Virginia Dental Association Foundation

Changing lives, one smile at a time.

Richmond, VA   |  www.vdaf.org

Mission

The mission of the Virginia Dental Association Foundation (VDAF) is to provide access to dental care to underserved Virginians. Thousands of people across Virginia experience chronic pain, difficulty chewing, low self-esteem and other complications resulting from oral disease, simply because they lack basic resources such as dental insurance or personal finances to access comprehensive care. Through our three nationally-recognized programs -- Donated Dental Services, Mission of Mercy, and Give Kids a Smile! -- volunteers provide dental services that not only benefit people in need of care, but also communities, employers and institutions that rely on a healthy population to be sustainable and successful.

Ruling year info

1998

Principal Officer

Ms. Tara Quinn

Main address

3460 Mayland Court, Suite 110

Richmond, VA 23233 USA

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Formerly known as

Virginia Dental Health Foundation

EIN

54-1821602

NTEE code info

Community Health Systems (E21)

Diseases of Specific Organs (G40)

Diseases of Specific Organs (G40)

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Our programs

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Donated Dental Services (DDS)

Donated Dental Services (DDS) provides free, comprehensive dental care for some of Virginia's most vulnerable populations -- low-income seniors and adults with disabilities. Volunteer dentists donate care in their private offices to eligible residents in their communities. Labs donate necessary appliances such as dentures, crowns and bridge work, and even implants!  A network of over 600 dentists and 100 labs work together to generate an average of more than $650,000 in free care annually. Operating in Virginia since 1997, the program is able to keep expenses very low since all dental services are donated. The value of care generated is more than six times the cost of operating the program. DDS is program that truly provides a high return on your charitable investment!

Population(s) Served
Older adults
Seniors
People with disabilities
Low-income people

Each year, Virginia dentists provide free oral health care services to thousands of underserved children from across the Commonwealth through Give Kids a Smile! A program of the American Dental Association, Give Kids a Smile! focuses on offering oral health education to all children while providing free preventive and restorative care to children with limited means for securing dental services. In addition to helping children, Give Kids A Smile! highlights for policymakers the ongoing challenges that underserved children and children with disabilities face in accessing dental care. The Virginia Dental Association Foundation (VDAF) functions as an umbrella for the numerous charitable education, screening, prevention and comprehensive treatment programs held annually across our state, serving as a resource for events, aggregating the results of these endeavors, and effectively communicating them to stakeholders.

Population(s) Served

An estimated one-in-five Virginians live in an underserved area for dental care, and roughly 46% have no dental insurance coverage. Many residents of our State -- particularly those that are low-income, under-insured, elderly or disabled -- are often left without any dental care to face pain, discomfort, and embarrassment. In response to the lack of access to care and the resulting poor oral health of thousands of Virginians, the VDAF operates the Mission of Mercy (MOM) program.  MOM projects are mobile dental clinics that bring help and hope to Virginians in need of free dental care. Up to eight clinics are held in strategic locations across the Commonwealth each year, serving over 4,000 people, primarily adults. Founded in 2000 by Dr. Terry Dickinson, the Virginia MOM program has completed 85 projects, served 59,000 patients, and provided over $38 million in care. Our MOM model has now been replicated in 26 other states and served as the inspiration for a national MOM program.

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Virginia Dental Association Foundation

Board of directors
as of 2/4/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Robbie Schureman

Henry Schein Dental

Term: 2021 - 2022

Edward Weisberg

Edward J. Weisberg, DDS

Anne Adams

Retired Dentist

Ralph Howell

R. L. Howell & Associates

Norma Roadcap

Commonwealth of Virginia, Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services

Patrick Finnerty

PWF Consulting

Wm. Gardner

Gardner Orthodontics

Robbie Schureman

Henry Schein

Robert Walker

Henry Schein

Will Harland

Harland & May, CPAs and Consultants

Audra Jones

Family and Cosmetic Dentistry

D. Omar Watson

Virginia Oral & Facial Surgery

David Lionberger

Hirschler Fleischer

Nate Armistead

Modern Dentistry

Carlos Smith

VCU School of Dentistry

Thomas Cooke III

Dentist

Mel Savarese

VCU School of Dentistry

Jessica Reid-Burrell

VCU School of Dentistry

Preston Loving

Dentist

Christina Byerson

Capital Area Health Network

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SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 02/04/2021

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White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
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Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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