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Graduate Student Helps Secure Grant for Volunteer Dental Clinic in Virginia

01.30.2013

Susan Williams, HPU, volunteer dental clinicHIGH POINT, N.C., Jan. 30, 2013 – Susan Williams, a graduate student studying nonprofit management at High Point University, recently helped a volunteer-led dental clinic in Virginia secure a more than $300,000 grant from the Wythe-Bland Foundation in Wytheville, Va.

Williams, who completed her practicum at the Bland Ministry Center and Dental Clinic in Bland, Va., completed the grant application, research, and also attended the awarding foundation’s meeting regarding the grant proposal.

The grant, which totaled $314,589, will help a clinic that has operated using volunteer dentists for nearly 20 years. The clinic recently began receiving funding to operate an eight-week clinic each year in addition to these volunteer-staffed clinics.

“The clinic has received funding from the foundation previously, but this particular grant was to triple the operations of a dental clinic,” Williams explains. “It is funding a clinic staffed by two dentists, three dental assistant and one office assistant, one denture technician and one part-time hygienist.”

Williams says grant-funded staff will see patients for two full weeks each month from December 2012 through August 2013 in addition to the volunteer-staffed clinics which will take place throughout the year.

“I am truly humbled to be a part of the work of Bland Ministry Center and Dental Clinic,” Williams says. “This clinic is going to reach so many people, not just giving them healthier smiles but also higher self-esteem. I’m glad that I was able to use the skills I’ve developed at HPU to serve others in this way.”

Williams is now working on a grant application with the Virginia Association of Free Clinics for membership to continue funding once the current grant period ends.

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