day, patients coming in.

9
And just like that, it ends … 1900 patients in 2 days.

Thank you to all the volunteers who selflessly dedicated their time and skills to the 2018 FLA-MOM! We could not have done this without your help and support!

We’ll see you in Orlando for the next FLA-MOM on March 22-23, 2019.

Reprinted with permission. This article first appeared on DentalPC’s blog and can be found at http://www.dentalpc.com/2018/03/2018-florida-mission-of-mercy/.

You Shop. Amazon Gives to the FDA Foundation.

By Heather Gioia, FDA Foundation, Director of Foundation Affairs

amazon-smile
The holidays are approaching, and many people will take advantage of “Cyber Monday” shopping offers. You can help the Florida Dental Association (FDA) Foundation raise much-needed funding by using AmazonSmile for your online purchases. AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know — same products, same prices, same service. So, what’s the difference? The shopping experience is identical to Amazon.com — the only difference is the added benefit to support a charitable organization from almost one million eligible organizations. AmazonSmile will donate 0.5 percent of the price of eligible purchases to a charitable organization selected by customers.

That’s where you come in! When you first visit AmazonSmile, and are prompted to select a charitable organization, please select the FDA Foundation. When you shop at AmazonSmile, 0.5 percent of the purchase price will be donated to the FDA Foundation! There are no additional fees, and AmazonSmile offers the same great options and pricing as on traditional Amazon — plus you will help provide funds to the FDA Foundation!

Thank you and happy shopping!

Please take a moment to bookmark this link so all of your eligible shopping on Amazon will benefit the FDA Foundation: http://smile.amazon.com/ch/59-2019148.

Top 5 Reasons to Volunteer

5. Volunteering makes you healthier.

Positive emotions, like optimism and joy, strengthen the immune system and reduce stress. Experts report that focusing on others interrupts usual tension-producing patterns. In fact, volunteering also has been shown to lessen chronic pain or heart disease symptoms.

In my mind, an important factor regarding volunteerism is you need to do it for yourself. Do it to benefit yourself and you won’t regret it.” ~ Dr. David Russell, FDA Foundation President

GKAS CHUMUCKLA 069

​​

4. Volunteers learn about our government and social programs.

A solid understanding of these resources strengthens professional advocacy efforts and helps to solve community problems.

“I never knew there were so many community agencies and service groups that are interested in their clients’ oral health until Karen and I formed the Hillsborough County Oral Health Coalition. The agencies’ representatives met with us to discuss common problems and determine steps that eventually will cause an improvement in the oral health of everyone their organizations touch. Together, we approached the legislators within our county and were able to advocate for changes that will raise awareness of the importance of oral health. It was a rewarding experience!” ~ Dr. Terry Buckenheimer, ADA Trustee

Picture1

3. Volunteering promotes diversity, fosters empathy and encourages civic responsibility.

It stimulates personal growth by improving social skills, builds new friendships and broadens your support network.

“I have been on more than 35 foreign mission trips — six were with the University of Florida dental students. I enjoy them. The reason I do them is a feeling of responsibility to use what God has blessed me with to serve others. What always happens is I get blessed more than the people I am caring for.” ~ Dr. Bob Payne, FDA Foundation Vice President

Payne 1

2. Volunteering can advance your career.

You meet new business contacts and gain professional experience you otherwise might not have. It also can expose you to professional organizations or fellowships that could be beneficial.

“It is natural to want to give back to this wonderful profession that has given me so much. Volunteering has allowed me to meet amazing people all over the country and especially in Florida. From children I have met while participating in career days at local schools to dentists and corporate leaders throughout the country, giving back has actually ended up giving me more. The friendships I’ve developed are a lasting treasure.” ~ Dr. Idalia Lastra, FDA Foundation Treasurer

Dr. Lastra Volunteering

1. You make a difference.

Volunteering provides a way to have a real and lasting impact on the world.

“Churchill once said, ‘We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.’ Volunteering for the FDA Foundation has given me — and so many others — a life of purpose. You can make a difference, too. Give your time.”  ~ Dr. Bill D’Aiuto, FDA President-elect

DSC_00312