03/01/2018

CDA Cares Anaheim is almost here — share why you care in 3 steps


An estimated 10 million Californians experience barriers to care. Through the generosity of volunteers, thousands of them receive no-cost dental treatment at CDA Cares, the biannual clinic hosted by CDA and the CDA Foundation. On average, 1,950 individuals receive care at each event.

For some of these individuals, the treatment is life-changing. There is, for example, Eva’s story.

But the lives of volunteers are also changed by giving others health, hope and happiness. There are countless stories like those of Debra Peterson, DMD, Stephen Abbott, DDS, and dental students Jesica Gonzalez and Walter Fuentes. Dentists, lab technicians, dental hygienists, assistants and dental students, as well as community volunteers who help with registration, language translation and more come together at every event to relieve pain and restore smiles.

The next CDA Cares comes to Anaheim April 27–28, and a new tool makes it easier than ever to change even more lives. If you volunteer for or donate to CDA Cares, you can help share the experience with your colleagues and friends in three simple steps with our social media toolkit. Choose among graphics that capture amazing moments at the event and post them to your own social media accounts.

Visit cdafoundation.org/share to see how to post and share why you care. And if you haven’t yet signed up to volunteer in Anaheim, you can do so at cdafoundation.org/Anaheim.



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In the small, close-knit Tongan community in Hayward and the surrounding region, word spread rapidly about a no-cost dental clinic that would visit nearby San Mateo in spring of 2017. Among those who learned about the CDA Foundation’s two-day, volunteer-run biannual clinic was a woman named Eva.

Between the two of them, Jesica Gonzalez and Walter Fuentes, both third-year dental students, have volunteered at 10 CDA Cares clinics. As the Bakersfield natives have progressed in school — Gonzalez at UCSF School of Dentistry and Fuentes at UCLA School of Dentistry — they and others have seen their capabilities evolve at the CDA Foundation’s biannual two-day clinic, which provides oral health care services at no charge to underserved communities.

The Oct. 6-7 CDA Cares event in Bakersfield marked the CDA Foundation’s 12th successful volunteer dental clinic — providing more than $1.25 million in care to 1,506 people over two days at the Kern County Fairgrounds. In addition to providing oral health care services at no charge to those in need, CDA Cares educates the public and policymakers about the importance of good oral health and the need for a well-functioning Denti-Cal program.

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