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Overview

The America’s Dentists Care Foundation launched the first Mission of Mercy in Virginia in 2000. Today, MOM events can be found nationwide, and 2020’s event in Green Bay marks the 10th Mission of Mercy in Wisconsin. More than 15,000 children and adults have now received in excess of $10.4 million in donated care at WDA Mission of Mercy events since 2009.

A successful MOM event focuses on:

  • Providing free, critical dental care with a high priority on treating patients in pain and with infections
  • Raising public awareness of the barriers to dental care faced by low-income adults and children
  • Challenging patients, policymakers and dental professionals to work together, in a bipartisan manner, to improve Wisconsin residents’ oral health

The Wisconsin MOM program provides care to adults and children who have difficulty getting to a dentist. Patients, who must not have any medically compromising condition that prohibits them from receiving care, are seen on a first-come, first-served basis.


How a MOM site is selected

Site-selection criteria includes:

  • A strong local dental society with dentists interested in helping plan and volunteer
  • Local community involvement (e.g., oral health coalition, legislators) to help with recruiting volunteers and fundraising (dollars and in-kind donations)
  • A venue that can house a dental treatment project the size of MOM, along with sufficient local hotels and other housing options for 900+ volunteers, the majority of whom travel to the community

Donations

For each WDA Mission of Mercy event, funds are needed to help cover dental equipment and facility rental, supplies, pharmaceuticals and food costs. For every $1 in monetary donations received, WDA dentists and other MOM volunteers donate $6 to $8 of care.

If you or your organization would like to help make a difference by making a tax-deductible contribution, please contact Vicki Bohman at [email protected] for more information or send your contribution to:

WDA Foundation
6737 W. Washington St., Suite 2360
West Allis, WI 53214

*Be sure to include Mission of Mercy in the memo line of your check

Mission of Mercy’s History in Wisconsin

2018

Jun 22

2018 – Mission of Mercy #9 (West Allis)

2018 – Mission of Mercy #9 (West Allis)

$1.3 million in donated care during 2,087 patient visits at the Wisconsin State Fair Park Exposition Center on June 22-23, 2018.    

2016

Jun 17

2016 – Mission of Mercy #8 (Eau Claire)

2016 – Mission of Mercy #8 (Eau Claire)

$964,000 in donated care during 1,064 patient visits at the Menards Conference Center in Eau Claire on June 17-18, 2016.

2015

Jun 12

2015 – Mission of Mercy #7 (Fond du Lac)

2015 – Mission of Mercy #7 (Fond du Lac)

$1,029,800 in donated care to 1,304 patients at the Fond du Lac County Fairgrounds Expo Center in Fond du Lac on June 12-13, 2015.

2014

Jun 27

2014 – Mission of Mercy #6 (Green Bay)

2014 – Mission of Mercy #6 (Green Bay)

$1.3+ million in donated care to 1,925 patients at the KI Center in Green Bay on June 27-28, 2014.

2013

Jun 28

2013 – Mission of Mercy #5 (Walworth County)

2013 – Mission of Mercy #5 (Walworth County)

$1.18 million in donated care during 2,072 patient visits at Badger High School in Lake Geneva on June 28–29, 2013. During the fifth MOM, volunteers took care of Wisconsin’s 10,000th MOM patient, James from West Allis.

2012

Jun 28

2012 – Mission of Mercy #4 (Madison)

2012 – Mission of Mercy #4 (Madison)

$1.75 million in donated care during 3,595 patient visits at the Exhibition Hall at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison on June 28 –July 1, 2012.

2011

Jun 24

2011 – Mission of Mercy #3 (Wausau)

2011 – Mission of Mercy #3 (Wausau)

$1.2+ million in donated care during 2,141 patient visits at the Greenheck Field House in Wausau on June 24–25, 2011.

2010

Jun 25

Mission of Mercy 2010

2010 – Mission of Mercy #2 (Sheboygan)

$880,000 in donated care to 2,038 patients at Sheboygan North High School in Sheboygan on June 25–26, 2010.

2009

Jun 26

2009 – Mission of Mercy #1 (La Crosse)

The first Mission of Mercy donated care to 1,533 patients at the La Crosse Center in La Crosse on June 26 – 27, 2009.