At Delta Dental, we have a long-standing tradition of helping our state’s most vulnerable citizens. In 2005, we established the Delta Dental of Rhode Island Fund, formalizing our commitment to dental health initiatives in our community. As a vested community partner, we leverage the Delta Dental of Rhode Island Fund, as well as our robust employee volunteer program, to support critical oral health needs across the state.
Delta Dental of Rhode Island was proud to receive the 2016 Outstanding Philanthropic Business Award from the Rhode Island Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals during its National Philanthropy Day Awards Ceremony.
Read on to learn more about how we give back to our community.
Delta Dental of Rhode Island (DDRI) has partnered with Reach Out and Read RI to encourage early literacy and healthy dental habits. A $10,000 grant from the Delta Dental of Rhode Island Fund at the Rhode Island Foundation will enable 2,500 oral health-themed children’s books to be delivered to various community health centers and pediatric offices across the state. Children between ages one and five having a well visit at these particular health centers in September will receive a copy of the classic book Maisy, Charley, and the Wobbly Tooth by Lucy Cousins.
“Our partnership with Reach Out and Read RI supports our mission to improve the oral health and well-being of all Rhode Islanders, including our state’s youngest citizens,” said Joseph A. Nagle, president and CEO of Delta Dental of Rhode Island. “Not only do these books boost early literacy skills by encouraging families to read aloud to their kids, the story itself introduces the importance of oral health care in a fun way. We thank the physicians who are helping us spread the message that oral health is important to overall health.”
Reach Out and Read RI is an evidence-based program that builds on the relationship between parents and medical providers to develop critical early reading skills beginning in infancy. The program incorporates early literacy into pediatric practice and helps parents learn how to ensure that their children are ready to learn when they start school.
To learn more about Reach Out and Read RI, visit www.rorri.org.
Delta Dental of Rhode Island once again served as a premier sponsor of the fifth annual Rhode Island Mission of Mercy free dental clinic on June 4 and 5, 2016 at the Community College of Rhode Island’s Flanagan Campus in Lincoln. DDRI’s sponsorship of the two-day clinic, through a $60,000 donation from the Delta Dental of Rhode Island Fund at the Rhode Island Foundation, is a key part of the company’s mission to improve the health and wellness of all Rhode Islanders.
In addition to its financial support of the Mission of Mercy’s free dental clinic, DDRI sent a team of employee volunteers who served as greeters, patient escorts, translators and helpers throughout the duration of the event. DDRI also thanks the many DDRI participating dentists who volunteered their time and expertise in providing patient care.
To learn more about the Rhode Island Mission of Mercy, visit rimom.org.
In January, 2016, Delta Dental of Rhode Island awarded a grant of $25,000 to Rhode Island Donated Dental Services (DDS) through its annual challenge grant program in collaboration with the Rhode Island Dental Association. The grant, made through the Delta Dental of Rhode Island Fund at the Rhode Island Foundation, matched 100 percent of dentists’ donations for 2015, up to $25,000. In addition, we donated an additional $6,000 in support of 12 new volunteer dentists with Rhode Island DDS. Volunteer dentists in the program provide dental care to disabled and elderly Rhode Islanders, as well as to those who are suffering from severe dental problems because they cannot afford treatment.
“As a company, we continue to look for ways we can help eliminate barriers to good oral health care, particularly the barriers of access and affordability,” said Joe Nagle, president and CEO of Delta Dental of Rhode Island. “Our matching grant partnership with the Rhode Island Dental Association leverages the generosity of the association’s dentists who donate to the program.”
In FY 2015, Rhode Island DDS provided more than $341,000 in treatment to 98 patients.
In October, 2015, we announced a series of major gifts totaling more than $1 million to support programs, clinics and professionals working to provide critical oral health care to those most in need across our state. Our support of the Rhode Island Mission of Mercy is another example of our philanthropic efforts. Delta Dental of Rhode Island has been the premier funding partner for the Rhode Island Mission of Mercy free dental clinic since its inception in 2012, providing $60,000 annually to this vital effort to provide free dental care that improves the oral health of the uninsured and underinsured in Rhode Island. In addition, many Delta Dental of Rhode Island employees and their families volunteer their time, along with the many dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants and other medical professionals who generously donate their own time and expertise.
Delta Dental of Rhode Island employees participate in a number of community service projects each year, including (among others) the Rhode Island Mission of Mercy free dental clinic, Habitat for Humanity of Rhode Island, McAuley House meal site and the Rhode Island Community Food Bank.
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