The Blue Ridge Free Dental Clinic delivers emergency, restorative and preventive dental care to people who cannot otherwise afford these critically needed services. We restore lives--one tooth at a time.
We need your help to help people smile again.
During this national emergency, the Free Dental Clinic is doing its part to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our mountain communities by postponing all elective procedures (including restorative fillings and cleanings) for at least the next six weeks. Concentrating on emergency dental care will allow us to care for the community's emergency patients and alleviate the burden that dental emergencies would place on hospital emergency departments.
Out of an abundance of caution, the Free Dental Clinic has postponed its annual spring fundraiser and donor appreciation "All Smiles" party. In doing so, we have also postponed over $50,000 in budgeted income for the Clinic during a time when our patients and staff need us. In just two weeks, we have increased our emergency care, but we have also had to decrease our staff due to cash flow shortages. Furthermore, the long-term effects of this income shortage will greatly impact our sustainability through 2020 and perhaps beyond.
Since its beginning in 2005, the Clinic has performed over 65,000 procedures over 19,270 patient visits with a value exceeding $10 million dollars. Under normal circumstances, hygiene is offered up to four days a week, a staff dentist is employed up to four days a week and 13 volunteer dentists treat patients throughout the year with a focus on restorative and preventative dental care. We serve a clear need in our rural mountain communities.
Our loyal individual donors and volunteers have been the key to our success through the years. They are the reason for someone's smile! Right now, there seem to be few reasons to smile as we are all anxious about the threat of COVID-19 in our communities.
If you are able, would you help us help our patients find their smiles through these uncertain times by making a donation today?