Help Delta Dental Donate $100k through Facebook
Delta Dental making $1 donation for each person who joins cause to equip America's Dentists Care Foundation and Missions of Mercy dental clinics
OAK BROOK, Ill (June 13, 2011) Thousands of Americans who are either uninsured or underinsured will be able to get the dental care they need thanks to the involvement of Delta Dental and Causes on Facebook.
Delta Dental Companies will donate one dollar for each person who joins the Cause and is matching every dollar donated up to $100,000. Joining the Cause is completely free and takes only seconds to do. However, the campaign ends June 30, so people are encouraged to join today. Facebook members should visit www.causes.com/deltadental and simply click on the Join button.
Donations will go to purchase mobile equipment for the charity dental clinics of America's Dentists Care Foundation and America's Missions of Mercy, which provide care to underserved dental patients in 17 states.
"This donation from Delta Dental will mean that we are able to purchase the equipment needed to continue providing free dental care to the underserved," said Bruce Bergstrom, executive director of the America's Dentists Care Foundation, which supports the America's Missions of Mercy (MOM) events. Since the first MOM events in 2000, dental volunteers have provided care to more than 100,000 people—valued at more than $50 million. The MOM events are organized at the state level, which the charity feels is the most effective way to deliver care.
"I am so thankful for the treatment given to my mom," said recent Mission of Mercy attendee Jennifer Schecter. "I will now be able to get her dentures—something she's needed for 10+ years. This is definitely an organization I would like to help in the future."
"Delta Dental companies have been big supporters of Mission of Mercy events at the state level, so we've seen firsthand the incredible impact this organization is having on the lives of those in need of dental care," said Chris Pyle, director of state government and public relations. "We are hopeful the Facebook community will embrace this cause and look forward to contributing to the Missions of Mercy on a national level."
Headquartered in Wichita, Kan., The America's Dentists Care Foundation (www.adcfmom.org) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to providing and maintaining all the equipment necessary to put on a "MOM" event. In addition, the organization provides the methods for organizing the volunteers necessary to treat 2,000 patients over a two-day span and the expertise to organize, set-up, run, and tear-down the event.
About Delta Dental Plans Association
The not-for-profit Delta Dental Plans Association (www.deltadental.com) based in Oak Brook, Ill., is the leading national network of independent dental service corporations specializing in providing dental benefits programs to more than 54 million Americans in more than 93,000 employee groups throughout the country.