The Patterson Foundation has awarded a $50,000 grant to Dental Lifeline Network to help vulnerable individuals in the state get critical dental care through the Donated Dental Services (DDS) program.
The grant will help 10,000 people receive $22.5 million in comprehensive dental care, including 1,200 vets and 130 people in safety-net programs. Additionally, funds will be used to recruit 1,120 new volunteer dentists for a volunteer base of 15,000 dentists and 3,400 dental labs. DLN appreciates the invaluable support of Patterson Foundation.
The funds will support the coordination of services provided through over 13,400 dentists and almost 3,300 dental laboratories across the country who volunteer for DDS. DDS volunteers donate comprehensive treatment to people with disabilities or who are elderly or medically fragile.
“The Patterson Foundation has been an invaluable supporter of Dental Lifeline Network,” said Lynda Ricketson, Dental Lifeline Network President and CEO. “Through this partnership, we have been able to expand our reach to patients across the country in desperate need of treatment. Patterson Foundation’s most recent contribution of $50,000 will help DLN provide $22.5 million worth of life-changing care to 10,000 people, including 1,200 veterans. We are grateful for their continued support.”
Dental Lifeline Network’s DDS program has provided over $521 million in donated services to nearly 168,000 patients since it began in 1985. Patterson Foundation’s grant is a significant contribution to the cumulative celebration happening for the DDS program nationally.