We believe in helping our doctors and local organizations that are out in the world doing amazing things.
Read about some of the organizations we’ve supported this year!
Colorado Mission of Mercy
The Colorado Mission of Mercy (COMOM) is a large-scale dental clinic held annually in a Colorado community. With 125 portable dental chairs, dental services are provided to adults, elderly, and children, who cannot afford dental care. An outpouring of nearly 200 volunteer dentists from across the state—along with hundreds of dental hygienists, assistants, lab technicians, and a myriad of lay volunteers and other health professionals – work in tandem with community groups and agencies to better the oral health of individuals who come to the clinic. During the first 11 years of the program, COMOM has served 14,000 patients and provided $12,000,000 in donated dental care.
Texas Mission of Mercy (TDA Smiles Foundation)
Texas Mission of Mercy (TMOM) is a mobile dental clinic that travels around the state providing free basic dental care to Texans with limited resources and/or access to care. Their volunteer dental professionals’ primary focus is on relieving pain and preventing infection by providing extractions, fillings, and cleanings. In limited cases, replacing missing front teeth or repairing partial dentures may be available to restore a smile. Burkhart was able to donate dental supplies, sterilizers, equipment service repair, and ten volunteers for one day at this veterans-only event. In 2018, $623,000 in dental care was provided to 562 deserving veterans. To learn more, visit www.tdasmiles.org.
Alaska Mission of Mercy
The fourth Alaska Mission of Mercy (AKMOM) took place on April 13-14, 2018 in Fairbanks, and was a huge success! There were 374 volunteers (68 of which were dentists), with 652 patients served and over $743,000 in dental care provided. This event wouldn’t be possible without the support of the wonderful doctors, organizations, and volunteers of the community.
D-Day for V-Day
D-Day for V-Day is a one-day event that provides free dental service to our veterans. Dr. Stan Lowrance, a Burkhart client, shuts down his practice to the public for one day and hosts this event at his practice in Rockwall, Texas. Burkhart was proud to support Dr. Lowrance, and donated dental supplies, sterilizers, EQ service repair, and two volunteers. They served 77 veterans in 2018 and performed around $30,000 in dental services.
AMEN Free Clinic, Boise
AMEN Boise is a free, first-come first-served clinic, with a goal of serving those who need help. The clinic came to Boise September 12th through 14th at Expo Idaho, supplying dental, vision, and medical care to nearly 1,500 people in 2018. There were 800 volunteers, ranging from doctors, dentists and general staff, to security. The Adventist Medical Evangelism Network or AMEN group helps organize these free clinics all across the United States, with a mission to “make a difference in our own backyard.”
Arizona Mission of Mercy (AZMOM)
The Central Arizona Dental Society Foundation (CADSF) hosted its 7th annual Dental Mission of Mercy (AZMOMs) event at the Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum at the Arizona State Fairgrounds Dec 7-8, 2018. Nearly 1,700 volunteer dentists, hygienists, lab technicians, assistants and lay people provided approximately $2 million in free care to more than 2,000 patients on a first-come, first served basis. The dental professionals utilized 100 portable dental units to focus on relieving pain and infection. Dental services such as fillings, extractions, cleanings, as well as limited lab work was provided to patients of all ages.
Building Hope Today
Building Hope Today is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to create awareness of the prevalence of childhood sexual abuse, reveal its lasting effects, and to safeguard those at risk on their path toward a hope-filled tomorrow. Matt and Lynne Morgan, Co-Founder’s, passion continues with the mantra save “Just One” child from experiencing sexual abuse. Through education, Building Hope Today will help families to recognize the signs of grooming, so we as a society can decrease the incidents of abuse in our own families and communities. Visit www.buildinghopetoday.org for more information on how you can help support their efforts.
Manos De Cristo
The mission of Manos de Cristo is to empower low-income individuals with a loving hand of assistance and without regard to age, gender, race, or religious preference. Manos de Cristo promotes dignity and self-reliance by meeting basic needs with food and clothing, providing essential oral care, and furthering educational development. They help with dental care, education, food, clothing, and more. In 2018, our Austin Branch was able to contribute and volunteer with a clothing drive event, where 2,000 underprivileged families were served.
Additional Ways We Give Back
In addition to our branches across the country supporting these generous programs, our corporate office proudly supports multiple charities throughout the year, including:
- UW School of Dentistry
- New Reality International
- Carol Milgard Breast Center
- Tacoma Public Library
- The Alzheimer’s Association
- Nations Midwifery
- JBLM School Toy Drive
A sincere thank you to all of the doctors, teams, and individuals who give freely to support these worthwhile causes.
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