Dental professionals impacted by wildfires can apply for disaster relief grant

To help dental professionals in need, the CDA Foundation has established a Disaster Relief Grant for individuals — a one-time, single-installment grant that provides financial assistance of up to $5,000 per California dentist, dental staff member currently employed in the dental field or CDA component dental society staff member. The grant is for immediate and emergency needs (food, shelter, clothing, etc.) as a direct result of the 2018 California wildfires, which together have destroyed more than 1,000 homes and businesses to date.

For assistance with recovery efforts, qualifying individuals affected by these wildfires are encouraged to apply for this Disaster Relief Grant. More details about the grant along with criteria are included with the application.

Those who wish to contribute to the relief efforts through the Disaster Relief Grant can text RELIEFGRANT to 91999 or visit cdafoundation.org/donate to donate online.

Additionally, The Dentists Insurance Company is offering guidance and support to assist members in dealing with the impact on their practices. To reach a TDIC service representative or a risk management analyst, call 800.733.0633.

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The CDA Foundation has published its annual report highlighting the health, hope and happiness provided to individuals in 2017 through ongoing Foundation programs, including two student loan repayment grants, the Dental Materials and Supplies Grant and CDA Cares — the volunteer-run dental clinic held twice annually in communities throughout California.

In response to recent natural disasters in California, Texas, Florida and the Caribbean, CDA has provided financial donations to help dental professionals with relief efforts. CDA donated $10,000 to assist the Colegio de Cirujanos Dentistas de Puerto Rico with disaster relief in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria that struck the U.S. territory in late September. Additionally, CDA and TDIC made donations to dental associations to assist with relief efforts, including $40,000 to the Texas Dental Association in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.