Serving Our Community
Delta Dental is committed to helping improve access to oral health for the citizens of North Carolina. As a result, the company annually provides support for projects to help people who need treatment but lack the means to obtain it.
In addition, Delta Dental sponsors other activities designed to promote dental education and increase awareness of the importance of oral health.
Examples of current projects are the following:
- The North Carolina Mission of Mercy events, which provides free dental care to hundreds of underserved persons during two-day events throughout the state.
- Grants to community organizations such as Community Care of Rowan County and Duke Pediatric Dentistry.
- An annual scholarship to benefit the University of North Carolina’s dental students, faculty, and programs. This scholarship was established as a means of assisting a deserving University of North Carolina dental student, as well as honoring Dr. Glenn Bitler, the founder of Delta Dental of North Carolina.
- Donations of oral health information, a children’s coloring book on dental care, and toothbrushes for community events/outreach programs.
Additionally, the Delta Dental Smiles for Kids program launched statewide in late 2011 and has already provided nearly $50,000 in grants to programs that address the oral health needs of children in North Carolina. Smiles for Kids provides grants of up to $5,000 for local projects aimed at improving children's oral health.
Delta Dental also provides support for programs or projects that help develop and heighten dental awareness among the public and that offer continuing dental education. Download the General Contribution Request Form here.
Watch our website for more information about this and other important new programs to advance community health.
Call for applications for the Smiles for Kids program will take place Spring 2013. Please contact the Delta Dental Foundation to be added to the notification list.