Since July of 2000, dentists from 20 states have assisted their neighbors in holding free dental clinics for the underserved called Missions of Mercy. To date, dental professionals taking part in the Mission of Mercy projects around the country have given back to their communities by providing over 22 million dollars of free care to nearly 40,000 patients.
On October 29 and 30, 2010 at the Allegany County Fairgrounds in Cumberland, MD, 85 dentists and 40 dental hygienists and over 200 community volunteers from all over the state came together in a 55 dental chair mobile clinic to hold the first Mission of Mercy free dental clinic in that state.
MGE Management Experts Client Dr. Diane Romaine led the team of executives from her office as well as the County United Way, the Allegany-Garrett Dental Society, Allegany Health Right, the Salvation Army, and others in organizing the event. In those two days, over $800,000 of dental care was provided to 850 adults from Western Maryland.
These dental services were delivered at an expense of just $40,000 due to the organizing abilities, committed purpose, and desire to help of many committed professionals and community members. The clinic created a tremendous amount of goodwill and gratitude from both the patients and the volunteers present.
Next October 28, and 29, 2011 a second Mission of Mercy will be held at the Allegany County Fairgrounds in Cumberland, MD with more planned future projects in Southern Maryland and the Eastern Shore. If you are interested in volunteering for next year, go to www.westernmdmom.com and register.