An opportunity to volunteer in your own community

Call for dental volunteers for CDA Cares San Bernardino Sept. 27-28

The CDA Foundation’s volunteer-run dental clinic, CDA Cares, is coming to San Bernardino, and additional volunteers in clinical and nonclinical areas are needed to make the two-day event a success.

Longtime volunteer Gary Glasband, DDS, says CDA Cares is a great opportunity for those with a skill who want to volunteer but who might not have the connections or know where to go.

“This is an opportunity to volunteer in your own community,” Dr. Glasband says. “The whole infrastructure is here. You can volunteer your time as much or as little as you want … without having to figure out a way to open up your own office and organize everything. That’s the beauty of it.”

Approximately 1,950 individuals who experience barriers to care are expected to receive oral health care services, including extractions, fillings, cleanings and a limited number of root canals and partial dentures. Prosthodontists, oral surgeons, pediatric dentists, lab technicians, dental assistants and nurses for medical triage are especially needed.

Sylvia Meacham, RDH, regularly volunteers as the lead for dental assistants and dental students. She says that even among the individuals who initially sign up to volunteer for one day of the clinic, most volunteers “end up coming back the following day because they have so much fun and it’s such a great event.”

(Hear more about the CDA Cares volunteer experience from Dr. Glasband and Sylvia in the short video below.)

Advance online registration is highly encouraged and closes at 11:59 p.m. Sept. 22, but walk-in volunteers on either day of the clinic are also welcome. Register and find volunteer FAQ on the Foundation website.

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