Volunteers

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All volunteers must be 18 or older, no exceptions. Volunteers involved in the actual delivery of patient care or handling of instruments must have received their Heptavax vaccination.


WDA Mission of Mercy 2016

This year marks the eighth Mission of Mercy for the WDA and WDA Foundation. We thank our volunteers and donors for your continued support.

It’s amazing what can happen when people and communities work together! Just look at what we’ve accomplished with 8,370 volunteers at our first seven WDA and WDA Foundation Mission of Mercy events:

  • $8.12 million in care provided
  • 14,300+ patient encounters
  • $554.89 per patient encounter average

It takes more than people – it takes dollars and in-kind donations to make it happen as well. Special thanks to the corporate sponsors who contributed to our first seven MOMs:

  • Delta Dental of Wisconsin Charitable Fund
  • Dr. Tim and Mrs. Sue Durtsche
  • Gerhards Kitchen & Bath/First Supply LLC
  • Henry Schein Dental
  • Kwik Trip
  • Professional Insurance Programs – a division of WDA Insurance & Services Corp.

Volunteering in 2016

Volunteer registration for MOM 2016 is now closed.

  • Location: Menards Conference Center, 5150 Old Mill Plaza Eau Claire, WI 54703
  • Setup: Thursday, June 16
  • Treatment: Friday, June 17 and Saturday, June 18
  • Doors open 5:30 a.m. Patients seen on first-come, first-served basis with approximately 1,000 individuals treated each day. Patient quota typically reached by 10 a.m., so come early!
  • Teardown: Saturday, June 18 from clinic close to completion
  • Registration closes on Friday, June 3.

All volunteers must be 18 or older, no exceptions. Volunteers involved in the actual delivery of patient care or handling of instruments must have received their Heptavax vaccination.

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Hotels

Be sure to mention you are with the Wisconsin Dental Association Mission of Mercy event.

Hotel room blocks are held until May 15, 2016.

Sleeping rooms have been blocked for WDA MOM volunteers at the following Eau Claire hotels:

The Plaza Hotel & Suites
1202 W Clairemont Ave
Eau Claire, WI 54742
715-834-6498
Group Block – #8952
Contract Rate – $99.99/night

Clarion Hotel Campus Area
2703 Craig Road
Eau Claire, WI 54701
715-835-2211
Must call hotel directly – ask for Dental Mission of Mercy rate
Contract Rate – $109.95/night

Hampton Inn Eau Claire
2622 Craig Road
Eau Claire, WI 54701
715-833-0003
Group Block Code – DMM
Contract Rate – $129/nightvisit-eauclaire

 

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Where to park

Volunteers and patients may park in the Menards Conference Center lots.

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What to bring

The same Occupational Safety and Health Administration and Centers for Disease Control guidelines that apply in the dental office also apply at MOM. Clinicians should bring their own protective eyewear. Eyewear is only provided to those working in sterilization.

Everyone treating patients (dentists and assistants), as well as those in sterilization, will be required to wear clinic gowns. Masks, gloves and disposable gowns will be provided, however you may prefer to bring your own for personal use.

There are no guarantees that we’ll have specific products, because supplies are donated whenever possible. For some, an enjoyable volunteer experience means using a specific instrument or material when working. If that is the case for you, please bring your own items.

There is a process in place to help ensure that you get your personal instruments back after they have been sterilized. Bringing your instruments in cassettes helps save time, otherwise each instrument is individually bagged.

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Stools

There will be a stool for every dentist and dental hygienist working in restorative, endodontics and hygiene. However, there won’t be enough stools for all the assistants. Please consider bringing a stool or two from your office, especially if you have a comfortable one that you like to sit on.

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What not to bring

Please leave valuables at home or lock them up out of sight in the trunk of your vehicle. Note we do not have a secured area for you to leave personal belongings, such as purses, car keys, cell phones, etc.

Small, zippered-pouch name badge holders will be available and are good for holding a couple keys and tube of lip balm, but that’s about all.

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Volunteer meals

Breakfast and lunch will be provided for volunteers on site in a break room away from the clinic floor.

Please indicate life-threatening food allergies on your volunteer registration. Other dietary needs should also be listed. However, because most of the food served is donated we can’t guarantee that every special dietary need can or will be accommodated, so please plan accordingly.

Only water in a covered cup or bottle is allowed on the clinic floor. No open-top beverages will be allowed.

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What to wear

Dress comfortably. You will be doing a lot of walking or standing, so comfortable, close-toed shoes are a must.

Clinical volunteers will receive a short-sleeve scrub top and non-clinical volunteers a T-shirt. Please wear the shirts provided, so you can easily be identified as a volunteer. Wear pants, jeans, shorts or skirts – whichever you prefer. However, shorts and skirts should be of a length that is appropriate for a professional atmosphere and family setting that shows respect for patients.

Every effort is made to maintain a comfortable temperature inside the clinic, but it is nearly impossible for it to be comfortable for everyone in such a large group. Therefore, you may choose to wear layers under the volunteer scrub top or T-shirt provided or a sweater or jacket that allows your volunteer shirt to show. Having the option to change into shorts and/or pants is also a good idea.

As noted under “What to bring”, clinicians should bring their own protective eyewear. Dental gowns are required on the clinic floor for all dentists, hygienists and assistants. One size fits all dental gowns will be provided if needed.

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Out-of-state licensed volunteers

All dentists and dental hygienists volunteering must have a current Wisconsin license.

Volunteers holding a license from another state may obtain a temporary, no-fee, charity permit through the Wisconsin Department of Regulation and Licensing.

Click the following links for more information and to download an application:

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Volunteer and Department Protocol

Volunteer Protocol

Department Protocol

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