The clinic serves uninsured and underinsured adults in the Tri-Cities area by providing preventative and urgent dental care. Since opening its doors in May 2015, the clinic has served more than 600 people and currently has a wait list of nearly 100.
The funding received from the 100 Men Who Give will help equip the clinic to meet the demand for services by providing for updated equipment and needed supplies. In addition, the funding will be matched through the Strengthening the Safety Net grant program of Blue Cross Blue Shield.
“We are thrilled to receive this incredible support at such a critical time in the clinic,” Love INC Executive Director Katie Appold said. “We knew the demand for free dental services would be great, but we drastically underestimated how great. It is reassuring to know that this group of men, like so many in our community, believe in caring for their neighbors and sustaining programs which change lives and offer a hand-up to those who need it.”
The 100 Men Who Give help charitable organizations by making unanticipated gifts to support good works in the community. The group currently has about 70 members and meets quarterly in Spring Lake. During these one-hour meetings, they listen to presentations from three randomly selected members representing local organizations, ask questions of the presenters, and then vote to determine which agency receives their charitable funds.
Each member writes a $100 check and the funds are quickly disbursed to the winning agency.
The 100 Men Who Give is open to all and welcomes new members at any time. The group’s next meeting is at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, at Old Boys’ Brewhouse in Spring Lake. For more information, contact Kyle Williams at [email protected] or call 616-402-1389.