Children’s Volunteer Health Network (CVHN) recently accepted a grant totaling $35,000 from the Helping Hands Foundation of the All In Credit Union. These funds will go towards a second mobile dental unit to focus on restorative dental care in the Okaloosa and Walton counties.
“The children served in our preventive program are in great need of restorative care. Many of these families do not have the resources to establish a dental home. We recently visited a school and conducted exams and x-rays on 170 students. There was total of 306 teeth with decay. 70 of those teeth were permanent.” Said Denise Lisciotti, CVHN’s Mobile Dental Program Manager. “With a restorative program, we would be able to restore these teeth to prevent premature tooth loss and infection. So many children have toothaches, which interfere with their learning at school. Infection in the mouth can also lead to serious health issues and visits to the emergency room. What a blessing it would be to these students and parents to be able to receive comprehensive dental care.”
This grant will allow CVHN to purchase a second mobile dental unit to focus on providing restorative dental care to children in need throughout Okaloosa and Walton counties. The restorative program will complement the existing mobile preventative program that travels to elementary schools in both counties.
Bobby Michael, All In Credit Union President/CEO, commented, “When developing this project, one of our objectives was to provide funds to organizations whose dreams exceed their existing capital. CVHN offers a service, unlike other non-profit organizations we have seen. We are pleased to assist in their cause.”
The restorative mobile unit will consist of a dentist, dental assistant, and registered dental hygienist. The difference is, the mobile restorative program would offer services such as fillings, extractions, and root canals as compared to the preventative program that provides free dental exams, x-rays, assessments, cleanings, sealants, and oral health education.
“There is a culture of giving that permeates this organization. The work CVHN does for the Walton and Okaloosa County areas stood out to the team reviewing the grant applications,” said Lisa Hales, All In’s Senior Vice President of Member Experience, who is also the Board Chair of the Helping Hands Foundation. “We are honored to be able to assist CVHN with their next mobile dental unit. As we like to say, ‘We Give Back’ is more than a hashtag at All In.”
Photo caption: L-R, Tom Watson (CVHN Board Member), Doug Herndon (CVHN Board Chairman), Charlie Mingus (All In Board Chairman), Jane Bahr (CVHN Founding Board Member), Brian Lowe (CVHN Executive Director), and Lisa Hales (All In Senior Vice President of Member Experience).